Ionian Village is fortunate to have an on-site staff maintaining our camp grounds throughout the year. While Ionian Village is in session, they help the camp run smoothly by maintaining the grounds and dishing up delicious, traditional Greek food. Every camper and staff member who has met Kyria Sophia (our devoted cook) and her family and crew, holds a special place in their heart for their loving hospitality.
George Nastoulis, Groundskeeper
George has been involved in the Ionian Village program since he was born! His entire life, George has been a part of preparing the camp for every summer. During the summer months, George and his whole family would stay in the Groundskeepers house at the front gate of the camp, tending to every need that the camp had. In 2006, George took over duties as Head Groundskeeper from his father, Christoforo. George and his dedicated team of three men take care of everything at camp including the planting and maintenance of all landscaping, the painting of every cabin (inside and out) every summer, as well as the general maintenance concerns that the camp has. In addition, during the rest of the year, George assists Fr. Evagoras by helping to oversee the contiunuing renovations that occur in order to imporove the Ionian Village campus.
Kyria Sophia Nastoulis
Kyria Sophia, the wife of Christoforo and mother of George, has been the head chef at Ionian Village since 1995. Kyria Sophia has always been involved in the Ionian Village program, serving many years as the "gatekeeper" when she was raising her children, George, Kiki, and Vangelo. In 1995, she took over duties as Head Chef from Kyrio Giorgo. Her food was met with instantaneous rave reviews! Kyria Sophia works hard to proivide the campers and staff not only with delicious homeade Greek food, but with the finest products and ingrdients. She spends much time visiting the local villiagers and farmers to get only the best organic ingredients for the camp. Everything that is served at the camp is local, coming from within the local "county." She oversees a staff of 5 women who help prepare and serve the food, as well as keep both the cafeteria of "Trap" and kitchen spotless at all times. Kyria Sophia's specialties are her delectable pastichio, and of course, her traditional loukoumades every sunday after the Divine Liturgy.