Our Staff

Camp Kesem UGA is run by a dedicated team of college students. General questions for our staff may be directed to uga@campkesem.org

Executive Board Members

Bear – Co-Executive Director

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 12.32.35 AMThe designated father figure of Camp Kesem is Bear (or Papa Bear, as we sometimes say). Our camp dad is a man of many talents. He has accomplished such amazing feats as fitting 16 jalapeno peppers into his mouth at one time, catching a fly between his index finger and thumb, and running into Chipper Jones at the Varsity.  When he grows up, he would like to be the next Spiderman. Bear’s favorite camp game is the Winking Game… ;)  Click here for the donation page of Ben “Bear” Means. 


Goose – Co-Executive Director

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 12.30.34 AMGoose knows how to spend her time wisely. She can text in her sleep and watch entire TV shows in the blink of an eye (once, instead of studying, she watched 4 entire seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” during finals week). She prefers to dedicate her time doing more important things, for example: doing arts and crafts, working on Camp Kesem, and reading the entire Harry Potter series 6 times. She loves playing the Animal Game at camp, during which she usually picks the giraffe (her favorite animal). Click here for the donation page of Jenna “Goose” Barnett.


Fiddy – Development Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 10.33.18 PM

Fiddy, oh Fiddy, where do we start. We could probably start by tracking him down. He’s a worldwide traveler and has also been to all fifty states, hence the name Fiddy.  In addition to traveling, he loves to run. At the ripe age of 21, he has probably run some 382493251 miles by this point. As good as he is at running, he is pretty terrible at drawing.  Can’t be good at everything, right? One time during a game, he was asked to draw a whale. The result?  A cube that looked like a ghost. Click here for the donation page of Dan “Fiddy” Ryan.


Jaws – Development Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 12.23.50 AMJaws may have an intimidating camp name, but she’s really not all that scary in real life.  Probably the scariest thing about her is that her secret obsession is ketchup.  But then again that might just be more weird than scary.  Jaws is also famous around Cobb county for being able to name all presidents and their first ladies.  Although she knows all the facts, her dream job is to be a yoga instructor in Fiji.  Maybe there she could swim in peace with all of her shark friends. Click here for the donation page of Callie “Calico” Abernathy.  


Lassie – Development Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 10.09.02 PM

Hey girl…the day that Ryan Gosling finally comes to Camp Kesem is the day that Lassie’s life will be made. He and giraffes are her favorites creatures on the planet. She also loves to draw and march in St. Patty’s Day parades. Her love of marching has brought her all the way to Ireland…twice!  She has also been to Alaska twice. She assures us that it’s not too freezing cold if you go there at the same time. Thanks, Lassie! Click here for the donation page of Katie “Lassie” Burke.


Stallion – Development Coordinator 

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 10.06.59 PM

You may recognize Stallion from her younger years.  She has a famous face that was once featured in a local Kroger advertisement. Kroger probably should have hired her at the age of 6 though because she is an excellent baker. Her dream is to own her own bakery someday!  For the meantime though, she’ll just have to stick to making treats for the rest of the exec board every Monday through Saturday. Click here for the donation page of Emily “Stallion” Cissel.


Gravy – Operations Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 3.49.00 PMAll aboard the Gravy Train! Gravy is always up for anything! He took his own training wheels off of his bike at age 3, then immediately crashed it in the front yard and got back up to try again. All while wearing a helmet, of course- safety first! This classy gentleman’s all-time favorite eatery is Waffle House, which may have something to do with his breakfast-themed camp name. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to experience Gravy leading everyone in his favorite camp song:  the Jellyfish Song. Click here for the donation page of Justin “Gravy” Valle.


Nugget – Operations Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 3.36.45 PMNugget’s name came from none other than her love of Chick-Fil-A nuggets, of course! A fun fact about Nugget is that her birthday is the only command on the calendar: March 4th (March forth! Get it?) Nugget is our resident hair-braiding expert, so if you find yourself in need a new ‘do at camp, she’s the one to call. Nugget loves to play Ride that Pony at camp, but in real life she’s lucky to have had the chance to ride another really cool animal… an elephant! Click here for the donation page of Allie “Nugget” Herndon. 


