Kesem staff members bring a broad range of experience to the organization. The team includes former Kesem campers, college student leaders, board members, and industry experts. In partnership with our national board of directors, we work to create an empowering community for the more than 5 million children affected by a parent's cancer.
sets the direction and strategy for Kesem and manages all work across the organization in support of our mission.
Alicia is Kesem’s Chief Executive Officer. She joined Kesem in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of Kesem’s Boston Board of Directors. Prior to joining Kesem, she spent over 20 years in environmental compliance and sustainability consulting. Alicia earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her MS in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Alicia believes that every child affected by a parent’s cancer should have the opportunity to simply be a kid and be their best self. She resides outside of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, two boys, and dog. Alicia loves to travel and enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, and road biking.
Domonique is the Chief Brand Officer at Kesem. In her role, she oversees the company’s brand strategy, image, experience, and outreach. She’s been with the company since 2018. Domonique brings 20+ years of expertise in messaging, marketing, production, brand partnerships, and constituent engagement to Kesem. Most recently, she led brand strategy at Teach For America. Before that, she spent more than a decade working in advertising with a range of Fortune 500 companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and CapitalOne. In that time, two of her advertising campaigns received national industry awards. Since shifting to the mission-driven space, she’s brought together her passion for kids and community-building with her love for storytelling and strategy to drive impact. Domonique earned her B.S. in Radio-TV-Film with a focus in Ethnic/Minority Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Domonique enjoys mentoring, travel, and gardening. She resides in Plano, Texas, with her husband, their daughter, and their dog.
Ingrid joined Kesem in 2019 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer overseeing the organization’s finance, talent and systems functions. Ingrid fell in love with working with children as a summer and after-school counselor while an undergraduate in college, creating curriculum and teaching five and six year-olds. After attending law school and working for a law firm, Ingrid continued to work with children, teaching recent immigrant students dance and helping to create curriculum to enhance their understanding of English. Ingrid then went on to work as the Director of Business Affairs for Consumer Digital Services, an internet marketing company, where she was responsible for aspects of the business operations for the organization. Ingrid’s love of children and education propelled her to transfer her business operations and legal skills to serve as the Chief Operating Officer at various non-profit organizations, including 50CAN and Urban Arts Partnership. Ingrid’s responsibilities have included creating and managing the finance, human resources, operations and legal functions of organizations and providing senior leadership. Ingrid holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School and she resides in New York.
is responsible for setting the vision and direction of Kesem’s brand strategy and identity. We strengthen and cultivate our community by creating experiences and telling stories that bring to life our beliefs, values, and impact.
Carrie is the Manager of Marketing and Constituent Engagement at Kesem. In her role, she is passionate about bringing the story of Kesem’s impact to life, and connecting Kesem’s community to meaningful engagement opportunities that facilitate brand and organizational growth. Carrie is a graduate from the University of Georgia, where she served as both a Kesem Co-Director and PR & Marketing Coordinator, and earned a degree in public relations and a certificate in new media. As an alumna, she has held positions on the Kesem at the University of Georgia and Kesem at Vanderbilt University Advisory Boards, and has served as both a Camp Advisor and CIT Advisor. Prior to joining Kesem, she served in social media and PR positions for Project 615 and PLA Media in Nashville, Tennessee, where she happily resides today. A fan of compelling stories from all mediums, Carrie spends her free time enjoying live music, seeing the latest movie in theaters, or wrapped up in a great book.
After years of publication design and national magazine art direction, Katie turned her attention to nonprofit work and joined Kesem as the Manager of Marketing, Copywriting & Design in 2019. Skilled in strategic communications, creative direction, and brand identity development, Katie collaborates across departments to produce a range of internal and external campaigns and assets. She received her BA in Journalism from Indiana University, her AAS in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design, and her MA in Graphic Branding & Identity from University of the Arts London. After living most of her adult life in New York City, London, or Chicago, Katie recently moved back to her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, with her fiancé, Tom. When she isn’t keeping up with her 100-year-old home, you can find Katie trying to start a vegetable garden, cheering at her nephew’s cross-country meets, working through her cookbook collection, watercolor painting, or snuggled up with two cats and a good book.
Emma is the Brand and Marketing Assistant at Kesem. In her role, she supports the Brand team in executing successful campaigns to promote Kesem’s services and to strengthen the company’s brand identity. Emma previously served as the Alumni, Marketing, and Public Relations Coordinator at Kesem at Northern Arizona University for two years, as well as the Co-Director for two years. Through these roles, she served Kesem families all over the state of Arizona, providing a safe, fun-filled community for the chapter’s campers and student leaders. While at Northern Arizona University, Emma received her B.S. in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in Merchandising and Public Relations. As the Brand and Marketing Assistant, she combines her marketing education with her passion for the Kesem mission to support the company’s goals. Emma enjoys reading, crafting, and spending time on her family’s farm. She currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona.
