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April 13, 2019
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March 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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Rachel “Zazu” Dow: Hi, I’m Zazu and I am so excited to be one of the Co-Directors this year. I am a junior from Oklahoma majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I worked as a Development coordinator last year, and have been a counselor at camp the past two summers. Outside of Kesem I teach for Community Health Educators and pet all the dogs I see.
Mira “Cocoa” Patel: Hey! I’m Cocoa and I am one of the co-directors this year. I am a junior in Timothy Dwight and am majoring in MCDB. Last year I was an operations co-coordinator and this will now my third year being involved in Camp Kesem! Camp Kesem has been the highlight of my summer and definitely has been the most important thing I’ve been involved with on campus. At Yale, I am also a Community Health Educator and college aide! I can’t wait for another week of messiness and fun this summer!
Audrey “Goldilocks” Huang: Hey! I’m Goldilocks, one of the Alumni, Marketing, and PR coordinators for this year! I’m a sophomore from Northern Virginia, looking to study cognitive science. I love learning languages, baking food, and traveling. Last year was my first time as a CK counselor, but it was definitely the highlight of my summer. I am so excited to be on coordboard and helping plan for camp this year, and so so excited to be at camp again!
Astrid “Zia” Hengartner: Hi! I’m Zia and I’m so excited to be one of the AMP coordinators this year! This is my fourth year of Kesem and there is nothing I love more. For the past two years I’ve been one of the Make the Magic coordinators, so I’m excited to experience a new side of Kesem. I am a senior from New Mexico and studying neuroscience. Outside of Kesem I am a First Year Counselor, conduct research in Yale’s Comparative Cognition Lab, and try to spend as much time as possible exploring the great outdoors!
Vikram “”Monkey” Shaw: Hey, my name is Monkey, I am a sophomore in Hopper College from Amarillo, Texas, and this is my third year being involved with Camp Kesem. I am majoring in MB&B and during my free time, I write for the YJML and enjoy playing basketball. Kesem was one of my favorite parts about last summer, and I can’t wait to help make next year just as good! The kids are so amazing, resilient, and inspiring, and we are going to work hard all year to bring the magic back next year!
Ali “Frosting” Vandebunt: Hi! I’m Frosting and I’m one of the Dev Coordinators this year. I’m a sophomore in Saybrook College looking to major in Global Affairs, and I’m originally from Santa Monica, CA. This is my second year with Camp Kesem – last year I was a counselor and served on the Make the Magic Committee – and I’ve absolutely loved my experience so far! All of the campers and counselors I’ve met are incredibly kind and beyond inspiring, and I am really excited to get more involved with the organization.
Drew “Droopy” Prinster: Hi Everyone, my name is Droopy, and I’m one of the Development Coordinators this year. I’m a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College and currently undecided about my major. I was born and raised in Colorado, and I grew up playing sports year round, skiing in the winters and hiking in the summers. I also love volunteering, reading and writing, and drawing and painting. I am so grateful to be part of the Kesem family, and I can’t wait to help bring the Kesem magic to life this year!
Cassidy “Maple” Richards: Hey! I’m Maple, a Senior from Canada and this is my third year being involved with Camp Kesem! Along with Thunder I am one of the MTM coordinators for this year and I couldn’t be more excited! Camp Kesem has been the highlight of my summer these past 2 years– I especially love jamming to camp songs and hanging out with 6-8 year-olds!. Outside of CK I study Psych with Neuroscience, am involved in Yale’s Mechanisms of Disinhibition Lab, and enjoy spending time with friends and being outdoors.
Tanvi “Thunder” Mehta: Hi! I’m Thunder and this is my second year of Kesem! Along with Maple, I am one of the MTM coordinators, and I could not be more excited! Last year was my first year as a counselor and I now fully understand the Kesem Magic. I Kesem because of our campers, their hope, resilience, and love. Outside of Kesem, I am studying political science with a concentration in health policy and global health! I also do classical Indian dance and I love doing photography for events and magazines on campus.
