About Us

Meet our Camp Kesem Berkeley 2014-2015

Coordinator Team!




DSC_0119Previn “Zeppelin” Ganesan

HI! My name is Zeppelin and I am a fourth year majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Biochemistry. As Outreach Coordinator last year, I had the pleasure and honor of getting to know our campers and their families! I’m now so, so pumped to be a director alongside Waka! I love basketball, playing guitar, driving, and just about anything that involves a good time and a laugh–a.k.a CAMP KESEM!





Kaya “Waka” Halpern

Hello all! My name is Waka and I am a fourth year majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies. Last year I had the great privilege of being one of the PR and Marketing coordinators and I cannot wait to continue as a director with Zeppelin! In my spare time I love to explore the outdoors, have spontaneous dance parties, and garden. I love everything about Camp Kesem and I am so excited for another magical year!





DSC_0077Jessica “Nike” Cross

Hey what’s up, My name is Nike! I was named after my passions for running, playing soccer, and for simply always being on the run. I am senior majoring in Integrative Biology with a focus on human biology and health sciences. My goals are to become a physician assistant in an orthopedic clinic or the ER within the following years from graduating UC Berkeley. When I am not studying away, you can find me running the streets, doing yoga, hanging out with my fellow kesemers, and reading from time to time. Last year, I had the honor to be a part of the Coordinator team as a Development Coordinator, and I am back again serving Kesem as a Development Coordinator. I can not wait for another exciting year, filled with laughs and kesem moments! I just want to finish by saying that joining Camp Kesem as a freshman was an incredible way to start my college career and finishing my college career will only make it more magical.

DSC_0089Joani “Stitch” Gillam

Hey everyone! My name is Stitch and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Development team this year. I am a sophomore majoring in Political Economy and minoring in Spanish. This is my second year in Camp Kesem and my first year on the coordinating team. I love doing ballet, playing guitar, sewing (hence the name Stitch), and hanging out with kids. I am honored to be a part of this incredible organization, and can’t wait to experience all the Kesem magic to come!


DSC_0121Ryon “Mahi” Sabouni

Aloha! My name is Mahi and I am even more excited than Stitch to be working on the Development team this year. I joined Kesem last Spring and was a counselor for the one and only incredible  blue unit. I loved every minute of my experience, and it just keeps getting better. I am a second year and am looking at Business and Computer Science, I’ll get back to you all in the Spring once I’ve decided! I really enjoy doing anything outdoors, but my favorite hobbies are definitely fishing and soccer. My dream is to one day go on an 8-day tuna fishing trip in mexican waters. You generally find Mahi-mahi on tuna trips and they happen to be my favorite fish to catch, hence the name. Looking forward to having awesome year with the entire Coordinator team!

Marketing & Public Relations



DSC_0167Lila “Kiwi” Murphy

Hello there! My name is Kiwi, and I am so excited to be a part of the Marketing and PR team this year! This is my second year working with Kesem and my first year as a coordinator. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Integrative Biology and minoring in Classics. I love reading, being outdoors, and eating all kinds of fruits and vegetables! I can’t wait for what this next year (and my future years with Kesem) will hold, and I am incredibly grateful to be involved in such an amazing organization.




Tori “Posey” Sandsor

Hey everybody! My name is Posey and I am a fourth year double majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology and Anthropology! I am so excited to be half of the Marketing & PR team with Kiwi, and look forward to spreading the word of Kesem all over the Bay Area. In my free time, I love hiking, reading, singing camp songs, and making s’mores. I have been a counselor for the past two years (shout out to my yellow llamas and orange pterodactyls), and am so thankful to my campers and fellow counselors for continuously inspiring me! Kesem has been the best part of my time at Cal and I am so happy that I have one more year with this amazing organization!



DSC_0103Matt “Shamrock” Cook

Hey all! My name is Shamrock and I am a fourth year Molecular and Environmental Biology Major and Public Policy Minor. After college, I hope to work in either Health Administration or Environmental Consulting. I’ve had so much fun at camp as a counselor these past two years, and am ecstatic to be working with Chip and Wrigley to make it even better this year (if that’s even possible!) When I’m not doing things for school or camp, I love to try out new sushi restaurants, curl up with a good book, or visit my huge extended Irish family (thus the name Shamrock). I couldn’t be luckier to be a part of Camp Kesem, and I can’t wait to see y’all at the next reunion!



Lisa “Chip” Reilly

Hi everyone! I’m Chip, a third year studying Public Health. I couldn’t be more excited to plan camp with the rest of the Operations team this year! I joined Kesem my freshman year, and this past year I had the opportunity to be a Special Events coordinator. In my spare time you can find me drinking coffee, exploring the Bay Area, and talking about how much I love San Diego. I’ve been a counselor in the Green Unit for the past two summers, and I can’t wait to experience the magic a third time around!




