2013-2014 Community Outreach Coordinators

We are proud to introduce to everyone our Community Outreach Coordinators for our first chapter of  UC Santa Cruz Camp Kesem. These fantastic Coordinators are dedicated to bringing 30 amazing kids/teens to the first ever chapter at UC Santa Cruz. Dragonfly and Panda have been meeting with local schools and hospitals to find campers and spread the word about Camp Kesem in the Santa Cruz Community.


  • Family Outreach
    • Conduct camper recruitment and selection process
    • Manage collection of data from pre- and post-camp camper and parent questionnaires
    • Manage efforts to develop partnerships with community organizations
    • Conduct search and selection of camp nurse, therapist and doctor on-call for camp
  • Reunions (2nd+ year only)
    • Plan and execute fall and spring reunions


  • Last quarter the community outreach committee found a therapist for the camp this summer! His name is Nate Weinstein and he has a practice in family and child therapy. He is extremely enthusiastic about helping Camp Kesem and we are so happy to have him on our team and look forward to getting him involved.
  • We have also reached out to a few oncology departments and cancer resource centers where we hope to catch the attention of families and recruit some campers.


Name/ Camp Name: Michelle “Dragonfly” Daher

Hometown: Half Moon Bay, CA

Birthday: Jan 25, 1993

Major/Year: 3rd Year Feminist Studies Major, Astrophysics Minor

Favorite Candy: Cadbury Caramel Eggs!!! Or Reese’s Cups :)

Why you are a part of Camp Kesem: I attended Camp Kesem as a camper for 8 years and it changed my life. I want to give back to the community and help other kids in a similar situation!

3 words that describe yourself: Understanding, Fun-loving, Decdicated

If there was one place you travel to in the world right now, where would you go and why: Southeast Asia, because I’ve never been there and it looks beautiful!


Name/ Camp Name: Emily Redfield/ Panda

Hometown: Santa Barbara

Birthday: May 6 1993

Major/Year: Psychology/Sophomore

Favorite Candy: Peanut M and Ms

Why did you get involved with Camp Kesem: Camp Kesem provides kids whose parents have cancer a support system, which helps them get through a really rough point in their lives and stays apart of them for the rest of their lives. I love helping people in need and I love being a part of an organization that I truly believe in. Camp Kesem allows me to do both of these things and I am so fortunate to be apart of it!

How did you pick your Kesem name:I chose Panda as my camp name because they are the cutest and most chill animals in the world.

Describe yourself in 3 words: Easy-going, compassionate and goofy.

If there was one place in the world that you could travel to right now, where would it would be: If there was one place in the world that I could travel to it would be, well, anywhere but if I had to choose one place, somewhere in Asia. The culture is so different there and I would love to experience the different food, religion and people.