Sophie “Silver” Potter: Hi! My name is Silver, and this is my second year working as one of the Operations co-coordinators for CK Yale – the most impactful and important organization I’ve gotten involved in on campus. I’m a junior from NYC studying Architecture, and outside of Kesem I love doing graphic design work for my residential college, being a part of the Mental Health Educators, and traveling / exploring new places!
Max “Thor” Lukianchikov: Hey! My name is Thor and I am a junior studying mathematics from San Francisco, and I’m extremely excited to be an Operations Coordinator this year! I served as a Volunteer Coordinator last year and I’ve also been a counselor for the past two. I absolutely love the Kesem community and I cannot wait to work hard to make camp as fun as possible. Outside of Kesem, I work as a magician, conduct mathematics research, and play on the Yale Men’s Rugby Team.
Katie “Skippy” Malison: Hi! I’m Skippy and I’m so excited to be one of the Operations Coordinators this year with Silver and Thor! I just took part in my first week of camp this past summer and I can’t wait to have another. The Kesem family, campers and counselors included, inspires me with such positivity and I am so excited to be back with all of them being silly and having FUN! At Yale I study Psychology with Neuroscience, work in the buttery, and coach a middle-school girls’ lacrosse team. CK love!
Julia “Sprinkles” Zou: Hi! I’m Sprinkles and I’m a senior from NJ studying mechanical engineering here at Yale. I LOVE KESEM and was incredibly lucky to be one of the co-directors last year! I’m super excited to work with our families again as an outreach coordinator for my final year at Yale. Outside of Kesem and school, I love art, coffee, and Friends (the TV show). Kesem has absolutely been the most important part of my Yale experience and I can’t wait for another magical year!
Shoshana “Shine” Zhang: Hi! My name is Shine and I’m one of the Outreach Coordinators this year. I am a junior from Texas studying MCDB. This is my third year with Kesem, and I am so thankful to have Kesem in my life. My favorite memory from camp was our glow dance party. Outside of Camp Kesem, I dance in Yale Danceworks, am an aide in the Silliman Good Life Center, and work in a cell bio lab. I love all things having to do with paint, plants, art, music, yoga, and being with friends and family! #FTK #KKG
Geeta “Rosie” Rao: Hi my name is Rosie and I am so lucky that this is my second year as Outreach coordinator! Two summers ago, I absolutely fell in love with Kesem; the magic, the kids, and the counselors make Kesem the best week of my entire year. The green unit campers have my heart and have taught me so much — especially how to spend every moment like you are 6 years old again! At Yale, I am a senior and study Neuroscience and the History of Science & Medicine.
Hannah “Woody” Wood: Hi everyone! My name is Woody and I’m the Treasurer for Camp Kesem at Yale. I grew up in Taiwan, and right now am a junior in Berkeley College at Yale studying Global Affairs also a bit of computer science. I have been a counselor for the past two years and the two weeks I have been at camp have been incredibly rewarding and wonderful weeks. I truly love spending time with all of the kids and learning from all of them constantly. I’m excited to help more as the Treasurer this year!
Olivia “Snow” Tracey: Hi everyone! My name is Snow and I’m super excited to be one of the Volunteer Coordinators this year. I am a junior in TD, majoring in History of Art. This is my third year with Kesem and I can honestly say that it is the best thing I have ever been a part of – what is more fun than scream-singing the Toast Rap and covering your best friends in holi powder? Outside of CK, I am a Science Tour Guide and a very active member of Yale Danceworks. I can’t wait for another incredible year with Kesem!
Maciej “Plankton” Zielonka: Ahoy! My name is Plankton and I’m from New York City, I’m excited to coordinate the Volunteer Committee along with my friends, Pluto and Snow, who bring Kesem Magic wherever they go. Last summer was perfect, I fell in love with camp. I can’t wait to go back, I’m totally amped. I love Silliman, musicals, and sports, and hanging with friends on basketball courts!
Will “Pluto” Marks: Hello! I am Pluto (like the dog, not the planet!), and I am a Volunteer Coordinator this year. Last year I served as the Treasurer of Camp Kesem Yale. I am from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Go Eagles!), and am double majoring in History and Political Science. Kesem is by far the most important thing that I do and I am so looking forward to camp next summer!
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.
Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.