Many guests tell us our staff are extraordinary, and we couldn’t agree more. We’ve heard stories of our staff going the extra mile to make our guests comfortable, and how our staff treat guests like family. We are thrilled that so many have been with us for decades. Meet a few of those who will help you feel that a stay at the Overleaf Lodge is like coming home.
Sheila

Sheila Norton

Meet Sheila Norton, our Front Desk Manager and one of our Event Coordinators. When Sheila was 16 years old, her parents told her if she wanted to drive, she needed to pay for car insurance, which meant she needed a job. Sheila soon began working at Overleaf Lodge as a housekeeper.

Over the years, she has worked in the kitchen as a dishwasher and fill-in cook, and has also been the first face guests see at the front desk. When we are short-staffed, she still helps out in our housekeeping department. Counting all the overtime hours she’s worked, she figures she’s been with us for over 50 years!

Sheila enjoys finding ways to create memorable moments for our guests that they will treasure for years to come. She knows that when guests enjoy their stay, they’ll likely return and encourage their friends and family to visit. Although working with the public can be challenging, Sheila appreciates that fact that those who come to Overleaf are usually kind and considerate.

An integral member of our Overleaf family, Sheila values the friendships she’s developed with her Overleaf Lodge teammates. “We have built real friendships together, and we have been through it all together. We have laughed and cried countless times. Having them here with me daily is a blessing. I truly enjoy being around them,” she says.

A native of the Oregon Coast, Sheila loves the misty rain as much as the sunshine. When the weather is cool and wet, she encourages guests to put on a jacket and breathe in the fresh, clean air. In her free time, she and her daughters enjoy going on walks to look for whales and hunt for sand dollars and other beach treasures.

Alex

Alex Sheldon

Alex Sheldon, our Director of Housekeeping, has been with us since 2016. Like many of our key staff, Alex started in housekeeping and worked his way through several positions before becoming a part of our management team.

Alex started as a housekeeper, became a trainer after three months, then took on other housekeeping positions in his first year. He became a housekeeping supervisor after his first year, then our Head of Housekeeping in 2019.

Transforming a room between guests is rewarding for Alex. “I’ve walked past guests as they check into our rooms — hearing them or their kids say “Wow” feels good,” he says.

He also appreciates it when he finds a kind note from a guest after their stay, saying how much they enjoyed their clean, comfortable room during their stay. He encourages all guests to remember to turn off the coffee maker before leaving the room.

Describing his job as fast-paced, Alex loves working with the management team. “Heather, Val and Sheila are just fun individuals,” says Alex. “Even when they’re stressed or tired, we find time to joke or laugh, even if it’s about ourselves. Even with everything that’s going on, our team meetings are bright spots that we look forward to.”

Alex has lived on the Oregon Coast since he was 14 years old, and in the Yachats area since he was 18. He enjoys being near family and living in this quiet community, along our beautiful stretch of the coast. You may bump into him hiking in the area, especially along his favorite route, the Amanda Trail.