Meet our Staff
Kim Montagriff (she/hers)
Kim describes herself as a “recovering attorney”, and has been leading the NECC since 2013. Kim feels fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest, where there is sun in the summer, snowy mountains in the winter, and lots of places to hike and explore with her chihuahua/iggy mix.
Emma Simons-Araya (she/ella)
Community Programs and Partnerships Manager
Emma joins the NECC having recently moved from Chicago and brings with her a wealth of leadership skills and experience building partnerships between diverse communities in cities across the country including Southeast Los Angeles, where she grew up. NECC’s Community Programs and Partnerships Manager role is a new position at the NECC that was developed as part of the center’s commitment to providing community-responsive programming and expanding equitable access to the center’s programs for low-income, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized people, groups, and organizations. Fun facts about Emma? Emma played in a punk rock band, and was a guitar instructor/band coach for a rock and roll camp for girls, and before moving to Portland she signed up online for a Multnomah County library card.
Kim Ositis (she/her/hers)
Native Oregonian Kim Ositis recently moved back to Oregon after living in Seattle from 1999 to 2020. After serving on more nonprofit Boards than is probably healthy, in 2016 Kim left her 15-year career as a Law Librarian and made the leap into professional fundraising in the Development Department at the Seattle Opera. Kim is thrilled to join the staff at NECC as Development Manager. She commutes from her home in Canby where lives with her husband Ryan, son Nick who is a college student at PCC and a very loud but cute American Eskimo/miniature Husky dog named Balto. Kim’s other son Nat is a college student at Shoreline Community College outside Seattle. When not building relationships to help support NECC, Kim enjoys playing the piano and cheering for Oregon Football.
Elizabeth Hill (she/her)
Originally from the SF Bay Area, Elizabeth moved to Portland in 2014 to study at Portland State. She has worked for the NECC since 2018, starting in the early mornings at the Front Desk, and then moving into her current role where she oversees program registration and membership. In her free time she enjoys backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, and running. She also loves hanging out with her two cats, and eating and drinking all the tasty food and beverages the northwest has to offer.
Brent Reid (he/him/his)
Aquatics Program Manager
Brent joins the NECC with extensive experience in aquatics leadership roles and working with diverse communities from broad backgrounds. A lifelong swimmer, Brent has a BS in Music Humanities from UCSD, and he discovered his passion for teaching swim lessons while in college working at a YMCA in San Diego. Since then, Brent has continued to follow his passion in aquatics: lifeguarding, teaching swim lessons, and now leading the Swim School at the NECC.
Ava Shannon (she/her/hers)
Youth Enrichment Coordinator
Ava Shannon grew up in Portland, Oregon, and first joined NECC's community at a young age. Participating in the NECC swim team was one of Ava's favorite parts of growing up in Portland. After attending college at the University of Oregon and moving back to Portland, Ava rejoined Northeast Community Center as the Youth Enrichment Coordinator. Ava has worked with children in many avenues, including group settings, tutoring, and in-home care for children experiencing developmental disabilities. In her free time, Ava enjoys trying new recipes, cycling, and going on road trips through the Pacific Northwest!
Derrick Stoecker (he/him/his)
Safety & Facility Coordinator
Derrick began his professional life as a lifeguard in 2002 for the Portland Parks department. He’s worked for a number of different organizations, always striving to be the best in what he does. In that time he’s had over 40 rescues! And has had experience with many different emergency scenarios. He’s worked for the city pools, private clubs, YMCA’s and now the Northeast Community Center—which according to him—is the best example of how a fitness and community center should be. He has a passion for safety, service, and cleanliness, which he prides himself on managing here at the NECC. Derrick spends much of his free time biking, hiking, singing and getting lost in VR. He also loves animals, computers, and is a diehard Star Trek fan.