Staff Bios

Staff Bios in progress for 2016

KPC believes that as we come together as a group of diverse kids and staff, that it is important to understand how to work cooperatively and positively with each other.  

An important part of our team is our Clinical Social Work Consultant.

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Beth Holzhauer

Consultant-Clinical Social Worker
Years at Camp: 15
School: University of Wisconsin Madison
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Superhero: Underdog

 KPC strives to include activities that build self-esteem, team-building and cooperatively learning for ALL campers.  Led by Georgina, campers learn not only that but have FUN in the process.

Georgina Sagert

Georgina Sagert

Head Leader:  PE/Team Building Activities
Years at Camp: 4
Work: P.E. Teacher
Favorite Activity: Cooking
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite food: Pasta
I work at Kids Playing Camp because I absolutely love working with kids. I’m a Physical Education teacher during the school year so this allows me to work with kids year round.  Being a part of the KPC staff has been so much fun the past 3 years.  This camp is so enjoyable for the campers but also for the staff!  I honestly couldn’t find a better job than being part of this wonderful camp!

 KPC believes that every camper should experience the FUN and childlike treats from “Granma Pat” who brings Willie Wonka to life.

Pat Brunger

Kids in the Kitchen Leader
Years at Camp
: 15
Favorite Activity:  Spending time with grandkids
Why I work at KPC: I love to create TREATS for the campers especially the chocolate pizzas and s’mores on the sidewalk.

KPC believes that Arts & Crafts and Science Experiences can be creative and magical.  Campers discover the many different ways to express themselves …and just sometimes get a little messy in the process.

K/1 Team Members

Danny Del Real

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Years at Camp: 2
School: UIC College of Nursing
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite Food: Wings
Why I work at KPC? I work at KPC because working with the kids everyday brings a smile to my face and each and every day is a new adventure.

Liza DeWhite Liza-DeWhite

K/1 Team Member
Years at camp: 1
School: Walt Disney Magnet School
Favorite superhero: Iron man
Favorite food: Sushi
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I have always enjoyed the positive energy that is felt throughout the camp on a daily basis. I have always enjoyed the fun activities and the friends I have made. I enjoy working with younger kids and teaching them new things.

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Holly Desmond

K/1 Team MemberYears at Camp: 5 (Camper 6 years)School: Evanston Township High SchoolFavorite Food: Cheese PizzaFavorite Super Hero: Iron ManWhy I work at KPC? I love the excitement and creativity that each individual camper brings. Every year it’s a new experience and it’s great!
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Sade Chuckas

K/1 Team Member
Years at Camp: 9
School: Evanston Township High School
Favorite Food: Chicken and Chocolate
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Why I work at KPC? I LOVE working at camp and seeing all the campers have FUN everyday.

Chintan Holler

Chintan Holler

K/1 Team Member
Years at Camp: 8 (Camper and counselor)
School: Senn High School
Favorite Activities: Play sports especially soccer
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Ethiopian food
Why I work at KPC? I love kids–they keep me in shape and are just awesome. The diversity at camp is just so cool knowing everyone can be involved in having fun.

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James Holzhauer-Chuckas

K/1 Team Leader
Years at camp: 14(I was the first camper:)Favorite Activity: SoccerFavorite food: SteakFavorite superhero: Incredible HulkWhy I work at KPC? I have been with this camp since day 1 and my summers are always so much fun. Having been a camper, and now being a staff member, I wouldn’t and couldn’t ask for a better job. The campers are better and better every year and they never fail to challenge me to grow and learn how to play and be myself.

Brianna Miller

K/1 Team MemberYears at camp: 3School: Evanston Township High SchoolFavorite Food: PizzaFavorite Superhero: BatmanWhy I work at KPC? I really like young kids and I think that working with them would be really fun!
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Violet O’Neil

K/1 Team Member
School: Whitney Young Magnet High School
Years At Camp: 9 (camper and counselor)
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Why I work at KPC? To have fun and learn new games and activities

Aidan Ross

K/1 Team Member
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2/3 Team Members

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Sonja Coates

2/3 TEAM LEADER
Years at camp: 3
Work:
Favorite Activity: Read
Favorite Superhero: Wolverine
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Why I work at KPC? I love being able to spend the summer months outdoors and find working with all of our campers to be a rewarding and enjoyable time

