Eatonville Family Agency

Our Board

Education: Raised in Eatonville and graduated with honors in 1995, was student body Business Manager.
Graduated from Western Washington University in 2001 with a BA in Creative Writing/ Writing Concentration.

Professional Experience: Have worked overseas and traveled to Mexico as well as a handful of Canadian Provinces.

Started up three small businesses, two of which being my own.

Personal: Wrangle a handful of kids and am active in volunteering at their schools.
Love hiking, gardening, creating, vacuuming

Board: Joined the EFA board in January 2015

Education: BS from the University of Cincinnati. Graduated with honors in 1998.

Professional Experience: I am a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, and will be moving my office to Eatonville.

Personal: My wife and I love being active. We love snow skiing, hiking, kayaking, riding quads, and being with friends and family.  We will be expecting our first child, due in April 2021!  We have one dog, named Duke.

Community involvement: We are members of the Eatonville Lions club. My wife just finished a 3-year term serving on the Eatonville Planning Commission, with her last year, serving as the Chair.  I joined the Board of the EFA in late 2019.

Sarah has lived in Eatonville since 1978 and resides with her family on the property where she was raised.

Education: Graduated from EHS in 1992 and from UW Tacoma with a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. 

Professional Experience: Freelance Graphic Designer

Civic Affiliations: Dollars for Scholars of Eatonville Committee, Eatonville Cooperative Nursery School Board, Weyerhaeuser Elementary PTA Board, American Cancer Society - Relay for Life of Eatonville Co-Chair, Ida Karlin Healing Center for Youth Board, Aid the Agency Campaign Committee, Eatonville High School 2018 Senior Surprise Auction Chair, EHS 2020 Senior Surprise Auction Committee, EHS Band Santa Breakfast Committee, EHS Band Jazz Night Auction Committee, Eatonville Daffodil Festival Float Chair, Eatonville Family Agency Board member since February 2016, EFA 2nd VP since 2019. 

Personal: Sarah enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends (who are like family). She has always been an active volunteer in her children’s schools, putting her organizational and artistic talents to good use. She loves cooking and baking, a good run, a clean house, and a hot cup of coffee (or a nice glass of wine) shared with a loved one - all in that order.

Born in Juneau, Alaska in 1946, moved to Seattle in 1956 and lived there until I moved away with my wife as an active duty soldier in the Army.

Professional Experience: Left the Army in 1980 and worked as a compliance/program auditor for the Department of Agriculture for a year, then moved to McCord AFB as an auditor with the AF Audit Agency, at which time the family settled in Eatonville. Became the Deputy Accounting and Finance Officer for the base in 1986. Left the base in January 1995 to join the VA Hospital finance operation at the American Lake facility. A few months later the American Lake facility was consolidated with the Seattle VA Hospital to create the current VA Puget Sound Health Care system. My job was eliminated so I was assigned as a budget analyst located at the Seattle facility where I remained until I retired in January 2005

Personal: Married Melode in 1967 and we are still together; Three children, all adults and all living in Seattle; Three grandchildren.

Community Involvement: Treasurer for the 2nd Legislative District Democrats organization

Board and Community Involvement: I’ve been on the board of the EFA since sometime in 2007 and have served variously as secretary and vice president. I helped form the Finance Committee and continue to chair it and act as accounting and Quickbooks advisor.

Early Years and Education: I grew up in Colfax, a small town in Eastern Washington, where I graduated from high school then attended Easter Washington State University to graduate with a BA. After teaching for several years I completed an M.Ed at the University of Washington. Certification for both early childhood and special education services.

Professional Experience: elementary school teacher 9 years in Renton and Metaline Falls; 1975 to 1999,substituted in Eatonville preschool to high school; 1999 Bethel Schools-worked with developmentally delayed students from birth through preschool; Transitioned to a job as coordinator with other agencies that provided the direct services for education, therapies etc.; resource support teacher for individual students and their teachers in the low income programs ECEAP and Head Start. I retired in June of 2010 when my husband’s health became a challenge, and he needed me as a caregiver.

