Meet The Team
Leah "BERRY" Edge here! I have been involved with Camp Kesem since my freshman year and it has been the best decision I have made in college. I have always been involved in summer camps, both attending and leading, but Camp Kesem is something special. I am blessed with the opportunity to be a part of our children’s lives and to lead this amazing organization to its 12th year. Outside of Kesem, I am finishing my last year in the School of Social Work and plan to work with foster and adopted children in my future career, eventually obtaining my clinical license, and maybe coming back to Camp Kesem to be the Mental Health Professional (can’t let it go!). As hard as it will be to leave this organization that has become my family, I will always be nothing but grateful for what Kesem has given me, and look forward to watching the future of CKIU grow to new heights.
Hey, y’all! My name is Kendall Lane McKee, but my preferred name is Fizz. I attended my first Camp Kesem meeting at the beginning of my Sophomore year, and I was immediately hooked! I knew from the second I became involved that I wanted to take on leadership roles within this amazing organization. Last year, I was the Make the Magic Coordinator, and this year, I am a director with one of my best friends (see “Berry” above). Although I would prefer to only be involved in Kesem, they also make me take classes here at IU. I am a senior nursing student, hoping to move to Nashville, Tennessee next year to work in Oncology. Biggest perk of my major? I can come back to camp as the nurse for the rest of my life (they can’t get rid of me that easily)! Joining Kesem was the best decision I have made in college, and it has been the biggest blessing in my life. I am eternally grateful to Kesem for the personal healing it as brought me, as well as introducing me to the most amazing people I’ve ever known. I am excited to spread my passion for Kesem and watch it grow in future years!
Hi! My name is Paige "Grams" Scott and I am currently a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I am from Evansville, IN and I heard about camp through Honey and Boomer my freshman year, and joined my sophomore year. I am so excited to take on Treasurer this year and seeing all of the milestones this coordinator team reaches. CKIU has introduced me to some of my best friends and I am so thankful for the friendships I have made. Cannot wait for another magiCKal year!
Hello CK! My name is Laura “Freddy” Sokolowski and I am an Indiana native, coming from Dyer, Indiana. I am senior studying Recreational Therapy and minoring in Psychology, however my long-term goal is to obtain a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. I found out about Camp Kesem through one of my best friends and could not possibly pass up this unique opportunity. I quickly fell in love with this life-changing organization and regretted not getting involved earlier. I look forward to being the operations coordinator and seeing what kind of magic we can make this year!
Hi! My name is Hayden Lang, better known as Potato, and I am from Columbus, Indiana. I am a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education hoping to teach kindergarten- third graders in the future. I heard about Camp Kesem through a friend my freshman year and immediately got involved, and I am so glad I did. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a coordinator so that I could do more for this amazing organization. Camp Kesem has become such a major part of my life, and I am so excited to be a part of making camp the best week of the year for the kids!
Hey there! My name is Megan "Flipper" Hargett. I am currently a senior studying Human Biology with a minor in Psychology. I joined Camp Kesem last year after seeing how huge of an impact it had on two of my roommates and instantly wanted to join this amazing organization to make a difference as well! I am really looking forward to teaming up with Lala to take on Outreach!
My name is Kayla "Lala" Brahm, and I am a junior studying Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Counseling. I'm from small town Ferdinand, Indiana - located just south of Bloomington. I found my place at Indiana University through Camp Kesem and my cycling team, both of which bring an indefinite amount of happiness to my life! Communicating with campers and families through Outreach is the most rewarding leadership position I have ever had the pleasure of having - thank you to all my friends and family for the unconditional love and support!
My name is Melissa “Malibu” Egert and I am a senior majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. I am from Schererville, Indiana and decided to come to Indiana University after falling in love with the beautiful campus and learning about the educational opportunities that IU has to offer. I heard about Camp Kesem through Ruby, and decided to join as a freshman. I am excited to be a Development coordinator this year and experience the magic for my fourth and final year of Kesem. Camp Kesem has changed my life and I cannot wait to see what this year has in store!
Howdy! My name is Jake "Snake" Cohen and I'm a junior studying Biochemistry. I was born in Las Vegas but I was raised in the western St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield. I hope to become a medical doctor some day. Outside of school & Kesem, I like to train for Little 500 & watch all kinds of sports! This will be my third year of Camp Kesem, and I heard about it because some of my other floormates (Cheeks, Spunky & Firefox) invited me to the call out meeting. I can't imagine my undergraduate experience without Camp Kesem. As counselors we may make a difference in the lives of our campers & their families, but they make a huge impact in our lives as well. Much CK love!
My name is Amanda "Panda" Martinez! I am a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in Arts Management and minoring in Marketing. I am a city girl from a place called Hammond located in Northwest Indiana. Coming into this organization, I was not the "camp" /"outdoorsy" type of girl. However, when I heard about this organization at the involvement fair last year, I knew I wanted to become involved and help Camp Kesem in any way I can. I am extremely excited to work my magic and do everything in my power to help this organization grow in my next 3 years at IU!
My name is Mackenzie "Spunky" Reetz, I'm number one, my reputation has just begun, so if you see me just step aside 'cuz I don't take no jive. My life is a razzle and a dazzle with nursing school, Camp Kesem, and Alpha Gamma Delta. I'm so excited to take on Make the Magic with Bubbles and hope to see you all there in March!
Hello! My name is Jon "Bubbles" Hicks and I am a Sophomore majoring in Accounting and Finance. I came to IU because of the Kelley School of Business and also because it is only about 70 miles from my hometown of Carmel, IN. Little did I know that it has one of the largest chapters of the most amazing and inspiring organization I have ever encountered. I learned about Camp Kesem IU from Strugbus, a fellow CKIU volunteer from Carmel. I am so thankful to have stumbled upon Camp Kesem and to have been able to experience the magic as a counselor last summer. I am honored to be a Make the Magic Coordinator for this year and I can't wait to see the growth of CKIU over my final three years in Bloomington.
Hey friends! My name is Andy Barnett, but most folks around here call me “Butters”. I am a Senior is the School of Education majoring in Elementary Ed.. Northside of Indianapolis is my home but I knew Bloomington was where I would attend college as I am the final piece of my parents sending all four of their kids to IU. I heard about Camp Kesem through an old counselor, went to the call-out meeting in the first weeks of my freshman year and have not looked back. Camp Kesem has been such an important part of my life and I am beyond excited to be Volunteer Co-Coordinator this year! Let’s Get Bibbly.
My name is Adam "Carbon" Warrick and I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience here at IU with the intent to practice medicine as a career. Last fall, when looking for ways to be involved on campus, I came across Camp Kesem and it was immediately clear to me that this was not just another organization that students join to boost their resume. The passion for serving others which I saw within the Kesem community was unparalleled by any other group I had been a part of here at school and I knew that I had found myself a home within the Camp Kesem family. In the future, and as a physician, I want to dedicate my life to serving others through times that leave them feeling scared and hopeless. Camp Kesem is an opportunity for me to dedicate my time, right now, to something bigger than my own daily struggles and to share my own love and passion with some of the bravest children I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
My name is Annamarie King, but my favorite people call me “Swiftie”! I am a sophomore from Fishers, IN majoring in Speech & Hearing Science and Spanish with a minor in educational studies. I am ecstatic to be a part of Camp Kesem at Indiana University and for my first year as the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. Last year, I found out about Camp Kesem through social media (classic PR Coord), and I am so thankful that I have become involved in this magiCKal organization! I cannot wait to work with this amazing coordinator team of passionate students to make Camp Kesem 2016 the best camp yet!