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: 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.

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.

Personal: Eatonville has been my home for my whole life. I currently work at Eatonville High School as a paraeducator and soccer coach. In my free time, I like to play soccer, build Lego, and play board games with friends and family.

Professional Experience: EFA Food Bank Assistant, EFA Adventures Lego Club, Eatonville School District Paraeducator, Eatonville High School Soccer Coach

ProfEducationProf: EHS Class of 2021 Salutatorian, Attended Linfield University Fall Semester 2021

ProfBoard and Community Involvement: ProfEYSA Board, EYSA Soccer Skills Training Coac

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: 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

Education: Graduate of Rogers High School and various higher education courses focusing on Social Services and Mental Health through Pierce College. Became a Certified Professional Guardian in 2000 and attend continuing education courses annually thereafter.

Professional Experience: Executive Director of Share & Care House, a Washington nonprofit agency serving persons with disabilities throughout WA & OR since 1995 growing the agency from assisting 45 individuals to over 5,000 annually as of 2021. Chief Financial Officer of Precision Accountability since 2010 providing Exact-GPS software application and mentorship to 100 nonprofit agencies, government entities, and small businesses serving persons with disabilities across the nation. Seattle Trust / Key Bank 1979–1995 as Proof Operator to Branch Manager.

Community Involvement:Weyerhaeuser Elementary School PTA Halloween event volunteer, Puyallup Homeless Coalition member serving as Chairperson for three years, Homeward Bound of Puyallup Treasurer for five years, Foster Parent 1991-2002, Share & Care House volunteer 1991-1994, Camp Counselor 1994, Church Teen Group Volunteer Leader 1990-1994, YMCA volunteer Anger Management trainer for teens 1989, Vacation Bible School Volunteer Director 1988–1989, YWCA Shelter for Battered Women volunteer 1982.

Personal: Celebrated over 45 years of marriage to Kevin and enjoy spending time with our three grown daughters their spouses and our five grandchildren. Love to travel and explore various cultures and communities.

Education: Graduated with honors in 2004 from White River High School. Currently, I have a 3 year degree in Biblical Studies. Through life, I have learned that some of the most valuable lessons we can learn are not from a text book, but those learned from the ebb and flow of life, people we come in contact with, and through our own spiritual growth. One day I hope to finish my educational journey and purse my degree in Biblical Christian Counseling.

Professional Experience: Currently I am the CMO for Parson’s Industries Inc., DBA Full Speed Plumbing. I also am the operations manager for our call center. Full Speed Plumbing is a family owned business that my husband and I are proud to be co-owners alongside my brother in law and sister in law

Community Involvement:Being active in the community is something I count as a privilege and tremendous blessing. Since moving to Eatonville in July, as much as time allows, I have tried to help volunteer in different areas around the community. From volunteering at the food bank during Christmas, delivering meals, to being able to host community involvement in seasonal food and toy drives. It’s through community outreach that I truly believe we can make this world a better place

Personal: My husband and I love to hike. Some of our favorite hikes are along the PCT, Enchantments, and Kendall Katwalk. We also enjoy hunting, kayaking, and doing anything active in nature with our three children. We recently just bought acreage in Eatonville that one day I hope to have running as a small local working farm. As of right now we own one cow, three goats, and two dogs. Our family loves working with animals! In my spare time, my passion and hobby is photography, especially when out enjoying the great outdoors.

Education: Fife High School; Xtreme Internship, Wenatchee, WA; Bethel School of Technology, Redding, CA; Life Pacific University, San Dimas, CA.

Professional Experience: I’m the owner of Lumberjack Popcorn Company, Certified Peer Counselor in the mental health field, and ordained minister.

Community Involvement:I’m a Rotarian and small business owner involved in many local markets and venues.

Personal: I’m a Rotarian and small business owner involved in many local markets and venues.

Education: I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a major in politics and government and a minor in religion in 2016, and an MBA in 2017.

Professional Experience: II served in the US Army for 12 years (2001-2013) as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief, until injuries from a crash led to a medical separation. I worked for the Boy Scouts of America for 2 years before assuming my current role at the Veteran's Administration where I work on disability claims.

Personal: I moved here in 2020 with my gorgeous wife and our 7 children. We still have 5 here with us, all within 4 years of each other. We are learning some basic homesteading, and loving life here in Eatonville.

I was raised in Eatonville and decided to settle here with my husband Dave to raise our two daughters Katie and Aubrey. We live in town, and love being close to the many outdoor spaces the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I spend countless miles running, hiking, and adventuring in and around Pack Forest and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Education and Professional Experience:After graduating from Eatonville High School in 1991, I went on to attend Tacoma Community College where I received my Associate’s Degree in Art and Science. After college I went to work as a Registered Investment Associate with Key Investments, Inc. and then Merrill Lynch in downtown Tacoma. With a strong desire to work closer to home and feel more connected to the outdoor spaces I love, I left the investment industry and went to work for RMI Expeditions, one of the largest mountain guiding companies in the US based in Ashford, WA.

Board and Community Involvement: I have always felt a strong commitment to be involved in our community organizations. I was appointed to Eatonville Town Council where I served a two-year term. I co-chaired and served on the committee for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Eatonville for several years and helped raise over $100,000 during my involvement. I coached youth soccer for many years with SGEO Soccer Club and served as a board volunteer. I have also given many hours of volunteer time to Eatonville School District, Eatonville Family Agency, and other organizations in and around our community. I look forward to sharing my time, talent, and treasure as a board member for the Eatonville Family Agency.

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 (drive-thru): Monday & Thursday 9am-3pm (CLOSED 12-12:45 FOR LUNCH).
SUPPLIMENTAL FOOD: Free to anyone in the community. Located in the gym. Tuesday’s 1-3:30pm & Friday’s 10am-2pm.
OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.
CLOSURES: All major federal holidays, and last two weeks of December.


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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