Meet Our Team

Hi all! I’m Margret “Zenyatta” Mendenhall and I am one of our fantastic co-chairs.  I’m a Junior from Fremont, CA who is majoring in both Biochemistry and History, yes two contrasting majors!  I first learned about Camp Kesem from a friend who was involved at MIT and was immediately inspired to start a new chapter at Santa Clara due to my previous experience with children at another camp I ran. Not only do I love kids but I have personal experiences with cancer as well. Fun Fact: I love giraffes and it is my lifelong dream to have one as a pet, but I don’t know how it will ever come inside my house!

 

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Hi! I’m Apeksha “Tigerlily” Sharma and I am so excited to be one of our co-chairs. I am a Junior, Political Science and Economics major from Saratoga, CA. What I really love about Camp Kesem is that it is so unique and it is rewarding to allow kids who are faced with so much pain to just be themselves. Fun Fact: I went cliff jumping in Hawaii!

 

 

1504454_10152079532041955_1914310134_oBonjour! I’m Megan “Bubbles” Barrett and I am one of the Marketing Coordinators. I am a Junior from Durango, CO who is majoring in Marketing and minoring in Dance. I decided to become a part of Camp Kesem because I have always been passionate about working with kids and love having the opportunity to help kids just be kids when going through a difficult time. Fun Fact: I recently spent a quarter studying abroad in Paris and love everything about French culture especially the food!

Aloha! I’m Crystal “Kiwi” Au and I am excited to be our second Marketing Coordinator. I am a Junior, Psychology Major, Urban Education and Studio Art minor from Los Angeles, CA. I chose to become a part of Camp Kesem because I love kids and getting to share the uniqueness and craziness of the summer camp atmosphere while getting to know tons of amazing new people! Fun Fact: I love road trips and watching scary movies!

 

332719_3753227462685_940016274_o_zps37a1696fHi everyone! I’m Molly “Butteryfly” Roston and I am thrilled to be one of our Development Coordinators.  I am a Senior Psychology major from Los Altos, CA. I was inspired to get involved with Camp Kesem after its start at Stanford Hillel and thought it would be a great organization to get involved with, especially to help with all the behind the scenes work. I also love working with children and thinks it is a great opportunity to be a caring and supportive adult to those we serve. Fun Fact: I was an extra in a movie called “Her Best Move” and trained to do agility with my dog, Jasper!

Hi guys! I’m Steven “Princess Peach” Doll and I am happy to be an Operations Coordinator. I am a Junior Economics major from Pasadena, CA. I joined Camp Kesem because I love working with children and having the opportunity to help others. Fun Fact: I got the nickname “peaches”  from playing laser tag, not from my love of the fruit. (My vest codename was peaches, and my co-workers continued to call me that) but everyone in Kesem just calls me Princess!

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 Hi all! I’m Katie “The Genie” O’Keefe and I amthrilled to be a Volunteer Coordinator! I’m a Junior from Concord, CA (East Bay) who is majoring in Theatre Arts and English. I decided to become a part of Camp Kesem because childhood should be fun. I wanted to help kids dealing with tremendous stress have at least one week where they could simply be kids, enjoying their summer. Fun Fact: I am writing and producing a web series!

 

I’m Andrew “Abu” Weaver and I am excited to be one of the Volunteer Coordinators.  I am a Junior Psychobiology major from Dallas, TX. I became part of Camp Kesem to help give kids a positive outlook on tough life situations.  Fun Fact: I host a radio show for KSCU, Santa Clara’s campus radio station!

Hi guys! I’m Lena “Bamboo” and I’m one of our Outreach Coordinators! I’m a Junior from Portland, Oregon. I wanted to become a part of Camp Kesem because cancer has touched my life in different ways, and I hope to help put a smile on the faces of kids whose lives are also affected by cancer. Fun Fact: I recently studied abroad in Switzerland and loved eating all the chocolate and cheese!