Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Winter Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Liana “Thimble” Viselli:
Year in School: Senior
Major(s): Communication
Hometown: Easton, CT
Spirit Animal: Sloth
Favorite Kesem Memory: Messy Wars
What she’s excited for this year: Meeting new goals, making new friends, and leading her awesome teams!

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Michaela “Leviosa” Pernetti:
Year in School: Senior
Major(s): English and Political Science
Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
Spirit Animal: A tired, crabby cat that has selective hearing and only comes when you have food
Favorite Kesem Memory: The Empowerment dance party her second year of camp
What she’s excited for this year: Being co-directors with her bff & seeing how they can make this year the best one ever!

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Nicole “Wallflower” Cook:
Year in School: Sophomore
Major(s): Marketing
Hometown: Madison, WI
Spirit Animal: Kangaroo Rat
Favorite Kesem Memory: Seeing campers learn from one another during ukulele clinic and rocking the campfire!
What she’s excited for this year: Friends + Family Day

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Nicole “Manatee” Chan:
Year in School: Junior
Major(s): Economics
Hometown: Gold River, CA
Spirit Animal: Manatee
Favorite Kesem Memory: Every time she’s laughed so hard she’s cried
What she’s excited for this year: Creating fun new content for the chapter social media!

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Reese “Bloop” Quantrill:
Year in School: Senior
Major(s): Management
Hometown: Port Hope, ON, Canada
Spirit Animal: Elephant
Favorite Kesem Memory: Friends + Family Days
What she’s excited for this year: New fundraising opportunities and surpassing last year’s records!

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Claire “The Blender” Toney:
Year in School: Sophomore
Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Spirit Animal: Blue Whale
Favorite Kesem Memory: Campfire skits
What she’s excited for this year: Helping the chapter out and doing all that she can to help camp happen in a fabulous way this summer

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Brynn “Bumblebee” Chavez:
Year in School: Sophomore
Major(s): Economics and Finance
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Spirit Animal: Bumblebee
Favorite Kesem Memory: When Rockclimber offered her glow sticks to Gigi so that she wouldn’t be scared in the dark.
What she’s excited for this year: Getting closer to her co-coords and seeing the new volunteers find what makes them Kesem

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Rushita “Teal” Patel:
Year in School: Senior
Major(s): Economics and Management Information Systems
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Spirit Animal: Elephant
Favorite Kesem Memory: Empowerment
What she’s excited for this year: Friends + Family Day!

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Colin “Snowbird” Rioux:
Year in School: Sophomore
Major(s): Computer Science and Engineering
Hometown: Concord, MA
Spirit Animal: Beluga
Favorite Kesem Memory: Seeing all of the smiles from the campers last summer as they got off the bus
What he’s excited for this year: Helping ensure that camp is packed full of fun activities and meeting the wonderful new faces of our Kesem family!

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Shannon “Athena” Fey:
Year in School: Junior
Major(s): Biology
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Spirit Animal: Giraffe
Favorite Kesem Memory: The warmth, deep understanding, and love during and after Empowerment
What she’s excited for this year: Planning camp and seeing everyone at Friends + Family Days

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Maddie “Koala Tea” Gronowski:
Year in School: Sophomore
Major(s): Public Health
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Spirit Animal: Koala
Favorite Kesem Memory: Make the Magic
What she’s excited for this year: This year’s camp theme and meeting all the new campers

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Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Devon “Phin” Cable:
Year in School: Junior
Major(s): Philosophy and Political Science
Hometown: Kailua, HI
Spirit Animal: Dolphin
Favorite Kesem Memory: Being in the cabin during FOB time and talking, playing music, making friendship bracelets with all her campers
What she’s excited for this year: Getting to know all of our newer Kesem-ers better (she can tell they are all incredible!)

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April “Aspen” Morland:
Year in School: Junior
Major(s): Communication and Urban Education
Hometown: Denver, CO
Spirit Animal: Otter (but her favorite animal is a buffalo)
Favorite Kesem Memory: Watching everyone attack each other with color during Messy Wars!
What she’s excited for this year: Seeing familiar faces at Friends + Family Days and getting even more pumped for camp this year!

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Nick “Emu” Mahler:
Year in School: Sophomore
Major(s): Finance
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Spirit Animal: Tiger
Favorite Kesem Memory: Ultimate Frisbee
What he’s excited for this year: Every part of camp!

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Anthony “Bungie” Sampson:
Year in School: Junior
Major(s): Marketing and Theatre
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Spirit Animal: Golden Retriever
Favorite Kesem Memory: Making a camper smile during campfire after a long day
What he’s excited for this year: Making Kesem an even more welcoming and tight-knit group of people and leading counselor trainings!

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Jacob “O’Malley” Penn:
Year in School: Junior
Major(s): OMIS
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Spirit Animal: North American Alaskan Wolf
Favorite Kesem Memory: All of the campfire scenes made by the units (especially Yellow Unit boys’ “when the beetle attacks”)
What he’s excited for this year: Seeing all of the campers again and playing soccer with them

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University
Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Our Supporters

In addition to the year-round support, services, and training we receive from Kesem National,
we are grateful to those who provide support to our local Camp Kesem chapter including:

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Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University

Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.

Community Partners

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Kling Family Foundation

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Santa Clara University was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

Nationwide Community

How Kesem National Supports This Chapter

Kesem’s national staff of over 30 professionals is involved in all aspects of establishing and supporting each of our 100+ chapters nationwide as well as the training and oversight of all college student leaders. Our leadership program has been developed over the last 17 years and, while both rigorous and demanding, is focused on providing the highest level of support, service and safety for the children who participate in our programs.

The Kesem Program Director for this chapter (see below) is involved in all aspects of camp and our additional services. While your local student leaders are your primary contact for questions, you are also welcome and encouraged to contact their Program Director with other specific questions.

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Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Keandra Bryson, Regional Program Director – keandra@kesem.org
Keandra Bryson, Regional Program Director – keandra@kesem.org

Keandra joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. Prior to this, Keandra was a member of the founding team at California State University, Fresno where she started as a Volunteer Coordinator, and then went on to serve as a Chapter Co-Director for two years. During this time, Keandra also served as a Risk Management Intern and as a member of the National Student Panel. Keandra graduated from Fresno State in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Family and Consumer Science. She is from Bakersfield, California and currently resides in Davis, California.

Through and Beyond Support Services

Kesem Through and Beyond Support

Our free year-round services provide children impacted by a parent's cancer a continuum of touchpoints throughout the year.

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Kesem's flagship program operates over 100 free summer camps in 40 states for children ages 6 to 18 who have been impacted by a parent's cancer.

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Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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Friends + Family Day

Regular gatherings for existing and interested camper families, alumni, supporters and Kesem student leaders for a day of community building.

Kesem Connections

Provides Kesem families with regular updates including important deadlines and events.

Kesem By Your Side

Provides customized support for children through the many challenges associated with a parent or guardian's cancer journey.

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Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

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Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.

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