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.”






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.