Kris NorrisKris Norris

  Executive Director

Kris has witnessed PLAYA’s programs effect people profoundly. Sometimes the result is a life-    changing decision, sometimes it’s an affirmation that the moment’s chosen path is the right one.    Her job as Executive Director is to preserve the engagement PLAYA fosters between residents        and the fascinating natural world of the Oregon Outback where our campus is located. Leading      PLAYA’s scant and dedicated staff toward sustainable goals that support this relationship with the natural world motivates and inspires her to carry out our mission of transforming our world through creative inquiry in science and art.

She lives in Paisley, 17 miles south of PLAYA with her husband, Michael. She brings a skill-set from her diverse background in marketing and PR, development and budget management of non-profit organizations such as the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Truckee Tahoe Youth Theatre, a PreK-12 educator in English Language Arts and Theatre Arts in the U.S and abroad, budget management and instructing horsemanship for a 72-acre equestrian center, housekeeping, culinary and supervisory management in the local high-school dormitory and at PLAYA.

She travels everywhere by bicycle; commute, bike-pack, pedal for pleasure. Her competitive side is sated by participating in the Prefontaine Memorial 10k Run in Coos Bay, Oregon each fall, and she reads a gob of murder mysteries and thrillers and has authored several manuscripts in the genre.

  Michael Norris

  Site & Facilities Manager

Michael was PLAYA’s first Site+Facilities Manager from 2010-2018, and returned to the responsibilities in August 2022. Michael will be training the next Site+Facilities Manager in 2024 and will provide back-up support thereafter. Michael lives in Paisley, 17 miles south of PLAYA. He has taught Woodshop and AutoCad at Paisley School and has served as a volunteer in the Paisley Youth Mentor Program and Paisley Players Community Theatre. He has two grown children and two grandchildren. Currently he volunteers with the Oregon Timber Trail, Oregon Desert Trail and the Fremont-Winema National Forest as certified sawyer and spends many volunteer hours clearing and maintaining public trails in Lake County. He operates Paisley Adventure, a bicycle repair shop, with rentals, tours, shuttle and re-supply service.


Shawna Negus

Cuisine and Lodging Manager

Shawna loves her job at PLAYA because she loves food and making people feel welcome. There’s so much pleasure in imagining and creating delicious entrees, salads, and desserts for the people who come here from all over the world. She also takes pride in readying PLAYA’s cabins for new residents. She grew up in this county but has lived in many beautiful places from Alaska to Arizona. Now she’s fortunate to call this area home again, as it’s her favorite place of all, where she has a wonderful garden, family, and many friends.