Executive Board

Directors

Slops Name: Sarah “Sloppy Joe” D’Amico
Year in School: Senior
Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication
Minor: Political Science
Interesting Fact: I’m afraid of drinking tap water
Favorite Camp Song: Iggle Wiggle
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I believe that we are truly making a difference for our campers and their families and I can’t imagine anything better to spend my time doing!
Dini Name: Jeff “Dini” Brand
Year in School: Graduate Student
Major: Accounting
Interesting Fact: I am a former United States Capitol Tour Guide
Favorite Camp Song: Hey Burrito
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because of our campers and not only the impact we have on them but also the impact they have on us!

Volunteer

Scout 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: Being my second Year with CK there’s no way I wouldn’t be back! The Magic I felt at camp with the campers was so amazing and I’m looking forward to experience it again. Working with campers has taught me so much about myself and I cant wait to continue growing with the organization and be a kid at the same time.
 Cali
Name: Sarah “Cali” Wilbert
Year in School: Senior
Major: Communications
Minor: Business
Interesting fact: I’ve been in a slip and slide commercial!
Favorite Camp song: Baby Shark…do do do do do doooooo
Why I Kesem: I Kesem for the kids. Their spirit is such an inspiration!

Outreach

FruitLoop Name: Ellen “Fruit Loop” Marty
Year in School: Graduated :(
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!
Corky Name: Courtney “Corky” Fischer
Year in School: Senior
Major: Human Development and Family Studies- Child Life
Interesting Fact: If I could eat one desert for the rest of my life it would be chocolate pudding.
Favorite Camp Song: Hey Burrito
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I believe that every kid has the right to be just that, a kid. Camp Kesem provides a worry free week of constant fun and support to these campers that are having to deal with so much at home.

Operations

Stick Name: Nick “Stick” Lucas
Year in School: Junior
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.
Bambi Name: Charlie “Bambi” Bambini
Year in School: Junior
Major: Marketing major with a Spanish minor
Interesting Fact: I won second place in a beauty contest once
Favorite Camp Song: Hey Burrito!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem to see the smiles on our amazing campers faces everyday at camp.

Development

UncleJoey
Name: Joe “Uncle Joey” Lankford
Year in School: Senior
Major: Biology
Interesting Fact: I fed an ostrich and pet an alligator in one day, and it wasn’t at a zoo
Favorite Camp Song: MILK song
Why I Kesem: I kesem for many reasons. I am grateful for all that camp has taught me and it is amazing to see the growth and strength that it brings to the campers. Everyone involved with CK has something to gain whether it is the campers, the counselors, or the parents. Camp Kesem has so much to give and I love being a part of that.
Bama Name: Matthew “Bama” Marcus
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Marketing
Interesting Fact: I have the ability to touch my tongue to my nose!
Favorite Camp Song: I haven’t been to camp yet but I can’t wait to here all the camp songs!
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: Junior
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!
mrb Name: Jack “Mr. B” Hail
Year in School: Senior
Major: Marketing
Interesting Fact: I have the ability to touch my tongue to my nose!
Favorite Camp Song: I haven’t been to camp yet but I can’t wait to here all the camp songs!
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
Ambush Name: Tyler “Ambush” Adolphson
Year in School: Senior
Major: Marketing
Interesting Fact: I have the ability to touch my tongue to my nose!
Favorite Camp Song: I haven’t been to camp yet but I can’t wait to here all the camp songs!
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

PR & Marketing

Squeak Name: Uma “Squeak” Ghelani
Year in School: sophomore
Major: Journalism
Interesting Fact: I’m obsessed with pickles and I love drinking pickle juice
Favorite Camp Song: Little Red Wagon
Why I Kesem: To help put smiles on our amazing campers faces and provide them with fond memories.

Merchandise

MM Name: Mary “M&M” Marty
Year in School: Junior
Major: Marketing
Interesting Fact: I’m studying abroad in London, England!
Favorite Camp Song: Heeeeeeyyyyy Burrito or There once was a wizard
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.
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.