Camp UKANDU is a volunteer driven organization. More than 100 adults give of their time and talents every summer to create a week of outrageous fun for the children and families of UKANDU.

Ukandu Employees

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Jason Hickox

Executive Director

Born and raised in Portland, prior to becoming the new Executive Director for camp, Jason was most recently a business development and government relations consultant, living in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. In his consulting roles, Jason has served clients in the U.S., Africa and Asia, interfacing with business executives and officials at the highest levels of government. Jason joined Camp Ukandu as a counselor in 1988. Camp Ukandu became a formative influence in his life and he has attended camp every summer since 1988.  Jason has served as counselor, lead counselor and head counselor as well as two different stints as a member of the board of directors. As Ukandu launches a new phase as an autonomous 501(c)(3), Jason is excited to be back home and hopes to combine his breadth of personal and professional experiences with his deep and passionate commitment to camp and relishes the opportunity to work with the board and other volunteers to grow the outreach and impact of Camp Ukandu in our community
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Jessica Spicher

Operations Manager

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Kendra Gish

Program Director

Kendra graduated from Simpson College with a BA in Youth Ministry and a Minor in Bible. While in college her summers were spent working at Westminster Woods summer camp. She lived there for 4 summers working in the kitchen, counseling, and as a lead counselor. After graduating College, she went to work for Valley Community Presbyterian Church as their H.S. Youth Director. She then went on to stay home with her two kids for 7 yrs. She then started working for a local candle company for 7 yrs. Then started in January of this year for Ukandu. She is very excited for this opportunity to serve this wonderful organization.   
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Impassioned leaders, with diverse skills and experiences, committed to the mission of providing hope and joy to the families of UKANDU


Darin Vick

Board Chair

Darin has nearly 30 years of comprehensive experience in the insurance industry, beginning as a broker representative at Providence Health Plans. After several years he moved to the brokerage side, were he eventually became the CEO at USI Northwest, formerly known as Campbell, Galt & Newlands. Darin served in leadership roles helping launch several technology firms including Succeed Management Solutions, Prospx and is currently Chief Sales Officer at miEdge, LLC. Darin is the past President of the Oregon Association of Health Underwriters and has served on a number of charitable boards, such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland, Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charity and the Oregon Club of Portland. He also served as a Gift Granter for the Make a Wish Foundation of Portland. As a board member for Camp UKANDU, Darin hopes to take advantage of his many business contacts in the Portland metropolitan area to raise awareness and financial resources needed to grow the programs of camp and support sustainability.
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Mark McGraw

Vice Chair

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Kay Yancey

Board Secretary

Kay Yancey was born in Ashland, Oregon, and graduated summa cum laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent the next 32 years in a career that was her passion, teaching primary aged children. She served as Head Teacher and was a member of the Site Council, PBS Committee, and Social Committee, as well as helping to develop curriculum during the course of her career. After retiring in 2011, Kay became involved with Camp UKANDU. In 2012 she was a volunteer assistant to the director. In 2013 she joined the Camp staff as a counselor, where she quickly learned of the immense value of Camp to the kids who attend. Her love of children, along with the remarkable nature of the campers at UKANDU, inspired her to give more. As a member of the fundraising committee, she has helped lead and organize an annual fundraiser that has generated significant and vital resources for our program. She has also assumed a lead role in grant writing efforts for camp, securing additional funds to support the organization. She continues to use her skills to ensure Camp UKANDU’s growth, enabling more opportunities for children living with cancer. In addition to serving with Camp UKANDU, Kay has volunteered with other organizations: The Oregon Food Bank, Children’s Cancer Association, The Children’s Center, and Girls on the Run.

Julie Desimone

Board Treasurer

Julie Desimone is a business assurance partner and national practice leader for the Energy and Utility National Practice at Moss Adams LLP. Julie graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts, Accounting in 2000 and since that time has been working in public accounting and serving utility entities. In addition to being a licensed certified public accountant, Julie is a 2014 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s “40 under 40” award, has recently been appointed to serve on the Moss Adams Assurance Services Committee, is a member of the Washington State University Business Advisory Board, serves as an AICPA peer reviewer, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Julie is passionate about giving back to the community and proudly supports such causes as Build-On, World Vision, and Camp UKANDU. Julie hopes that her business and accounting skill set will help Camp UKANDU grow and provide even more outrageously fun life experiences for kids who deserve to be kids. Julie lives in Vancouver, Washington, and is married with two children. She enjoys traveling, golfing, reading, and spending time with her family.

