Camp Ukandu is a volunteer driven organization. More than 80 adults give of their time and talents every summer to create a week of outrageous fun for the children and families of Ukandu

Board of Directors

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Jason Hickox

Executive Director / Camp Ukandu

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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Susan Lindemulder, MD

Chair

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.


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Cindy Geiger

Vice Chair

Cindy is an Oregon native who has lived in Portland the cindy-biomajority of her life. After completing undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Health Care Administration, she obtained her MBA at Concordia University in Portland. Cindy has spent fourteen years in Health Care where she focused her attention on Population Health, Quality Improvement/Analytics, and Physician Services. She currently works on Epic Implementations as a Senior Clinical Analyst for Providence Health and Services. In her various roles, Cindy has served clients at all levels of Health Care organizations and has interfaced with company executives and physicians throughout 5 states to improve patient care, outcomes, and experience.

Cindy joined Camp Ukandu as a counselor in 2003 while working in Pediatric Oncology. In the years since she has served as counselor, head counselor, program coordinator, and activities coordinator. She is proud to be serving in her second term as a member of the Board of Directors. She enjoys reading, traveling, and being outdoors and is a Mom to a delightful 3 year old. Cindy is enthusiastic about continuing and creating new and outrageous camping activities for Camp Ukandu and looks forward to . I’d like to hear another sentence or two about why she loves camp, or what she sees moving forward etc.


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Julie Desimone, CPA

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.


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Anneka Nelson

Secretary

Anneka is a California native who has made Portland her home for nearly five years. After graduating cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, she spent four and a half years at Barran Liebman LLP, a Portland-based law firm. There, Anneka focused on marketing, business development, community engagement and client services, eventually becoming the firm’s Business Development Manager. Anneka was recently selected for a Fellowship for Kiva, the international microfinance NGO. Living in Senegal as Kiva’s sole in-country representative, she is working with two local microfinance institutions to train and improve upon policies and procedures, strengthen the partnership with Kiva and advance the organization’s mission throughout the country.

Anneka joined the Camp UKANDU board in 2014 and has enjoyed applying her talents to an organization that brings so much hope to those in need of it. Some of Anneka’s fondest childhood memories include camping with her family, and she is proud to be part of an organization that gives all kids a chance to experience the same joy. Still an avid camper and planner, Anneka is excited to help expand Camp’s programming over the coming years so that Camp UKANDU can provide continuous year-round support and community to children and teens living with cancer.

In addition to her work with Camp UKANDU, Anneka is an avid reader, learner, explorer of the outdoors, and runner, and with three marathons under her belt, she made a dream come true by competing in the 120th Boston Marathon in April 2016.


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Bryan Gish, MSW, LCSW

Member At Large

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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Kay Yancey

Member at Large

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. She continues to seek ways to work with children. In January, 2016, Kay went on a medical service trip to Haiti to bring services to some of the most remote villages there.


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Darin Vick

Member at Large

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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Kathy Calcagno

Member at Large

Kathy Calcagno is a Managing Director and Wealth Advisor at First Republic Investment Management.

Ms. Calcagno joined First Republic in 2012. She has over 28 years of experience in working with CEOs, business owners, company executives, charitable organizations, large and ultra-high net worth families. Ms. Calcagno has worked on some of the most complex issues for clients in all areas of Banking, Credit, Trust and Estate Planning, Professional Asset Management, Retirement, and Life Insurance.

An active member of the community, Ms. Calcagno is currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, The Valley Catholic Foundation, and The Grotto. In the past, she has served on the Boards of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oregon, Trillium Family Services, The Brian Grant Foundation, and Friends of the Children-Fast Friends. Ms. Calcagno has also served as a guest lecturer at Portland State University for various Marketing and Sales classes.

Ms. Calcagno graduated from the American Banker’s Association National Trust and Graduate Trust Schools with Honors.

Want to Get Involved?

You are invited to help support this wonderful camp in it’s 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 one paid employee, we rely on donations and a 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.