Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

June 9-15, 2019

Camp Comeca

75670 Rd 417

Cozad, NE 69130

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 15, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

March 10, 2019

Omaha, NE

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 13, 2019

Ashland, NE

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Make the Magic

March 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

333 S 13th St

Lincoln, NE 68508

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Hannah “Alaska” DePriest is a senior advertising and public relations major from Omaha. What makes her tick are coffee, camp songs and being around people she loves, especially her Camp Kesem family. This is Alaska’s second year as co-director and she is excited to foster an inclusive and positive environment and watch the chapter grow more than ever.

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Sarah “Mabel” Meyer is a junior dietetics major from Norfolk. Besides Camp Kesem, her happiness stems from surrounding herself with people she loves, being outside and, last but definitely not least, shopping the sale racks at Target. This is Mabel’s first year as a co-director and she is most excited to not only learn from all the people in Kesem, especially Alaska, but also to recruit new campers so they can experience the Camp Kesem magic.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Elsie “Avocado” Stormberg is a journalism from Omaha, Nebraska. In between the 18 credit hours she’s taking this semester (oof), Avocado loves to hammock, read books and most importantly photograph anything and everything. As her second year at Kesem, Avocado is AMPed to hang out with her favorite people and campers.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Grace “Clover” Bradford is an advertising and public relations and journalism major from Omaha, Nebraska. Clover loves her breakfast and to travel as much as possible. She also finds herself watching SNL reruns and reading the news. In other words, Clover is 80 years old. She is most excited for her final year of making camp possible with the coolest people ever at the coolest place ever.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Alli “Kitty” Hottovy is a sophomore pre-nursing major from Waco, Nebraska. Kitty is pretty “Waco” for kittens, hence her camp name. As of right now, she has 17 cats and kittens at her home. This past summer was her first experience as a counselor at Camp Kesem and is excited to get closer to all the other coordinators that make camp so magical and create a fun environment for the campers.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Madelyn “Cowbelle” Cejka is a junior child youth and family studies major from Suffolk, Virginia. This Huhot-obsessed gal loves her recently adopted dog, Koda, and nightly campfires during camp. This year as an MTM coord she is super excited to work with Kesemers and to plan a fantastic evening of fundraising with Cubed.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Noah “Cubed” Brittenham is a junior secondary education major from Lincoln, Nebraska. He is also a triplet, hence the name Cubed (ex: 2x2x2). Math, amiright? He’s also a big fan of eating Popeyes while also simultaneously watching the Atlanta Braves. This self-proclaimed fun uncle of Kesem, is excited to be working with Cowbelle again and seeing what new ideas they can bring to MTM.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Madison “Sunflower” Farnsworth is a junior speech language pathology major from Downers Grove, Illinois. No questions asked, Sunflower won a chicken tender eating contest when she was nine. This chicken tender lovin’ gal also enjoy hitting the slope and seeing others happy. As her second year as a coordinator, Sunflower is most excited to be back at camp with 160 of her best friends.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Alyssa “Ducky” Beyersdorf is a junior elementary and early childhood education major from Bellevue, Nebraska. Ducky spends her free time tending her plants which she lovingly names, going to the movies and a good round of mini golf. She is most excited to get to know new counselors and campers this year as well as plan one of the best camps ever.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Jackson “Wisdom” Schiefelbein: This junior accounting and pre-dental major is a big fan of Twitter and pop culture. Kids these days, am I right? Hailing from Topeka, Kansas, our friend Wis enjoys watching HGTV and drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte in a flannel to enjoy the beautiful, fall season. Wisdom is stoked to get to know his fellow coordinators as well as plan fun activities to help our CITs grow into becoming amazing leaders for the future

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Emily “Bagel” Taylor: I’m a sophomore Spanish Education major from Omaha. A fun fact is that I pole vaulted for one year in track in high school. Knowing that I’m working hard and making a difference makes me happy. I’m most excited to be a leader and get to know everyone better this year.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Liz “Roni” Friend is a junior speech pathology major from Omaha. Roni is the QUEEN of thrift shopping and searching for the best deals (future extreme couponer in the making). Besides thrift shopping, Roni loves playing with dogs, being with people she loves, and of course, singing camp songs. This being her second year as an Outreach coordinator, she cannot wait to help recruit more of the strongest kids to create the greatest week of camp, Kesem has ever seen.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Tanmayee “Nova” Chengalasetty is a junior English and Spanish major with the plan to go pre-law. This Omahan, considers herself a foodie and sometimes even a cook. You can catch her biking or reading a book on campus while also simultaneously eating avocado toast (big multitasker here). As her first year on the coordinator team, Nova is most excited to recruit as many new campers as possible and help spread the magic of Camp Kesem all around Nebraska.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
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Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Megan “Fuzz” Eisenberger is a senior accounting and finance major from Papillion, Nebraska. Netflix, Candy Crush or anything with cheese??? Yep, she’s obsessed. Fuzz’s happy place is Kesem because she loves spending quality time with the amazing people who participate in the organization.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Kate “Dobby” Alston is a sophomore marketing and management major from Omaha, Nebraska. Dobby was born in Canada, she eats ice cream five times a week and she was a camper at Camp Kesem at Northwestern University for eight years. I guess you could say our Dev coords are pretty cool, right? Dobby is most excited to give back to an organization that has given so much to me and have the opportunity to work with and learn from the coolest people ever.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Rachel “Smiley” Engel is a junior elementary and special education major from Chicago, Illinois. Our always smiling coord loves a good pun, listening to music, traveling and exercising (when she gets around to it). Need someone to get ice cream or coffee with? Smiley is your ‘go-to’ gal for both! Smiley is excited to show people how cool Camp Kesem is and hopefully get people to love it as much as she does.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

Maddy “Dino” Linares is a sophomore human resource management major from Oak Forest, Illinois. She’s the proud owner of 5 cats and one dog, can most likely be seen drinking a chai tea latte, eating tacos or napping whenever she can. Dino was a camper at Camp Kesem Northwestern, (with our Dev coord, Dobby! How cool is that?!) so is looking forward to giving back to an organization that has changed her life. She’s also looking forward to getting close with everyone involved in our chapter

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska
Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

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:

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

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

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

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

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska

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 University of Nebraska

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

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

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org
Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org

Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a Development Coordinator and two-year Co-Director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado

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.

Camp Kesem at University of Nebraska