Counselor Info

Camp Kesem counselors are fun, energetic, and caring.  They relate well with our campers and are good listeners.  Camp Kesem counselors also become great friends and share a special bond.

Applications to be a counselor for CK Notre Dame 2014 are closed! Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to having you serve in this most important aspect of Camp Kesem.

Please contact Butters at if you have any questions about being a counselor!


2014 Counselors!

All of our Camp Kesem counselors are students at the University of Notre Dame. At Camp Kesem, everyone gets a nickname, including our counselors! Here’s a little bit about them (Editor’s note: Frozen was not allowed as an answer for Favorite Disney Movie because that’s cheating):











Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Dubuque, IA

Major: Economics and Political Science

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: GaGa

Favorite Disney Movie: The Emperor’s New Groove

Why I Kesem: “To be a part of the Kesem Family, the most magical family there is.”




Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Major: Science-Business

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Campfires with s’mores

Favorite Disney Movie: Tie between Aladdin and Mulan (Editor’s note: Ties are not acceptable. This is Disney we’re talking about)

Why I Kesem: “I Kesem because seeing the happiness on the children’s faces all week and knowing that what we’re doing is lightening their burden makes camp an experience that can’t be beat.”



Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Biological Sciences

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Practicing for the Talent Show!!!

Favorite Disney Movie: Pocahontas, Tangled, and The Lion King

Why I Kesem: ”I absolutely love that Kesem gives children the ability to laugh, smile, and become part of an incredible family that reminds them that they don’t have to face challenges alone.”




Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Fountain Hills, AZ

Major: History

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Talent Show

Favorite Disney Movie: 3-way tie between the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King – how am I supposed to choose?!

Why I Kesem: “To give back to and help out the best group of kids I’ve ever known and their families–it’s hard to understand the Kesem magic until you live and experience it but once you do you will do anything to make sure every kid in this situation gets that experience”



Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Rockford, MI

Major: Science Pre-Professional

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Getting loose and getting funky!

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King, duh.

Why I Kesem: “Because EVERYONE should Kesem. To give is to live.”



Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Major: Psychology and Gender Studies

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Riding my pony!

Favorite Disney Movie: the one where I was taken by a diver but then my dad found me.

Why I Kesem:  ”I’ve been in the same situation as our campers, and I love watching them bond with each other and be able to just enjoy themselves for a week without all the stresses of home. I love that I get to help give them that opportunity.”

Other Info: “I am the main family contact as part of the camper care committee, so if parents have any questions they should feel free to email me!”



Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Holland, MI

Major: Biology

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Ride My Pony

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: “Everyone deserves a little magic in their life. And it’s great to have such a large “family” to make it happen.”




Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Boston, MA

Major: Sociology/Pre-Med

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Swim Time!

Favorite Disney Movie: Up!/Finding Nemo (I can’t decide!)

Why I Kesem: “I Kesem to help make our kids lives normal and awesome for even one short week!”

Other Info: “Chocolate is the way to my heart <3″




Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Orland Park, IL

Major: Management/Entrepreneurship and Spanish



Favorite Disney Movie: Cinderella

Why I Kesem: ”Seeing our campers laugh and smile for a week makes everything worth it!”




Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Burnsville, MN (Editor’s note: This is a lie. He lives in the Canadian wilderness)

Major: Civil Engineering

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Tie-Dying T-Shirts

Favorite Disney Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Why I Kesem: “Because not everyone can be strong 100% of the time, and without a support system in those tough times, we crumble.”

Other Info: I PLAY DRUMS



Year in School: Junior

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.”

Other Info: “I enjoy listening to the musical stylings of Kenny G while walking barefoot along the beach at sunset.”




Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Glenview, IL

Major: History

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Empowermet

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Why I Kesem: “Camp=Family”

Other Info: “Eagle Scout Pride”




Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Palatine, IL

Major: Marketing

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: The Camp Kesem Olympics

Favorite Disney Movie: Up

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem because the kids and counselors are absolutely amazing!!!”





Year in School: Junior

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: Junior

Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Major: Consulting

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Ride my Pony

Favorite Disney Movie: Monsters, Inc.

Why I Kesem: “Because I love becoming a family with everyone at camp.”

Other Info:  “I love a good game of hide and go seek, extra swim time, and football season.”





Year in School: Junior

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.”




Year in School: Junior

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! Those kids seriously rock!”




Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Laredo, TX

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: The Impossible Maze

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: “To gain an unbelievable bond with a new family that reminds me that I’m not alone.”




Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Oxford, MS

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Funyaking

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: “Because I’ve learned more about life from one week with those kids than I could ever give back to them (not that I’m going to stop trying).”


Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Finance/Applied Math

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Swim Time

Favorite Disney Movie: Can’t be answered, too many good ones

Why I Kesem: “I love magic”

Other Info: I tend to joke around



Year in School: Sophomore

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.”




Year in School: Sophomore

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: Sophomore

Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ

Major: Biochemistry

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: SPORTS!

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem because I want our campers to know that they are never alone, that we will always have their backs.”




Year in School: Sophomore

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!”



Year in School: Sophomore

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 (Editor’s note: This originally read “Too close to call” but we here at CKND enjoy decisiveness)

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



Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Major: Science-Business

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Empowerment

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: ”For the amazing campers that have taught me so much about how to love those around you and how to bond together and become a family.”



Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Spanish and Arabic

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: GaGa. And water balloon fights (but only when I get to throw the water balloons)

Favorite Disney Movie: Fun and Fancy Free (Editor’s note: since none of us have any idea what this means, he reluctantly agreed to Tarzan as well)

Why I Kesem: “CK means family, and family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.”



Year in School: Sophomore

Hometown: Orono, MN

Major: Marketing and Environmental Science

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the flag

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

Why I Kesem: “Because when your heart breaks and smiles at the same time, it must be something good. And it is. This is a fun-loving family you can never forget.”

Other Info: “DON’T call me Nymphadora.”



Year in School: Sophomore

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.

Other Info:  I am doing Camp Kesem in honor of my grandmother who passed away just over a year ago.  This opportunity has given me one of my greatest personal assets, which is that of communication. Kesem has allowed me to grow as a person, because I now can talk to just about anyone, and relate to them, making the interaction more meaningful every time.



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Nickname: [Coming soon]
Hometown: Farmington, CT 
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Finance 
Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: Flag football, volleyball, Student International Business Council 
Favorite Disney Movie: It’s a toss-up between Mulan and Finding Nemo!
What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves?: A cockatoo! 
Why I Kesem: Because everyone deserves to have fun and be a kid. I can’t wait to share some Kesem magic!



Nickname: [Coming soon]
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Science Pre-Professional and Psychology
Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: Volunteering at Memorial Hospital in Pediatrics, hanging out
with kids in the Infant Studies Lab (we study how they learn language), BP Hall Council, and hanging out with friends :)
Favorite Disney Movie: Lion King
What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves?: A penguin like Happy Feet!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I want to help kids to have a chance to just be kids and have fun. I want to help them to have a place where they can share their feelings and know that they are not alone.



Nickname: [Coming soon]
Hometown: Glenview, IL
Year in School: Freshman
Major: Undecided
Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: Student International Business Council, Campus Ministry
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.


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Nickname: [Coming soon]

Hometown: Kokomo, IN

Year in School: Junior

Major: International Economics

Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: BAND

Favorite Disney Movie: Tangled

What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves?: A wild pigeon






Nickname: [Coming soon]

Hometown: Worthington, OH

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Computer Science

Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: Marching Band

Favorite Disney Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean

What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves?: A giraffe on ice