Fall Friends + Family Day
Sunday, November 3, 2019
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Spring Friends + Family Day
2020 Event Details TBA
Kate “Freckle” Grossman: Hello! My name is Freckle and I am one of the directors of University of Virginia’s Camp Kesem this year! I am a third year majoring in Youth and Social Innovation, minoring in Spanish, and getting my Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education… so I’ll be at UVA for 5 years! This summer will be my fourth summer at camp, and CK is EASILY my favorite thing about UVA. I love everything about camp, but I especially love singing the silly songs (especially get loose) at meals and color wars!
Sahil “Ace” Patel: Hi everyone, my name is Ace and I’m a 4th year at UVA studying economics & psychology. I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and have lived here for my entire life. I joined Kesem my 1st year in college and am now the co-director for my chapter. My favorite parts about Kesem are color wars, cabin chats, gaga ball, and the everlasting friendships that I continue to make. Kesem is my favorite week and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us this year!
Jaya “Lynx” Nanda: Hey everybody!!!! My name is Lynx Nanda and I’m a second year at the University of Virginia! I am the Public Relations and Marketing coordinator on the Camp Kesem Exec board! I’m planning on applying to the McIntire School of Commerce this spring. This is my second year on the board and I’m so excited to prepare for Camp during this school year!
Kendall “Spot” Saville: Hi Kesem people! My name is Spot and I am a second year at the University of Virginia. I am from Georgia but I love being here in Virginia and at UVA! This past summer was my first summer at camp, and I am SO excited to go back this year. I am super stoked to be one of the AMP coordinators for this year, and can’t wait to see what exciting things we have for this year!
Grant “Monster” Campion: Heyo! My name is Monster and I’m a 2nd year at the University of Virginia majoring in behavioral psychology and applying to the McIntire School of Commerce in hopes of completing the Marketing Concentration. I’m from Virginia Beach, but have lived in Italy, Israel and California as well. I was originally introduced to Kesem because of my sister, Cookie, who was a previous director. My favorite camp activities include messy Olympics, the chants, gaga ball, cabin chats, and of course, color wars.
Benjamin “Flip” Carper: Hey everyone!! My name’s Flip and I’m a third-year studying Systems Engineering. I’m originally from Williamsburg, Virginia and in my free time I enjoy football, soccer, traveling, and being outdoors. I’m going into my second year of Camp Kesem and my favorite part of camp is Color Wars followed closely by FOB. I can’t wait to be back next summer to see all of the awesome kids and counselors!
Jack “Zumba” Copeland: Hello! My name is Jack Copeland and I am a 4th year computer science major at UVA. I am the second of four boys in my family and am originally from Rockville, Maryland. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, golf, basketball and guitar and love cheering on the Redskins and Capitals. I am already excited for camp next year to see old friends, make new ones and of course to participate in my favorite activity, Messy Olympics!
Lexi “Mole” Grossman: Hey Guys!! My name is Mole and I’m a second year at UVA hoping to study media and advertising. I’m born and raised in Charlottesville and was introduced to Kesem by our 2019 director Freckle! My favorite part of Kesem is all the silly and crazy people ( both campers and counselors) I’ve met over the last year. Most importantly I’m so excited for another year with the magic of Kesem.
Sara “Jenga” Mutzabaugh: Hi! I’m Jenga and I’m so excited to be a part of the Make the Magic team this year! I am from Charlottesville and grew up attending UVA events and trick-or-treating on the Lawn. I am now a 2nd year at UVA and am a kinesiology major hoping to go to Physical Therapy school when I graduate. Last summer was my first time at camp and it was undeniably the best week of my summer. I cannot wait for all the great things we have in store for this upcoming year!
Aditi “Jewel” Islam: Hi, my name is Aditi “Jewel” Islam. I am a fourth year majoring in Human Biology. My favorite part of Kesem is making new friends at camp and getting loads of hugs!
Matthew “Lox” Gillam: Hey guys! My name is Lox and I am a second year, Foreign Affairs Major at the University of Virginia. I am super excited to serve on Kesem Exec this year! I can’t wait to help plan some of my favorite Kesem events like Messy Olympics, Empowerment and Color Wars this summer as a part of the Ops team. I am already counting down the days to camp next summer!
