Meet the Team


Mufasa and Chewy help facilitate all the different components that go into making Camp Kesem a success! They work with the Admin Team, Advisory Board, CK National, and ND Administration to support the coordinators and make sure Camp Kesem is the best week it can be!


Mufasa and The Moose at Arts & Crafts


Year in School: Senior

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Political Science and History

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the Flag

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King, duh!

Why I Kesem: “Because all kids need camp. Even the grown up ones.”

Chewy and G-Man at the Grotto


Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Western Springs, IL

Major: Science Pre-Professional

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: GaGa!

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem to help and put a smile on the face of some of the greatest kids I have ever met, and give them a week they will never forget.”




The Operations team is in charge of planning the week of camp! They develop the schedule for camp from the moment our first camper arrives to the moment our last camper departs. They are always looking for more suggestions on what we could add to make camp even better!

Pretty Boy knocks one out of the park


Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Glenview, IL

Major: History

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Empowerment

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Why I Kesem: “Camp = Family”

Penny gives her best Mean MugPENNY

Year in School: Junior

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

Major: Physics-in-Medicine

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the flag!

Favorite Disney Movie: Can’t decide between Lion King and Mulan

Why I Kesem: ”I want these kids to be able to enjoy childhood without added stress, and having fun with them just brightens my entire summer!”



Our creative Development team spends the year raising money to keep camp 100% free to our families. They host events throughout the year, like the exciting Car Smash and messy Pie-a-Professor!

Scooter and Treehouse Master pose during Camp OlympicsSCOOTER

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Queens Village, NY

Major: History and Classics

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Chillin’ with our cabins.

Favorite Disney Movie: The Emperor’s New Groove

Why I Kesem: ”Because I needed family, and I found them.”


Little Finger saves the galaxy with BuzzLITTLE FINGER

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Norcross, GA

Major: IT Management

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Make the Magic

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story (duh)

Why I Kesem: ”I think every kid deserves a childhood – even if only for a week.”



Waldo works to keep our CKND students engaged throughout the year! He hosts our bi-weekly all-camp meetings, organizes and schedules counselor interviews, and plans and runs counselor trainings.



Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Hooper, NE (Editor’s note: Town population was 830 as of 2010)

Major: Accounting with minors in Int’l Development Studies & Entrepreneurship

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Gaga

Favorite Disney Movie: Up!

Why I Kesem: “Because I learn just as much from the people around me and have just as great an experience as all the campers. Such a mutually awesome experience.”



This incredible team works with our camper families to get campers signed up for camp. They also meet with our community partner organizations to help spread the word about camp. Their goal this year to fill all of our 80 spaces with campers!


Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Niles, MI

Major: Psychology

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Gold Rush!!!

Favorite Disney Movie: Tangled

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem for the kids who need to just be kids for a week–they deserve anything and everything! These kids seriously rock!”






Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Major: Pre-Professional (Pre-Med)

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Swim Time!

Favorite Disney Movie: Lilo and Stitch

Why I Kesem: ”I’ve been in the kids’ shoes, so giving these kids one week to escape the stresses of cancer is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. It’s truly one of the most rewarding weeks of my life!”






Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Batavia, IL

Major: Psychology and Pre-Professional

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Singing camp songs!

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem to see the smiles on all the amazing kids’ faces during camp!”






Rapunzel and Co. head up all of CK Notre Dame’s social media (which you should all follow!) as well as advertising, monthly newsletters, and (of course) this flawless website! They design all the posters, fliers, and invitations we use to recruit throughout the year.



Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Heath, OH

Major: Graphic Design

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Campfire

Favorite Disney movie: Tangled (duhhh)

Why I Kesem: “I like to let out my inner kid. The campers are so full of life, and they make me appreciate what a beautiful thing Kesem is for them and for me.”








Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Farmington, CT

Major: Finance

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the Flag

Favorite Disney movie: Mulan!

