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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.
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Alumni Relations, Brand & Marketing

Jess Ryan, 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. Prior to joining the Camp Kesem team, she worked in Fund Development for ZACH Theatre, Texas’s longest running professional theatre company. She currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband, who she met while attending a Camp Kesem conference as a student leader.
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Kim Porter, Manager of Brand & Web (Camp Name “The Diggz”)
Kim joined Camp Kesem in 2015 as the Marketing Coordinator and was promoted to Manager of Brand & Web in 2018. Prior to 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 a web editor for petMD.com, a freelance journalist for Miami’s Community Newspapers, and as a freelance graphic and web designer. Kim was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and currently resides in Chicago, where she is pursuing her interest in user experience research and design through DePaul’s M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction program.
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Carrie Clemens, Engagement Coordinator (Camp Name “Gump”)
Carrie joined Camp Kesem as the Engagement Coordinator in 2018. She served in social media and PR positions for Project 615 and PLA Media in Nashville, Tennessee, where she currently resides. Carrie is a graduate from the University of Georgia, where she served as both a Director and PR & Marketing Coordinator, with a degree in public relations and a certificate in new media. As an alumna, she currently holds positions on the Camp Kesem at the University of Georgia and Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University Advisory Boards, and has previously served as both a Camp Advisor and CIT Advisor.
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Development

Maureen Haller, Chief Development Officer (Camp Name “Motown”)
Maureen joined Camp Kesem as Chief Development Officer in 2017. Prior to joining the organization, she served as the Executive Vice President of Development for Easterseals, a nationwide affiliated network providing services for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Maureen has over 20 years experience leading resource development and marketing to drive growth and mission impact for organizations. She has experience in all areas of fund development, including multi-channel direct response fundraising, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, events and corporate development. Maureen is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in Chicago, Illinois.
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Colleen Klages, Development Director of Events (Camp Name “Gator”)
Colleen joined Camp Kesem in 2016. Prior to, she was the Sr. Manager of Distinguished Events for the American Cancer Society overseeing all major gala, golf, and social events throughout the state of Georgia. Colleen previously held similar roles at Georgia State University as the Director of University Events and Associate Director at Gator Boosters, Inc. with the University of Florida Athletic program. During her time with Gator Boosters, she oversaw major fundraising events for the Athletic Association. Most notably was the Gator Gala, celebrating 100 years of Florida Football, which raised $6.1 million. Colleen received both her B.S. and M.S. in Exercise & Sports Science from the University of Florida. A native of Stuart, Florida, Colleen currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
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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.
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Elle Ullum, Development Director of Corporate Relations (Camp Name “Captain”)
Elle joined Camp Kesem in 2017. Prior to, she was the Vice President of Development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society responsible for growing and leading the chapter’s comprehensive event-based fundraising programs, including all special events throughout the state of Illinois. Prior to Elle’s nine years at the NMSS, she held roles with with LiveSTRONG and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. Elle received her B.S. in Political Science at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio. Elle grew up in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
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Kristen Elfering, Events Coordinator (Camp Name “Crush”)
Kristen joined Camp Kesem as Executive Assistant in 2014 and was promoted to Events Coordinator in 2017. 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.
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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.
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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.

Finance & Administrations

Abby O’Leary, Senior 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.
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Erin Morgan, Accountant (Camp Name “Kansas”)
Erin hails from Lawrence, Kansas where she graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. After moving to Texas to pursue a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas, she now calls Austin home. Erin is a Certified Public Accountant and has over thirteen years of experience working in the healthcare, public, and non-profit sectors in various accounting and financial roles. Erin was initially drawn to non-profit work through one of her life passions – helping rescue animals – by working as the Controller for Austin Pets Alive!, a major animal welfare organization in the Austin area. She loves working with non-profit organizations and she is thrilled to be working with Kesem as the organization continues to grow and impact more lives.
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Kelsey Wrightwood, Systems Administrator (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.
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Richard Robey, Staff Assistant (Camp Name “Old Spice”)
Richard joined the Camp Kesem National Team in January of 2018. His involvement with Kesem started back in 2014 when he joined the UC Davis chapter as a counselor, continuing on to serve as a CIT Coordinator. Prior to becoming the Staff Assistant, he also worked with the Camp Kesem National staff as a National Leadership Summit intern. Richard graduated from UC Davis in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications and Film Studies. He is originally from Oakland, California and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
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Operations