As Kesem’s Director of Brand and Constituent Experience, Jess is passionate about creating lifelong relationships and lasting support systems for the Kesem community. She received both her Masters in Nonprofit Organization Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the Kesem team, she worked in fundraising and nonprofit community outreach for a variety of local and national nonprofit organizations. Jess began her time with Kesem as a volunteer, when she founded the University of Georgia chapter of Kesem as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project recipient and served as a founding member of Kesem’s Alumni Leadership Board. She loves DIY home renovation challenges, game nights, and any excuse for a costume party. Jess lives in Austin, TX with her husband, who she met while attending a Kesem National Leadership Summit.
leads our philanthropic efforts. We raise the critical funds that enable us to deliver our mission and impact at no cost to families.
Isabel is Kesem’s Vice President of Development, bringing 17+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has held positions at renowned organizations such as The Exploratorium (San Francisco), The Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), and Earthwatch Institute (Boston). Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Development at Imerman Angels, a peer-to-peer cancer support organization, leading all aspects of development strategy, partnerships, communications, and events. Isabel is passionate about working in collaboration with Boards, staff and volunteers to create measurable and sustainable impact for children impacted by a parent's cancer. Having worked both domestically and abroad in Belize, Cuba, and Kenya, she values the experience of securing funds for sustainable and community-relevant plans which help people from all walks of life feel heard and supported. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Providence College (R.I.) and an M.A. in Museum Studies with certificates in nonprofit administration and public programming from John F. Kennedy University (C.A.)
Amy is a Major Gifts Officer at Kesem, with a focus on stewardship and acquisition in the events space. Prior to joining Kesem, Amy spent 7 years in donor-facing work for an international organization that focuses on gender equality in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Her emphasis on fostering a personal connection between donors and the organization’s mission was celebrated in an article in The Zafra Review, a blog that highlights women in the workforce. She graduated from Salve Regina University with a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in Film Studies (and she will happily analyze movies with you). Amy believes that human connection is the most important part of fundraising and that it creates beautiful moments for donors, constituents, and the mission. In her free time, Amy enjoys crocheting sweaters, filling her sketchbook, and playing Stevie Nicks records at full volume. She is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island – the smallest state with the biggest personalities!
Sara joined Kesem as Foundations Manager in 2021. Prior to Kesem, she worked in fundraising with universities, both in the US and abroad, a non-profit hospice, and a children’s grief center. Sara has managed annual fundraising programs, capital campaigns, letter campaigns, and donor relations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Missouri State University. Originally from Missouri, Sara currently resides in West Texas with her husband and two cats.
Naomi joined Kesem in 2019. Prior to joining Kesem, Naomi was a Program Assistant at The Jewish Federation and a Development Assistant at the Children’s Museum of Arts in New York. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at University of Southern California. She’s lived in New York and San Francisco, but currently resides in her hometown of Los Angeles.
Alva joined Kesem as Manager of Community Relations in 2020. She has over 18 years of experience in the community relations and philanthropy sectors. Before Kesem, she served as Resource Development Director with Mercy Housing Lakefront and as a Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager with Bank of America. In both roles, she developed and managed successful fundraising campaigns, volunteer programs, and community outreach programs. Authentic and collaborative, Alva believes that everyone’s stories matter. Through storytelling and relationship building, she seeks to inspire others to use their talents and resources to help build stronger and more vibrant communities. Alva earned her B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University and Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alva enjoys karaoke, yoga, game nights, and good food. A devoted Chicago native, she still resides in the city with her husband and son.
Eric joined Kesem as a Major Gifts Officer in 2021. He has over 14 years of experience fundraising in the nonprofit sector. Before Kesem, he served as the Director of Development for Athletics at California Baptist University and California State University, Fulleton. In both roles, he oversaw all fundraising efforts for the athletic department including, major gifts, annual and planned giving, and major events. Eric believes in the importance of building meaningful relationships and connecting mission driven individuals to organizations aligned with their personal passions. Eric earned his B.A in Communications from Boise State University where he was a basketball student athlete and his Masters degree in Administration from Concordia University. He is currently projected to complete his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State University in May of 2022. Eric enjoys watching and playing sports, hanging with family and friends, and binge watching shows. A Los Angeles native, he still resides in the city with his wife, Shawnte and 3 kids, Jaelynn, Eric Jr, and Parker.
Jenna joined the Kesem National team in 2014 and has held several roles in her time here: Regional Program Coordinator, Operations Coordinator/University Liaison, Manager of Community Relations, and now Manager of Donor Relations. In her current role she is able to utilize her skills and passion for thoughtful and personalized gratitude and stewardship on a daily basis. Jenna helped found the University of Georgia chapter of Camp Kesem, a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project recipient, in 2011 and served as Co-Director for the three subsequent years. Jenna studied Film Production at the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in English. In her free time, she runs a small cards, gifts, and event planning business with her sister. Jenna has lived in Greenville, SC and Chicago, IL, and now resides back near her hometown just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, who she met while volunteering with Camp Kesem in college.