Personal: In 1975, I married Willett Palmer, a long time Eatonville resident, and moved to his family farm. We had two children, both now grown with families of their own and living in King County. Willett loved being self-employed, so I soon learned to be the bookkeeper, and I became the researcher and “go-fer” for our various business activities. He passed away in March of 2011 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. I still raise cattle and timber on the farm.

Board and Community Involvement: local United Methodist Church—have served on various committees and as chair of the administrative council; Ohop Grange and Eatonville Lions Club –for both, served as officer and representative at state and area events. Active in an international women educators society, Delta Kappa Gamma, over 40 years--chapter president 3 times; currently serving on 2 state committees. Volunteer: at NW Trek Board; EFA board since 2012

My parents, Tom and Ida Karlin, raised my three sisters and me in Eatonville.: The four of us graduated from Eatonville High School. After high school, I left for Spokane where I met my wife Laura at Gonzaga University. My wife and I met while I was working and she volunteering for a mentoring program in Spokane connecting Gonzaga students with disadvantaged middle school students. We returned to western Washington where I completed medical school at the University of Washington. During medical school, I volunteered for an organization of health professional students which operated a free clinic and worked to advocate for underserved populations in the Seattle area. In 2009, we moved to Tacoma for three years of residency at Tacoma Family Medicine. In 2010, we had our first daughter Ida. We returned to Eatonville in 2012 where I began work at the Multicare Eatonville Clinic as a family doctor. In 2013, our second daughter Mae was born. We are now settled in Eatonville and are fortunate to be near our families who we see regularly. We look forward to supporting the Eatonville Family Agency in the work of providing critical services to families in our community who are in need.

(helping with toys at Christmas at EFA)
Personal: Native of New Mexico

Professional Experience: 1972-1976 Secretary to the Harbormaster of Berkley, CA, Marina; Secretary at Waterfront Advisory Board meetings. 1978-1995 Boeing Commercial Airplane Division, Data Analyst/Data Modeler. 1997-2005 Medical Billing Service, part time Entry Edit Order work

Education: courses completed: San Francisco City College; Contra Community College, San Pablo, CA; Pierce College; TCC. Over 1,400 hours of on-going computing technology courses at Boeing Technical School.

Board and Community Involvement: Visitor Center, Parish Pastoral and Building Committees, Chamber of Commerce Secretary, Valley Arts Association secretary. Spanish interpreter for Puget Sound Education System, Part-time Spanish speaker at local Language Center; EFA

Education: Raised in Maryland and graduated from high school there. Spent a lot of time in high school volunteering for a wilderness search and rescue team and working at an indoor climbing gym.

BA, Biochemistry - Colorado College
MSc, Chemistry & Chemical Biology - UCSF
MiT, Secondary Science Education - UW Seattle

Professional Experience: Taught high school biology-related courses for 3 years in Kirkland before moving to Eatonville. Currently teaches 8th grade science at EMS (since 2017). Also enjoys interacting with students through extracurriculars including clubs focused on promoting equity and inclusion or that bring kids outdoors in an active way.

Personal: When not thinking about science or teaching, she loves to be outdoors climbing, running, skiing and/or cycling with her husband and dog. Traveling around the world, when possible, has been eye-opening and reminds her of our shared humanity. At home, she loves homemade meals shared with friends, paperbound books, coffee, and gardening. 

Finance Committee and continue to chair it and act as accounting and Quickbooks advisor.

Education: Graduated with honors in1995 from Eatonville HS, completed some college at SPSCC but a professional career moved more swiftly than schooling and received a different kind of education that has lent itself to both personal and professional growth.

Professional Experience: More than 25 years in recruiting, hiring and employment marketing. Currently working as an Sr. HR Digital Consultant for the 6th largest, not-for-profit healthcare system, Providence St. Joseph Health. Their focus on serving our communities, especially our most poor and vulnerable populations, has what kept me there for the last 12+ years. Their philosophy of servitude is what not only drew me to be a part of the EFA board but allowed me an opportunity to serve in some of the remotest villages in Guatemala as well as volunteering at our skilled nursing facilities. 

