Staff & Coaches

NGTC Coaches at 2016 Olympic TrialsIf you would like to be part of a rapidly growing, positive & exciting atmosphere, call, email or fax your resume to us today!  

Positions currently open include:

Opening for:  Recreational Gymnastics Coach(es)


Tina Stinson
Founder / Owner


Married for more than  23-years, Tina and her husband began their careers as the co-founders of the famous Portland Golf Show in 1993.  At one point growing it into the largest all-golf retail show west of the Mississippi.  Later, they assisted with the formation of the Seattle Golf Show, and also created the Eugene Golf Show in 1999.  In 2002, Tina and Eric sold the shows, along with their production company Avanti Promotions, and founded SecurePro Technologies, LLC. 

A thriving electronic security business today, SecurePro grew into one of the regional leaders in access control, video surveillance and intrusion alarms for the industrial, commercial, government and (now) residential markets.  In 2008, it was time for Tina to put her mind for business to work with her passion, kids!  It was this passion that created NGTC!

As the owner of NGTC, the gym has grown from just 7 gymnasts in 2008, to what you see today.  And the future looks very bright!  Look for her around the gym as nobody spends more time at NGTC than Tina.

Tina's favorite place to visit is Yellowstone National Park.  She has spent roughly 20-weeks in the park since their youngest of 3-children was born.  She has become recognized as a bit of a Yellowstone Wolf expert, by even some of the locals.  A passion for life, Tina is just a pleasure to spend time with!



Eric Stinson
Director of Gymnastics


   Eric was the Director of Golf / Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Portland State University for 10 years. He started the Women's Golf Team, and later earned 2-time NCAA Coach of the Year.  He works with the NGTC girls and other athletes on the mental game, overcoming mental blocks, goal setting, acheiving personal bests and helping create "Habits…for a lifetime!"   

He is also responsible for putting the "serious training" into NGTC.  As Director of Gymnastics, Eric oversees the competitive programs and ensures the coaches have the latest tools and training aides to assist them in doing there  jobs.  He also set up the continuing education program at NGTC.  This program gives coaches and athletes alike an opportunity to expand their knowledge of gymnastics skills, enhance their technique as coaches / teachers /  students, and study each of team gymnasts skills using enhanced video methods and more.

In addition to sports psychology, Eric has a degree in marketing.  He oversee's the marketing / advertising at NGTC as the Marketing Director.  Co-Founder of the Portland Golf Show, Eric loves to think big, and expects his athletes and coaches to do the same.

Eric enjoys spending time with his and Tina's three kids, hunting, fishing, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and their german sheppard Apollo & Oliver.


Allyson Allen
Head Coach Compulsories


Allyson brings her passion for gymnastics to everyone at NGTC.   Originally from Minnesota, Allyson was a competetive level 9 gymnast prior to moving to Oregon in 2012.  She served as the Head Pre-Team Coach and assistant compulsories coach at Precision Elite in Clackamas prior to being hired at NGTC in the Spring, 2014.

Allyson brings a strong willingness and desire to learn, with a realistic expectation of excellence from both herself, her gymnasts and coaches.  She, like so many of our staff, is truly committed to excellence and it shows in her daily work!

Allyson is the Head Compulsory Coach at Northwest Gymnastics.  Her duties include overseeing the Junior Olympic Level 2, 3, 4 & 5 teams.  Additionally, she works closely with the recreational side to ensure the proper techniques are being taught to make transition easier for any of our girls that are lucky enough to make it onto one of our teams.  She attends every continuing education opportunity available and is constantly on the look-out for learning opportunities, both for her, her fellow coaches and athletes.

Allyson is also one of the leaders of our continuing education program for coaches, teachers and staff at NGTC.  She is known to attend continuing education herself at every opportunity, and makes it a habit to attend every USA-Gymnastics National Congress, held every year around the country.  

Look for great things from Allyson now, and well into the future.  


Dawn Allen
Head Coach Optionals


Dawn joined the NGTC family in December, 2014.  She is a long-time Optional and Compulsory coach from USAG Region 4.  Many of her gymnasts continued on to college gym careers, and we've brought her to Oregon to teach our great gymnasts and continue to build our programs.  

