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

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.

Education: BS in Wildlife Biology – Central Michigan University
MS in Park, Recreation and Tourism Recourses – Michigan State University
Certified Interpretive Trainer since 2003
Professional Experience: Worked for the National Park Service as a Park Interpretive Ranger for 5 years (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan)

Professional Experience: Currently employed as the Education and Conservation Curator at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (started in 2004)

Board and Community Involvement: Serving on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Interpretation (2nd term); EFA

Education: Raised in Eatonville, graduated from EHS in 1992 and then from UW|Tacoma with a BA in Liberal Studies.
MS in Park, Recreation and Tourism Recourses – Michigan State University
Certified Interpretive Trainer since 2003
Professional Experience: Trained graphic designer who has freelanced from home since becoming a parent. Sarah has the following civic affiliations: Dollars for Scholars of Eatonville Committee, Eatonville Cooperative Nursery SchoolBoard, American Cancer Society - Relay for Life Co-Chair, Ida Karlin Healing Center for Youth Board, Aid the Agency Campaign Committee, and has been a member of the Eatonville Family Agency Board since February of 2016.

Personal: Enjoys spending quality time with her family (and friends - most of whom 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 a good run, a clean house, and a glass of wine (or coffee), shared with a loved-one.

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

Personal: Margaret was born in National. After graduating from Eatonville High School, she moved to Seattle, where she worked in the accounting department at Frederick and Nelson for 5 years. She lived in Olympia, even spent a summer in Ketchikan, before returning to Eatonville. Margaret was widowed in 1974, and she has three children.

Education: Eatonville High School; Olympia Community College; in-house training for Key Bank bankers; American Institute of Banking

Professional Experience: Frederick and Nelson; Key Bank, working in nearly every department before retiring after 25 years.

Board and Community Involvement: Our Lady of Good Counsel on board of Altar Society and Treasurer, Eatonville Family Agency Board

After EHS class of ’47 graduation, Rosemarie moved to Seattle to sing with the Civic Light Opera where she auditioned and received several solo roles. The company performed up and down the coast, including Hollywood Bowl. She worked in Seattle for Federal Reserve Bank, where she worked many of the machines, continuing her singing career on the side.

Rosemarie returned to Eatonville when she married Ladd Van Cleve. For 10 years, she worked at the National Bank of Washington in Tacoma. She was then chosen to run the Pierce County District Court in Eatonville. She was eventually promoted from Administrator to Pierce County Court Commissioner. Education for this job meant being sent to school in New York, Nevada, and Arizona. She could find people guilty, but she couldn’t send them to jail. She found many standing before her were kids. Her experience was that if they were given a second chance, only a couple kids out of 100 would “goof-up” again. Many of those kids later returned to thank Rosemarie for giving them a second chance.

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

Born in Eatonville in 1947.
Education: EHS ’65; BA University of Puget Sound ‘75;

Military: USMC 1966 – 1970 SSgt

Professional Experience: 33 years with Xerox Corp. 10 years as a service Rep. and service specialist plus 23 years as a Service Manager in Washington and Alaska.

Mayor for the Town of Eatonville 2005 - 2010

Personal: Married Karen in 1968 and we are still married; Two Boys, both adults and all Six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Board: EFA: I’ve been on the board of the EFA since sometime in 2010 and have served variously as president and vice president.

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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

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