Executive Board

Directors

Name: Nick “Stick” Lucas
Year in School: Senior
Major: Accounting
Interesting Fact: I eat more than your daily recommended amount of white cheddar cheez-its
Favorite Camp Song: Hi, my name is Joe (Gru)
Why I Kesem: Because I love camp and giving kids the opportunity to build a support network and get away from their daily struggles is absolutely incredible.
Name: Charlie “Bambi” Bambini
Year in School: Senior
Major: Marketing and Spanish Major
Interesting Fact: My beard is trying to take over my entire face.
Favorite Camp Song: Hey Burrito!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem to see the smiles on our amazing campers faces everyday at camp.

Volunteer

Name: Chris “Topher” Shea
Year in School: Junior
Major: Finance Banking and Real Estate
Interesting fact: I caught Prince Fielders game winning home run derby ball in 2010
Favorite Camp song: Hey Burrito
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I love kids and hate cancer. I want to be a role model as well as show the campers that no matter the situation, you should always have fun
 
Name: Dani “Lonestar” Sureck
Year in School: Junior
Major: Journalism
Interesting fact: I hate belly buttons
Favorite Camp song: Baby Shark
Why I Kesem: I kesem to make a difference in lives of friends, family and those that need a little extra magic in their lives.

Outreach

Name: Melissa “Toast” Willoughby
Year in School: Junior
Major: Nursing
Interesting Fact: I had never been to a summer camp before Kesem?
Favorite Camp Song: Baby Shark
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because these children deserve a break from the extremely tough positions they are all faced with at home. And as a counselor, getting to act like big kids with them is an added bonus!
Name: Kirsten “Tinks” Thouvenot
Year in School: Junior
Major: Biology
Interesting Fact: I can touch my tongue to my nose.
Favorite Camp Song: There was a great big moose
Why I Kesem: I Kesem to gain happiness and hope through the smiles and laughter from our campers, despite the hardships they have faced

Operations

Name: Joe “Scout” Grotha
Major: Management
Minor: Leadership and Public Services
Interesting Fact: 40% of McDonalds profits come from the sales of Happy Meals…. and I can Kick myself in the head
Favorite Camp Song: Little Red Wagon
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because the kids are an inspiration, they are so much stronger than anyone else I know and its amazing to see the relationships they establish with one another.
Name: Daniel “Sasquatch” Neff
Year in School: Senior
Major: Nursing
Interesting Fact: I was born with 6 toes on my right foot
Favorite Camp Song: Penguin Song
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because giving these kids the opportunity to form healthy relationships with other kids who have been through similar scenarios is crucial for them.

Development

Name: Bridget “Bumble Bee” Pederson
Year in School: Senior
Major: Biology and Spanish
Interesting Fact: I own 13 wigs and I’m extremley proud of it
Favorite Camp Song: Tarzan song
Why I Kesem: I love kids and I hate cancer.
Bama Name: Matthew “Bama” Marcus
Year in School: Junior
Major: Marketing
Interesting Fact: I can touch my tongue to my nose
Favorite Camp Song: Hey Burrito!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem in order to help those individuals who have been touched by cancer. Cancer is a horrible disease and it has effected everyone in someway. I might not be able to help a cancer patient physically but I can help their family go through the process in a positive way
Sushi
Name: Sarah “Sushi” Ronecker
Year in School: Senior
Major: Social Work
Interesting Fact: My favorite animal is a sloth!
Favorite Camp Song: Humpty Dumpty
Why I Kesem: To give kids a week full of fun to look forward to every year!
Name: Claire “Sharkbait” Fischer
Year in School: Junior
Major: Journalism
Interesting Fact: I’m a certified scuba diver
Favorite Camp Song: Penguins Attention
Why I Kesem: My mom died from brain cancer when I was 13, so I was one of those kids. Kesem has strengthened so many people, including myself, and seeing how outgoing and loving our kids are because of it has changed my life forever.
Name: Mary “M&M” Marty
Year in School: Senior
Major: Marketing
Interesting Fact: I wear the same size shoe as my 8 year old camper
Favorite Camp Song: There was a great big moose
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because of the inspirational and strong people (kids and counselors) CK has brought into my life. Best people you can have the pleasure of knowing and calling friends.

PR & Marketing

Name: Bridget “Lucky” Goodwin
Year in School: Junior
Major: Journalism
Interesting Fact: I was an competitive irish dancer for 10 years
Favorite Camp Song: Hey Burrito
Why I Kesem: To put smiles on the faces of some really awesome kiddos because they never fail to put a smile on mine.

Merchandise

Name: Uma “Squeak” Ghelani
Year in School: Junior
Major: Journalism
Favorite Camp song: Razzle Dazzle! (Clap Clap Clap)
Why I Kesem: I kesem because I love being able to see our campers get a week to have fun without the worries that they have at home and to be able to connect to other kids their age that understand what they’re going through.
jay Name: Gaspare “Gus” DiMaggio
Year in School: Senior
Major: Engineering
Interesting Fact: I hold the record for most interceptions by defensive tackle in SLUH football history
Favorite Camp Song: Baby Shark
Why I Kesem: I joined Camp Kesem in memory of my dad. My father battled cancer for 9 years and unfortunately lost his fight when I was 17 years old. I know Camp Kesem would have helped me immensely while I was growing, so joining this great cause came without a question. Becoming a part of Camp Kesem has became one of the most important decisions I have made in my life.