Meet The Staff
Camp Kesem Minnesota is planned, organized, and run completely by college student volunteers at the University of Minnesota who have a passion for changing the face of the cancer community in our state. The Executive Board is comprised of thirteen students who serve on various committees specific to different aspects of planning camp.
Kristin “Tootie” Roth
Hey hey! My name is Kristin and I am studying Mass Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota. I absolutely adore children and am so excited to bring the magic back to Camp Kesem Minnesota for our second year. I have a passion for helping others and love meeting new people – especially CK campers and their families! I am a very curious person, so I love to try new things! I also love to cook and bake, spend time outdoors, and I love being a major goofball with my family and friends – I’m a true kid at heart. I am so proud of our team this year at Camp Kesem Minnesota and I can’t wait for us all to spend the best week of the year together with all of our campers!
Alek “Pecs” Tomich
I am currently a junior at the U of M, studying Architecture with a minor in Construction Management. I come from Waukesha, WI, and am of a family of five kids including myself. When I was a kid, my brothers and I were put through the pain of watching my father pass away from skin cancer. I “Kesem” because ever since then I’ve always wanted to help kids that are going through the same experience, by giving them a chance to have fun and meet new friends who can relate to them. Being a Co-Chair is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in these kids’ lives. In my spare time I like to be outdoors, spend time with friends and family, and of course on Sundays watch the Packers dominate whichever team they play on the field. I am excited to be a part of Camp Kesem, and am so excited to continue this awesome organization at Minnesota!
Administration and Camp Programming Co-Coordinators
Rajat “Mowgli” Ghosh
Hey everyone! My name is Raj “Mowgli” Ghosh, and I was born and raised in Norman, OK. I am currently a sophomore, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Management. I love playing soccer and basketball, going on hikes, swimming, playing racquetball, singing/listening to country music, fishing, playing the bass guitar, eating sushi, watching Disney/Pixar films and spending time with friends and family. I became involved in Camp Kesem because of its deep commitment to being a selfless organization and focusing on helping others. Being a part of Camp Kesem Minnesota’s inaugural year was such a great experience and I can’t wait for another great year with the CK Family!
Pat “Hobbes” Moffett
My name is Pat Moffett and I am from Wayzata, MN. I am a Junior at the University of Minnesota studying Architecture and Construction Management. My camp nickname is Hobbes and I have enjoyed working at various camps on and off for the past 8 years. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, watching soccer and hockey, and watching TV shows on Netflix.
Chase “Brink” Sander
Hey my name is Chase Sander and my Kesem name is Brink! I am a senior majoring in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. I CK, because it allows me to have a week full of incredible fun and make a connection with a group of awesome kids. The bond that forms between everyone at CK is incredible and has kept me coming back for more. My favorite activities to do at camp are capture-the-flag and swimming (and eating of course)! In my free time I love to be outside, whether I am playing soccer, camping, rock climbing, snowboarding, and basically any sport. I am really excited for CK this summer to reunite with the awesome campers from last year, and have our new campers join in the fun!
Camper Care Co-Coordinators
Theresa “Pumpkin” Moore
Hi, my name is Theresa and I am a senior at the University of Minnesota! I am majoring in Speech-Language hearing sciences and I hope to start graduate school for Speech Pathology next fall! Eventually, I would like to work with adults with aphasia. I enjoy playing volleyball, tennis, and baking! I am one of the co-coordinators for Camper Care and am beyond excited our second year of camp! I can’t wait to meet all of our campers for this upcoming year!
Tess “Peanut” Neddersen
Hey everyone! My name is Tess “Peanut” Neddersen and I am from Woodbury, MN. Currently, I am a senior at the U of M majoring in Kinesiology and am pre-Physician’s Assistant. If it weren’t for my obsession with school and planning Camp Kesem, you would probably find me on a beach somewhere surrounded by endless amounts of dark chocolate, sunscreen, books and cereal. My best memories from camp last year were the counselor-sundaes, eating s’mores and talent show! I am so excited to be working as Camper Care Co-Coordinator this year to spread the magic and extend the CK Family!!
Student Support Co-Coordinators
Hilary “Shorty” Noska
My name is Hilary, but I’m also known as Shorty. I’m a senior studying Early Childhood Education, with a minor in Child Psychology. I CK to help give children the opportunity to have a fun week away from all the stresses of cancer.
Olivia “Lulu” Terp
Hi guys! My name is Olivia or “Lulu,” and I am a sophomore this year, studying biomedical engineering with hopes of going to med school. Last year at CK was truly amazing and I am so unbelievably excited for this year! Outside of CK, I love hanging out with my Pi Phis, watching Disney movies, listening to Kenny Chesney, and munching on Qdoba. Camp Kesem has made such an impact on my life, and I cannot wait to reunite with all my CK campers this coming summer!!
Tim “Shazaam!” Fagerness
Hi, I’m Tim “Shazaam!” Fagerness. I am currently a sophomore and am majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology,and Development. The reason why I CK is because both my grandmothers past away from cancer. Another reason why I CK is because I enjoy working with kids! My favorite moment from camp last year was when my “twin” Evil Shazaam! did science experiments for all of the kids!
Brady “Scrub” Gust
Hey everyone! My name is Brady (Scrub) and I’m from Eden Prairie, MN. I am currently a Junior studying Nursing with a minor in leadership. I Kesem because I have a passion for people and kids and I love to help others. Also, last summer at Camp Kesem changed my life and I can’t wait for another amazing week! In my free time I enjoy being outside with friends and family. Can’t wait to see you at Kesem 2013!
Becky “Speckles” Weber
My name is Becky, and I am a senior at the U of M studying Finance and Accounting. I grew up in Watertown, South Dakota, but have loved living in Minneapolis the last three years. After graduating, I would like to work in healthcare administration and advocacy for making healthcare affordable for everyone in the US. In my free time, I love watching movies, especially DISNEY!, spending time with my friends, reading, and helping with organizations like Camp Kesem Minnesota and Colleges Against Cancer. I am most excited to go to the first Camp Kesem Minnesota, meet all the campers, and learn awesome camp songs!
Public Relations Coordinator
Amanda “Snowflake” Gentle
Hi all! My name is Amanda Gentle and I came to the U of M from Oconomowoc, WI. I am currently a sophomore studying Graphic Design and Mass Communications. I love getting outside to go running, hiking, and, of course, down hill skiing (hence my camper name “Snowflake”). I CK because I want to make a difference in kids lives, and nothing makes me happier than making someone else smile. I sadly was not available to be a counselor at camp last year, but I am extremely excited to be a counselor this year!