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Staff and Leadership

Rachel Haig
Regional Partnerships Director

Prior to joining Playworks, Rachel lived in and worked in Asia for eight years where she used play and sport to help children in disadvantaged communities. She has seen first-hand how the power of play can effect positive change in individuals, schools, and communities. With a diverse background in partnership development, non-profit management, and law, Rachel brings a unique mix of experience to her role as regional partnership director. Playing outside is Rachel’s passion and in her free time, you can usually find her kayaking, climbing, or tossing a frisbee around.

Doran Whipple
Development Director

Doran joined Playworks in 2009, our inaugural year in Portland. She is a native Oregonian and has spent her professional career in northern California and Oregon where she worked with children and adults in a variety of school based and non-profit settings dedicated to building community. She is committed to supporting children build self-esteem, gain leadership and conflict resolution skills and live healthier more productive lives through the way they naturally learn, play. Her favorite game? A toss up between tether ball, foursquare and put a bird on it.

Asia Wisecarver Payton
Program Director

A Northwest native, Program Director Asia Wisecarver Payton joined to Playworks in 2015. She graduated from Stevenson High School in Southwest Washington in 2000 and attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon where she received a degree in Psychology in 2004. Her latest educational journey resulted in an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland in 2014. Asia was drawn to Playworks because of the alignment between Playworks' mission and values and her personal values. It blends a love of sports and activities with her values of inspiring hope, creating positive environments in which youth thrive, and being a part of an organization whose mission increases the overall health and well-being of our community. Prior to Playworks, her professional experience includes drug and alcohol prevention, youth outreach and case management, residential treatment, and youth mentoring (where she spent the last 11 years). Asia and her partner’s moto: live with intention, have integrity, and choose compassion. Asia loves music, sports, her pets, cooking, and kayaking, as well as spending time doing home improvement projects with her spouse.

Tami Horton
Program Manager

Tami joined Playworks in 2012 as a program coordinator for two years at Brookwood Elementary School in Hillsboro. Tami earned her degree at Oregon State University in Human Development Family Science with a minor in Sociology. If you catch her out at recess, you will usually find her in an intense game of foursquare or wall ball. When she is not out playing games you will find her traveling for quick trips to the coast, enjoying a Barre3 class, or finding a new hiking trail. Tami is excited to use her knowledge for running program to help other coaches make a positive impact on their school communities.

Kati Sheldon
Program Manager

Kati joined Playworks in 2015 as a program coordinator at Reedville Elementary School in Hillsboro. Kati was born and raised on the central coast of California. She began her journey in Oregon in 2012 when she began school at Pacific University. Kati holds a bachelor's degree in Public Health and a minor in Sociology. Shortly after graduating, Kati became a preschool teacher, which sparked her interest in working with youth. She loves all sorts of games, but when you see her on the playground, you will likely find her in a game of bump all-star. When Kati is not on the playground, she enjoys hiking, running, watching any sport (mostly football), and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and passion for youth to her program manager role.

Jo Doyle
Pro Trainer

Jo Doyle is thrilled to be back at Playworks as a national trainer after working as a manager and director of youth programs with a couple of nonprofits in San Francisco since 2008. Jo's passion for youth development continues to grow as does her love of facilitating programs, delivering presentations, and public speaking. She is proud of her work with community based organizations that serve disadvantaged youth and positively impact the children of San Francisco and the Bay Area. She continues to be inspired and driven by the adult learners she meets and works with.

Jo truly believes in teaching life lessons through sports and play. Her love for travel, her ability to connect with adult learners, and her ongoing efforts to make a positive difference in a youth's life make her an outstanding trainer. When she's not leading an awesome Playworks workshop, Jo loves to snowboard, eat pizza at her home in New York, and experience new cultures and new people in her travels around the world. Play on!

Jackie Cannon
Site Coordinator

Jackie joined Playworks as a program coordinator in 2015 at Martin Luther King Elementary School. As a site coordinator, Jackie is ready to bring positive recess culture to many school communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Jackie was raised in the Portland Metro area and attended Warner Pacific College where she studied Human Development and Family Studies. She was a collegiate athlete all 4 years for basketball. Throughout college she continued to coach all sports for THPRD and Portland Parks and Recreation. Her favorite Playworks core value is healthy play, because she believes that all individuals need healthy play to bring out all the core values (respect, healthy play, inclusion, and healthy community). She is so excited to bring her flavor and passion to all aspects of her work here at Playworks.

Tim Howe
Site Coordinator

Tim joined Playworks in 2014 and spent two years as program coordinator at Gilbert Park Elementary in Southeast Portland. As a site coordinator, Tim aims to create a respectful, positive, high-energy community at the schools he serves. He is known to bring a creative and passionate approach to his work.

Tim grew up in Bend, Oregon where he found a passion for running, swimming, and hiking. His favorite games include foursquare, capture the flag, and anything that involves dancing. He has lived in North Carolina and Kenya, and loves finding new places to explore. When Tim isn’t playing games, he can be found drawing cartoons, playing music around town, and continuing his quest to find the best ramen in Portland.

Ruby Primas
Site Coordinator

Ruby joined Playworks as a program coordinator in 2009 promoting positive recess culture for several different schools in Portland area. As a site coordinator, Ruby is excited to bring positive play to many school communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Ruby grew up in Portland and attended Cascade College where she studied Psychology and Sociology. She played several sports in college including basketball and track. In 2005, Ruby coached basketball at Blue Mountain Community College for two years before returning to Portland and working with the YMCA. Her favorite Playworks core value is healthy community, because she believes that if individuals contribute to a healthy community all the core values (respect, healthy play, inclusion, and healthy community) will be displayed.