Personal: I spent most of my youth in Eatonville, spending summers up at the lake with friends and making sure we returned home 'when the street lights came on.' After about a 10 year hiatus away; I returned after having kids of my own with the confidence this tight knit community was something they could benefit from as well.  I have 2 boys of my own while having the privilege of being a part of 3 bonus kids, thanks to a blended family. Three of the five graduated from EHS, with our last one currently in middle school. I love getting outside, whether it's on a trail or a run through town, traveling with the family to new places and checking off national parks as we go. Even as I get up in years, I still love to compete and have spent almost a dozen years playing in the co-ed volleyball league in town. Digging in the dirt is like therapy as is testing new things in the kitchen- anything that essentially allows me to create.

Education: Graduated at Eatonville High School in 2020 and now attending Pacific Lutheran University. She is majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science.
Personal: After graduating with her bachelors, she plans to pursue a doctorate in Occupational Therapy and work in a pediatric clinic. She enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and spending time outside! 
Board: Joined the EFA board in September 2020

Education: Raised in Puyallup, WA and graduated from Rogers HS in 1993, Western Washington University in 1997 with Combined BA in Sociology/Psychology, Pacific Lutheran University in 2000 with Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and then City University with School Counseling Certificate.

Professional Experience: Resident Counselor at Child Study and Treatment Center, Good Sam Behavioral Healthcare as a Family Reconciliation Therapist and then a Crisis Intervention Specialist, School Counselor at Junior High School level, ran my own business for 8 years while raising my children and have been a
School Counselor in the Eatonville School District since 2015.

Personal: Enjoys staying active with exercise and home projects, loves visiting the beach with family, loves to travel and read

BA in Education-Western Washington University
MA in Education-Antioch University Seattle
Administration Certificate-Seattle Pacific University

Professional Experience: I have been an educator in Eatonville School District since 1997.  I have worked at multiple schools in the district in various roles...from Teacher to Coach to Principal.  I have been the proud Principal of Eatonville Middle School since 2013.  Go Warriors!

Personal: My husband and I have called Eatonville "Home" since 1999.

Board Involvement: I have been on the EFA Board since 2017.

Education: I was raised in Puyallup and graduated with honors in 2001. Obtained my Associates Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences from Pierce Community College in 2002. I then obtained my Associate Nursing Degree from Tacoma Community College in 2004. Graduated from UW Tacoma in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing with faculty honors.

Professional Experience: I work at St. Joseph Medical Center as a Registered Nurse and Relief Charge Nurse. I created and then ran the CHI Franciscan Health Regional Green Team from 2014-2018. My previous civic affiliations include serving on the Eatonville Cooperative Nursery School Board and the Weyerhaeuser PTA Board.

Personal: In 2001, I met Jake Pool, a 1996 Eatonville graduate, and we married in 2005. We were fortunate to purchase property previously owned by Jake’s great grandfather which adjoins the very property he grew up on. We are raising our 2 children in the Eatonville School District and enjoy volunteering in their classrooms and the Weyerhaeuser Greenhouse. I enjoy spending my spare time outside in the fresh air hiking, gardening and biking with the family. I also enjoy tinkering with the occasional arts and crafts.

The majority of our funding has been in the form of grants from various government programs, but as the size of the grants shrink in the current economic climate we must rely more heavily on the generosity of private donors. READ MORE...


Food Bank: Monday and Thursday 9am-3pm. Follow the EFA DRIVE THRU FOODBANK” sign around the back of the building to the alley doors. Stay in your car and we will be right out to help you.

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm.

Closures: All major federal holidays.

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The Eatonville Family Agency is located at:
305 West Center Street
PO Box 1764,
Eatonville, WA 98328
P: 360.832.6805
F: 360.832.3671

Eatonville Family Agency