NGTC feels like home to the many families that come our Gresham gym on a weekly basis. And that atmosphere is brought about by just one thing: The Staff.
Tina Stinson, Owner
Married for more than 20-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 with their production company and founded SecurePro Technologies, LLC.
A thriving electronic security business today, SecurePro grew into one of the regional leaders in access control, vicdeo 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 the bond that formed NGTC!
Today, Tina is the owner of NGTC. Under her guidance and leadership, NGTC has grown from just 7 gymnasts in 2008, to over 250 today.
Eric Stinson, Director of Gymnastics
A background in golf, Coach Eric was the Director of Golf and Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach at Portland State University for 10 years. The 2-time NCAA Coach of the Year works with the girls on the mental game, overcoming mental blocks, goal setting, acheiving personal bests and helping create "Habits…for a lifetime!" And don't let him fool you, he knows his gymnastics skills better than he'll let on, so watch for him coaching skills occassionally also!
He is also responsible for putting the "serious training" back into NGTC. As Director of Gymnastics, Eric will oversee the competitive programs and ensure the coaches have the latest tools and training aides to assist them in doing there jobs. He is also setting up the continuing education program at NGTC. This program will give coaches and athletes alike an opportunity to expand their knowledge of gymnastics skills, enhance their skills as coaches / teachers / students, and study each of team gymnasts skills using enhanced video techniques.
Eric (EJ) is a strong athletic tumbler. With a Black Belt in TaeKwonDo, EJ can be seen doing some great tumbling demonstrations 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 holiday decorations each season to EJ! Already close to earning his private pilot's license, if you don't see him in the gym, he's probably flying overhead!
Haylee has been in a gym her entire life. Haylee learned gymnastics while growing up in the Portland/Vancouver area by parents that owned their own gymnastics facility, Sunburst Gymnastics. Her parents sold Sunburst, and we are lucky to have her with us. Haylee is no stranger to success strategies and brings a wealth of knowledge with her to our Preteam program. The director of this successful "grooming" program, Haylee has developed all the curriculum and develops strong lesson plans for continued success of all the athletes.
Haylee is also the foundation of our team coaching staff. A former competive gymnast herself, Haylee competed and training to Level 9, winning accolades and awards including 2nd on Bars and Beam Level 8 Regionals, and others too numerous to mention here. Haylee is always one of the gymnasts favorites as she always wears a classic smile, even while demanding excellence from her students.
Dani Gergen is certainly no stranger to gymnastics. A gymnast more than 10-years herself, Dani competed up to and including Level 9. A successful career which included a 2nd place All-Around finish at Regionals in 2005 as a Level 8, Dani is one of our team coaches. Her players love how she can still show the skills she teaches, including those cool release moves on Bars! In addition, Dani coached competitive cheer for over 5-years, during which time her teams won two-national championship titles!!! Welcome to the NGTC Coaching Staff!
A parent herself, Dani has the pleasure of periodically also coaching her daughter, Rylie, a member of our Level 4 team.
Kylie is the epitime of what we want our gymnasts to grow into. A "retired" level 10 gymnast during her competition days, Kylie has coached several different class levels and filled-in for absent team coaches. Kylie is a truly wonderful person with a contagious positive attitude. Coach Kylie recently accepted a job in her chosen career field, a move we are excited to see her take! We wish her the best, and will still see her as she fills-in periodically.
Tonja is one of our fine staff of pre-school and rec coaches, but in reality, does so much more. Trained and certified as a Yoga instructor, Tonja, a parent of two beautiful little ones herself, is great working on the basics and teaching some good listening skills. Always around the gym, you'll find Tonja lending a hand wherever it's needed! In addition to being a great pre-school and rec-coach, Tonja also is our Special Events Director. Thanks for all you do, Tonja (and your husband Jim also!)
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! He created and continues to fine tune the NGTC Preschool curriculum.
Yonty is well known throughout the gymnastics communities as a great coach and person. He brings his years of experience coaching compulsory and optional levels to the great staff at NGTC! The owner of Heartbeat Medical and Environmental Safety, Yonty is a valuable asset to the NGTC family and is looked to by the staff and fellow coaches as a tremendous resource for learning and teaching new skills / techniques.
Mary Ellen Wich
Mary Ellen is our Account Manager and the person that is most likely to greet you at the front counter. A wealth of experience as an office manager, Mary Ellen has great people skills and works very hard to ensure your needs as an important customer at NGTC are met.
NGTC is always 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.