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Jane Saccaro, Chief Executive Officer (Camp Name “Pocket”)
Jane joined Camp Kesem as Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Prior to joining Camp Kesem, Jane worked at Bain & Company, eToys.com and Princess Cruises, where she developed strategies, implemented change, and collaborated to demonstrably impact results. Jane brings those same skills to Camp Kesem, an organization that has tremendous personal meaning to her. Jane is honored to work with thousands of college student leaders and her colleagues to bring the life-changing “magic” to children whose parents have or have had cancer. Jane earned a M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems, and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology, both from Stanford University. Today, Jane resides in the Chicago area, with her husband and three children.


Jim Higley, Chief Development & Marketing Officer (Camp Name “Pops”)
Joining the team as Chief Development & Marketing Officer in 2014, Jim oversees all of Camp Kesem’s partnerships, fundraising and marketing efforts. With over 30 years experience building relationships with individuals and organizations, Jim spent the first 25 years of his professional career as a partner in a commercial real estate firm, where he helped the organization grow significantly. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 44, Jim made a major career shift, and became a stay-at-home father to his three children. Motivated by the loss of his own mother to cancer when he was a child – as well as the loss of his father and young brother to cancer – Jim’s become a visible and passionate voice in both the cancer and parenting communities and regularly speaks and writes about topics related to cancer, positive parenting, and raising children.

Aaron Hadley, Chief Operating Officer (Camp Name “H”)
Aaron joined Camp Kesem in 2014. As Director of Operations for Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support, he helped build the world’s largest organization dedicated to personalized peer support for cancer patients. As Associate Director for B’nai B’rith Beber Camp he managed a residential summer camp and retreat center. While attending The University of Arizona, Aaron volunteered for Camp Wildcat, a campus club similar to Camp Kesem, and led the organization as chairperson while earning a degree in Family and Consumer Resources. He has spent more than 25 years at camps as a camper, counselor, and camp director. Additionally, Aaron currently serves on the boards of Beber Camp, Perlman Camp, and Friends of Camp Wildcat. Despite living in Chicago since 2000, Aaron will always remain loyal to his hometown St. Louis Cardinals.

Abby O’Leary, Director of Finance & Administration (Camp Name “Cadillac”)
Before joining the Camp Kesem staff in 2011, Abby worked in youth development programming in Hillsborough, North Carolina and volunteered extensively with Comfort Zone Camp, a national bereavement camp for children who have lost a parent or sibling. Having lost her own mother to cancer when she was 14, Abby was drawn to Camp Kesem’s model of peer support and college student engagement. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from North Carolina State University, a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College/Columbia University, and is a member of the global public affairs and administration honor society Pi Alpha Alpha. Abby hails from McLean, Virginia and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jess Valle, Director of Alumni Relations (Camp Name “Honey”)
Jess founded the University of Georgia chapter of Camp Kesem, a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project recipient, in 2011 and served as Co-Director for two years. She has since served on the Mentorship and Development Committees for the Camp Kesem Alumni Association. She is also an Advisory Board member for the University of Texas – Austin chapter of Camp Kesem. Jess received both her Masters in Nonprofit Organization Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She works in Fund Development for ZACH Theatre, Texas’s longest running professional theatre company. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she has a spare bedroom dedicated solely to Camp Kesem visitors.

Cristin O’Leary Jones, Development Director (Camp Name “Babalu”)
Prior to joining Kesem in 2013, Cristin provided capacity-building services to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations at Draper Consulting Group, particularly focused on fundraising, strategic planning, and board and staff development. She served previously as Grants Manager at Margery Tabankin & Associates, a philanthropic and political advisory firm for high-profile, high-net worth individuals and family foundations. Cristin grew up in Connecticut and earned her M.A. and B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston. Cristin currently resides in Los Angeles.

Rebeca Enriquez, Development Coordinator (Camp Name “Mini”)
Rebeca joined the Camp Kesem National team as Development Coordinator in 2016. After losing her mother to cancer in her junior year of college, Rebeca fell in love with the mission of Camp Kesem. Her love for Camp Kesem inspired her to help start a chapter at the University of Southern California in 2013 where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator. After graduation Rebeca has since served as a national intake volunteer, local chapter advisory board member, and a senior camp advisor to multiple Camp Kesem chapters. Rebeca graduated from USC with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. She grew up in San Diego, California and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Bree Turner, Development Associate (Camp Name “Cheddar”)
Bree joined Camp Kesem in 2015. Prior to joining Camp Kesem, Bree specialized in event management, donor engagement, and capacity building at youth-focused organizations, Austin Children’s Shelter and Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County. Bree is a graduate of University of Baltimore where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration. A native of Ellicott City, Maryland, Bree now resides in Los Angeles.

