Coordinator Bios


jasonIntro: My name is Jason, but at camp I go by Koon Dog. Im an Idaho native, born & raised in Rexburg. My dream is to become an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon and be able to treat people with birth defects, trauma and cancer in the jaws and face.

My Kesem Story: I got so lucky and stumbled on Camp Kesem. I was looking for something I could volunteer with, but I found something completely life changing. I have never had to deal with a parent with cancer and I can’t imagine how much of a struggle it would be. I remember when I was a little kid my mom got sick. It was just a cold or the flu- something not very serious, but I remember being so scared and worried, at a loss for what I should do. Magnify my experience by about a million and it might start to approach the feelings the kids of cancer patients are having. By becoming involved with camp Kesem I’ve started to empathize with the kids we will be serving at camp, and I’m becoming more and more excited for the week of camp!

Kelsey 2

Intro: Hi! I’m Kelsey “Dulce” Skinner from San Dimas, California. I’m a senior at BYU-Idaho and I am an international studies major with an emphasis in health science and a minor in spanish. I love speaking Spanish, eating Mexican food, swimming in the ocean and playing tennis! I’m the youngest of five children, and have lots of nieces and nephews who I adore. Children are a big part of my life and who I am.

My Kesem Story: That’s how the magic began for me. I started out with the simple desire to help out and work with children. The more I’ve been a part of Camp Kesem, the more the magic grows within me. Meeting the people and spending time with the kids is inspiring me more and more.

Intro: My name is Melanie Beard. My camp name is “Bubbles”. I was raised in Rigby Idaho. I grew up with one older brother. He is still my best friend. I married my husband in July 2011. He is by biggest supporter in everything I do. Together we enjoy all the great outdoor activities Idaho has to offer including horseback riding, camping and snowboarding I love spending time with my family. I am a student at BYU-Idaho I am working towards a degree in human Biology. My ultimate coal is to attend medial school and have a career as a pediatric cardiologist.

My Kesem story: As a pre-medical student I had been searching for a unique long term service opportunity. When I first head about camp Kesem, I thought it would be a great experience. What I learned was much more than I expected. Camp Kesem has become much more than a volunteer opportunity. It has becoe my passion. I believe that Camp Kesem has the ability to have a positive impact on everyone involved. I am excited ot get to know all the children coming to camp.

Intro: My name is Tayler Johnson (a.k.a Magic). Im from Los Angeles CA. I study the science of biochemistry, planning on either going to medical school or graduate school.

My Kesem Story: I heard about Camp Kesem from our main man Darren and how I could get involved and make a difference. I Kesem because I love kids and I love being a positive Influence on those around me. Its just who I am. Combine those 2 qualities and you get Camp Kesem!

Rachael "Hippo"

Intro: My name is Rachel Brooks, AKA Hippo. I’m from Kennewick, Washington. I’m a Sophomore at BYU-Idaho majoring in communication, emphasis in public relations.

My Kesem Story: Coming soon!



Kara Hubbard

Intro: Hey! My name is Kara Hubbard, AKA K-Rad. I am a senior at BYU-Idaho, and my major is Nursing. I am from Layton, Utah, the middle child, and an avid outdoorswoman.

My Kesem Story: I heard about Camp Kesem from a friend and immediately fell in love. I am so excited to work with these incredible kids. I Kesem because it’s an opportunity for me to do something outside myself. I LOVE kids and I can’t wait to get to know them. If I can help just one kid, Camp Kesem will be worth it.

Intro: My name is Kaleb Roberts I am a Junior at BYU-Idaho studying human biology. My goal is to get my degree and chase my goal of going to medical school.

My Kesem Story: I got introduced to Camp Kesem when I student made an announcement in one of my classes and showed one of the camp Kesem videos. They let us know that they were looking for volunteers to help start up the camp at BYU-ID. I immediately wanted to be a part of camp because cancer has truck close to home in my family. My grandpa and my uncle both passed away from cancer and I know what it feels like to lose somebody that I love. I want the kids to know that they are not alone and that there is hope to keep pushing on.

Intro: My name is Eric Hendrickson, at camp Kesem I am known as Brown Bear. I love honey! On waffles, on sandwiches or whatever. I was born and raised in Corona, California and I love to surf, ride dirt bikes, skateboard and I really enjoy woodworking. I am currently in my last semester of nursing school at BYU- Idaho and I have hopes of going on to medical school in the next few years.

My Kesem Story: I first heard about Camp Kesem at school and I immediately fell in love with it. The reason I choose to do Camp Kesem is because I personally have seen the effects of cancer on families. My aunt and uncle both were diagnoses with cancer and went through treatment at the same time. They had 2 kids living at home when they found out and it was a huge impact on their family. My aunt survived but my uncle did not. I know that Camp Kesem can make an enormous difference in the lives of the kids that attend.