Ted Haley


Ted is the president of Advanced Wealth Management, a local wealth management and financial planning firm. A native Oregonian, Ted grew up in the Portland area and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. He later went on to earn an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from the University of Portland. He is very involved in the financial planning community, and he has served as both the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Ted has also served as a Subject Matter Expert for the CFP® Board of Standards, working with an elite group of other CFP® professionals to write test questions and improve the CFP® exam. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Portland, and has been named as one of Top 500 Millennial Advisors by Forbes magazine. Giving back has always been a core value of his, and he is active in several local non-profit groups and associations. For him personally, outdoor experiences and adventures have been integral in shaping his worldview. With that in mind he was excited to join the board of Camp Ukandu in 2017. His mission on the board is to help ensure that kids affected by cancer have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor adventures. Outside of the office, Ted loves to explore the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest at every opportunity. He and his family also love to travel and are avid soccer fans.

Bryan Gish


Bryan received a formal education of the mind and heart at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He received a substantially more formative education from his family. As with any kid, each day was filled with discovery and decisions. Admittedly, after learning cow patties dry from the outside, not a lot of thought was given before throwing them at his sisters. Punishment was expected. His grandfather instead offered wisdom. “The world needs more kindness,” he said. “You decide if you have something to contribute.” After receiving his undergraduate degree Bryan worked as a Project Coordinator for the I Have A Dream Foundation, whose mission was to provide a long term mentoring program for at risk youth. While at I Have A Dream Bryan attended graduate school at Portland State University and has been employed at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since June of 2006. He became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in December of 2009, completed a fellowship in Medical Ethics in 2012, and is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management. The summer of 2016 will be his tenth as a volunteer at Camp UKANDU where he serves as an on-sight mental health professional. Outside of Camp UKANDU, Bryan is most likely to be found spending time with his family, cheering for the Kansas City Royals (2015 World Champions!), and enjoying the outdoors.

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Kevin Joshi has been with the Kidder Mathews Portland office since 2005 where he focusses on sales and leasing of commercial office properties. In addition to representing buyers, sellers, and tenants, Kevin also represents landlords and developers in some of the city’s most recognizable downtown office developments (from site acquisition through final lease-up). Whether large or small, Kevin’s clients are the beneficiary of his extensive market knowledge and tireless work ethic. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys golfing, biking, kayak fishing and spending time with his wife Cheryl and their two sons, Benjamin & Graham.
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Christina is the National Development Manager for Stand. She supports the execution of fundraising strategies for the VP of Development and our 11 state affiliates. Christina grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she attended public schools and community college before enlisting in the Air Force as a Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian linguist. During her decade in the military, Christina served as an intelligence operator in Maryland and Texas and taught B/C/S in California at the Defense Language Institute, an experience which helped her find her passion in education. After separating from the Air Force, she redirected her efforts to public education, earning a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision while working for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools system in Korea and volunteering as Scholarship Director for a local nonprofit organization. Christina continued working for local organizations in various education-related and leadership roles during her family’s time in Germany, where she also had the opportunity to homeschool their middle schoolers while their elementary-aged children entered into the German public school system. After 20+ years of moving where the government directed, including four years in Asia and four years in Europe, Christina and her husband chose Portland to finish raising their four amazing kids. She worked first for Portland Public Schools before moving back to nonprofit at a local university foundation. She is incredibly excited to bring her diverse cultural and educational experiences to help advance Stand’s mission of ensuring education success for all.
A proud Chicago native, Sue is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant at Oregon Health & Science University/Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and she completed her residency in Pediatrics as well as her fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Sue combines her clinical and research interests as the Medical Director of the Doernbecher Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and as the Pediatric Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program. Sue has an interest in improving the care of children with cancer on a global front as well as at home in Portland. She has been volunteering in Tanzania, working to improve care for children with cancer, since 2008. She is currently an Honorary Lecturer at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania and has been involved in coordinating the Master’s Program in Pediatric Oncology there—the exciting, first program of its kind in eastern Africa to train pediatricians to care for children with cancer. Sue is a true believer in the power of camp to transform the lives of children diagnosed with cancer. She worked for a summer at Camp Twin Lakes in Georgia during medical school and served on the Board of Directors of Camp Wapiyapi, including time as the Board President, during her time in Colorado. Sue has volunteered as a camp doctor with Camp UKANDU since moving to Portland in 2008 and has been the organization’s Medical Director since 2013. When Camp UKANDU embarked on the adventure of becoming an independent 501c3 organization Sue welcomed the opportunity to bring her experience and passion for camp to the endeavor. She is committed to growing the organization and continuing to bring camp opportunities to the children she treats every day.

Want to Get Involved?

You are invited to help support this wonderful camp in its third decade of bringing “normal” childhood experiences to children and families who may have missed them due to their medical circumstances. Even though lives may be cut short, we believe campfires, camaraderie, horseback riding and rock walls are gifts of childhood that need not be lost to our campers.

Camp is 100% free to all campers and families. With only two full-time employees, we rely on donations and volunteer staff to support this youthful rite of passage that may otherwise be impossible for these kids without Camp UKANDU. It costs approximately fifteen hundred dollars for each child to attend our week-long residential camping program.