Charlotte “Wrigley” Runziel

Hey everyone! My name is Wrigley! I was named after Wrigley Field in Chicago, my hometown. I’m a third year marine sciences major and potentially pre-medicine. I either want to be a doctor or do ocean conservation. My hobbies include watching documentaries about the ocean, playing sudoku or soaking up sun on Memorial Glade, a big field on UC Berkeley’s campus. I have been involved in Camp Kesem since freshman year and this is my second year on the coordinator team. I was previously the co-coordinator for Marketing and PR and I’m currently the Teen Operations coordinator. I was in Red unit this past camp (We’ve got the chops, red triceratops!) and I cannot wait to lead the teens this summer!



DSC_0094Megan “Poppins” Eaves

Hi friends! I’m Poppins and I am a third year Public Health Major. I have been a Kesem counselor for two years now and I am thrilled to now be on the coordinator team. I love hanging out with kids and being silly, so Camp Kesem is where I am my absolute happiest!






Erin “Splash” Levis

Hi everyone! My name is Splash and I am a third year majoring in Public Health who loves traveling to new places, finding yummy foods to try, and spending time with family and friends.I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to plan camp last year as part of the Operations team, and I am so excited to be an Outreach coordinator this year! I can’t wait to get to know all of our campers and their families while experiencing another year of Camp Kesem magic!





Special Events




Carly “Freckles” Reed

Hi friends! My name is Freckles, and I’m a fourth year Political Science major hoping to work in government after graduation. After being a counselor for two years (shoutout to Orange and Blue Units!), I’m so stoked to be a part of the Coordinator Team on Special Events! Some of my hobbies include swimming, hiking, making smoothies, adventuring, playing (or at least trying to play) my guitar, and singing camp songs! One of my most recent adventures was backpacking through Argentinian Patagonia during my semester in Buenos Aires last spring. Gem and I (see what I did there?) are SO excited to plan some great FUNdraising events to support our Kesem family!


DSC_0159Amanda “Gemini” Sheu

Hi there! My name is Gemini, and I’m currently a fourth year studying Molecular and Cell Biology, with an emphasis in Neurobiology, and minoring in Disability Studies. I had a great time last year as a Special Events coordinator and am so grateful to be back for round 2 with Freckles! I also had the wonderful opportunity to experience the magic of camp these past two summers as a Red Teen Unit counselor. When I’m not doing all things Kesem, I love dancing with UC Berkeley’s dance teams, Fei Tian Dancers and The [M]ovement, going for long runs, hiking, staying indoors with a good movie/book, and being around friends and family who make me laugh till my cheeks hurt! I’m so honored to be a part of this incredible organization and can’t wait for what this year has in store! Can we be at camp now?!



DSC_0111Kayla”Flipper” Mason

Howdy, I’m Flipper!  I’m a second year Mechanical Engineering major who loves loud music, spicy food, and adventure.  I got to experience the magic of camp for the first time this summer (shoutout to Orange Unit), and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  I had so much fun getting to know all the campers and my fellow counselors. And now, I couldn’t be more excited to be a Volunteer Coordinator with Hobbes and Sequoia — this year is going to be kesem-tastic!!!!  In my free time I like going to concerts, trying out new restaurants in Berkeley, and hanging out with friends!


Charlotte “Sequoia” Hoerber

Greetings from the forest! My name is Sequoia, and I’m a 4th year double major in Linguistics and Asian Art History hoping to become a speech therapist. When I’m not drooling over Sanskrit and Japanese paintings, you can find me listening to bluegrass music, skyping my dog (shoutout to Frosty), watching a Bollywood movie, making a to-do list, or thinking about feminism. I’ve had a blast during my last 3 years as a Kesem counselor and missed Kesem like crazy while I was studying abroad in India. I am so excited to be back to train all of our amazingly talented counselors this year, and am inspired by my hilarious and courageous campers every single day!



Evan “Hobbes” Winger

Hey there, I’m Hobbes!  I am currently a fourth year Mechanical Engineering major, and as Volunteer Coordinator this year, I am excited to work with Sequoia and Flipper to round up the most excited, passionate, creative, dedicated, hardworking, innovative, prepared, and magical batch of counselors the world has ever known.  I love my Kesem family and feel so lucky to be a part of all the fun we will have together this year.  In my free time I enjoy rumpus-ing around with my best friends Karl the Caterpillar and Fred Moose.  Is it time for camp yet?