Alicia Kabir, Chief Operations Officer (Camp Name “ML”)
Alicia Kabir joined Camp Kesem as Chief Operations Officer in 2017. Alicia comes to Camp Kesem with 20 years of experience in consulting; as a Partner at ERM, she worked with many Fortune 50 companies, helping them further their environmental, sustainability, and risk management programs. Her other areas of expertise are strategic planning, management of change, and team development. She is excited about Camp Kesem’s continued growth and the organization’s ability to support more children, and engage more student leaders, each year. Alicia is a graduate of both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Tufts University, and she currently resides in the Boston, Massachusetts area.
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Alexandra Baldwin, Senior Manager of Camp Operations (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, Senior 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.
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Tracey Landstrom, Senior 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.
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Ciara Lepanto, Training Manager (Camp Name “Wishbone”)
Ciara joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2015 as a Regional Program Director and was promoted to Training Manager in 2018. 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, Manager of Programs (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.
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Jenna Means, Manager of University Relations (Camp Name “Goose”)
Jenna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Program Director in 2014, was promoted to Operations Director, University Liaison in 2016, and Manager of University Relations in 2018. 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.
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Laura Redmond, Manager of Programs (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.
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Cody Ferrantino, Operations Coordinator (Camp Name “Mufasa”)
Cody joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2015 and was promoted to Operations Coordinator in 2018. 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.
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Kendall McKee, Senior 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.

Abi Yates, Senior 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.

Dionna Arimes, Program Director (Camp Name “Dino”)
Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a development coordinator and two-year co-director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado.
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Lauren Borrill, Program Director (Camp Name “Sunny”)
Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Keandra Bryson, Program Director (Camp Name “Jade”)
Keandra joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. Prior to this, Keandra was a member of the founding team at California State University, Fresno where she started as a Volunteer Coordinator, and then went on to serve as a Chapter Co-Director for two years. During this time, Keandra also served as a Risk Management Intern and as a member of the National Student Panel. Keandra graduated from Fresno State in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Family and Consumer Science. She is from Bakersfield, California and currently resides in Davis, California.

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.

Brittani Hammer, Program Director (Camp Name “Gingersnap”)
Brittani joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Brittani loved volunteering as a part of Camp Kesem where she was able to apply concepts she had studied in the classroom and make an impact in the community. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is from Lakeport, California and currently resides in Orem, Utah.
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Meiko McDaniel, Program Director (Camp Name “Marvel”)
Meiko joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Before joining Kesem, he worked with the Boys & Girls Club in youth development and at North Star Reach in camp programming for children with serious health challenges. Meiko is excited to bring his previous experiences to Camp Kesem! He graduated from Siena Heights University in 2015 where he was a member of the inaugural football team and double majored in Business Administration and Law and Politics.
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Kirsten Olivarez, Program Director (Camp Name “Jean”)
Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.
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Annalisa Provenzano, Program Director (Camp Name “Ducky”)
Annalisa joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and a Co-Director while in college, as well as a Camp Advisor and Intake Volunteer as an alumna. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Women’s Studies: Gender and Health. Annalisa also graduated with her Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University in 2017 with a focus in Health Policy. She is from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
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Jean-Luc Rivera, Program Director (Camp Name “Tuba”)
Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Chelsea Saurer, Program Director (Camp Name “Dottie”)
Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.
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Zach Snelling, Program Director (Camp Name “Dwayne the Rock Johnson”)
Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

Mackenzie Sullivan, Program Director (Camp Name “Ukie”)
Mackenzie joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. Mackenzie first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of Saint Louis University’s chapter in 2013. During her time at Saint Louis University, Mackenzie served as a counselor, Operations Coordinator, and a Co-Director for two years. She also worked with Camp Kesem National as a Risk Management Intern, Campsite Contract Intern, and as a member of the National Student Panel. Mackenzie graduated from Saint Louis University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Mackenzie now resides in Chicago, Illinois.