Kim Porter, Marketing Coordinator (Camp Name “Diggz”)
Kim joined Camp Kesem in 2015 as Marketing Coordinator. Prior to joining Camp Kesem, Kim spearheaded the social media programs at two luxury real estate brokerages, creating and fostering substantial social and digital growth for the companies. A 2009 graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Communication, Kim has also worked as an editor for petMD.com, and as a freelance journalist published in the Miami Herald, Social Affairs Magazine, Miami’s Community Newspapers, and various websites. Kim was born and raised in Miami, Florida and currently resides in Chicago.

Fanny Wilson, Finance & Accounting Manager (Camp Name “Magee”)
Fanny began working as the Accountant for Camp Kesem in 2010, moving into the role of Finance & Accounting Manager in 2015. Fanny has over 14 years of professional experience working in the accounting field. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California and is a Certified Public Accountant in California. Fanny has previously worked as a volunteer treasurer for several non-profit organizations. Fanny resides in Moraga, California, with her husband and two children.

Alexandra Baldwin, Manager of Programs (Camp Name “Lola”)
Alex joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2013 as a National Program Director and became a Manager of Programs in 2015. She got involved with Camp Kesem at Michigan State University in 2008 and served as a coordinator, director, camp advisor, and intern with Camp Kesem National throughout her college career. Alex graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice. She is from Greencastle, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Liz Firestone, Manager of Programs (Camp Name “Phishy”)
Before joining the Camp Kesem staff in 2008, Liz grew up and worked at summer camps and in elementary schools. She was a camper, CIT, and counselor at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) in Zionsville, Indiana and a Program Counselor and Program Director at Dragonfly Forest in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She also worked in multiple elementary schools with K-8th graders. She helped found Camp Kesem at Indiana University in 2004 and served as a coordinator and a Director at Indiana for three years. Her extensive background working with children in the camp setting has made her a firm believer in the positive transformational power of summer camp. A 2007 graduate of Indiana University, with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management, Liz hails from Indianapolis, Indiana and currently resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida with her husband, baby boy, and 3 cats.

Tracey Landstrom, Manager of Operations (Camp Name “Pebbles”)
Tracey began working for Camp Kesem as a National Program Director in 2013 and has since moved into the role of Manager of Operations. As a student at UCLA, Tracey held multiple leadership roles in Camp Kesem including chapter Co-Director. After graduating, Tracey spent the year working for lululemon athletica in a managerial role. A native of California, Tracey grew up in Oakland and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Jenna Barnett, Program Director (Camp Name “Goose”)
Jenna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Program Director in 2014. She helped found the University of Georgia chapter of Camp Kesem, a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project recipient, in 2011 and served as Co-Director for the three subsequent years. She also served on the Camp Kesem Student Panel during this time. Jenna graduated from the University of Georgia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in English. She is from Marietta, Georgia and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.

Lily Daigle, Program Director (Camp Name “Dily”)
Lily joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Prior to this, she founded the Carnegie Mellon chapter in 2014, and served as Co-Director for the next two years. She was also a member of the National Student Panel during her senior year. Having been involved as a camper and volunteer with Comfort Zone Camp, Lily was drawn to Kesem’s similar mission of helping kids understand that they are not alone. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Decision Science. She is from and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cody Ferrantino, Program Director (Camp Name “Mufasa”)
Cody joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2015. Initially, Cody became involved with Camp Kesem as a cabin counselor at the University of Notre Dame during summer 2012. After his first camp, he served as Co-Director at CKND for the next three years, while also learning about the broader organization as a member of the National Student Panel in 2013 and an Operations Intern in 2014. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. Originally from San Diego, California, Cody now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Cortney Lebeda, Senior Program Director (Camp Name “Jazz”)
Cortney joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2013. She was part of the founding coordinator board at Augustana College and served as co-chair for two years. Augustana was a 2011 LiveSTRONG Community Impact Project recipient. Cortney’s goal is to utilize her strategic planning skills to help promote chapter success and to increase national awareness of Camp Kesem’s unique mission. She graduated from Augustana College with a degree in Communication Studies and English in 2013. Cortney is from and currently resides in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

Ciara Lepanto, Program Director (Camp Name “Wishbone”)
Ciara joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2015. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team and a co-chair. As a long-time camp enthusiast, Ciara was drawn to Camp Kesem because of the organization’s emphasis on community support and the simple art of play. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is from Tallahassee, Florida and currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Marge Lobeck, Program Director (Camp Name “Mama”)
Marge joined Camp Kesem National in 2015. Before doing so, she founded Camp Kesem William & Mary’s chapter in 2013 and served as Co-Director for the following two years. She also worked as a Camp Kesem National Operations and Development Intern and served on the National Student Panel this past year. Marge graduated from William & Mary in 2015 with a B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies with a concentration in Africana Studies. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, she now resides in Washington, D.C.

