About the Counselors

All counselors are Northwestern students who go through a competitive application and interview process during the fall quarter. Counselors are placed into different committees that together make Camp Kesem Northwestern possible.  We welcome all students to join a committee to help out, as you are not required to be a counselor to be on a committee.  All of our students are passionate about the mission of Camp Kesem and often put in several hours each week on top of their coursework to make camp as successful as possible.

Our 2013-2014 Executive Board

AlaskaCo-Director: Alaska
Year: Junior
Major: Economics, Political Science and Business
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Fun Fact: He can tell you a lot about the history of gnomes.


HobbesCo-Director: Hobbes
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science and Pre-Medicine
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Fun Fact: He is a tour guide for Northwestern.


Snow WhiteVice Director: Snow White
Year: Junior
Major: Flute Performance
Hometown: Dix Hills, New York
Fun Fact: Instead of going abroad, she went to Disney World.


Kit KatOperations Co-Chair: Kit Kat
Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology and Global Health Studies
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Fun Fact: She gifts pillows with an image of her face on them.


SupermanOperations Co-Chair: Superman
Year: Senior
Major: Economics and Biology
 Palatine, Illinois
Fun Fact: He learned how to swim by watching Baywatch.


BishockTeen Camp Operations Chair: Bioshock
Year: Junior
Major: Communications Studies, Anthropology and Integrated Marketing
Hometown: Johnston, Iowa
Fun Fact: She collects LEGO Star Wars sets.


KirbyCIT Operations Chair: Kirby
Year: Senior
Majors: Psychology and Marketing
Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Fun Fact:
 She is a dual citizen of the United States and Britain.


Hot MustardVolunteer Co-Chair: Hot Mustard
Year: Junior
Major: Radio, Television and Film
Hometown: Franklin Park, Illinois
Fun Fact: He is in a comedy group.


TsunamiVolunteer Co-Chair: Tsunami
Year: Senior
Major: Learning and Organizational Change, Political Science and Asian American Studies
Hometown: Buena Park, California
Fun Fact: He eats 120 chicken McNuggets at a time.


CliffordOutreach Co-Chair: Clifford
Year: Junior
Majors: Biology and Psychology
Hometown: McHenry, Illinois
Fun Fact: His family breeds Canadian geese.


DuckyOutreach Co-Chair: Ducky
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Murietta, California
Fun Fact: She once fell into a penguin exhibit at the zoo.


Jelly BellyPR and Marketing Chair: Jelly Belly
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism and International Studies
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Fun Fact: She has stood on five different continents.


LoonFinance Chair: Loon
Year: Junior
Major: Anthropology
 Mamaroneck, New York
Fun Fact: She studied abroad in Bolivia.


SlothGrants Chair: Sloth
Year: Junior
Majors: Computer Science and International Studies
Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts
Fun Fact:
 His birthday is New Years Eve


Sunny DDevelopment Co-Chair: Sunny D
Year: Senior
Major: Bassoon Performance and Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Dix Hills, New York
Fun Fact: She loves fusing flavors together in the kitchen.


TwinkieDevelopment Co-Chair: Twinkie
Year: Junior
Majors: Economics and Political Science
Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois
Fun Fact: She has been to 35 states.


Our 2014 Counselors

Meet some of the new and returning counselors!


Year: Junior
Majors: Economics & Urban Studies
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Fun Fact: He loves orange juice…


Year: Sophomore
Major: Human Development and Psychological Services and Gender Studies
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Fun Fact: She loves backpacking.


Year: Freshman
Majors: MMSS & Economics
Hometown: Riverdale, New York
Fun Fact: He speaks three languages!



Year: Freshman
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Fun Fact: She has met Miley Cyrus!


Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Fun Fact: She can sing along to every Disney movie song.


Year: Senior
Majors: Spanish & Psychology
Hometown: Stickney, Illinois
Fun Fact: She loves driving in the summer with the windows down while listening to country music.


Ghost RiderGhost Rider
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
Fun Fact: He founded a medical journal.


