Mount Shepherd Retreat Center
1045 Mount Shepherd Rd Ext
Asheboro, NC 27205
Fall Friends + Family Day
December 1, 2018
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Spring Friends + Family Day
March 16, 2019
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April 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm
George K Catering and Banquet Hall
2108 Cedar Fork Drive
Greensboro, NC 27407
MaryKent “Ranger K” Wolff: Hey, everyone! I’m Ranger K, and I serve as a co-director for UNCG’s chapter of Camp Kesem. I am a Junior double majoring in English and Spanish with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. This is my second year working with Kesem as a director after BearO and I founded the chapter, and I love CK with all my heart. Outside of Kesem, I serve as an Honors Ambassador and work as the News Editor for our school paper, “The Carolinian.” In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends and read!
Savanna “BearO” Thomas: Hi friends! I’m BearO and this will be my 6th year of camp, but only my second serving as a co-director alongside Ranger K after founding the chapter. I am a Community and Therapeutic Recreation major with a minor in American Sign Language. Outside of Kesem, I serve as the Out of School Time Coordinator for the city of Greensboro. I believe summer camp is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have, and I am honored to be able to provide ours to so many deserving children this year!
Hayley “Flare” Robertson: Hey, friends! I am currently a sophomore at UNC-Greensboro pursuing a double major in psychology and sociology, with a criminology concentration. I am from Asheville, NC, which means that I LOVE hiking and being outdoors. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to art museums, and finding dogs to play with. I am SO excited for the upcoming Kesem year, after having a VERY successful first year in 2017-2018, and I am counting down the days until our camp of summer 2019!! GET PUMPED!
Doug “Capt’n” Grimm: Hi! I’m Doug, a Freshman Vocal Performance Major at UNCG. Hailing from the beautiful town of Brevard, NC where I live with my Parents, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and anything outdoors. I also enjoy baking, playing board games, and spending time with my 3 siblings. My greatest passion is Singing, and I want to use this gift to change the world! I’m is new to Kesem but ready to hit the ground running to raise funds to bring a many kids to camp as possible!
Jennifer “Airbud” Campbell: Hello! I am a Business Administration major with a concentration in Business Studies. This is my first year working with Kesem and I am thrilled! I love what Camp Kesem does for kids because it is something near to my heart. I’m ecstatic to be able to partake in such a wonderful organization and help change peoples lives.
Danielle “Nametag” Kramer: Hey! I’m Nametag, a Greensboro native, and I have been apart of Kesem for five years as a camper and counselor in training. I have been in love with Kesem ever since my first year attending, and that’s where I met my best friends. I am now a freshman at UNCG studying Kinesiology and pursuing a minor in American Sign Language. I continue to be apart of Kesem because of how magical it is, and can’t wait for the summer.
Lauren “Lemon” Szalay: My name is Lauren “Lemon” Szalay and my major is Deaf Education/Special Education with a minor in Spanish. A fun fact about me is that I am Quidditch club president at UNCG! Last year I was a unit leader for the little girls unit and had the best week ever! I’m excited to get more involved with Kesem this year and help “make the magic”!
Ruth “Gucci” Torrijos: I’m Ruth “Gucci” Torrijos, a Junior at UNC Greensboro, majoring in Recreation and Parks Management with a concentration in Event Planning and a minor in Entrepreneurship. This is my first year officially with Camp Kesem, but I have had loads of fun helping out with fundraisers in the past and I’m super excited for this year!
Megan “Bubbles” Crowley: I’m Bubbles and I am a junior Biology major, with a double-minor in Chemistry and Spanish. Last year, I served as a volunteer coordinator and got to spend an amazing week with the Blue Girls unit! Outside of Camp Kesem I enjoy reading, writing, and drinking coffee. I also love spending time outdoors, especially kayaking and zip-lining. I am so excited to see what our second year of camp has in store for us!
Aaron “Flapjack” Marrow: Hello everybody, my name is Aaron Marrow and I am a senior here at UNCG! This year I’ll be serving on the coordinator board helping to design and plan for camp. Last year I missed most of the fun preparing for camp and I can’t wait to make up for it this year. Kesem is full of the most selfless people and the most wonderful kids. I feel privileged for having the opportunity to serve within this community.
Allison “Swiper” Crossman: I’m Swiper! I’m a junior at UNCG majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. My goal after college is to become a therapist. I’m originally from Michigan which means I love drinking “pop” (not soda) and swimming in water that is un-salted and shark-free. I joined Kesem last year because my grandma passed away from terminal brain cancer in 2017 and joining Kesem gave me a positive community and a family that “undersood” my experience with cancer. I can’t wait to see everyone at camp!
Elizabeth “Spirit” Wright: Hi, friends! My name is Spirit and I am a sophomore English major at UNC-Greensboro. This is my second year being involved with Camp Kesem, and I love it with my entire heart. Outside of Kesem, I work as a consultant at my university’s Writing Center. I am also a huge bookworm and carry a book with me wherever I go. Kesem is a truly magical place, and I am looking forward to my favorite week of the year!
Serenity “Patches” Baxter: Hello everyone! I’m Patches and I am a sophomore at UNC-Greensboro studying Community Therapeutic Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. In addition I am also the Vice President of the CTR Club and a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I enjoy going to yoga when I wake up in time, taking leisure walks, riding horses, playing with my dog and spending time with family and friends.
Abigail “Butterfly” Gargiulo: Hello! I’m Butterfly and I’m a junior at UNC-Greensboro. I’m majoring in Recreation and Parks Management, with a concentration in Community Recreation and Event Planning. Outside of Kesem, I’m a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma. I joined Camp Kesem this year because I love camp and I can’t wait for a fun year ahead!
Kamone “Sharkbait” Hyman: Hi everyone! My name is Sharkbait and I am a Junior Biology major with a concentration in Pre-Med. I am from the Charlotte, NC area. In my free-time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, playing paintball, painting, listening to music and serving my community! This is my second year working with Camp Kesem at UNCG and I couldn’t be anymore excited to see what this year as in stored for us!
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.