Meet the Men of Our 2019 Staff!
A graduate of Hellenic College Holy Cross and native of Nashville, Tennessee, Nick is moving to Arizona, where he will attend Assumption in Scottsdale. With many years of camp experience throughout the country, Nick brings an unending passion for fun as well as an abundance of knowledge of the faith. Through the years, some of us his best memories came from camp, and he hopes that others may hold a special piece of camp in their hearts as well! When Nick is not helping out with youth work, you can find him somewhere around food or playing sports. So, if you want to get schooled—meet him on the field or the court!
Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dimitri has been going to camps for over five years. As an avid dancer, churchgoer, and camp enthusiast, he is ready to not only expand his faith, but to give this year’s campers the most memorable experiences so far. Dimitri’s goal is to bring as much passion and creativity to this year’s program as possible. His main interests include fitness, dance, personal development, and, most of all, camp!
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Tasso has been going to All Saints Camp for as long as he can remember, and this will be his second year as a counselor at the camp that kept drawing him back year after year. Tasso is currently a sophomore at Arizona State, where he is pursuing a degree in marketing with a minor in film and media production. He is super excited to bring the kids an amazing, fun camp experience, but he also wants to help the campers grow in their faith, all while growing himself.
An Arizona native born and raised in Tucson, Manoli has spent the entirety of his life involved in the Greek Orthodox community. A lover of history and the classics, Manoli graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015. Inspired by Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, he spent the summer of 2017 wandering around the Spanish countryside, where he adopted the nickname El Vagabundo. He has participated in several summer camps as a camper and is excited to take part in his first year at ASC as a counselor. Manoli’s strong passion for the Church and Her traditions inspire him to share that love and serve others.
Alexander Eliades comes to you as the newest member of the ministry team in the Valley! He just started as the Pastoral Assistant at Holy Trinity and can't wait to get to know everyone better and grow towards Christ with them! He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to undergrad and rowed at UC Davis, and just graduated from Holy Cross Theological School in May. He married Laura (formerly Blazev) last year, and they are expecting their first child in November! They cannot wait to join the Holy Trinity and wider Phoenix area family.
Nathaniel will be joining us from Colorado. He converted to Orthodoxy in 2017 and is excited for his second All Saints Summer Camp. 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 at All Saints Camp yet again—see you there!
Evan is absolutely, positively in the best counselor shape he has ever been. Ever. In case you didn’t know, Evan was born in the great Cajun state of Louisiana! He then moved to the great western state of Arizona to wrestle cattle and farm God’s great land! After completing that task, he started school to become a diesel mechanic and now works for John Deere. Evan can fix anything with four wheels that moves with a mere stare! In terms of being a counselor for the third year in a row, Evan has never been more prepared or excited to be back at camp: he has been practicing songs, eating tri-tip steaks by the tenfold, and waking up at 5:47am everyday to recite the morning Orthros service in eight different languages just to make YOUR camp experience as life altering as humanly possible! Nothing will stop Evan from turning YOU into as top notch of a camper as you can be. Get ready to have the summer of your absolute life. Roll Tide, and God bless!
Canon is back for another year at ASC! Born and raised a farm boy, you already know he can wrestle pigs; with that logic, you know he can definitely wrestle the responsibility of being a camp counselor. Canon currently is in school in Montana, where he periodically snowboards to school alongside two bald eagles. Canon was originally raised in Corcoran, California in the agricultural heart of America. Which means if there’s a fence, he can climb it, and if there’s a campfire to be had, he will start it. Canon has been a counselor at both Saint Nicholas ranch and All Saints Camp, and he loves the camp atmosphere. He has been around camps his whole life and is swiftly preparing to rock this year at camp with all of YOU. Also, don’t even mention any other team than the Saints, because they are the holiest team in the NFL. “Who dat”, and Glory to God!
Marcus has spent the twenty years of his life bouncing back and forth from Arizona to Minnesota and back again. Marcus spent his summers at St. Mary’s Camp in Minnesota. The weeks spent going to camp were always the highlight of Marcus’ summers; whether it was the theme, the friends, the games, or the overall message, summer camp never failed to disappoint. Every year attending camp aided in Marcus’ spiritual growth. Marcus can not wait to help give back that growth, knowledge, fun, and faith he received during his time at summer camp.
While you can normally find Nick on the beach (usually in the water), it’s still a little cold for that. Instead, he is focused on finishing up his semester and working as a youth director at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Orange County, California. He is currently studying history and, God willing, he hopes to find a future career in teaching the subject one day. People may wonder why he smiles and jokes so much—at camp, it’s easy: with fellow counselors, campers, and clergy, how could he not be overjoyed with God’s love? Nick has a beautifully, wonderfully, crazy summer planned ahead, and he can’t wait to kick it off at ASC!
Connor Seraphim Kruse
Connor Kruse recently moved to the Scottsdale area in March and works as a reserve firefighter and an EMT for AMR in Mesa. He has worked at ASC for two of the last three years and has been involved with camp, whether as camp counselor or on summer camp management team, for the past ten years. He loves working with our churches’ youth and young adults, and he can’t wait for this years camp season to begin!
A native of Northridge, Ted’s passions lie within Greek culture, Orthodoxy, and mentoring youth. As he comes from a family of Greek dance enthusiasts, Ted has been dancing practically since birth! Since he moved to Arizona four years ago, Ted has been involved in many facets of youth ministry, serving as a Greek dance instructor, Sunday school teacher, and youth worker at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix. Additionally, he served as the Vice President of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapter at ASU, where he and his team have worked to create an environment for students to discuss and learn about their faith. Ted works as a Quality Engineer for Medtronic and is expected to graduate this May with a master’s in biomedical engineering.
As this is his first year as ASC, Ted can’t wait to meet all of you!