Year: Junior
Major: Communications Science and Disorders
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Fun Fact: He has German citizenship.


Green BeanGreen Bean
Year: Junior
Major: Economics and Political Science
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Fun Fact: She studied abroad in Paris


Year: Senior
Major: Engineering
Hometown: East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Fun Fact: He collects vinyl records.


Year: Sophomore
Majors: Pyschology & Global Health
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Fun Fact: Her eyes are two different colors!


Year: Senior
Major: Music & Psychology
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Fun Fact: She’s in a band!


Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology and Chemistry
Hometown: Seatlle, Washington
Fun Fact: He is prepared for a zombie invasion.


Mod PodgeMod Podge
Year: Sophomore
Majors: Psychology and Legal Studies
Hometown: Scituate, Massachusetts
Fun Fact: She doesn’t like guacamole.


Mos DefMos Def
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Fullerton, California
Fun Fact: He is good at silly faces…


Year: Freshman
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Los Altos, California
Fun Fact: She has been skydiving


Year: Freshman
Major: Communications Sciences and Disorders
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Fun Fact: She is a second degree black belt!


Year: Junior
Majors: Biology & Science in Human Culture
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Fun Fact: She is in an Indian dance group.


Year: Freshman
Majors: Psychology and Global Health
Hometown: Boxford, Massachusetts
Fun Fact: He writes “awesome” raps on his phone.


Red RangerRed Ranger
Year: Sophomore
Major: Religious Studies
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Fun Fact: She can pop her big toe on command.


Year: Freshman
Major: Learning and Organizational Change
Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan
Fun Fact: She was in a Broadway musical!


Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Evanston, Illinois
Fun Fact: He aspires to be a Bollywood dance star.


Spicy TofuSpicy Tofu
Year: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Hsinchu, Taiwan
Fun Fact: He biked around Taiwan in high school.


Year: Freshman
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Medfield, Massachusetts
Fun Fact: He has made Disney-certified Flubber before.


Year: Freshman
Major: Learning and Organizational Change
Hometown: Oceanside, New York
Fun Fact: She can talk like the Disney character Stitch.


Year: Sophomore
Major: Political Science and Economics
Hometown: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Fun Fact: He would like to pick up curling as a hobby.


Yogi BearYogi Bear
Year: Freshman
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Downers Grove, Illinois
Fun Fact: He can do the splits!




1. Outreach – in charge of recruiting campers and staying in contact with families throughout the year. They send out information to prospective campers and organizations and contact parents in order to provide communication between our camp and prospective families

2. Development – organizes campus fundraising events throughout the year, applies for support from local foundations, and contacts local businesses for support and sponsorships.

3. Operations – plans the entire schedule of camp, which involves creating a new and exciting set of activities every year! They decide what special guests to bring in, and the special themes of each day. Also in charge of organizing reunions throughout the year.

4. PR and Marketing - gets the word out about camp to kids and families in the Chicagoland area.  In charge of the website, campus flyering, and getting in contact with newspapers and the local media about Camp Kesem at Northwestern.

5. Volunteer Support – recruits and trains the counselors. They are responsible for making sure counselors are 100% ready for the summer session.

Interested in becoming a counselor?

As a counselor in Camp Kesem Northwestern, you will:

1. Provide a place that offers caring support for campers and their families
2. Spend a magical week with wonderful children during the summer
3. Be part of a group of 50+ volunteer counselors dedicated to making Camp Kesem possible
4. Undergo extensive training prior to camp
5. Work with the CKNU administrative team, and Camp Kesem National’s professional staff to promote our mission and values
6. Organize special camp events with creative themes
7. Enjoy tasty smores around a bonfire sharing stories
8. Much much more!

We hope that you will all consider applying to become part of this amazing organization, dedicated to serving families and children suffering from the burden of cancer. Email us at with any questions or concerns. Thanks again for all your support and interest!

2013 Counselor Boys’ Dance

Camp Kesem NU Boy’s Dance 2013