Andie “Noodle” Goodman: Hey guys! My name is Noodle and I am a fourth year Youth and Social Innovation Major at UVa! This upcoming year I’ll be working on the Operations team alongside Pickle and Lox. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store. I am most excited to plan my favorite camp events like Color Wars and Messy Olympics. Kesem is my favorite week of the summer by far and I can’t wait to help make the magic happen for another year!
Charlie “Pickle” Pickell: Hey y’all. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and I’m a third year here at UVA in the McIntire School of Commerce. However, what I do outside the classroom is what makes this place so great. Camp Kesem blew my expectations out of the water, and genuinely made an impact on my life. It’s safe to say it’s now my favorite organization on Grounds, and I can’t wait to go back next year to lead my little Unit Ones again. Absolute beasts!!
Sam “Princess” LeFew: Hey guys, my name is Princess and I’m a third-year Global Public Health major from Lynchburg, Virginia. A little about myself–I am the fourth of five children, with a total of four dogs, three cats, and one fish between all of us. I am beyond excited to work with the outreach team this year for Kesem at UVA and get to know all of the families and campers very well! I hope that I can channel all of my energies into continuing to maintain and spread the Kesem magic!
Summer “Lilo” Maxwell: Hi everybody, my name is Lilo! I am a third year at the University of Virginia. I enjoy running, swimming, and searching for new study spaces around my beautiful university. I am majoring in economics and psychology I cherish spending quality time with family, including my sister Stitch (old director). I am looking forward to my third year as a Camp Kesem counselor this summer (Go Unit 2!), and cannot wait to welcome new campers!
Sammy “Skunk” Kunkle: Hi! My name is Skunk. I am a 3rd year at the UVA. I am majoring in Global Public Health and minoring in bioethics. In my free time I enjoy volunteering in the hospital and spending time in the outdoors with my friends. I love to work with kids and have had incredible experiences with campers at Camp Kesem. I am excited to work with the other Make the Magic Coordinators as well as the entire executive committee to make camp successful and enjoyable for all this year!
I’m Simba! I’m a fourth year mechanical engineering and economics major, and am excited for my third and final week of magic at Camp Kesem next summer. My favorite parts of camp are Messy Olympics, pool basketball, and getting to know all of our awesome campers. My favorite camp meal is the taco bar, followed closely by “The Big Cookie.”
Aaron “Nemo” Hou: What’s up guys! My name is Nemo and I am a 2nd year at UVA. I plan to study commerce and go into the finance field post graduation. I was born in Houston, Texas but have lived in Richmond, Virginia since 2006. Some fun hobbies of mine include fishing, playing poker, being in the outdoors/exploring, and reading fiction books. Fun facts about me: I was sponsored for longboarding in middle school, I had 2 kidney stones in the 10th grade, and I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Seth “Dumbo” Enderson: I’m a 4th year at the University of Virginia from Virginia Beach. This is my third year being a part of camp Kesem at the UVA. I first heard from camp Kesem from my older brother Riptide. Joining Kesem and being a part of it has been one of the defining moments of my college experience, something that I wouldn’t trade for the world. My favorite part of camp is color wars (obviously) but also am a huge fan of messy Olympics. The past 2 years have been amazing and I am stoked for this year!
Dulaney “Pepper” Phillips: Hi! I’m Pepper, a fourth year studying Kinesiology from Sacramento, CA. This summer will be my fourth year at camp and I am very excited about that! Besides my involvement in Camp Kesem, I enjoy running, hiking, and rock climbing.
Sam “Bow Wow” Howard: I grew up in a small town in rural Central Virginia with a loving mother, father, and 2 older brothers. When I was 2, my brother was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. My brother was treated and ultimately saved at the UVA Hospital. Growing up with the lasting effects of being in a family scarred by cancer has largely shaped my life and gravitated me towards amazing organizations like Camp Kesem, where I feel I can make a difference by helping others in their fight with this terrible disease.
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.
Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.
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