Meet the Men of Our 2018 Staff
A senior at Hellenic College Holy Cross from Nashville, Tennessee, Nick has been involved in summer camps for the past few years. His first involvement with the West Coast happened last year at the Metropolis of San Francisco Summer Camp at St. Nicholas Ranch. Many blessings came from that camp, and he is excited for his next experience at All Saints this summer! Nick brings a passion for the faith and fun that is contagious, and he is hoping that he can help all those around him grow stronger in their faith while having one of the best summers of their life!
Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, Tasso has been attending All Saints Camp since he was eight-years-old. He is currently a freshman at Arizona State University studying marketing. Tasso attends Holy Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ, has been a dance instructor there for the past three years, and been involved in youth ministry there his whole life. Tasso is very excited to be a camp counselor because he wants to give the kids the same camp experience he had growing up.
Nathaniel is new to the Valley after moving here from Colorado Springs. Upon moving to Phoenix and attending Assumption he began to see the beauty and truth of the Orthodox faith, finding himself recently Chrismated this last Holy Lent.
Nathaniel enjoys almost all out door activities and sports. His football allegiance aligns with his southern heritage; Roll Tide! He is very excited to journey with the youth during All Saints Camp.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has fond memories of Holy Week at Annunciation: the candlelit procession on Holy Thursday, the warm hymns to which he fell asleep in his mother's lap, and even dripping hot candle wax on the heads below the choir balcony. At age six, his family moved to Yuma, Arizona, and after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson, he’s been at St. Demetrios.
Since first going to All Saints in 2016 as a counselor, Ari's heart jumps for joy every time he hears about camp and he can't wait to go back to the real world. The experience from the theme in 2016, "Love Never Fails," continues to echo in his life, and is eager to learn the lessons of "Stay Alert, Stay Alive" alongside his campers; to apply them to his life and any future ministry.
Canon is a very hard working individual who is very enthusiastic in all that he does, and he is not afraid to drop his cool card. While he is a very good leader and can direct children with ease, Canon is very open to learning and is always looking for a way to get better. He has some knowledge of the saints and their stories; this has helped him to be not only a fun leader, but a spiritual leader as well. What he lacks in experience he makes up for in enthusiasm and drive.
Michael Ristagno was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. He just graduated from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) with degrees in Biological, Anthropology, and Psychology. He is headed to medical school in July at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, part of Midwestern University in Glendale. He attended All Saints for many years as a camper and is excited to be back as a counselor for the second time. In his spare time, Michael likes to run, hike, and read. He is excited to work with some amazing counselors and campers this summer!
Matt was born in Chicago, Illinois but was raised most his life in Phoenix, Arizona. Matt is a returning counselor to All Saints, and he has a blast making memories with his campers! Matt is currently a junior at ASU pursuing his dream, automotive engineering. Matt grew up in the country and loves all activities outdoors along with working with his hands. Cars have always been his passion ever since he could breathe. He always takes great pride in his work and loves to learn. Matt also loves involving himself in church activities like Greek dance and competing at FDF. Summer is almost here, and he can’t wait to see all of your bright and shinning faces!
Nicholas Wilk, aka Niko, is uber excited to be a part of All Saints Camp in Arizona! Niko was born and raised in the Jersey Shore, where he attended Saint Barbara GOC in Toms River, New Jersey. He is currently at graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying City Planning. Having experienced camp at Camp Saint Paul in the Direct Archdiocesan District and St. Nicholas Ranch in the Metropolis of San Francisco, he looks forward to another summer of serving our Lord with his brothers and sisters in Christ. Niko loves to have a good time, whether through singing/songwriting, dancing, or exploring!