Fall Friends + Family Day
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Please contact us for more information!
Spring Friends + Family Day
2020 Event Details TBA
Colin “Zip” Case is a senior studying Economics and Political Science. This will be his fourth year at Camp Kesem Michigan and second year serving as Co-Director. At camp, Zip is almost always found goofing around with campers—especially at the all camp messy games and free swim. He can’t wait to return to camp this year and see his campers again. Outside of CK, Zip is a member of the University of Michigan Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team!
Courtney “Gecko” Whitcher is a senior studying Ecology. She hopes to pursue a career as a Wildlife Biologist and loves being outside, eating s’mores, and of course geckos. She is so excited about being one of the co-directors this year as this organization means the world to her, and she strives to give every child we serve the best community possible. At camp, her favorite activity is being ridiculously goofy with the campers and seeing the transformative impact of Kesem Magic on each one.
Asavari “Ariel” Rajpurkar is a junior studying Cellular and Molecular Biology and minoring in Music. This is her third year of camp and first year on Coord Board and she is so excited to show how impactful and magical Kesem is to the public with her co-AMP coordinator,Tater Tot. At camp, she loves goofing around with her campers and playing messy games. Outside of camp, Ariel plays Piccolo in the Michigan Marching Band and volunteers at Mott Children’s Hospital.
Tianny “Tater Tot” Lu is a junior studying Information Sciences and specializing in Information and Data Analysis. This is her third year of camp and first year on Coord Board, and she is so excited to spread the Kesem magic with her co-AMP coordinator, Ariel. At camp, you can always find her relaxing at Hammockville or making endless friendship bracelets for her campers and fellow counselors. Outside of camp, she works as a data scientist to help local organizations with new projects.
Jesse “Goose” Rubin is a senior studying Psychology. He had a blast going to both weeks of camp this past summer which allowed him to meet twice as many amazing campers! Outside of CK he coaches high school swimming and water polo and enjoys cooking food for all of his fellow CK members. Goose is excited to be a Development Coordinator this year and hopes to create new fundraising opportunities so that even more kids can enjoy camp this coming summer.
Connor “Fry” Holm is a 5th-year senior studying computer science. He is excited to work on Development this year! Fry’s favorite part about Camp Kesem is how it is an extended family that constantly grows! When he’s not building robots for class, Fry likes to play bass guitar in his band Parkway & Columbia.
Annaka “Roz” Saari is a junior studying English. This is her second year as a development coordinator, and she couldn’t be more excited to work with Fry and Goose! Her favorite thing about Kesem is the way that it’s given her a new group of wonderful people to call family, and she looks forward to that family growing in the years to come! When she’s not Kesem-ing, Roz loves to pop open a crisp can of La Croix, write poetry, watch rom-coms with Boots and Goose, and tell people to listen to Fry’s band.
Tori “Coach” Berels is a senior studying Psychology and an emphasis in Marketing. As an MTM coord with Scooby, she is excited to combine her passions for Camp Kesem and business development. At camp, Coach can be found on the beach throwing around a football with her campers– while they simultaneously can be found throwing buckets of water on her. Coach’s favorite part of camp were the bonds she formed in Gold Unit, and how her campers gave her a phenomenal two years of camp.
Ryan “Scooby” MacDonald: This will be Scooby’s fourth year with Camp Kesem. In the real world, she is majoring in cellular and molecular biology with a minor in German. This past year at camp, she was the unit leader for Week 2 Black Unit, and in years past a unit leader for Week 2 Silver Unit and a counselor for Week 1 Gold Unit. She Kesems for all of her amazing campers. She wants each of her campers to feel safe, supported, loved, and, above all, to remember that they are never alone.
Chelsea “Birch” Yu is a junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and minoring in Medical Anthropology. Outside of school, she is on the Club Tennis team, and of course a part of Kesem! This past year of camp was her first year at camp, but she’s already missing that special camp magic, especially song circle. Birch is super excited to be involved in planning camp and making camp as special as can be!
Giuliana “Momo” Bresnahan is a senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience with a minor in environmental studies. This is her fourth year being involved with Kesem and her first year on coord board. She’s so excited to be on operations this year and to work with the CITS. Her favorite parts about camp are song circle, lip sync battle and the lemon bars (of course). Her current record is eating 7 lemon bars in one sitting.
Liliana “Green Bean” Gorsuch is a junior studying Movement Science and hopes to attend Physical Therapy school after graduation! This is her third year at Camp Kesem and her first year as an ops coordinator. She can’t wait to help plan camp and keep creating Kesem magic! Her favorite parts about camp are making friendship bracelets with her campers and song circle!
Megan “Gizmo” Quayle is a junior studying Biology, Health, and Society with hopes of attending PA school in the future. This is only her second year in Camp Kesem, but her fourteenth year at summer camp! This past summer, Gizmo was a Week 1 Yellow Unit counselor and loved getting to experience her first week of Kesem alongside many first time campers! Her favorite parts of camp include dancing during the flash mobs, messy games, and all the Kesem magic that is shared between both campers and other counselors.
Ericka “Mac” Lozon is a junior studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. This past summer was her first time at Camp Kesem and she had so much fun being part of Purple Unit. Her favorite camp activities are messy games and cabin chat. She is so excited to be an outreach coordinator so that she can help recruit new campers and spread Kesem love!
Sarah “Potts” Mason is a senior studying Secondary Education with a focus in Math and Psychology. She is so excited for her third year with Kesem! She loves every activity at camp, but especially loves when she sees her campers smile and laugh during the activities. Outside of camp, Potts can be found reading a book or hanging out with her awesome friends and family!
Ariana “Stripes” Wade is a senior studying Chemical Engineering. This will be her third and final year as a Camp Kesem counselor. At camp you can almost always find her singing and dancing along to camp songs (Hey Burrito being her favorite) with every camper and counselor. After graduation, she hopes to stay with Kesem to keep learning new camp songs and spreading the Kesem magic. Outside of camp, Stripes LOVES drinking water as she plans on pursuing a career in water treatment.
William “Olaf” Borden is a senior studying Political Science with a minor in Spanish. He has been with the Red Unit as their fearless leader for the past two summers and cant wait to continue the dynasty of Red superiority each week. His favorite parts of camp include the sheer wildness that comes from being in Red Unit, seeing new counselors fully embrace the Camp Spirt, and getting out in Gaga Ball. After college, he hopes to become a Pilot in the Air Force, flying humanitarian/relief missions.
Lauren “Airbud” VanderZyden is a sophomore studying Sociology. This will be her second year at camp and her first year as a Volunteer Coordinator! She’s already counting down the days until she gets to go back to camp and see her campers! Airbud’s favorite part about camp is the unconditional love and support provided by campers and counselors alike in the Kesem community! >
Stephanie “Boots” Slat is a senior studying Biology, Health, and Society as well as Political Science. She joined Camp Kesem her sophomore year, and has spent her summers with Silver Unit (and the #hashbrowns)! Her favorite part of camp last summer was watching Brilver bond and form a super-unit capable of overpowering Gold. Outside of Kesem, Boots enjoys cooking, playing music and spending time outdoors. This will be her second year as a Volunteer Coordinator, and she’s so excited to be baCK!
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:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
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.
Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to Chicago, Illinois.
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