Abby is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and brings a variety of nonprofit and development experience to Kesem. For the last 19 years, she has held positions with well-known, national organizations including Best Friends Animal Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society. Most recently, she provided marketing, communications and development expertise to an animal welfare grant-maker and a chimpanzee sanctuary. Abby is a graduate of Florida State University and currently lives in California with her husband, four sons and Newfoundland dog. In her free time, which is rare, she enjoys hiking, sailing and watching college football.
Lisa is the Events Manager at Kesem, bringing fourteen years of experience producing fundraisers, galas, and marketing and cultivation events for the public and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Lisa worked for five years as the Donor Events and Stewardship Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy. Lisa is passionate about building long-lasting relationships with donors through mission-centric and engaging events. Lisa spends much of her free time outdoors. In her opinion, coffee tastes best by a campfire in the wee hours of the morning. She becomes giddy on a bike and rides throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania on an old beach cruiser. When she can't get outside, you'll find Lisa restoring her 1800s home in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Bree brings 10+ years of nonprofit experience to Kesem. As Data and Campaign Manager, Bree is the Development team's primary Classy and Salesforce expert, and participates in local and national conferences for these nonprofit software tools. Bree also leads Kesem's key fundraising campaigns including annual giving appeals like Giving Tuesday as well as marathons and fitness challenges through Team Kesem. Bree loves seeing the power of grassroots fundraising put into action through Kesem’s individual giving campaigns, which show how donations big and small join together to have a huge impact. Hobbies include exploring new hiking trails and doing puzzles with cat Sophie. A fun fact: Bree has lived in seven different cities and three time zones. Prior to joining Camp Kesem in 2015, Bree specialized in event management, donor engagement, and capacity building at youth-focused organizations including the Austin Children's Shelter and Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County. Bree holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Services Administration from the University of Baltimore.
designs, builds, and manages Kesem's infrastructure and invests in culture, experience, and growth to provide exemplary service to staff, constituents, and stakeholders.
Meag is Kesem’s Systems and Constituent Care Coordinator. In this role, she supports all tier-one inquiries to ensure constituents receive the information requested. She also supports the Data, Metrics, Reporting, and tracking of the Operations team. Meag Started with Kesem National in the summer of 2018 after volunteering with Camp Kesem at West Virginia University for three years as an Outreach coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, and Chapter Director. Before her time on staff, Meag volunteered with Kesem National as an Intern and Camp Advisor. Meag worked with over 35 chapters in a span of three years as a Regional Program Coordinator for four regions across the United States. Meag graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Arts in English- Professional Writing in 2018. In her spare time, she travels and has even been to 41 states. She enjoys yoga, walks in the park, and cheering on the New England Patriots. Originally from Cape Cod, MA- Meag has fulfilled her childhood dreams and now resides in Boston, MA.
Liz is Kesem’s Manager of Talent & Human Resources. In her role she is able to utilize her skills and passion for supporting the incredible Kesem National staff to help fulfill Kesem’s mission. Liz started her adventure with Kesem when she helped found Camp Kesem at Indiana University in 2004 and served as a coordinator, Director, and intern with Camp Kesem National throughout her college career. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management, Liz’s extensive background working with children in the camp setting made her a firm believer in the positive transformational power of summer camp and she knew her time with Kesem could not come to an end. Liz joined the Kesem National team in 2008 and has held several roles in her time here: National Program Director, Senior Program Director, Manager of Programs, and Senior Manager of Programs. In 2019, Liz became Kesem’s HR department of one and received her SHRM (the Society of Human Resource Management) certification. In her spare time, Liz loves nature, live music, and spending time with her family and friends. Liz has lived in Colorado and Florida and now resides back in her hometown outside of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, 2 little boys, and 2 cats.
Alexis joined Kesem as the Finance and Administration Coordinator in 2021. In this role, she manages and operates Kesem’s financial systems. Alexis has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and has previous accounting experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Alexis is very passionate about the opportunities that Kesem provides to its campers and their families, and how much of a difference a support system can make in regards to mental health. Alexis lives in Danville, IN with her husband, dog, and two cats. She enjoys spending her free time doing crafts and puzzles.
Antonella joined Kesem in 2019 and is now the Data and Systems Coordinator supporting the maintenance of Kesem’s systems and data integrity as well as overseeing staff technology. In her time at Kesem, Antonella also restructured the customer service response, adding additional support and points of contact. Prior to joining Kesem, Antonella worked for a variety of causes with nonprofit organizations such as the ASPCA and TECHO, a Latin American based nonprofit. She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration. She is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and currently lives in the Champaign-Urbana area with her husband and their two dogs.
Prior to joining Kesem in 2021, Anita worked as a manager in the finance field in both for-profit and nonprofit settings. She has deep expertise in all aspects of the accounting cycle and process optimization. Her responsibilities included budget development and oversight, creation of internal controls and management of the annual audit process. Anita holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Public Management and Finance from the University of Chicago. She believes that Kesem brings positive changes in the lives of many by creating meaningful connections and providing much needed support. Anita is delighted and honored to be part of this truly amazing organization and its mission. In her free time, Anita loves spending time with her family and training her dogs.
is responsible for the delivery of impactful and high-quality Kesem programming for the community. The team provides oversight, training and guidance for our volunteer college students to ensure all programs are not only fun and creative, but also safe, inclusive, and equitable.
