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•Recruits and manages student coordinator leadership of 11+ coordinators to achieve chapter goals.
•Maintains regular communications with Camp Kesem Program Director and other national staff regarding chapter’s progress towards goals.
•Responsible for maintaining any required University credentialing as a student organization.
•Leads weekly Co-Coordinator meetings and monitors other chapter events including Committee meetings and/or General Body Meetings.
•May represent Camp Kesem Chapter at in-person and virtual events including National Leadership Summit (November 6-8, 2015) and nationally sponsored webinars.
•Maintains and responds to chapter@campkesem.org email account .



I Kesem because even though I have never had a relative afflicted by cancer, I have family members with mental health issues and I was uncertain if they were okay. When I was able to understand what was happening, I felt alone. I want to be able to reach out to others who are affected by a family member's illness, and let them know that they're not alone in this process.


Sean "Speaker" Frasca

I Kesem for the kids. To give them the opportunity for just one week out of the year, to spend an amazing week at camp where their primary focus is on their own happiness. I Kesem to help these kids build a network of support, to know they are not alone in this and that they will always have people to reach out to. Most importantly, I Kesem so kids can just be kids.

•Completely and accurately enters all expense payment and reimbursement requests into Expensify in a timely manner.
•Updates budget actuals.
•Receives offline revenue (cash, check, money orders), ensures deposit of monies at Camp Kesem Chase account, and completely and accurately enters all offline revenue into Camp Kesem database.
•Receives weekly online Revenue reports and updates Revenue actuals in the Workbook tracker.
•Presents regular financial updates to Camp Kesem chapter leadership team.
•Maintains and responds to chapter.treasurer@campkesem.org email account.


Prianka "Dory" Zaman

I kesem because my favorite thing to do is make people laugh and be happy. Kesem gives me the opportunity to bring a smile to kids' faces and be a part of a unique family that loves and supports one another.

•Develops estimated budget for Camp Kesem chapter activities and updates forecasts on a regular basis using information provided by Treasurer.
•Responsible for camp planning including daily activity rotations, campsite selection, transportation coordination, and special guests and activities.
•Responsible for planning any extra camp excursions including overnight hikes.
•Responsible for coordinating the assignment and program planning progress of volunteers to activity rotation areas for the week of camp.
•Responsible for coordinating and executing acquisition of necessary camp supplies through purchase and/or in-kind donation drive efforts.
•Maintains and responds to chapter.operations@campkesem.org email account .
•May manage a small Operations committee (3-5 members), including running monthly meetings and delegating Operations-related tasks.


Gillian "Jilly Bean" Carll

So Isis and Teacup were the two major forces that encouraged me to join, but I have my own experience with cancer as well. My grandpa was diagnosed with esophageal cancer when he was my age, and was treated and fine, but it came back when he was 70, and he passed away. I was upset, but my mom was crushed. Seeing her like that is something that will be burned into my memory...My godmother also had lung cancer that was metastatic my freshman year. She was one of the most beautiful souls I've ever gotten to know, and cancer crippled her and took her away. I kesem so I can support these kids. To let them have a week of crazy fun, and a week to feel supported, secure, and safe.


Nicolai "Taco" Tayco

I Kesem because I want to do everything in my power to help at least one child and give them the chance to enjoy themselves, even for just a short period of time.

Community Outreach
•Designs and executes strategic annual camper recruitment and retention plan to include outreach to past camper families, cultivation of hospital and community partner contacts, and use of social media to promote chapter’s camp.
•Responsible for pre-camp communication to accepted camper families.
•Responsible for collection of all necessary pre-camp paperwork for camper families using online Activecamps.com database system.
•Plans and promotes post-camp reunions (2nd+ year only).
•Responsible for recruitment of camp professional staff (two nurses and one mental health professional) as required by Camp Kesem National standards.
•Maintains and responds to chapter.outreach@campkesem.org email account.
•May manage a small Outreach committee (3-5 members), including running monthly meetings and delegating Outreach-related tasks.


Karizma "Aria" Chhabra

My grandfather passed away due to cancer when I was in the 6th grade. It was a sobering experience, so I can understand what these children must be feeling. I Kesem so that I can give these incredibly strong, inspirational children a chance to be children, and to remind them that they are never alone.


Nurul "Oz" Afsar

Kesem is an organization I wanted to be a part of every since I heard about it during my first week of Freshman year. Cancer is a prevalent part of many people's lives, and the effect it has on children is an often overlooked part of it. The amount of hardship and adversity these children have overcome is something I really admire. Giving them the opportunity to just be themselves and enjoy childhood, is something i'm glad to be a part of.

•Develops strategic annual fundraising plan for Camp Kesem chapter to include individual fundraising, Make the Magic events, on-campus fundraisers, community-based events, grants, and corporate sponsorships.
•Responsible for monitoring the progress of individuals towards their fundraising goals on behalf of chapter.
•Responsible for donor stewardship and cultivation, including initial acknowledgements and regular contact with major donors throughout the year.
•Responsible for post-grant reporting on chapter’s behalf where necessary.
•Maintains and responds to chapter.development@campkesem.org email account.
•May manage a small Development committee (3-5 members), including running monthly meetings and delegating Development-related tasks.


