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Meet the CKIU Team

The 2014-2015 CKIU Coordinator team is comprised of 14 dedicated, hard-working Indiana University students who work year round to put on the week of camp. Learn some more about our team here.

2014-2015 Coordinator Team


Abi Yates

Camp Name: Kitty

Email: abiyates@indiana.edu

My name is Abi and I am a senior at Indiana University majoring in Telecommunications with a minor in Theatre and Drama. I grew up in Bloomington IN and have been a part of Camp Kesem IU since I was ten years old. This organization is my biggest passion in life right now. I can whole-heartedly say that I have met my second family through being a part of it!

Morgan Gozdecki

Camp Name: Ruby

Email: mgozdeck@indiana.edu

Hi there! My name is Morgan “Ruby” Gozdecki and I am a Senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications and Culture​. I was born and raised a Hoosier – I grew up in Schererville, Indiana with a long line of Indiana University alumni, so coming to IU was a given. I heard about Camp Kesem from a fellow counselor and I instantly fell in love with the organization. Bittersweet as it is, I can’t wait to make my last year of Kesem the most memorable one yet. A big thank you to my family, friends, and mentors within Camp Kesem that have helped me become the best version of myself.


Kayla Brahm

Camp Name: Lala

Email: kalbrahm@indiana.edu

My name is Kayla Brahm, and I am a sophomore studying Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Counseling.  I am from a small farm town in southern Indiana called Ferdinand.  I chose to attend Indiana University because of the beautiful campus and endless amount of educational and extracurricular opportunities.  I learned about Camp Kesem when I attended the involvement fair my freshman year and fell in love with the amazing atmosphere and tight knit Kesem family.  After I attended my first summer of camp, I truly experienced the magic through the kids and counselors around me.  I couldn’t be more proud to be involved with the best organization on campus!


Lindsey Gardiner

Camp Name: Waves

Email: lngardin@indiana.edu

My name is Lindsey Gardiner and I’m a senior studying Psychology with minors in Spanish and Chemistry.  I’m from Columbus, Ohio but decided to come to IU because of my love for the Big 10, the great programs, and the beauty of the campus year round.  I got involved with Camp Kesem because some friends could not stop raving about how amazing camp is and how life changing being a counselor was.  Everything they said was completely accurate and I could not be happier with my decision to join Camp Kesem.


Mary Troyer

Camp Name: Keys

Email: troyerma@indiana.edu

My name is Mary “Keys” Troyer, and I am a senior majoring in chemistry. I am originally from Evansville, Indiana but have been proud to call Bloomington my home the last 4 years. I enjoy running, eating ice cream, playing with cats, and watching IU basketball in my free time. I joined Camp Kesem following in the footsteps of my older sister, Jenny “Sunny” Troyer and my friend, Jill “GusGus” Schenkel. Camp Kesem has introduced me to so many wonderful people throughout the years, and I am so thankful for the relationships that have formed and the friendships that will last a lifetime. I am looking forward to another magical year with CKIU!

Paige Scott

Camp Name: Grams

Email: paigscot@indiana.edu

My name is Paige “Grams” Scott and I am currently a Junior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I am from Evansville, IN and chose to attend IU because of its great science program and its beautiful campus. I heard about camp through Honey and Boomer my freshman year, and joined my sophomore year. I am so excited to be a Development coordinator this year and to experience another amazing year of camp! I can honestly say that joining Camp Kesem is the best decision I have ever made and I cannot wait to see what CKIU will accomplish this year.

Hunter Foist

Camp Name: Firefox

Email: hfoist@indiana.edu

My name is Hunter Foist. I’m a Sophomore Marketing major from Columbus, Indiana. I decided to come to IU because of the Kelley School of business, but found something I wasn’t anticipating in Camp Kesem. It became the driving force for my interest in non-profit. I want to use the skills I learn in Kelley to help those around me, not to simply drive a profit ratio. I’m so excited to be contributing to Kesem this year and hope to really make a difference in the lives of others.