Alex joined the Kesem National team in 2013 as a National Program Director after founding the Michigan State chapter in 2009. She has held various roles on staff, and she currently serves as the Vice President of Operations, overseeing Kesem chapters, summer, and year round operations. She is passionate about providing a safe place for kids to be kids and process the impact of their parent's cancer with others who understand and support them. Alex graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Political Science & a B.A. Criminal Justice. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs and enjoys reading, drinking coffee, traveling, and volunteering at a local women's shelter.
Mekelit joined the Kesem National team in2020 as a Regional Program Coordinator. In this role she is in charge of the Mid Atlantic Region. She first joined Kesem in 2018 as an Operations Coordinator, she later served as a Volunteer coordinator and a Chapter Co-Director, both for a year. Mekelit graduated in 2020 from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.A. in Psychology. Mekelit is passionate about furthering Kesem’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mission, and currently resides in Columbia, Maryland. Mekelit spends her free time cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Coordinator and moved into the Senior Regional Program Coordinator role in 2021. He currently oversees Kesem’s Midwest Region. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. Since graduating in 2017, he has also worked in life coaching, higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, film, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations in Orange County, CA. He hopes to continue to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone. Kofi currently resides in San Diego, California and enjoys time with his family, surfing, writing, and
Lauren joined the Kesem National team as the New England Program Coordinator in 2018, moved into the Senior Program Coordinator, New Chapters role in 2020, and now serves as the Manager of Chapter Expansion. In her current role, Lauren oversees Kesem’s new chapter expansion strategy, and the implementation of first year programs. Her love for Kesem began at the Syracuse University chapter during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator and Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was able to use her passion for serving others to get involved in public and global health research projects. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys visiting family and friends, exploring coffee shops, and planning her next travel adventure. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Keandra is a Manager, Programs at Kesem. She joined the National staff in 2017 after serving as a student leader at the California State University, Fresno. Keandra is passionate about bringing people together to build a supportive and loving community. She graduated from Fresno State in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Family and Consumer Science currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Keandra is currently working on her Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the city with her friends, attending sporting events, and traveling to California to visit her family.
Hannah joined the Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019 and moved into the Senior Regional Program Coordinator role in 2021. She first was introduced to the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. Hannah currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.
Kendall joined the Kesem National team as a Regional Program Coordinator in 2016. Kendall first became involved with Camp Kesem at Indiana University as a student leader after losing her mom to breast cancer. In her current role of Manager, Programs, Kendall manages 4 Program Coordinators and the Manager of Chapter Expansion. She currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband, where she enjoys reading, cooking new recipes, and taking their dog, Jovie, on long walks around the city.
Brittani joined the Kesem National team in 2017. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a student leader at Brigham Young University. Brittani loves empowering our student leaders and alumni to carry out the magic of Kesem in their communities and is continually blown away by the dedication of Kesem's volunteers. She is passionate about intentional and safe programming that leads to transformative experiences. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. Brittani currently resides in the Greater Salt Lake area with her husband and son, where she enjoys eating at restaurants around the valley, frequenting drive-thru soda shops, tastin new oreo flavors, and exploring Utah’s natural beauty.
Bridget joined the Kesem National team in 2021 as a Programs Assistant, and currently serves as a Regional Program Coordinator for the Southwest region. She first joined Camp Kesem in 2016 as a counselor at the UC Santa Cruz chapter, and later served as an Outreach Coordinator for one year, and a Chapter Co-Director for two years. She graduated in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. Bridget currently resides in Sacramento, California. In her free time she enjoys exploring outdoors, cooking and baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Travis is the Manager of Policy and Compliance at Kesem. In this role, he oversees Kesem’s policies for volunteers and participants, organizational standards, university relationships, and state licensing. Travis has been with the company for 3 years. Prior to that, he spent 6 years leading professional training seminars for professionals in human services. Travis graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a M.A. in Clinical Forensic Psychology. Travis has spoken at the American Camp Association’s Tri-State Conference, leading two sessions regarding policy writing, and navigating difficult conversations. Throughout his career, Travis has helped a variety of organizations review and update their policies and procedures in order to enhance their risk management strategies. As a former Kesem student leader and Mental Health Professional, Travis is passionate about Kesem’s mission and enjoys working to support the organization’s risk management approaches. Outside of work, Travis enjoys running (and has completed 18 marathons), traveling, visiting national parks, and finding bison wherever he goes. Travis lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Divya joined the Kesem National team as a Regional Program Coordinator for the Northern California region in 2020. She first got involved with the Camp Kesem Berkeley chapter in 2017, where she served as a counselor, Special Events Coordinator, and Co-Director. During her time as a student, she also served as an intern with Kesem’s Brand team. Divya graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in Architecture and a minor in City & Regional Planning. She is passionate about the power of empathy, and was drawn to Kesem for the way our campers, volunteers, and staff create community beyond the bounds of the camp space. Divya currently resides in Berkeley, California, and enjoys film photography and visiting art museums.