Puffin – Operations Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 3.36.53 PM

Puffin, a closet science nerd, was nearly named Bill Nye because of her love of nursing, biology and things! Name confusion aside, we’re so glad to have her on our exec board. She nearly pursued a life of fame and fortune after performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ask for her autograph next time you see her, you never know how much it will be worth some day! Click here for the donation page of Lainey “Puffin” Saunders.


Chiquita – Outreach Coordinator 

If you want to feel like you’re really funny you should approach our dinosaur-loving coordinator Chiquita with any joke, no matter how lame it may be (For example: What do you get when dinosaurs crash their cars? Tyrannosaurus WRECKS!). Chiquita will laugh at almost anything, dinosaur related or not. Her favorite thing to do at camp is make up new songs. Chiquita is also a great coordinator to come to if you need help with your Spanish homework- it’s her favorite subject! Click here for the donation page of Lindsay “Chiquita” Carrick.


Minnie – Outreach Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 3.37.03 PM

Minnie, aka the tie-dye master, is also a master at reading Harry Potter. We’ve got a few Harry Potter fans on our exec board, but she takes the cake. She’s basically a wizard. She also loves Goldfish and M&Ms, but not all M&Ms because she thinks the brown ones are dumb.  That is a real puzzler though – why are chocolate M&Ms coated in brown? Minnie, find out and let us know someday. Click here for the donation page of Dayna “Minnie” Gomes.


Taco – Outreach Coordinator

Taco agreed to her camp name only after Goose and Honey promised to bring her one Taco Bell taco a week for a year. Says Taco, “Essentially the only thing I care about in life, aside from Kesem, is finding a good taco.”  That’s Taco in a nutshell: camp, tacos… and cats. Taco loves all kitties of the domestic and jungle variety. One day she would like to become a wildlife (specifically: wildcat) photographer, but if that falls through she would also consider taking over Dumbledore’s role as headmaster of Hogwarts. Taco’s favorite things about camp are creek stomping and making Duck laugh. Click here for the donation page of Mary Hampton “Taco” Farr.


Gump – PR/Marketing Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 10.27.37 PM

Do you not like Tom Hanks? We’re sorry then, you and Gump can never be friends. She’s a friendly gal, for sure, but Tom Hanks is her number one favorite human besides maybe…her twin sister. Yup, there’s another Gump running around in this world that goes to school in South Carolina.  Other fun facts about Gump: she hates snakes and riding down escalators. Who ever thought those were a good idea. Click here for the donation page of Carrie “Gump” Clemens.


Breezy – Volunteer Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 10.26.01 PM

It’s a plane, it’s a bird… IT’S BREEZY.  Breezy got her name from going hang-gliding a couple summers ago.  Eventually, once she got out of the sky, she came back down to earth to go live in Chick-fil-a.  Well, maybe she doesn’t live in Chick-fil-a but we’d never know the difference because of how often she’s there.  In addition to loving Chick-fil-a, she adores camp stuff like The Princess Pat song and Honey, I Love You.  And then there’s her border collie Harley, whom she loves even more than chicken. Click here for the donation page of Madison “Breezy” Dooley.


Katniss – Volunteer Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 3.37.48 PM

Thank goodness Katniss made it out of the Hunger Games alive.  Or else…we would never have known about how good she is at the Tarzan LIKE A BANAAAAANA song!  The craziest thing about Katniss other than her sweet rhymes is the fact that her eyes are two different colors! Next time you get up close to her, check out her left eye- it’s blue AND brown. WHOA. Click here for the donation page of Miranda “Katniss” Brown.


Zuko – Volunteer Coordinator

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 3.37.53 PM

Cali swag, man! Our dear Zuko comes to us all the way from California. It’s a long trek every year but she is just that dedicated to camp (and school, of course). Many of her favorite things in the world come from California like In & Out Burger and the movie Grease! She actually gets her name from playing Danny Zuko in her sorority’s skit. Zuko would make a pretty convincing Danny except for her super long, super big blonde hair. Click here for the donation page of Shelby “Zuko” Starratt.


Honey – Campus Founder

There are only two things that Honey loves as much as Camp Kesem: coffee and costumes. If this information made you guess that early mornings are Honey’s least favorite thing about camp and theme days at camp are Honey’s favorite part of camp, you guessed right! She also enjoys any silly repeat-after-me song that comes with a dance routine. Her current favorite is “It’s a Sixties Party.” Honey’s claim to fame is that she once danced on-stage with Britney Spears.