Dawn leads our Optional Team as Head Coach.  She works very closely with our Team Director and Compulsory level coaches to ensure a steady stream of quality optional athletes.  A very positive calming influence on her athletes, Dawn is also a strong leader with a well rounded gymnastics background.  Even so, Dawn was eager for us to send her to the 2015 USA-Gymnastics National Congress in Indiana for 15+ hours of continuing education and more!

Dawn is serving as an assistant to the Level 4 Team this year, in addition to her duties with her Optional Team.  Dawn also oversees the preschool program at NGTC.  

Dawn enjoys spending time with her son, Talon and watching him swim!  They can often be found at local science or sporting events such as the mud run, and OMSI.


Charlie Harrell
Director – Boys
Recreational Coach



A tremendous asset to the NGTC family,Charlie joined Northwest Gymnastics in the Fall of 2014.  Previously, Charlie was the Level 3 Compulsory Coach at Precision Elite Gymnastics, along with assisting Xcel.  At NGTC, Charlie is building a boys program from the ground-up, ensuring that form, technique, strength and flexibility are all correct.

A native of Iowa, Charlie  moved to the Portland area to attend college at Lewis  & Clark College where he received his degree in psychology.  He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and the outdoors!  

A former competitive gymnast, Charlie is a welcome addition to the NGTC Coaching family.  He is always a favorite among the gymansts that have the pleasure of being coached by him.  Charlie is currently leads several recreational gymnastics classes throughout the week, including Saturdays.  Excellent with girls and boys, we hope to have Charlie a long time!


EJ Stinson
Team Director XCEL / Head Coach XCEL



Eric (EJ) is a strong athletic tumbler.  A Black Belt in TaeKwonDo, EJ can be seen doing some great tumbling passes as he teaches his gymnastics classes as one of our great recreational gymnastics coaches.  You may also see him in the office from time to time.   We also owe most of the great signage, posters and lighting effects at NGTC to EJ! 

EJ also started our Xcel program.  His teams have performed well in the 4+ years they've been around.  This years teams have grown to the point that he has added a couple assistant coaches!  He just completed a trip to the USA-Gymnastics Olympic Trials, meeting many of the gymnasts and compiling over 14 hours continuing education in San Jose!

A private pilot, EJ is often in the skies overhead flying fixed wing aircraft.  He also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and the Blazers!  He also owns White Wolf Graphics, the company that does all of the logo'd merchandise and clothing for NGTC and many local sports organizations and companies.



Shannon Bice
Pre-School / Recreational



Shannon Bice is a teacher, mother and active member of the community.  The owner of a daycare operation  by day, Shannon spends many  evenings in the gym where she coaches Rec. and Pre-School classes.  She also teaches some of our Saturday classes.  An outgoing and bubbly  personality, Shannon is an real asset and resource for NGTC.

Shannon and her husband Mike are long time members of the local communities.  Both have backgrounds as school teachers, a position that Mike still holds.  They enjoy family time, fishing, and trips to the beach, where Mike grew up.

She is also the mother of a JO team member, Becca and is active in assisting fundraising and helping all the girls.  Their other daughter Laurel is an accomplished singer, as well as other talents!


Kelsey Funkhouser
Rec / Asst. Coach – Xcel



Kelsey has a long and wonderful history with NGTC.  She competed at NGTC since our inception in 2008.  An excellent student, she recently graduated from Centennial High School, Kelsey, now retired from competitive gymnastics, she has continued  her gymnastics as a coach.  

 A talented performer, Kelsey brings her energy to her rec. classes throughout the week.  In addition, she is the assistant coach for our Xcel program, recently returning from San Jose and the Olympic Trials & continuing ed.

Kelsey is starting college Fall, 2016, and is a member of the Portland State Athletic's Varsity Cheer Team.  Kelsey is from a great family and we are very proud to have Kelsey still in the gym as a teacher and coach!