Dante joined the Kesem National team as a Regional Program Coordinator for the Southeast Region in 2020. In this role he is responsible for oversight of the Southeast chapter programs, including providing ongoing support to existing chapters and development of newer chapters. Dante graduated with a B.S from Stony Brook University, where he studied Applied Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Theater Arts in 2020. They are a proud Alumni of the Educational Opportunity Program at their alma mater. From 2016, he served as a counselor, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and a Camp Advisor for multiple chapters. Dante enjoys working with his staff and is passionate to empower the student leaders in his region to put on great programs for our organizational mission. In his spare time, Dante loves playwriting, going to plays and movies, and volunteering at different Theater companies. They currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
Connor joined the Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director in 2020. He got his start at Indiana University, where he served as Co-Director, and has volunteered as a counselor and Camp Advisor for several other chapters. He looks forward to inspiring students to work hard and is motivated by helping them grow professionally as young leaders. Connor graduated from Indiana University in 2019 with a B.S. in Marketing and minor in Spanish. Outside of Kesem, Connor loves movies, stand-up comedy, practicing Spanish, and reading.
Ciara joined the Kesem National staff in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Operations, overseeing the design, development, and evaluation of chapter curriculum and related training programs to support each of our Kesem chapters. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a camp counselor at the University of Florida. A lifelong camp enthusiast, Ciara was drawn to Camp Kesem because of the organization’s emphasis on community support and the transformative power of play. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. She currently resides in Brunswick, Maine and is a big fan of snow days.
Tyler joined the Kesem National Staff full time in January 2022 as the Operations Data Coordinator. His Kesem journey began as a Camper in 2012, continued into college as the Founding Director of Kesem at San Diego State University where he held that position for three years spreading Kesem into the community where he was born and raised before graduating in 2021 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Economics, Computer Science, Management Information Systems). He continued his involvement as a Camp Advisor, Intern, and Part-Time Employee before joining the team Full-Time. He hopes to use his passions for efficiency, technology, and of course Kesem, to help improve and maintain the systems and processes for Kesem's Operations Team. In his free time you can find him listening to music, playing games with friends, or traveling wherever is next on the list.
Chandler joined the Kesem National team in 2021 as Operations Coordinator. Prior to coming onboard, Chandler got involved with Camp Kesem in 2016 as a counselor for Camp Kesem at George Washington University. Chandler has held many different roles within her local chapter of the organization, including Unit Leader, Development Coordinator, and Family Outreach Coordinator. A long time believer in the transformative power of community, Chandler was drawn to Kesem by the organization's ability to build spaces that emphasize growth, connection, and authenticity. Chandler graduated from George Washington University with a dual degree in Public Health and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2019, and lives in Washington, D.C. Prior to working for Kesem National, Chandler worked as a full-time Domestic Violence Advocate, providing case management and advocacy for high-risk domestic violence survivors.
Gabbi joined the Kesem National Staff as a Regional Program Coordinator in 2022. She first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending Michigan State University, and served as an Outreach/ TLP Coordinator during her time as a student. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science. Since graduating, she has served as a Camp Advisor, TLP Advisor, Advisory Board Member, and other various volunteer positions within the organization. She has served as the Chapter Resource Document Intern, Summit Event Experience Intern, Development Intern, Kesem at Home Intern, and Chapter Expansion Intern for Kesem National. Gabbi previously served as the Partnership Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, helping to recruit mentors and plan events through community partnerships. She currently resides in Livonia, Michigan and enjoys spending time with her family, working on projects on her house, and serving as Head Coach for the Michigan State University Pompon Team. She is so excited to continue to further Kesem's mission by supporting and motivating the amazing student leaders of Kesem!
Brady joined the Kesem National staff in 2022 as a Regional Program Coordinator. He first became involved with Kesem at the West Virginia University chapter, where he served as an Outreach Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two years. Brady also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Kesem Ambassador, and as a member of the National Student Panel. He graduated from West Virginia University in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in biology. After graduation, he worked as a behavior specialist, where he supported children through behavioral and social/emotional challenges in the Appalachian Region. In his free time, Brady enjoys running, playing volleyball, and listening to Taylor Swift.
Laura began working as a Program Coordinator for Kesem in 2015.. Laura graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. She continued her involvement with Camp Kesem post-graduation as a camp advisor, advisory board member, and intake volunteer. Before joining the Camp Kesem team, they spent five summers working for Special Camp for Special Kids and a year working for Head-Royce School in programs administration. Laura is passionate about working with youth, and is excited to work for an organization that truly creates lasting meaningful impact. Laura grew up in Galway, Ireland, and currently resides in Oakland, California with her wife and family.
