Meet The Team
Mackenzie Reetz here, or better known as Spunky! I am humbled and thrilled to be one of this year's directors alongside the fabulous Potato. I joined CKIU my freshman year and have been an Operations and Make the Magic Coordinator in the past. I am in the School of Nursing and hope to travel to Nashville, TN for a career as an Emergency Department nurse. Lucky for me, though this is my senior year, it isn't my last with Camp Kesem. I'll be able to return as the camp nurse! I'm most excited to see CKIU reach and far exceed the goals we set! CKIU is an incredible organization that has taught me and given back more than I could have ever imagined. I am so thankful for each of our volunteers, alumni, Advisory Board members, campers, camper families, and donors.
Hi, it’s me Potato! I have been involved in Camp Kesem since my freshman year and it has by far been the best decision I have made in college. I have been involved in summer camps my whole life, from being a camper to being a counselor and activities programmer. I am so excited to lead this organization alongside my amazing co-director and team of coordinators! Outside of Kesem, I am a junior in the Elementary Education program at Indiana University. In the future I hope to teach kindergarten- third grade in high poverty schools. I am so excited to watch Camp Kesem grow as a chapter at IU!
Howdy! My name is Jake "Snake" Cohen and I'm a senior 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 fourth 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!
Hello CK fam! My name is Jessie “Lilo” Habig and I am a senior studying Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. I grew up in Carmel, IN – about an hour or so north of Bloomington. I have always had a passion for working with kids and was instantly draw to Camp Kesem as soon as I heard about it from a friend. I am so excited to see what this year has in store for us and look forward to the amazing opportunity of getting to be the operations coordinator! I can’t wait for another magiCKal year!
Hi there :) My name is Madison "Mermad" Ross. I am a junior at IU studying Apparel Merchandising with a certificate in journalism and a minor in business, and I am from North Salem, Indiana. I am one of the operations coordinators this year! The last 2 years I have been a counselor for CKIU, but I knew I wanted to get more involved with camp, so I thought, why not plan it? I am so excited to bring camp to life this year. I love this organization so much...I know it's gonna be a 'mermazing' year!
Hello friends! My name is Maeve Dugan, but my favorite people call me Sweets! I grew up in the small town of Lebanon, Indiana and just love all the rural Indiana charm! Currently, I am a junior at IU studying Elementary Education with a concentration in Fine Arts. I love working with children, which led me to become involved with Camp Kesem. Since joining Kesem my freshman year, I have completely fallen in love with the organization and the hope it provides to so many kiddos in our community. I am so excited to work as the Outreach Coordinator and help to make Camp 2017 the best yet!
Hello! My name is Jon "Bubbles" Hicks and I am a Junior majoring in Accounting and Finance and am part of the Investment Banking Workshop. 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 Bloomington is home to one of the largest chapters of the most amazing and inspiring organization I have ever encountered. I learned about Camp Kesem IU early in my Freshman year from Strugbus, a fellow CKIU volunteer from Carmel, and I haven't looked back since. I am so thankful to have stumbled upon Camp Kesem and to have been able to experience it as a volunteer, camp counselor, Make the Magic Coordinator, and now as an Outreach Coordinator. I look forward to bettering the lives of almost 200 children in Central and Southern Indiana this year.
My name is Adam "Carbon" Warrick and I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience here at IU with the intent to practice medicine as a career. My sophomore year, 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.
Hellloo! I’m Jacqueline ”Lulu” Sasso. I enjoy long walks on the beach........AND CAMP KESEM! I am SO excited to be part of the coord team for CKIU this year! I am a junior here at Indiana University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies! I joined Kesem my sophomore year and wish everyday that I would have found it sooner. I fell in love with the organization so quickly and all that it stands for. I look forward to seeing what this year has in store for CKIU and am truly lucky to be part of it! CK love- Lulu
Hello, everyone! I'm Madel "Treble" Presto, and I'm from Columbus, IN. I'm a junior majoring in Secondary Mathematics Education with a Spanish minor. I joined Kesem last year (shoutout to Firefox for telling me to join), and I wish I became a part of this wonderful organization sooner because I've never become so passionate for something so quickly. I am beyond excited to be the Make the Magic Coordinator alongside Flounder, and I'm looking forward to see what's to come for Camp Kesem this year. LET'S MAKE MAGIC!
Hello friends! My name is Anna "Flounder" Zoulek and I am a sophomore majoring in Human Resource Management with a minor in Business. I'm from a suburb of Detroit called Commerce Township in Michigan. Since I am an out-of-state student, I had a hard time my first semester trying to find my place here at IU. I was just a small "Flounder" in this what seemed to be gigantic ocean. Over winter break, I had talked to a lot of my friends who are in Camp Kesem at University of Michigan and I heard a lot about their experiences. I wanted to give it a shot! So little freshman me pushed myself to go to the January mass meeting by myself and branch out. Looking back now, that was easily one of the best decisions I have made. I love Camp Kesem so much and am thankful for this incredible organization. Camp is always one of my top priorities everyday. It is my inspiration and motivation. Hope to see you all at Make the Magic in February!! :) Much CK love to you!
Heyo it's Airbud. I'm a senior at iu and this is my third year with ck. I study biochemistry and hope to attend medical school next year. I am the volunteer coordinator. My favorite camp song (and it should be yours too) Is the great big moose. I'm so excited for another year of camp
Hello! My name is Hunter Foist or Firefox and I am a senior(ish) and I'm majoring in secondary education and advertising. For me Kesem helps me as much as it helps our campers. I've learned so much over the years and can't wait to give back this year. My favorite memory from camp is when Pandora said that she would choose to be Taylor Swift because she's "obviously the next Taylor Swift".
Hey there! My name is Nathan Hack, but I cannot live a day without someone calling me by my camp name, Wrigley! I was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois; where there are more corn stacks and Abe Lincoln facts than there are people in Manhattan. I am a Senior at IU studying Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. I joined Camp Kesem in the summer of 2015 when Jukebox and told me about it at work, since then, it has become an irreplaceable part of me that will never leave. I am very excited to be a part of the Alumni, Marketing, and Public Relations team, sharing the magic with others is one of my strengths and I look forward to showing the world what it means to Kesem.
Hi there! My name is Kelsey Praeger or as I'm known at camp, Marvel. I am a junior studying Speech Pathology and Spanish. After undergrad I plan on getting my Master's degree in Speech Pathology and will hopefully be able to work with kids for the rest of my life! This is my second year as a part of Camp Kesem, after I found out about it from Dimples, and I am loving being more involved as an AMP coordinator. I can't wait to keep working with this awesome organization for the rest of the year and next year!
Hi CK! My name is Joe "Taco" Wagner! I am from Lafayette, Indiana (boo Purdue). I'm a senior studying Finance & Corporate Innovation at the Kelley School of Business, eventually I would like go back to school to earn my MBA. I first heard about Kesem my sophomore year at the call-out fair and after attending my first meeting I knew that I had to join this amazing organization. The CKIU family has helped me so much with my own personal healing and I love giving back to this organization since it helps so many others heal as well. I'm really excited to be the CIT coordinator this year and can't wait to help create more magical Kesem memories!