Makenna Gallagher


  McKenna has a long background in gymnastics.  She started competing gymnastics at the now defunct American Elite Gymnastics in Troutdale with her twin sister.  McKenna competing to level 7 before retiring to pursue other interests in high school.  

McKenna coaches numberous rec. classes at NGTC while completing her education.  Welcome McKenna


Ricky Lankford


Ricky has over 15-years of gymnastics and cheerleading coaching experience.  Proud of his accomplishments on and off the gymnastics arena, Ricky brings his passion for teaching and gymnastics to his recreational and pre-school classes.

Ricky loves Rugby, travel and spending time with great friends!

Marci McIntyre
Asst. Coach, JO Team


Marci, a native of Oregon, first started coaching at Metro Gymnastics in 1991.  Since that time, she has been the Head Compulsory Coach for 16 years.  Additionally, Marci has also been a compulsory judge for 6 years.  A real student of the sport, Marci has always increased her knowledge by attending any/all continuing education classes available.  Many certifications and accolades follow Marci, including 4 consecutive level 3 state championships up to and including 2015.

Marci will work with the Optional Teams at NGTC.

Marci also enjoys Dance, working out, and enjoys time with her two boys, Dustin and Kenny.  

Kate Olvera


   Kate returns to NGTC, a gym she spent her entire career as a gymnast, but this time as a coach.  A cheerleader at Gresham High School, Kate is an excellent student and is exceptionally well liked by all that know her.  

Kate had solid skills as a gymnast, and is now proud to teach the next generation of gymnasts.    We are very happy to have Kate back in the gym!  


Kaytlyn Reid


Kaytlyn is a junior at Barlow High School.  She was recently a competitive gymnast up to and including Level 8.  A native of Oregon, she enjoys her summers but also shines in school.  She enjoys volleyball and has truly blossomed as a coach at NGTC.  

Kaytlyn coaches many different class levels during the week at NGTC, and also can be found behind the front desk and coaching on Saturdays!


Melissa Sager


Melissa spent years coaching in Spokane, WA before moving to Oregon.  With experience at virtually all levels of gymnastics coaching, she is a natural leader and very real asset for NGTC.  Look for Melissa and offer up a warm NGTC family "Welcome" when you see her in the gym.


Marjorie Stanwood
Asst. Coach, JO Team



Marjorie is a graduate of David Douglas HS and OSU.  Having earned a Bachelors of Science in Education and Behavioral Sciences, she has taught gymnastics for over 10 years, including preschool aged children through the Girl's Junior Olympic Team levels. Recently, Marjorie managed both the preschool and recreational programs at another gym, and more recently was a compulsory team coach the past 6 years.  

 A former gymnast, Marjorie also enjoys snowboarding, hiking, camping and spending time with her daughter and husband.

 Marjorie began work at NGTC on January 4th, 2016.  Her primary duty is Assistant Coach Compulsory, Level 3 Team.   


Sarah Stinson
Asst. Coach, JO Team



Sarah is a retired NGTC JO gymnast.  Having competed up to Level 8, Sarah was the Floor, Beam and All-Around Oregon State Champion as a Level 7 in 2013.  A student of gymnastics her entire life, Sarah is now one of NGTC's JO Team Coaches, as the Head Coach for Level 2.  Sarah assists with Level 3 Team also.

Sarah is currently in college where she is studying to become a doctor of veterinary medicine.  


Kendra Unanue


  Kendra is a competitive dancer and excellent tumbler.  A student at Gresham High School, Kendra, she spent several years as a student at NGTC, learning and practicing.  She was recently voted Captain of her high school dance team and we are proud to now call her one of our fine staff members.  

Kendra teaches rec. levels and tumbling classes.  A natural leader, her students love how she interacts with them and helps them make corrections!



Rec Clas w CoachesAPPLY TODAY & be a part of this great team!

  NGTC is looking for quality experienced coaches.  Our quality programs are quickly expanding and we are currently       looking to add to our outstanding list of certified professional coaches.  If you believe you have the passion and desire to     help kids create healthy habits and improve gymnastics skills, we encourage you to drop us  a line or stop-in during             business hours to speak with us about opportunities we currently have.

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