Davisson Benson

2/3 Team Member
Years at camp: 1
School: NEIU
Favorite Activity: Playing drums/guitar, chilling on the beach, going to concerts
Favorite Food: Veggie Burritos
Why I work at KPC? I’m working at KPC because I want to have fun with kids and share important knowledge of wilderness

Camille Buckley

Camille Buckley

2/3 Team Member
Years at Camp: 2
School: Walter Payton College Prep
Favorite Activities: Figure skating or just hanging out with friends
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite food: Pad Thai
Why I work at KPC? I want to spend my summer at camp because I love working with campers who manage to teach me new things each summer as well as seeing how happy they are at the end of each day.

Sarah Desmond

Sara Desmond

2/3 Team Member
School: University of Illinois
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Superhero: Joker
Why I work at KPC? I like working with the campers who are a little bit more quiet and helping them find things they love to do at camp.

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Sidney Chuckas

2/3 Team Member
Years at camp: 7
School: Evanston Township High School
Favorite Activities: Dance, acting and playing sports
Favorite Superhero: The Hulk
Favorite food: Anything gluten free
Why I work at KPC? I want to spend my summer at camp and help create memories and fun times for the campers…just like I had when I was a kid.

Liam Elward

2/3 team Member
Years at camp: 4
School: University of Kansas and school mascot!
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite food: Chinese food
Why I work at KPC? I love doing new, exciting things every day and meeting new people.

Ximena Flores

2/3 Team Member
Years at Camp: 2
School: NEIU
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite food: Italian
Why I work at work at KPC? The staff and kids are great people to work with. I enjoy being part of a team and like seeing kids be kids.

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Alex Garrett

2/3 Team Member
School: Lincoln Park High School
Favorite Food:  Pizza
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Why I work at KPC? I work at KPC because aside from the joy the kids bring to me everyday, it is an educational experience for the kids and staff alike.

Ethan Ross

Ethan Ross

2/3 Team Member

Years at Camp: 4School: Nazareth College
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Favorite Superhero: SupermanWhy I work at KPC? I am looking forward to camp because I love kids and try to be a positive influence for them everyday

Marcus Terry

2/3 Team Member
Years at Camp: 7
School: Oakton Community College
Favorite food: Peach cobbler
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Why I work at KPC? I want to work camp because I like being a part of our campers’ lives, teaching them and helping them gather the tools they will need in life. Also I am proud to be a part of this amazing staff who every day strives to make camp as fun and safe as possible.

4/5 Team Members

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Margot DiMuzio

4/5 TEAM LEADER
Years at Camp: 5
Work : Jameison Elementary – Middle School Math Teacher
Favorite Activity: Softball
Favorite Superhero: Katniss Everdeen or Spiderman
Favorite Food: Pizza
Why I work at KPC? I am looking forward to spending my fourth summer with AWESOME kids in the great environment that is KPC. Plus, where else do you get to see a good old fashioned staff dunking?

Brian Boyle

4/5 Team Member
Years at Camp: 1
School: John Hersey High School
Favorite Activity: tennis
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite food: Cheeseburgers
Why I work at KPC? I love hanging out with kids and having fun! I can’t wait to help them learn, grow, and have fun this summer.

Emma Harman

4/5 Team Member
Years at Camp: 1
School: Loyola University Chicago
Favorite Activity: Watching the Cubs, coaching sports
Favorite food: Buffalo wings/Diet Coke
Why I work at KPC? I love working with kids and hope that I make the impact on their lives that they do on mine.

Sade Chuckas

4/5 Team Member
Years at Camp:  10
School: ETHS
Favorite Thing to Do: Sports and Play my guitar
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No Limits/Out of Bounds Team Members

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Sam Harris-Watts

No Limits/Out of Bounds Team Member
Years at camp: 3
School: Jones College Prep
Favorite Food: Steak Tacos
Favorite Superhero: Hulk
Why I work at KPC? I love hanging out with kids and getting to know them to make new friends.

CONTACT

847.323.1394
kidsplayingcampregister@gmail.com
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NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

CAMP HOURS

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Drop Off and Free Play

Camp Rotations
9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m
Aftercare – $10 per family per day