Chelsea joined the Kesem National staff in 2018 and currently serves as a Manager, Programs. A Sacramento, CA native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where she was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois with her partner and dog. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, talking about the enneagram, catching up on the latest in pop culture, or exploring the city.
Shane joined the Kesem National team as a Regional Program Coordinator in 2019 and moved into the Senior Regional Program Coordinator role in 2021. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Relations. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Outside of work, Shane enjoys CrossFit, hiking, hammocking, and other outdoor adventures. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bee joined Kesem in 2021 as a Regional Program Coordinator. Prior to this role, Bee worked in Program/Volunteer Management for 10+ years, primarily with orgs improving family/community health & wellness and cultural exchange. Bee is also an active volunteer & non-profit consultant who enjoys giving her time & talent to orgs. focused on emergency management, the Arts, D.E.J.I. & Womxn’s Empowerment. As a 13-year summer camper (camper/counselor/staff), she is thrilled to be a part of the Kesem magic. Bee resides in Boise, ID with her partner and two dogs. Her kiddo is a freshman at the University of Tasmania and Bee is also (finally) completing the last year of her degree in Sociology & Non-Profit Management.
Molly joined the Kesem National team in 2021 as a Regional Program Coordinator. Molly first got her start in summer camp and non-profit work in 2015 while working as a counselor and program coordinator with YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln. Over the years, Molly has had extensive experience in youth development, social work, as well as corporate and social event planning within Marriott International. Most recently, Molly has joined us after being a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. She received her degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and Child Psychology from Western Illinois University and is so excited to join a team of passionate and selfless individuals! Molly currently resides in Rock Island, Illinois of the Quad City area, local to where she was born and raised.
Hope joined the Kesem National team in 2021 as a Regional Program Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest and Great Plains Region. Although Hope never went to camp as a kid, they found a true passion for camp working as a cabin counselor deep in the woods of Maine. Hope holds a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Her extensive experience in youth development and college student leadership development has framed her dedication to supporting students and staff in being positive, impactful role models for their campers. Prior to joining Kesem, Hope was a director for a residential camp in Vermont, and also has experience in inpatient psychiatry and academic advising. Originally from Kansas City, Hope has lived in many different places and currently resides in Richmond, VA along with their partner and two dogs.
Clare joined the Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Coordinator in 2021 for the New England region. They first became involved with Kesem as a camper at the University of Virginia chapter. Clare’s passion for Kesem inspired them to found the Kesem chapter at George Mason University, where they served as co-director and outreach coordinator. They have also served as a camp advisor for various Kesem chapters. Clare graduated from George Mason University in 2020 with a degree in Human Development and Family Science where they gained experience in working with children and nonprofit management. Clare is delighted to continue Kesem’s mission and work with such selfless and passionate individuals. Outside of work, you can find Clare working on their next creative project or enjoying a good book. They currently reside in Washington, D.C.
has a key role in crafting our strategic plan and ensuring that we do the best work possible in pursuit of our goals.
is a Managing Director of Customer Experience within Digital Marketing at Nuveen. She led the initiative to redesign their retail website in addition to ensuring everything done across digital marketing is hyper focused on addressing customer needs. Neha has over 20 years of experience building teams and collaborating to build world class customer experiences with a deep expertise in consumer research, competitive analysis, and digital strategy. Prior to joining Nuveen, Neha has had leadership roles at Discover Financial Services, TripAdvisor and spent 12 years managing the customer research group at Fidelity Investments. Neha has a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a double major in Finance and Information Systems. She currently lives in Wilmette with her two children who are both enthusiastic campers at Camp Kesem Northwestern.
is a Managing Director of Technology Innovation Marketing at Accenture, where she has built her career over 20+ years. In this role, she oversees Accenture Labs, Accenture Ventures and Tech for Good programs. Elise was responsible for developing and managing Accenture’s Tech Vision, the organization’s most successful global thought leadership program. Elise has a B.A. in International Relations and French from Rhodes College. She and her husband currently live in San Francisco, where Elise also serves on Kesem’s San Francisco Board.
is a partner and co-founder at Paperclip Ltd., the Los Angeles based boutique development firm focused on projects in film, television, and the digital space. Prior to founding Paperclip Ltd. he was the COO of Marchez Vous, a luxury women’s footwear brand, which was originally launched as part of the brand development division at ROAR, the Beverly Hills based talent management company, where Ben was a manager from 2008 through 2012. Before joining ROAR, he was Managing Director at JS Apparel, a multinational clothing manufacturer, with factories in Indonesia, Guatemala, and Los Angeles. Ben received a BA in History from Franklin and Marshall College, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa, and their two children.
is a retired senior executive with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry - most notably with the American Express Co where he worked for over 20 years in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. He currently is the treasurer of a small investment and property development company based in British Columbia, Canada. He is honoured to sit on the board of several non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. He holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University, and specializes in Transformational Growth and building high performance teams. David is a dual Canada/US citizen living in Whistler, BC, enjoying the many activities that a mountain lifestyle affords including skiing, mountain biking, golfing, hiking and travel.