Veronica "Skittles" Milito

I Kesem because every child deserves to feel like a child, at least for one week.


Kimberly "Micky" Tena

I Kesem to decrease that ache in your stomach when you're feeling alone. I hope that through our efforts this year more kids than ever know that they have a place to be themselves- whether that means letting lose and being silly or taking the time to talk about things they might normally not. I Kesem so that the kids know that no matter what, we're in this together.

Make the Magic
•Responsible for planning and executing one annual fundraising event for local chapter to raise $5,000+.
•Coordinates all event details including venue selection, budgeting, event programming, developing invite list to include major stakeholders, and designing and sending Save the Date and event invitations.
•Provides regular progress reports on event to chapter leadership team and national staff.
•Responsible for soliciting corporate and other event sponsorships in accordance with Camp Kesem National policies.
•Responsible for post-event reporting to stakeholders and to Camp Kesem National.
•Maintains and responds to chapter.mtm@campkesem.org email account.
•May manage a small Make the Magic committee (3-5 members), including running monthly meetings and delegating event-related tasks.


Samara "Blossom" Khan

My uncle passed away a couple of years ago from pancreatic cancer. I saw the suffering that my young cousins went through first hand, and I think a program like Kesem would have been so beneficial to them when their dad was sick.


Stacy "Saya" Ebby

To spread kindness. If I can't directly experience their struggle's, I can at the very least try to be empathetic.

•Designs and executes strategic annual on-campus volunteer recruitment, retention, and selection plan to include outreach to past counselors, cultivation of on-campus contacts, and use of social media to promote volunteer openings.
•Responsible for pre-camp communication to accepted volunteers.
•Responsible for planning and execution of required in-person and online trainings for accepted counselors.
•Responsible for collection of all necessary pre-camp paperwork for counselors using online Activecamps.com database system.
•Responsible for designing and executing annual volunteer recognition plan.
•Plans and promotes post-camp reunions to past volunteers (2nd+ year only).
•Maintains and responds to chapter.volunteer@campkesem.org email account.
•May manage a small Volunteer committee (3-5 members), including running monthly meetings and delegating Volunteer-related tasks.


Ian "Pinto!" Lesnick

I Kesem to make a difference. To me, my life is meaningless if I am not making a difference to people. My number one goal in life is literally to "make a difference." I'll never check it off as a completed goal, because I will always continue working to make a difference through my entire life. Kesem provides me an amazing opportunity to make a difference to children in difficult situations. Additionally, my career goals are to become a teacher and be there for my students in whatever difficult situation they may be facing or for any need they have. Kesem provides a similar opportunity for me to be available to children to reach out if they need help. After this week of camp, I've experienced the magic and know I won't be leaving anytime soon.


Megan "Sea Lion" Boyce

I Kesem for the love.

Teen/CIT Programming
•Responsible for planning camp activities for oldest unit (ages 14-16) that run parallel to regular camp activities.
•Develop and encourage leadership skills in the teen campers through a variety of team-building exercises and activities.
•Design a Counselor-in-Training program for campers who have “graduated” from camp (ages 17-18).
• Provide CIT’s the opportunity to hone their personal leadership skills through mentoring from camp counselors and by taking on a larger role at camp.
• Equip CIT’s to be effective leaders in their community.


Kaitlyn "Tink" Martin

Because if I can bring even a little bit of happiness to a child who is struggling, I'll do it in a heartbeat.


Shanan "Panda" Barua

I Kesem because of my uncle who passed away from osteosarcoma. From my experience, I understand how important and helpful it would be to have people that know what you have gone through and can provide a pillar of support through tough times.

Alumni, Marketing & PR
•Designs and executes annual communication plan to relevant chapter stakeholders including Newsletters, Blogs, Website, Social Media activities (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
•Supports chapter leadership team through deployment of marketing and publicity resources in support of chapter goals.
•Leads chapter’s publicity efforts including pitching local media outlets, writing and disseminating press releases, and cultivating local media contacts.
•Engages Camp Kesem Alumni in chapter events and helps facilitate seniors transitioning to alumni throughout the year.
•Maintains and responds to chapter.pr@campkesem.org email account.
•May manage a small Marketing/PR committee (3-5 members), including running monthly meetings and delegating Marketing/PR-related tasks.


Meiling "Boba" Li

I Kesem because I want to provide a safe and fun place for children affected by cancer, and although I don't think I have enough outgoing enthusiasm to become a counselor, I want to be able to help with other things behind the scene.


Sneha "Rainbow" Chittabathini

I kesem to spread the joy and happiness of childhood.

Contact Us: stonybrook@campkesem.org | (631) 716-5131 | Student Activities Center Room 218, Stony Brook, New York, US