Why I Kesem: “Cancer causes a lot of anxiety in the lives of the families it affects. If I can help reduce this anxiety, even for just                                                                 a week, I’ll know I’ve done my job.”



Remy and Bunker are in charge of planning our Make the Magic benefit, the largest fundraiser we hold every year! From planning the event to procuring donations, these two do it all to help us “make the magic” for more kids each and every year!



Hometown: Glenview, IL
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Finance and Medieval Studies
Favorite Disney Movie: Mulan
What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves? a turtle (specifically Squirt from Finding Nemo)
Why I Kesem: To give the campers hope and the support they need.



Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Favorite Disney Movie: Up
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Singing songs around the campfire.
Why I Kesem: Kesem is magic; our campers are given back their childhood and seeing the impact that it’s made at the end of the week is why I Kesem.



Year in School: Senior
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Favorite Disney Movie: Tarzan
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: High ropes!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem for my Camp family, because these kids are the strongest, coolest, most incredible people I know.


Year in School: Junior
Major: Biochemistry
Favorite Disney Movie: Monsters, Inc.
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Empowerment ceremony
Why I Kesem: I Kesem to give our campers the opportunity to be kids again for the week, but also remind them that they are not alone, and they will always have a Camp Kesem family supporting them year round.


Year in School: Junior
Major: Science Business
Favorite Disney Movie: Emporer’s New Groove
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Swim time aka GT
Why I Kesem: I Kesem to give our amazing campers a week of fun that they deserve more than anyone.


Hometown: Perrysburg, OH
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: International Economics with German
Favorite Disney Movie: Brink!
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the flag
Why I Kesem: My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 12. I know how hard it can be to watch a parent go through the disease and treatment and how important it can be to have a good support system to help get you through it. When I first heard about Camp Kesem from my older brother, I knew I had to be a part of this amazing organization. I can’t wait for my second summer with these kids.


Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Year in School: Senior
Major: Science Pre-Professional and Psychology
Favorite Disney Movie: Up
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: High ropes course
Why I Kesem: Gotta love the kids :)


Year in School: Junior
Major: Political Science and Theology
Favorite Disney Movie: Tarzan
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Gaga
Why I Kesem: I Kesem to give kids a chance to just be kids.


Year in School: Junior
Major: Science Business
Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King
Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Quidditch of course!
Why I Kesem: Because I love our campers and counselors!



Hometown: Columbus, OH
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Favorite Disney Movie: Aladdin
Most excited for: I’m most excited to get to camp and hang out with the campers.
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because everyone wants to have fun regardless of what they say.


Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite Disney Movie: The Incredibles
Most excited for: Getting to meet and spend a week with all of the campers!
Why I Kesem: To make a positive impact, even if only a small one, on the life of a child.


Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Music and Psychology
Favorite Disney Movie: Mulan
Most excited for: Making new friend! (and eating s’mores with my new friends)
Why I Kesem: Everyone needs a little goofiness every once in a while, and Camp Kesem allows people to be goofy and while feeling safe and feeling loved at the same time.


Hometown: LaGrange, IL
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Neuroscience
Favorite Disney Movie: The Parent Trap
Most excited for: New friends and lots of laughs
Why I Kesem: To allow these truly inspirational kids a week to let loose, be joyful, and experience the love of the Kesem family.


Hometown: Granger, IN
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Favorite Disney Movie: The Princess and the Frog!
Most excited for: GaGa
Why I Kesem: All kids need to have friends who can relate to what they’re going through, so I Kesem to create this opportunity and to give great kids an awesome week all about them!


Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Year in School: Freshman
Major: English
Favorite Disney Movie:  Monsters, Inc.
Most excited for: I’m most excited to win capture the flag. Annnnd for water balloons.
Why I Kesem: Because I refuse to stop being a kid! And what better way to do that than to spend summer with a bunch of the best kids ever?