is currently the Senior Business Director for Bristol Myers Squibb, a leading worldwide oncology company based out of Princeton, NJ, bringing novel, therapeutic Immuno-Oncology products to cancer patients. Matt started his 25-year career in pharmaceuticals with Abbott Laboratories, a leading pharmaceutical company based in Abbott Park, IL, holding various roles in Sales, Marketing, and Pricing. After nine years at Abbott, Matt moved west to join Amgen, a leading biotech company based in Thousand Oaks, CA, in 2001 and held many commercial senior roles in Sales, Marketing, Pricing, Operations, and Learning and Development. After 13 years at Amgen, he left Amgen to join Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, a small, rare-disease hematology company to become the Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Training. Matt graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance and hails from Chagrin Falls, OH. He currently resides in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife, Sharon, and three children, Brookelyn, Braden, and Brittan. He enjoys many hobbies, including playing and coaching basketball and soccer, avidly cheering for Notre Dame and Cleveland Teams.
has been dean of the University of Texas at Austin School of Undergraduate Studies since 2013, after serving on the Task Force on Curricular Reform that led to the creation of the school. He previously chaired UT's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and served as the director for the Texas Institute for Drug and Diagnostic Development. Brent is best known for developing a cure for late-stage anthrax infection. He holds the Warren J. and Viola Mae Raymer Professorship and teaches an immensely popular two-semester sequence of organic chemistry while also running an active research program. He has won numerous teaching awards and is currently president of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Iverson received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 1982 and a PhD in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987.
combines his extensive legal background with a unique blend of top-level business experience, with over 30 years of executive work in business, law, private equity, venture capital, and technology. Currently, Jerry is working with several Israeli companies developing novel treatments for cancer, insomnia, and other conditions, and is Of Counsel at the law firm of Glaser Weil. Jerry rejoined Glaser Weil after working at Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $7.6 Billion of capital under management. Jerry served as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and General Counsel, where his primary responsibilities included overseeing all operations, finances, legal and administrative matters for the Marlin funds. Prior to leaving Glaser Weil, Jerry was a Partner and one of the lead attorneys representing MGM in all aspects of the development of Project City Center, a $9 billion, 18 million square-foot development on the Las Vegas Strip, one of the largest privately funded developments in the history of the United States. Jerry received his bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas Undergraduate School of Business, and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
is a nationally sought-after Health & Wellness Lifestyle Entrepreneur, a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and an Author. Her three books, A Year of (ME) Mindful Eating to Improve Wellbeing, The 10 Days: A Wellness Retreat for Personal Transformation, and A Wellness Journey, are all dedicated to health and wellness through mindful living. She writes a weekly blog, Mindfulness Matters, raising awareness for living a holistically healthy life. Before her success as a Wellness Entrepreneur, Tonya worked for over 25 years in Corporate America and launched the UGottaEat app, creating a virtual marketplace for independent chefs to cook fresh and healthy meals for local communities. As a serial entrepreneur and health coach, TK continues to dedicate herself to her higher mission, improving the overall health and wellbeing of society.
is an independent consultant, focused on Ecommerce, Merchandising, and Planning. She has worked in retail for johnnie-O, Gap and Coach and in finance as a sales trader and in risk management for DLJ, CSFB and The Capital Group. Heath also is on the Board of Directors for B*Cured, a non-profit funding research to find a cure for brain cancer. Heath has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, and an MBA from Columbia University. Heath lives in Connecticut with her three children, two of whom are enthusiastic campers at Camp Kesem Yale.
is an oncologist and research scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, CA. He is the principal investigator and lead for the thoracic oncology clinical trials program in Southern California. He also serves as the lead for integrated therapeutics and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Bernard Tyson Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. During his 16 years at Kaiser, he has served as the Chief for the Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology and worked to build out the medical oncology subspecialty program for Kaiser’s 4.5 million members in Southern California. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Covenant Youth Home, an NGO in Kampala Uganda as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He received his B.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and his M.D., Ph.D., and M.P.H.degrees from Tulane University. He is an exercise enthusiast participating in national and international marathons and triathlons. He lives with his husband and two children.
is a pediatrician with Private Medical, a concierge primary care practice for children and adults. Prior to that, Diana practiced at Presidio Pediatrics and UCSF, where she completed her residency, serving as Chief Resident in Pediatrics. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, and serves on the Board of Family House. Diana and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their five children. Diana has a B.A. in History from Yale University, and received her MD from Columbia University.
has been a Chief Human Resources Officer for over 15 years in global consumer products, manufacturing, and retail organizations including the Chamberlain Group, Inc and Jockey International. She is known for making a positive impact on the business in which she works by integrating effective and innovative human capital and business strategies. Betsy has her BS from University of Wisconsin, Madison and her M.Ed from Loyola University where she majored in Adult and Corporate Education minored in Organizational Development. Betsy lives in the Chicagoland area with her family who are all involved in Camp Kesem. Betsy’s husband, Bryan Libbin, is an advisor to Camp Kesem’s Northwestern Chapter and her two daughters, “Skittles” and “Jelly Belly” are both Camp Kesem Campers.
s Chief Executive Officer of RecoveryOne, the leading digital Musculoskeletal solution for payers. A noted speaker and market-oriented innovator, Mark’s career in healthcare has focused on unleashing market growth while improving the cost and quality of care.