Kendall McKee, Program Director (Camp Name “Fizz”)
Kendall joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Kendall first became involved with Camp Kesem at Indiana University in 2013 as a sophomore. After her first year at camp as a cabin counselor, she knew she wanted to take on more of a leadership role within the organization. The next year she was a “Make the Magic” Coordinator, and during her senior year she was one of the Directors. During Kesem’s National Leadership Summit her senior year, she decided she wanted to become a part of the National team. She is looking forward to spreading her passion within the greater Kesem community! Kendall graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is originally from Newburgh, Indiana and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Laura Redmond, Program Director (Camp Name “Giggles”)
Laura began working as a Program Director for Camp Kesem in 2015. Laura became involved with Camp Kesem as a Unit Leader in 2010, and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Laura graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. She continued her involvement with Camp Kesem post-graduation as a camp advisor, advisory board member, and intake volunteer. Before joining the Camp Kesem team, she spent five summers working for Special Camp for Special Kids and a year working for Head-Royce School in programs administration. Laura is passionate about working with youth, and is excited to work for an organization that truly creates lasting meaningful impact. Laura grew up in Galway, Ireland, and currently resides in Berkeley, California.

Marty Shamon, Program Director (Camp Name “Goofy”)
Marty joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2014 as a National Program Director. As a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marty held numerous roles with Camp Kesem, including counselor, coordinator, and chapter Co-Director. After graduating, Marty continued his work with Camp Kesem as National Summit Intern and Senior Camp Advisor. A native of Illinois, Marty grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and minor in Chemistry. He currently resides in Venice, California.

Kelsey Wrightwood, Program Director (Camp Name “Fizz”)
Kelsey joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2015 as a National Program Director. Having had lost her mother to cancer at the age of three, she was drawn to the mission of Camp Kesem at the Augustana College chapter. She served as a counselor and co-director at Augustana College and also worked with Camp Kesem National as an event page intern and newsletter reporter. Working with all the incredibly strong campers and student leaders is Kelsey’s inspiration for her involvement with Camp Kesem. She graduated from Augustana College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, a minor in Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communications, and a Certification of Nonprofit Leadership Development. Kelsey currently resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Abi Yates, Program Director (Camp Name “Kitty”)
Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Stacey Yi, Program Director (Camp Name “Sunshine”)
A native Californian, Stacey grew up with ambitious goals, hoping to one day rule and change the world. Experiencing the sudden loss of her mother to cancer at age 10, she was struck by life’s brevity and the naiveté of her assumption that one had to rule the world to make it a better place. While she’s kept “Ruler of the World” open as a career option, Stacey has deeply involved herself with a variety of causes and nonprofit work. Some of her most cherished experiences have been teaching conservation to elementary students, caring for HIV/AIDS hospice residents, working on children’s research and advocacy, and founding & co-directing Camp Kesem at Rice University. She is thrilled about the opportunity to continue working with her favorite organization toward a cause so personally meaningful, while building and engaging communities in Southern California and Arizona.

Kristen Elfering, Executive Assistant (Camp Name “Crush”)
Kristen joined Camp Kesem as Executive Assistant in 2014. She became involved with Camp Kesem at Indiana University in 2010, where she served as a counselor, development coordinator, and Co-Director over the next four years. She graduated in 2014 from Indiana University with a B.S. in Marketing and Management. Kristen has previously worked at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up in the Chicago suburb of Lake Zurich, Illinois and currently resides there.

Scott Arizala, Camp Director (Camp Name “Funsize”)
Scott began working as the Camp Director for Camp Kesem in 2010. He is one of the leading experts and premier trainers on kids, staff and the experience of summer camp. He has been involved with camps and youth development for over twenty years as a camper, counselor, director and consultant. As a professional speaker and educator, he has given keynotes, workshops and educational sessions at numerous professional conferences, training events, and with organizations. He is currently the CEO of The Camp Counselor, a consulting and training company working with hundreds of camps and thousands of staff and administrators across the country. He is also the Camp Director for Dragonfly Forest, a resident camp for kids with serious illnesses and disorders in the Philadelphia area. He is a pioneering contributor to Expert Online Training, the world’s leader in online training for camp staff and is the award-winning author of the best-selling book on summer camp and youth development, S’more Than Camp.