Hometown: Charlotte, MI
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Business and Theater
Favorite Disney Movie:  Monsters, Inc.
Most excited for: Campfires!!
Why I Kesem: Because everyone needs a week where they can just be a kid.


Hometown: Leawood, KS
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Neuroscience and Behavior
Favorite Disney Movie:  Tarzan
Most excited for: CAMP SONGS!!
Why I Kesem: Because these kids truly deserve the magic of Camp Kesem and so much more!


Hometown: Mentor, OH
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Poverty Studies, International Development Studies
Favorite Disney Movie:  Fun fact: I have never seen a Disney movie!
Most excited for: Getting to know all of the amazing children and counselors and growing as a family together!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I want to learn from these children what it means to be courageous and I also want to inspire them to be the happiest that they can be both at camp and every day of their lives! I want to experience the magic that these children create during the one week of amazing fun!


Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Year in School: Junior
Major: Finance
Favorite Disney Movie:  The Incredibles and The Lion King
Most excited for: Learning what it means to be a part of Kesem and having fun with the people that make it great!
Why I Kesem: To grow as a person and to spread joy to those who need it more than me.


Hometown: Austin, TX
Year in School: Senior
Major: Architecture
Favorite Disney Movie:  Hercules
Most excited for: Getting to know the campers, of course! 
Why I Kesem: If I can brighten one person’s life just a little bit, or make just one kid smile, then it’s all worth it :)


Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
Year in School: Freshman
Major: International Economics
Favorite Disney Movie:  Finding Nemo
Most excited for: I’m most excited to get to know all of the campers and counselors and to get my camp name!
Why I Kesem: To give these kids a break from what they have been going through, allow them to be kids again, give them the love and support they need, and have a great time doing it!


Hometown: Big Lake, MN
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Physics
Favorite Disney Movie:  Up
Most excited for: Counseling in general (I haven’t done it before)
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because it is something that needs to be done, so why not me do it?


Hometown: Oak Brook, IL
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Business
Favorite Disney Movie:  Toy Story
Most excited for: To get to know the awesome kids and have a great week 
Why I Kesem: To offer the kids a week to get away from it all back home in a supportive, fun environment


Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Undecided
Favorite Disney Movie:  The Incredibles
Most excited for: I’m super excited to meet all the campers!! 
Why I Kesem: To put smiles on the faces of these kids who have been through so much. 


Hometown: Mokena, IL
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Science-Business
Favorite Disney Movie:  Toy Story
Most excited for: I am most excited to finally see what camp is all about. I have never attended any type of camp before, so it will be a new and exciting experience for me too!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I believe that no child should ever feel alone, especially when dealing with a loved one’s cancer.


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Neuroscience and Behavior
Favorite Disney Movie:  Mary Poppins
Most excited for: I am most excited to meet all of the campers and to sing lots of silly camp songs! 
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I believe that these kids deserve to feel supported and to just have fun during this hard time in their life.


Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Pre-med/Psychology
Favorite Disney Movie:  Tangled
Most excited for: I am most excited to learn how to play GaGa and meet all the campers!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem to help create fun, magic, and adventure for a group of spectacular kids!


Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Accounting
Favorite Disney Movie:  The Jungle Book
Most excited for: I am super excited to meet all of the campers, especially the ones who will be in my cabin.
Why I Kesem: I Kesem for the kids. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than brightening someones day, and it is my hope this summer to do that even just a few times. I kesem because my childhood wasnt the easiest and because I want to try and make someone else’s magical, even for just a week.


Hometown: Le Mars, IA
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Science Pre-Professional
Favorite Disney Movie:  The Lion King
Most excited for: Meeting all the wonderful campers and having a great week of camp!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem so that our campers know that they are not alone and that we care about them deeply.


Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Neuroscience
Favorite Disney Movie:  Rapunzel
Most excited for: Meeting all of the kids! 
Why I Kesem: To give these kids a safe place to play, dream, grow, and create lasting friendships away from the stress at home