Meet the Staff

Liz Simmons

Rev. Liz Simmons
Director of Residence Life

Education: Doctor of Ministry, Leadership and Spiritual Formation (Portland Seminary), Master of Divinity (Asbury Theological Seminary), B.A. Biblical Literature and English (Indiana Wesleyan University)
StrengthsFinder: Restorative, Consistency, Deliberative, Achiever, Focus
Hobbies/Interests: Cycling, hiking, exploring new places (anything outdoors!), drinking coffee, bridge running in Portland!

Mitzi Martinez

Mitzi Martinez
Associate Director of Residence Life / Area Coordinator

Education: M.S. College Counseling and Student Development (Azusa Pacific University), B.A. Business Management (George Fox University)
StrengthsFinder: Strategic, Relator, Ideation, Restorative, Deliberative
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Exploring New Coffee Shops in Portland, Plant Mom, Graphic Design, Watercolor, Spending time outdoors (Going on Walks, Hiking), Podcasts

Amy Ralston

Amy Ralston
Area Coordinator / Human Sexuality Care Initiative Coordinator

Education: M.A. in Higher Education (Geneva College), B. A. in Social Work and Psychology (Mount Vernon Nazarene University)
StrengthsFinder: Harmony, Restorative, Adaptability, Developer, Consistency
Hobbies/Interests: Board Games, Reading, Crafting, Exploring Portland, Gardening, All Things Coffee

Brett Aaron Meyers

Brett Aaron Meyers
Area Coordinator / Coordinator of Student Programs

Education: M.A. in Theology (Wheaton Graduate School), B.A. in Communication Studies (Westmont College)
StrengthsFinder: Input, Learner, Achiever, Belief, Responsibility
Hobbies/Interests: Water skiing, cliff diving, hiking, watching Tom Brady play football, reading Harry Potter, C.S. Lewis and spending time with my lovely wife and family in the great outdoors.

Kristina Van Der Eems

Kristina Van Der Eems
Area Coordinator / Associate Director of Student Activities

Education: MA in Education (Eastern Nazarene College), BA in English (Asbury University)
StrengthsFinder: Input, Developer, Connectedness, Empathy, Learner
Hobbies/Interests: Flower arranging, hiking/being outdoors, being crafty, adventures in cooking, gardening, and roller coasters