Meet the Staff

Camp Kesem ASU 2013-14 Chapter Directors

Jill “Snuggie” Swanson

Hey Hey Hey, Listen Up Listen Up! I’m Jill, but I prefer to be called Snuggie. It’s my last year at ASU, and in May I’ll be graduating with a degree in Psychology. However, I fully intend to make the best of my last year at ASU and jam pack it with Kesem magic. I’m sustained by playing volleyball, spontaneously speaking Spanish, watching Jurassic Park, eating potatoes and laughing…all in my snuggie. Camp Kesem has influenced my life in so many positive ways, and I’m going to work my hardest to make CK 2014 the highlight of everyone’s summers (that includes gaga ball)!

Nichole “Sunny” Petteruti

Hey everybody, Sunny here! This is my senior year at ASU and I am majoring in Elementary Education. This year I’ve been busy student teaching in a 5th grade classroom, and I can’t wait for next year to have a classroom of my own! Some of my favorite things in the world are; the color yellow, hiking, being able to travel and anything made of chocolate! I have been involved with CK since my freshman year and I’m sad to say that this will be my last. However, I know that this year will be the best one yet, filled with camp songs, pies in the face and being surrounded by the best crazy kiddos in the world! Can’t wait for this summer! CK ALL DAY!

Operations Coordinators

Kristie “Petrie” Becker

Hi kesemers! I’m Kristie, but I prefer Petrie! (not the dish, the pterodactyl from land before time!) I am a freshmen at ASU studying business and one day hope to work for Camp Kesem national! I was a camper my self at Stanford’s Camp Kesem when I was a kid, a CIT this previous year at ASU’s Camp Kesem, and I now work operations, planning camp, this year! So Kesem has been apart of my life for a very long time, and I am so thankful I am able to give back to an organization that gave and helped me through so much; Kesem is my family, Kesem is my life style! I hope to plan the most fun year at camp yet! See you all at camp! Keep those pterodactyl smiles!

Josh “Beatz” Rood

Hey guys I’m Beatz, but some people prefer calling me by my real name Josh.  Currently I’m a senior at Arizona State studying biomedical engineering.  Besides studying and doing fun Camp Kesem stuff you can find me playing soccer, snow boarding, or just being awesome in general.  I’m so excited I get to go to camp again so I can play kickball and all the other sports with the kids.

Outreach Coordinators

Stacey “Pascal” Tornovsky

Hi there! I’m Stacey, but at camp you can call me Pascal, just like the chameleon sidekick in the Tangled movie! This is my senior year at ASU majoring in Human Development with a minor in Speech/ Hearing Science. I’m hoping to go onto becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. I grew up in San Diego and with that I love the beach, the sunshine and hiking! This is my third year at camp and I’m excited to get back there, sing our hearts out and have the best week of camp yet!

Sarah “Chewy” Blanchard

Hello there! Whether it is in reference to Star Wars or the granola bar, you can call me Chewy. A loud Wookiee call would probably do the trick as well. I am currently a junior at ASU and am majoring in Nursing! I am an Arizona native who hopes to one day work in pediatrics as a traveling nurse. My interests include reading, hiking, cooking, playing sports, and, most importantly, watching Netflix in bed with my dog. I also enjoy traveling and would love to go backpacking across Europe and Asia (although that may take a while)! This is my third year in Camp Kesem and my second year as an Outreach Coordinator member! I could not be more excited for CK Summer 2014 and the rest to come!

Volunteer Coordinators

Cass “Ducky” Possehl

Hi hi hi! My name is Ducky, I’m a junior at the best college in the world, Arizona State University. I am studying genetics and hope to one day be a genetic counselor. Outside of CK and spending days in the library I love to read, volunteer, go to the gym, and do anything outside (may be a side effect of growing up in Colorado). My favorite food in the whole world is goldfish, but I will never turn down anything chocolate. But my very favorite thing is Camp Kesem! I cannot wait for another awesome year with our CK family!!

Finance Coordinator

Steve “Starchild” Blakeslee

Hi there! My name is Steve, but everyone at Camp Kesem knows me better as Starchild. I am a Junior at ASU studying Nonprofit Leadership & Management, and I’m also working on a certificate to become a Certified Nonprofit Professional. Some of my favorite things to do are singing along to the Tarzan soundtrack, playing classic Nintendo games, and laying in bed watching old TV shows. This will be my second year going to Camp Kesem, and I look forward to singing Razzle Dazzle and seeing all of the Starchildren again!

Public Relations Coordinator

Ali “Gator” Lutz

Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Ali aka Gator (get it?!) This is my 3rd amazing year at Camp Kesem ASU and I cannot wait until CK 2014! I am a junior at ASU studying Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Outside of class and camp I love watching and playing sports, napping, and eating anything with peanut butter in it. I’m so excited to reunite with the crazy kids and counselors at camp in July and sing my favorite songs! In the meantime keep your llamas up and rock on!

Fundraising Events Coordinator

Elizabeth “Mater” Perry
Howdy y’all my name is Elizabeth Perry, or better known as Mater! You may have seen me in the famous movie Cars! I’m from the small town of Holbrook, Arizona which was the inspiration for the lovely movie I star in! Currently I am studying psychology at ASU in order to someday become a child psychologist! You can find me slinging mud in the little Colorado river or watching my little brothers play football!! I can’t wait for camp so I can play capture the flag with all the crazy Camp Kesem kids and maybe I can make another appearance in the fashion show as Matrix!

Development Coordinator

Cylee “Minnie” Brieske
Hey everybody! I’m Minnie and as you can probably guess I am obsessed with anything and everything Disney! I just recently spent seven months working in DisneyWorld, creating all kinds of magic! I loved it so much that when I moved back home I joined Kesem to keep the magic around. I currently work at a preschool on campus and I am studying to be a speech-language pathologist. In my free time I love reading, crafting and dancing! I can’t wait for all the fun times this year has in store, yay!

Advisory Board

  • Phillip “Bobcat” Scharf — Pre-Medical Advisor; Camp Kesem Advisory Board Member 2006-2014
  • Heather Toplak — Parent Advisors; Camp Kesem Advisory Board Members 2013-2014
  • Charise Azemopoulos — Parent Advisor: Camp Kesem Advisory Board Member 2012-2014
  • Jenay “Guppy” Travers — ASU Alumni; Camp Kesem Counselor 2006-2009; Camp Kesem Nurse 2010-2014
  • Angela “Rafiki” Li — CK IU Alumni; Advisory Board Member 2013-2014
  • Bethany “Peach” Slentz — CK UC Berkeley Alumni; Advisory Board Member 2013-2014
  • Tracey “Pebbles” Landstrom — Camp Kesem National Director 2013-2014