Fall Friends + Family Day
Spring Friends + Family Day
Spring Friends + Family Day
2020 Event Details TBA
Miranda “Moose” Morris: Hello! My name’s Moose & I’m a senior from Connecticut studying Policy Studies & Studio Art. I’m fortunate to have served Kesem as a camp counselor, unit leader, AMP committee member, camp admin, & Outreach coordinator since my freshman year. I’m so grateful to now be Director of a passionate & dedicated team that works together to foster & sustain the magic that is Kesem for our many incredible CK Rice campers & families. I’m so excited for another year of Kesem with this magical community!
Puja “Winnie” Tripuraneni: Hi! I’m Winnie. I’m from Georgia & study Kinesiology & Cell Biology. I got involved with Kesem my freshman year as a cabin and program counselor and have been hooked ever since, serving on the Operations committee & as an Ops Coordinator! I’m honored to serve as a Director in my final year. I know firsthand how a medical condition can affect not only a patient, but an entire family. I love everything Kesem stands for–magic, love, community– & can’t wait to see our campers this summer!
Alison “Acorn” Drileck: Hey y’all! I’m Acorn and I am a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas. I am studying History and Social Policy Analysis. Last summer, I was a Blue Unit Leader and I’m so excited to be part of Kesem again! My favorite camp song is “I Love the Mountains” because it is such a sweet song!
Thomas “Maple” Herring: Hi there! My name is Maple and I’m a junior from Toronto, Canada. I’m studying Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. I’ve loved being involved with Camp Kesem and my favorite camp song is “Razzle Dazzle!”
Sophia “Cosmo” Huang: Hello! I’m Cosmo. I am a senior from Houston, Texas studying Cognitive Sciences and minoring in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. My favorite camp song is “Razzle Dazzle!”
Mohan “Papaya” Bhadriraju: Hi, my name is Papaya and I am a senior from Sugar Land, Texas, and my favorite camp song is “Razzle Dazzle!”
Grant “Elbow” Lu: Hi! I’m Elbow, a junior Bioengineering major from Sugar Land, Texas. My favorite camp song is “Little Red Wagon.”
Austin “Oak” Hwang: Hi, my name is Oak. I’m from Fremont, CA. I’m a sophomore at Hanszen College, and my favorite camp song is “The Penguin Song.”
Spoorthi “Dazzle” Kamepalli: Hi, I’m Dazzle! I’m a sophomore from Austin, Texas, and my favorite camp song is “Razzle Dazzle!”
Susannah “Squiggle” Dittmar: Hello! I’m Squiggle. I’m a junior from Menlo Park, CA studying Bioengineering with a minor in Global Health Technologies. My favorite camp song is “Tarzan” because it was my campers’ favorite song my first year at camp and I love the silliness of screaming “like a BANANA!”
Allison “Bambi” Jaffe: Hi! I’m Bambi! I am senior majoring in biology. I have been part of Camp Kesem for my entire time at Rice and I love Camp Kesem! I love to run, hike, watch TED talks and read all sorts of books and articles! My favorite camp song is “I Love the Mountains.”
Ginger “Dandelion” Hooper: Hi! I am a junior here at Rice studying Sociology, and I am from Austin, Texas. Some fun facts about me: I play the trumpet, I’m a chocoholic, and my favorite camp song is “You Can’t Ride in my Little Red Wagon!”
Raj “Guac” Dalal: Hello! I’m Guac and I’m a junior from Pearland, Texas. My favorite camp song is “Hey Burrito” because of its numerous references to my favorite restaurant – Taco Bell!
Nithya “Nemo” Gillipelli: Hi! I’m Nemo and I’m a sophomore from Austin, TX. My favorite camp song is “The Party Song” because you get to keep passing on the enthusiasm and fun!
C.J. “Chef” Cook: Hi! I’m Chef. I’m a sophomore at Rice University, but I’m originally from Lafayette Louisiana. I love Kesem for the reason that it brings such a community for these children who need it, and also for us who help out. My favorite camp song has to be Tarzan, because all the kids and counselors get so into the “Like a Banana!!!” ending, and it’s amazing to see!
Vatsala “Coffee” Mundra: Hey! I’m Coffee. I am from Sugarland, TX and am currently a sophomore studying biochemistry and cellular biology! I Kesem because it is such an incredible group of people who support each other and these kids who have been through so much. My favorite camp song is “The Penguin Song” because who doesn’t like penguin companies!
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.