Fall Friends + Family Day
Spring Friends + Family Day
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Monica “Olaf” Fallon: Hi! I’m Olaf and I am a senior studying History and German at Notre Dame. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio and have been involved in CKND for the past three years. My favorite part of Kesem is working with some of the best people at Notre Dame and coming up with new ways to support our campers throughout the year. My favorite camp activity is actually free time – I love to talking to campers I don’t get to see as much and just hanging out! Fun fact: I have never eaten Taco Bell.
Sam “Playdoh” Porter: I’m Playdoh, a senior Physics and Mathematics major from Atlanta, Georgia! I’ve been involved with Kesem since my freshman year, and have loved every moment! I heard about Camp Kesem through friends I staffed a BSA leadership camp with, and have loved the opportunity to return to camp every summer. The joy we bring to our campers truly makes Kesem one of a kind! Besides Kesem, I’m involved in the Notre Dame Band, as a member of the drumline, and spend time on physics research.
Caitlin “Pong” Riley: Hi! My name is Pong and I’m a senior History and Classics major from Park Ridge, IL. My brother, Ping (do you get it?!), brought me into Kesem my freshman year and I’ve been involved ever since. I Kesem because the magic that happens at camp is indescribable and changes lives. Being able to help these children in any way possible is a gift, one which I am so grateful to have experienced. My favorite part of camp is the talent show because everyone is so supportive of and it’s so entertaining!
Anna “Suds” Kerschner: Hi there! My camp name is Suds, and the time of the year when I get to be Suds is my absolute favorite! I am a junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin studying Theology and Preprofessional Health. This is my third year participating in Camp Kesem. My favorite camp activities are riding ponies in the song circle, making friendship bracelets, and watching the talent show. The kids of Camp Kesem have undoubtedly changed my life, so this opportunity to make magic with them means so much to me!
Marie “Wednesday” Donnelly: Hello! I’m Wednesday and I am a sophomore majoring in Economics from St. Louis, Missouri. This is my second year with Kesem and I was a counselor this past summer with the Dark Green Unit! My favorite part of camp was meeting a bunch of amazing and funny people from all over the area. I sang silly songs, ate lots of s’mores, and, ultimately, had the best week of my summer with my fellow counselors and phenomenal campers. I can’t wait to help make camp 2019 even better!
Sean “Simba” Howley: I’m Simba and I am originally from Manahawkin, New Jersey. I am a senior studying computer science and this is my second year as a part of Camp Kesem! I joined Kesem because when I was a child both myself and my Grandma had cancer, and I want to provide the campers with the same warm, supporting environment that I was lucky enough to have. My favorite part of camp is the camp songs because it’s the perfect place for everyone to let out their energy and be the fun, goofy people that they are!
Kassadee “Squish” Ifft: Hi there, I’m Squish! This is my third year with Camp Kesem, and I absolutely love it. I am majoring in Psychology and Spanish and when I am not working on a mountain of homework you can find me pole vaulting for the University track and field team. One of my favorite parts about camp are the camp songs. These are a great way to get in to the camp spirit and engage with campers in a silly, spontaneous way. I already can’t wait for Camp this summer!
Lauren “Gumby” Lombard: I’m Gumby and I’m a sophomore from Western Springs, IL studying Chemical Engineering. I kesem because I know the immense impact a week of summer camp can have on a child. Additionally, I know how meaningful it is for our campers to have a community of people who understand the unique circumstances they face. My favorite part of camp is campfires and the talent show because everyone supports each other. I got involved with Kesem last year and am so excited to continue that involvement!
Ryan “Wonderboy” Fitzgerald: Hi, I’m Wonderboy from San Mateo, California, and I’m a junior studying Political Science. I joined Camp Kesem as a freshman in large part because of my sister, who was a member at the University of Oregon. In addition, my Mom passed away from cancer in 2016, so I wanted to be able to give back to others who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. My favorite part of the camp is the empowerment ceremony, because it is a time of strength and love that brings everyone closer as a family.
