PLAYAHistory

In 2006, PLAYA founders Julie Bryant and Bill Roach purchased the Summer Lake Inn, a bed & breakfast establishment, from its previous owner, Darrell Seven. After extensive construction and reconstruction of the buildings and grounds, PLAYA hosted its first residents in 2011. Since then it has provided residencies to hundreds of artists and scientists.

Julie Bryant, Co-Founder, Summer Lake, OR
Julie and her husband Bill founded Playa in 2009. Former Board President, she continues to serve on the Finance Committee of the Board. Julie’s background includes a degree in Geology and a J.D. from Stanford University.  Julie’s work experience has been largely volunteer, focused on social, environmental and economic justice and progressive philanthropy.  She has also worked as a consultant to environmental engineering firms.  Her greatest joys are hiking through remote backcountry, working on the land, and spending time with her two daughters, Meg and Lindsay.

William Roach, Co-Founder, Summer Lake, OR
Over the past 40 years, Bill, an architect/designer, has been involved in all phases of designing and constructing mixed­ use developments, primarily in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. He enjoys collaborating with the many talented crafts people in the design and building trades. Bill is currently working on a prefabricated home project, the first prototype now housing the Executive Director on the PLAYA campus. As co­-founder of PLAYA , former Board Secretary and dedicated supporter of Playa, Bill is torn between his attachment to the desert and paddling his kayak on the coast of British Columbia.