Make the Magic

Kendall McKee

Camp Name: Fizz

Email: klmckee@indiana.edu

Hi!  My name is Kendall “Fizz” McKee and I am a native of Newburgh, Indiana.  I am a junior in the IU School of Nursing, and am the Vice President of my class.  I got involved in Camp Kesem last year when one of my roommates told me about it and I instantly fell in love with the organization and the people involved.  I’m excited to start my first year as a Make the Magic co-coordinator and I am already so thankful that I’ve become involved in CK.  Here’s to an awesome year with tons of magic!

Matthew Hodge

Camp Name: Jukebox

Email: mathodge@indiana.edu

Hey! My name is Matthew Hodge, and I am a senior majoring in Biology and Chemistry with a Psychology minor. I am from Highland, Indiana and decided to come to IU because of its science program. Friends from high school told me about Kesem, and I am so thankful that they did. Camp this past summer was everything that they said it would be and was one of the best times of my life. This is my second year in the organization and first on the coordinator team.

Public Relations & Marketing

Kirstin Brueckmann

Camp Name: Scully

Email: kbrueckm@indiana.edu

My name is Kirstin “Scully” Brueckmann and I am a senior majoring in Arts Management with a focus on the non-profit sector. I am from Brownsburg, IN and am thrilled to be the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for my favorite organization on earth – Camp Kesem Indiana University. I transferred to IU my sophomore year and immediately found my home and family in Kesem. Joining this organization has been, by far, the best decision that I have ever made. My Camp Kesem family pushes me and encourages me to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be, for which I will be forever grateful. I cannot wait to work with this amazing coordinator team to make Camp Kesem 2015 the best camp yet!


Leah Edge

Camp Name: Berry

Email: medge@indiana.edu

I am BERRY! I have always loved summer camps, both attending and leading them throughout my life, but Camp Kesem takes the cake by far. It has become a huge part of my life, has given me a camp home in college, and I am my favorite me when I am giving myself to Camp Kesem. I am a junior this year at Indiana University and I am majoring in Social Work. My long-term goal is to become a licensed therapist, but I can’t wait to see what the future will hold between now and then! I am also involved with Crimson CORPS, a peer support group on campus for the mental health facilities, and work at a day care. This year I am one of the programming coordinators for camp and I am busting with excitement! We have the coolest job by far, and I can’t wait to put on an amazing week of camp in 2015!!

Mackenzie Reetz

Camp Name: Spunky

Email: mreetz@indiana.edu

Hola! My name is Mackenzie Reetz hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana. I’m a Nursing student with a Psychology and Spanish minor here at IU. I’m a self-proclaimed organization queen, elephant enthusiast, and beach lover. Kesem has changed my life in the short time I have been involved. I’m ecstatic to see what Kesem has in store for this year!


Eric Cervantes

Camp Name: Hashtag (#)

Email: ericerva@indiana.edu

Hey! My name is Eric “Hashtag” Cervantes and I am a junior at Indiana University majoring in International Studies. I’m from Indianapolis, IN and am so excited to be the Volunteer Co-Coordinator for CKIU this year. As we move to two weeks of camp, we will be looking for strong volunteers to help maintain the strength of CKIU through the coming years. Already can not wait for my third year of camp!

Mallory Rode

Camp Name: Sperry

Email: malrode@indiana.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Mallory Rode and I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, Princeton. I’m currently a sophomore and choose to attend Indiana University because of it’s beautiful campus and their Speech and Hearing program. I’m currently working on a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a concentration in Audiology. I heard about Camp Kesem at the Student Activities Fair last year. It has been the BEST decision I have ever made! These wonderful people have became a second family to me, and made my transition to college so much easier. I am so excited to be the Volunteer Coordinator for 2014-2015, and for another amazing magical year of Camp!



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