Jenna “Midnight” Streich: I’m Midnight, a senior from Aurora, IL who was born with twelve fingers rather than ten! (12:00AM is midnight, hence the name.) I am majoring in theology & pre-health with a minor in peace studies and hope to be a high school teacher someday. I got involved in camp my sophomore year and have been an Ops Coordinator since fall 2017. My favorite parts of camp are witnessing & partaking in the incredible relationships among the CK family and singing Linger together every night before bed.
Melissa “Birdie” Pavloff: I’m Birdie and I am studying economics and pre-medicine with a minor in sustainability. I’m from California, so I naturally love the beach and all things related to it. (I also love avocados if you can’t tell from my picture). I heard about Kesem from some of my friends, and after the first meeting that there was no going back for me. Almost a year later, I am continually reminded of Kesem magic and how lucky I am to be part of such a loving, strong, and incredible family.
Tom “WowButter” Meyering : My name is WowButter and I am a Senior Pre-dent student from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, and this is my 4th year being involved with camp! I Kesem because I want to help make the time at camp the most amazing week of the summer for our wonderful campers. My favorite part of camp is the talent show, where we get to see all of the campers show off their skills and cheer them on!
TomiJo “Fizz” Mansell: I’m Fizz and I am a sophomore majoring in science pre-profesional studies and minoring in STV. I am from Chicago and have been involved with camp for a year now. I first joined after I heard about it from a family friend and the cause really resonated with me. Camp Kesem was the highlight of my past summer and my favorite part of camp this summer was singing camp songs! A fun fact about myself is that I only eat brown m&m’s.
Hannah “Sparrow” Koechley: I’m Sparrow and I am a junior PreProfessional Studies major and Poverty Studies minor from Bellevue, Ohio. This is my third year as a counselor! I originally joined because I had heard such great things from friends and relatives who are counselors at other chapters, and the cause & purpose of Camp K is near and dear to my heart. My favorite part of camp is camp songs and cabin chats!
Susanne “Sharpay” Seiler: I’m Sharpay and I’m a junior Political Science major with minors in Journalism and Business Economics from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I originally joined Kesem because of how highly people talked about it and I’m so glad I did, everyone is so welcoming and supportive! My favorite parts of camp are the talent show and the all-camp games because it gives a chance for the campers to really come out of their shells and have fun. The best camp songs are obviously the do-as-I-diddly do ones!
Anthony “Zorro” Smyth: Hello! I’m Zorro and I am a senior majoring in science-business and theology with the hope of going to medical school. I’m originally from central Wisconsin, and this is my third year being involved with Camp Kesem. I joined camp because it gives me the opportunity to serve the most vulnerable and precious people in our society, children. I’m excited to be back at Camp Kesem this year and have a ton of fun with campfires, camp games, and activities.
Brett “Elvis” Segobiano: Hello! My name is Elvis and this is my second year with Camp Kesem. I am a junior studying neuroscience & behavior, hoping to one day attend medical school. I joined Camp Kesem because of these amazing kids. My family has also battled cancer and I was lucky enough to have a fantastic support group during our journey. Camp Kesem allows me to join in another amazing family and create that same support! I have loved being a part of Kesem and am excited to continue sharing the magic this year.
Brian “Boots” Boylen: I’m Boots and I am a senior Chemical Engineer from Monument, Colorado. I have been part of Camp Kesem since the end of my Freshman year. I joined because I could see from my very first meeting how important the club was to all the members. My favorite part of camp is the activities like rock climbing and the ropes course. My fun fact is that I was born with six toes on my left foot.
Allison “Ralphie” Young: Hi! I’m Ralphie, and I’m a Senior Science-Business major from Indianapolis, Indiana! I’ve been a counselor at camp for the past three years, and I’m stoked to be a Volunteer Coordinator with 37 this year! I Kesem for the Kesem family; I am inspired by our resilient campers and the amazing camp community. At camp, I love the all-camp activities, especially Capture the Flag!
Joseph “37” Levano: Hi! My name is 37. I am a senior physics major who has been involved in Kesem for 3 years now. I am a Volunteer Co-Coordinator who works to recruit new Kesem Members and mobilize our existing body of members. I joined camp when I heard about it from a friend and I have since fallen in love with it. My favorite part of camp is the support network we can give to kids at camp where they feel so comfortable with us and with the other campers.
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.
Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to Chicago, Illinois.
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