Prior to RecoveryOne, Mark served as President of Global Services and Payer/Provider Solutions for Decision Resources Group. Mark co-founded ChapterHouse (CH), which became the leading boutique strategy consultancy serving the U.S. health services sector. CH was sold to Marsh McLennan in 2008, at which point Mark became a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Healthcare practice. Prior to CH, Mark spent eight years at Baxter Healthcare, a leading global medical device and technology company, first working on national strategy assignments in Europe and the Far East, later as CIO for Baxter’s $2 billion global biotech business. Mark is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his undergraduate degree and MBA. Mark resides in suburban Chicago with his wife and four children.
has been a commercial real estate lawyer for over 30 years and has been involved in large and sophisticated real estate projects in Southern California and throughout the United States. He represents real estate investors, developers, lenders and developers, and entertainment media companies for whom he has negotiated high-profile facility and venue agreements, and major corporations relocating their headquarters or developing new facilities from the ground up. Rob has a law degree from the University of California Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from UCLA. He is the managing partner of Advisors, LLP, a corporate and real estate transactional law firm which he co-founded in 2000 and was previously a partner at the law firm of Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger. Rob lives in Brentwood, California with his two children.
is President of Sigala Ventures LLC, a consultancy delivering integrated analytics, machine learning, and marketing solutions targeted towards organizations seeking to develop and scale their capabilities. Prior to forming Sigala Ventures, Ruben served as the Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Caesars Entertainment, where he worked for over 13 years. Ruben has a B.A. in Business from the University of Kansas, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ruben currently resides in Denver, where he lives with his wife and two children.
is an executive coach, attorney, and CPA. Chris' executive legal and business experience includes multiple senior-level roles and participation on numerous senior leadership teams in health care. Her experience includes serving as Vice President and Division General Counsel to Bausch & Lomb's Surgical Division; Senior Counsel and senior leadership team member to Baxter International's BioScience Division; Assistant Corporate Secretary and Senior Counsel to Brunswick Corporation and Assistant Regional Director of the SEC's Enforcement Division. Chris is a former member of Camp Kesem's UC Irvine Board of Advisors and an 18-year breast cancer survivor.
is the Director of Marketing and Innovation at The Clorox Company in Oakland, California. Jay is responsible for identifying, developing, and scaling transformational innovation initiatives for the company. In his 20+ year career as a marketing leader, Jay has created growth strategies and marketing campaigns for leading consumer brands, such as Clorox, Glad, Fresh Step and Brita. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Jay holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jay lives in San Francisco with wife and daughter, a current camper at Camp Kesem UC Berkeley.
has been a leader in the biopharmaceutical space for over 30 years. Most recently she was the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Amgen, the #1 biotech company in the world. Katie has held many positions at Amgen including marketing, sales, and global development. In addition to her commercial experience, she led Amgen’s Global Compliance and Business Ethics organization, expanding their footprint to over 130 countries and successfully completing a 5-year corporate integrity agreement. As the Global Marketing Lead, Katie developed an innovative delivery system for their neutropenia drug that allowed patients to stay home the day after chemotherapy, saving the patient time and money. This new delivery system became the new standard of care. She has received numerous awards for performance in sales, marketing, and forecasting. And although she has broad commercial experience, her deep passion for serving patients, dedication to staff development, unwavering commitment to social architecture, and leading with integrity is what she is most passionate about. Katie has a double major in Marketing and International Business from OSU and currently resides in Newbury Park California with her husband Scott and daughter Sydney.
developed the vision for the first Camp Kesem Chapter at Stanford University in 2000 and pursued national expansion of the program in 2002 after recognizing a nationwide need for Camp Kesem. She served as CEO of Kesem from 2000-2006 and has served on the National Board of Directors since that time. Iris holds a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Following her MBA, Iris worked in marketing research at The Clorox Company for eight years. She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of iDENTICAL, a company that is revolutionizing tooth replacement worldwide through developing a drill-free dental implant. Iris lives in Walnut Creek, California, with her husband and three children.
is a founding partner of Williams Simons & Landis, a boutique trial firm that prepares and tries commercial disputes for clients around the world. He previously led the worldwide IP litigation practices at the Akin Gump and Vinson & Elkins law firms. Fred’s practice focuses on complex litigation and counseling, with emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust, class action and white-collar disputes. He also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on civil rights and consumer-protection litigation. Fred received a B.A. in Economics from BYU and a JD in Law, also from BYU. Fred resides in Austin, Texas, and his three adult children all attended Camp Kesem Texas A&M as campers and have served as Kesem student leaders in the years since.