Meet the Team

DIRECTORS

notredame@campkesem.org

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

MUFASA

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

CHEWY

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.”

 

 

OPERATIONS

notredame.operations@campkesem.org

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

PRETTY BOY

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!”

 

DEVELOPMENT

notredame.development@campkesem.org

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.”

  

VOLUNTEER

notredame.volunteer@campkesem.org

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.

 

WALDO

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.”

 

OUTREACH

notredame.outreach@campkesem.org

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!

SEABISCUIT

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!”

 

 

 

 

FREESTYLE

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!”

 

 

 

 

MR. BACON

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!”

 

 

 

  

PR & MARKETING

notredame.pr@campkesem.org

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.

 

RAPUNZEL

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

MEMEMEMUSTANG

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.”

  

 

MAKE THE MAGIC

notredame.mtm@campkesem.org

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!

 

REMY

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.

 

BUNKER

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.

RETURNING COUNSELORS

stoop kidSTOOP KID

Hometown: Sandwich, MA

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.

 

 

 

 

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11081204_10206480925688935_6897547965987882224_nMAVERICK

Hometown: Naperville, IL

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.

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hanzHANZ

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.

 

 

 

skippySKIPPY

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!
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10360844_1551827831733968_1510564184363413697_nTHE SQUID

Hometown:

Year in School: Junior

Major: Political Science, Theology

Favorite Disney Movie: Tarzan

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Gaga

Why I Kesem: I Kesem to give kids a chance to just be kids.

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tonks2TONKS

Hometown: Orono, MN

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!

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spikeSPIKE

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Year in School: Junior

Major: Science-Business

Favorite Disney Movie: Emperor’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.

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Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Science Pre-Professional, Anthropology

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Favorite Camp Kesem Activity: Empowerment Ceremony

Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I know how painful this experience can be, and I want to give them the support and love that they need to keep on going.

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parcguellREPTAR

Hometown: Dublin, CA

Year in School: Senior

Major: Marketing, Spanish

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Favorite Camp Kesem Activity: How can I pick just one?

Why I Kesem: I began in support of my Uncle Rob, and I continue for all of the positive impact Kesem has on me and everyone else involved.

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NEW COUNSELORS

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Hometown:

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.

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christain fCHRIS

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.

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Meghan CainMEGHAN

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Music, Psychology

Favorite Disney Movie: Mulan

Most Excited For: Making new friends! (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.

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maddieMADDIE

Hometown: LaGrange, IL

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Neuroscience & Behavior

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.

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annieANNIE

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!

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neil lNEIL

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Year in School: Freshman

Major: English

Favorite Disney Movie: Monster’s 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?

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ben vBEN

Hometown: Charlotte, MI

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Business, Theater

Favorite Disney Movie: Monster’s Inc.

Most Excited For: Campfires!!!

Why I Kesem: Because everyone needs a week where they can just be a kid.

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francesFRANCES

Hometown: Leawood, KS

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Neuroscience & 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!

 

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Hometown: Mentor, OH

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Biology

Favorite Disney Movie: 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!

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10922560_1022504714431576_2800292700324176870_nCLAYTON

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Year in School: Junior

Major: Finance, Entrepreneurship

Favorite Disney Movie: The Incredibles

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.

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camp kesemTHERESA

Hometown: Austin, TX

Year in School: Sophomore

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 :)

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colin rCOLIN

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!

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LEVI

Hometown: Big Lake, MI

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Physics

Favorite Disney Movie: Up

Most Excited For: Counseling

Why I Kesem: I Kesem because it is something that needs to be done, so why not me do it?

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max kMAX

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.

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Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Undecided

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

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.

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dan oDAN

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.

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allison hALLISON

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Neuroscience & 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.

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Hometown: Milwaukee,WI

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Psychology, Pre-Med

Favorite Disney Movie: Tangled

Most Excited For: I’m most excited to learn how to play GaGa and to meet all the campers!

Why I Kesem: I Kesem to help create fun, magic, and adventure for a group of spectacular kids!

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bobby mBOBBY

Hometown: Glencoe, IL

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.

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carolyn aCAROLYN

Hometown: Le Mars, Iowa

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.

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sammy bSAMMY

Hometown: Ashburn, VA

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Neuroscience & Behavior

Favorite Disney Movie: Tangled

Most Excited For: Meeting all 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

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Hometown: Mishwaka, IN

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Neuroscience & Behavior

Favorite Disney Movie: Frozen

Most Excited For: I am most excited to meet all the campers and grow closer as a group with all the wonderful Kesem counselors

Why I Kesem: I kesem in order to give a great camp experience for kids who deserve to have a fun filled week away from the stresses that cancer may bring.

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Hometown: Bloomington-Normal, IL

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Political Science, Pre-Med

Favorite Disney Movie: Mulan

Most Excited For: I am most excited for all the SINGING

Why I Kesem: I Kesem because bringing the magic to these kids is the most important thing we can do. Besides, the kids are the ones who show us how to remember what magic is in the first place.

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Apollo_000032JONATHAN

Hometown: Littleton, CO

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Favorite Disney Movie: Robin Hood

Most Excited For: Everything

Why I Kesem: I was deprived of a timely childhood and now I spend ever day making up for it. I want to help other boys and girls experience the bliss of childhood.

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unnamedJOHN

Hometown: Mishawaka, IN

Year in School: Freshman

Major: Biology

Favorite Disney Movie: A Bug’s Life

Most Excited For: Meeting all of the awesome campers!

Why I Kesem: Because every kid deserves the opportunity to experience the magic camp has to offer.