[Saint Sophia Camp]

[Bullet] It is the philosophy of the Camp Committee to employ a staff whose primary occupation is in education and who support Orthodox principles. Thus the camp is guided by leaders who understand the needs of Orthodox youth.

The camp director for this year is Perry Skaggs. Perry has been a part of our camping ministry for many years. With an excellent staff and enthusiastic volunteer counselors, he runs a well-rounded program for campers to enjoy.


[Bullet] Perry Skaggs - Director

  • home parish: Saint Sophia, Los Angeles, California
  • school: California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • major/degree: Physical Education
  • age: 41
  • occupation/interests: Head Football Coach Flintridge Prep
  • years attending camp: 27 / 15 on Staff
  • positions held at camp: Counselor, Assistant Cook, Assistant to the Director, Arts and Crafts Director, Boys Director, Director

[Bullet] Sergio Flores - Assistant Director

  • home parish:
  • school: Azusa Pacific University
  • major/degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • age: 36
  • occupation/interests: Physical Education Middle School Teacher for 13 years
  • years attending camp: Staff for 1 year
  • positions held at camp: Assistant Director
  • Comments:
    I enjoy working with kids and was given this opportunity by Perry Skaggs. I also worked as a counselor at Hollywood Boys Camp. I am married - my wife's name is Elsa, and my daughter Maya is 2-1/2 years old.

[Bullet] Billy Ballas - Boy’s Director

  • home parish: Saint Katherine, Redondo Beach, California
  • school: Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
  • major/degree: BA in Communications Studies
  • age: 22
  • occupation/interests: coaching, representative, and treasurer for the Greek Orthodox Basketball League, Assitant to the priest in the altar, St. Sophia Camp Golf Committee member from 2000 - present, St. Anthony's Festival Committee from 2001 - present, St. Sophia Camp Program Commitee 2004 - present
  • years attending camp: Camper for 8 years, Counselor for 4 years, Staff for 1 year
  • positions held at camp: Camper, Counselor, Boy’s Director
  • Comments:
    I am a St. Sophia Camp Olympic Hall of Famer. I enjoy playing baseball, basketball, golf, and many other sports. I help coach basketball at St. Katherine's in Redondo Beach. I love coming to camp every year to see the old friends I have made over the years and to meet new friends. As Boy's Director, I hope I made an impact to keep camp successful with more kids returning every year and having a great time.

[Bullet] Whitney O'Regan - Girl's Director

  • home parish: Saint Sophia, Los Angeles, California
  • school: Sonoma State University
  • major/degree: History
  • occupation/interests: Working with a family with 3 children over my time during this summer and once I get back home to school, I will start working at the Boys and Girls Club during the week in Sonoma. On the weekend, I will work for Kendall Jackson winery.
  • age: 21
  • years attending camp: Camper for 10 years, Counselor for 1 year, Staff for 1 year
  • positions held at camp: Camper, Counselor, Girl's Director
  • Comments:
    I played 18 years of soccer and still enjoy it when I can. I hope to coach soccer as well as work with children and teach high school soon!

[Bullet] Talia Desalernos - Arts & Crafts Director

  • home parish: Saint George, Downey, California
  • school: Cal State University Long Beach
  • major/degree: Theatre Arts
  • age: 28
  • occupation/interests: Working as Assistant Manager in kids shoes at Nordstrom. I also substitute for Downey Unified School District. In addition to my creative pursuits in music and writing, I am working towards a career in elementary education.
  • years attending camp: Camper for 6 years, Counselor for 5 years, Staff for 2 years
  • positions held at camp: Camper, Counselor, Staff, Arts & Crafts Director
  • Comments:
    As a second generation camper/counselor/staff member, I love bringing my creativity and love of nature to St. Sophia Camp! Leading campfire is one of my specialties, but I also make a mean Lanyard. Not to mention leading Yoga and Spa Day on our camp "Free" days.

    St. Sophia Camp is very special to me, and I am honored to continue to lend my summers to the camp.

[Bullet] Andrew Horvath - Orthodox Life

  • home parish:
  • school: Hellenic College / Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School - Boston, MA
  • major/degree: BA Religion 2008
  • age: 21
  • occupation/interests:
  • years attending camp: Seminarian for 2 years
  • positions held at camp: Seminarian
  • Comments:
    I enjoy simply being myself with the kids at St. Sophia and many other camps throughout the country. I hope they gain as much from me as I do from them. I'm glad that God is alive and well in California.

    I've also been working retreats and summer camps throughout the seminary for nearly 3 years, 2 at St. Sophia's, which has afforded me the opportunity to be honest in dialogues with the kids. I present reality in our Orthodox Life Sessions, scream on the ball field, hang in the mess hall, and evolve with them in humor, prayer, and all other interactions the camp offers.

    2005 - 2007: Camp Good Shepherd (NJ)
    2005 - 2007: St. Nicholas Camp (KY)
    2005 - 2007: Camp Emmanuel (NM)

    2007: Pittsburgh, PA, _______ CT, Braintree, MA
    2006: Lexington, KY, Mobile, AL
    2005: North District, NJ

[Bullet] Stephen Desalernos - Nurse

  • home parish:
  • school: University of California, Irvine
  • major/degree: American History
  • age: 23
  • occupation/interests: Working as an EMT for Doctor's Ambulance and a trauma tech at UCI Medical Center. I plan to pursue a career either in medicine or pre-hospital care.
  • years attending camp: Camper for 11 years, Counselor for 4 years, Staff for 2 years
  • positions held at camp: Camper, Counselor, Nurse
  • Comments:
    The past two seasons I have been on staff at St. Sophia as the camp nurse. I am proud to be a part of the St. Sophia Camp legacy.

[Bullet] Hanna Mitrosilis - Life Guard

  • home parish: St. Katherine - Redondo Beach, CA
  • school: Cal State Fullerton
  • major/degree: Child & Adolescent Development
  • age: 19
  • occupation/interests: During the summer, I work at the Learning Garden Preschool in Lomita and eventually I want to teach kindgergarten. Working with kids is my passion and I can't think of a better job!
  • years attending camp: Camper for 9 years, Counselor for 1 year, Staff for 1 year
  • positions held at camp: Camper, Counselor Life Guard
  • Comments:
    I started as an Athenian in 1997 and was a counselor last year. This is my first year on staff and my 11th year at camp. I'm excited to be working with kids and giving back to the camp that has had such a positive influence on me.

[Bullet] Erica Callas - Office Manager

  • home parish: Saint Sophia, Los Angeles, California
  • school: University of Southern California
  • major/degree: Cinema-Television Production
  • age: 25
  • occupation/interests: Producing a graduate short film at USC; Junior and Senior Girl’s Basketball coach for St. Sophia, interning part-time at Disney Studios.
  • years attending camp: 11
  • positions held at camp: Camper, Counselor, Girl’s Director, Office Manager

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