Meet the Advisory Board

 

Wolverine - Photo Richard Summers (pictured: right) is a three-year alumni of Camp Kesem North Carolina. He has spent time at camp as both a Co-Chair and Head Male Counselor, and worked closely with Jessica Chang, another CK Columbia Advisory Board member. After graduating from The University of North Carolina, he went undrafted in the NBA Draft yet again, and moved from North Carolina to the big city to pursue a career in finance. This is his second year on CK Columbia’s Advisory Board.

 

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Loren Wojcik joined Camp Kesem in January 2014.  She graduated from LaSalle University in 2011 with a degree in Communication – Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.  She is now a credit analysis for Assured Guaranty, a bond insurance company.  After hearing of this organization only a months before joining, Loren knew it was something she wanted to be a part of.  Beyond its’ fundraising and week-long camp, Camp Kesem adds true value to the lives of children and teens who all have one major thing in common – the loss of a parent to a terminal illness, something she herself experienced as a 13 year old child, but without the support of an amazing organization such as CK.  Loren values this organization and hopes it only grows to spread awareness that other children do not have to go through something this hard, alone.  As one of the newer members, she is extremely eager to become more involved with Camp Kesem and help to make a difference.  She currently lives in Manhattan, New York and is an advisory board member for the Columbia chapter.

 

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Reena Vanjani (Camp Name “Nala”) currently works at the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (part of The Estée Lauder Companies) managing the foundations venture philanthropy, grant portfolio, & clinical trial initiatives. Prior to ADDF, Reena worked at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for almost 3 years. Reena helped found Camp Kesem at Indiana University in 2004 & served as a coordinator at Indiana for three years. She has served as Camp Advisor for several camps around the country including Columbia University. Reena has served as an advisory board member at Columbia University since its inception. She also serves on the board of Children’s Hope India, a New York based charity that raises millions to support a multitude of projects across several major cities in India providing education, food, shelter, and health services to thousands of underprivelged children. Reena graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University in 2007.

 

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Hello Kesem-ers! My name is Dan Roskowski, but I’m more commonly known as Shades. I recently graduated from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) with a degree in Neuroscience, where I served as a Community Outreach Coordinator and as Co-Director for CKIU. I am currently a Master of Public Health student at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with an interest in sociomedical sciences and health policy. I’m eager to serve on the advisory board of such an amazing chapter—they’re going to accomplish a lot this year!