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Chloe 'Sparky' Verhaeghe: All of my favorite Kesem memories revolve around being unapologetically myself and seeing the kids embrace everything that makes them unique! My co is pretty cool too. :)
Angel 'Grumpy' Roberson: During my 2nd year of camp, I was Unit Leader for our youngest girls. During cabin chat after Empowerment, we asked them who their hero was. One camper asked if she could have multiple and then said "My heroes are my mom, my dad and Grumpy." I cried
Lori 'Turtle' Vu: HI! I'm Turtle! I am a Junior, Biochemistry major. Along with Kesem, I am involved in research, EPIC, and SERV. This is my second year in Kesem and my first year on the AMP team. I can't wait to work with my Co, Rex. Let's create some Kesem magic!
Nikita 'Rex' Simha: I loved ending our days with closing circle. All the warm and fuzzies.
Riley 'Ferret' Horak: My favorite memory was teaching one of the kids how to do a rubix cube
Ari 'BFG' Benzvi: My favorite camp memory is having an all out paint fight. Paint ended up everywhere!
Angela 'Popcorn' Nguyen: CAMP!!! ALL OF IT!! BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE!!!
Natalie 'Raccoon' Verhaeghe: Having my sister in Kesem with me
Priyanka 'Peachy' Vayalali: My favorite memory was the paint wars at camp this past summer.
Cori 'Oreo' Weaver: I am looking forward to continuing in my Operations position and helping my chapter grow and provide the best week ever for more kids!
Bianca 'Otter' Verasammy: My favorite Kesem memory is chillin by the campfire with all the campers, counselors and smores :)
Kiana 'Kiwi' Shirmanesh: I'm looking forward to connecting with the families!!
Abby 'Pooh Bear' Lewis: My favorite camp memory was hearing empowerment and how strong all the campers were!
Nety 'Piglet' Duenas: Every year I look forward to returning campers and meeting new campers. The past ones bring me back as they are true inspirations and make you want more Kesem. New campers are another excitement as we expand our current family and spread Kesem love.
Tanner 'T-Bone' Cannedy: Every Kesem memory is my favorite Kesem memory!
Mackenzie 'Yeehaw ' Buckner: Empowerment and the After Dance Party
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.
Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.