Meet the Staff

Directors

Contact us at davis@campkesem.org!

davis wheelsDaniel Lebe (Wheels)

Year in School: Senior

Major: Exercise Biology

Year in Camp: 3rd

Why I Kesem: To help children better understand and emotionally cope with the way cancer has affected them. For me, forming incredible relationships with amazing individuals as a result is its own reward.

Fun fact: Has partially lost feeling in his right heel.

davis cupcakeSamantha Penko (Cupcake)

Year in School: Senior

Major: Psychology & Human Development

Year in Camp: 4th

Why I Kesem: For our campers! Their maturity and positive outlooks on life inspire me to work hard each and every day to bring just a little bit of magic into their lives.

Fun fact: I am obsessed with Corgis!

 

Development Team:

Reach us at davis.development@campkesem.org!

davis tazBrittney McPherson (Taz)

Year in School: Junior

Major: Biotechnology with an emphasis in Microbiology

Year in Camp: 2nd

Why I Kesem: I Kesem because, in many ways, I am still one of these kids.

Fun fact: I have a serious Mr. Potato head collection.

 

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Year in School: Senior

Major: Economics and Communication

Year in Camp: 2nd

Why I Kesem: I love working with kids and none are more deserving than these.

Fun fact: I like puppies.

 

Volunteer Recruitment

Please send any questions to davis.volunteer@campkesem.org!

Dana Sever (Cookie)davis cookie

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Political Science and Psychology

Year in Camp: 2nd

Why I Kesem: Having lost my mom to cancer when I was 8, I know what these kids are going through and will do anything I can to help. I want to be a support system any way I can and Camp Kesem is the best place to do that!

Fun fact: I have seen the world’s biggest tea pot, cuckoo clock, and ball of twine!

davis scoutEugene Kwon (Scout)

Year in School: Senior

Major: Art Studio

Year in Camp: 2nd

Why I Kesem: To do something meaningful and enriching during my time at UC Davis!

Fun fact: I can touch my toes.

Community Outreach

Send us your concerns at davis.outreach@campkesem.org!

davis kiwiMegan Choi (Kiwi)

Year in School: Senior

Major: Genetics

Year in Camp: 4th

Why I Kesem: I joined Kesem because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of these amazing kids after having my own experiences dealing with a family member’s cancer. Camp has become such a big part of my life and I can’t imagine college without it!

Fun fact: If I could, I would eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day.

Becky Butcher (Craisin) craisin davis

Year: Junior 

Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Year in Camp: 3rd

Why I Kesem: To help those who are less fortunate than I am and to bring some magic back into the lives of truly inspiring and deserving kids.

Fun Fact: I play the recorder for 30 minutes a day.

Operations

Got questions? Reach us at davis.operations@campkesem.org

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Brianna Hoy (Nemo)

Year in School: Junior

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Year in Camp: 3rd

Why I Kesem: I Kesem in honor of my Papa who passed away from Pancreatic cancer when I was 10 years old. I Kesem to make him proud and to give these children the funnest week of their summer!

Fun fact: I flinch every time I see an angel statue.

Counselor-in-Training and Teen Programming

Reach us at davis.cit@campkesem.org

davis abuAryan Shay (Abu)

Year in School: Junior

Major: Psychology

Year in Camp: 2nd

Why I Kesem: To be a friend to those in need!

Fun fact: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a T. Rex.

 

Vince Shea (Rafiki) 

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Year in School: Senior

Major: Biological Sciences

Year in Camp: 4th

Why I Kesem: 5 years ago, my grandma passed away from breast cancer. as she fought the disease for many years, the cancer took a toll not only on my grandma, but also the rest of my family. I joined camp when I came to Davis to help those who are going through the similar struggles that I went through as a kid.  

Fun fact: I sing in an acapella group!

Marketing and Publicity

Say hi to us at davis.pr@campkesem.org!

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Maya Argaman (Yam Yam)

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Environmental Sciences

Year in Camp: 2nd Year

Why I Kesem: I want to make a positive difference in the lives of kids who don’t get to experience the magic of childhood!

Fun fact: I have a twin brother that looks absolutely nothing like me!

davis soniccKevin La (Sonic)

Year in School: Senior

Major: Cell Biology

Year in Camp: 3rd

Why I Kesem: Because kids should be able to be kids and not have to face alone the change that cancer can have on their lives.

Fun fact: I’ve been to theme parks all over the country but have never ridden a roller coaster.