Meet our Board Members

Paulette Gilliardi, Chairwoman of the Board

Paulette has lived her entire life in the little town of Elbe, nestled in the foothills at the base of Mt. Rainier. In 1962, she married Bill Gilliardi and together they raised four children who are now successfully pursuing their own pathways.

Paulette attended Columbia Crest Elementary and graduated from Eatonville High School in 1962. Bill and Paulette have owned and operated Gilliardi Logging & Construction Inc. since 1969 and have been through all the many ups and downs that are part of a family owned business. Their son, Chad, is now the principle owner of their company, after having worked in the business with them for over 15 years.

During the years Paulette was raising her children, she was active as a volunteer in the schools, served as a bible study leader with Bible Study Fellowship, and served as Children's Ministry Teacher and Treasurer at their small county church. In 1985 she was a chaperone for Eatonville's Daffodil princess who happened to be her daughter, Shannon. She continued with the Daffodil Festival and went from chaperone to three years as Queen Mother, in charge of the royal court. For over 20 years Paulette attended and kept stats and scorebook for junior high and high school basketball. She served on the school board for 10 years, leaving in 1998 and returned to serve in 2008.

In her spare time she loves to read and have coffee or lunch with friends. What Paulette enjoys most is spending time with her kids and her wonderful and energetic grandchildren.

Paulette Gilliardi - Chairwoman of the Board
(253) 355-8295

Ronda Litzenberger, Assistant to the Chair

Board member Ronda Litzenberger is a lifelong resident of Eatonville. She started her school career at Weyerhaeuser Elementary and graduated from Eatonville High School. She left Eatonville briefly to attend Tacoma Community College, then Brigham Young University to study economics, returning to the area to work in the real estate field as a title examiner and Escrow Limited Practice Officer. She and her husband have owned a small business  for over 30 years.

She was appointed to the School Board in 2009 and has served as Board Chair, Vice Chair, Legislative Representative and WIAA Representative.  She is on the Washington State School Directors Association’s (WSSDA) Legislative Committee and is Chair of the WSSDA Small Schools Committee. 

Ronda, and her husband Rowland, have five children that  attended Eatonville schools.  She feels their experience in Eatonville School District taught them the importance of leadership, community service and  prepared them well for their future careers.    Stefan, with a degree in Biochemistry, is a doctor at S.F.U. Veterans Hospital, Kyle is a prosecuting attorney for Pierce County, Annelise is a  teacher at Columbia Crest A.S.T.E.M. Academy, Sarah is a Senior at B.Y.U. studying Global Supply Chain Management and Global Non-profit Management and the youngest, Andréa is a Junior at B.Y.U. studying Elementary Education. 

Ronda currently teaches Pilates and strength training circuit classes, but her true focus is family and community and she exemplifies the volunteer spirit with her work. In addition to serving on the ESD Board of Directors for over a decade, she is involved in Graham Frederickson Eatonville Rotary, Graham Business Association, several youth advisory groups, and plays a major part in the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Ronda’s passion for education keeps her motivated in her board position and she is happy to be serving in an innovative district. She believes “Strong Schools = Strong Community.” 

Ronda Litzenberger, Assistant to the Chair
(253) 355-8905

Matt Marshall, Legislative Representative

Matt Marshall was elected to the Eatonville School Board and sworn in at the December 2019 board meeting. He graduated with an Associate of Science degree from the George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science from University of Nebraska, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He served in the US Army as both a commissioned and non-commissioned officer in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Matt and his family moved back to western Washington in 2017. Matt and his wife have three daughters attending the Eatonville School District. He believes that, "The quality of our schools directly affects not only the future of our children, but also the future of our community."
For years Matt has been involved in outreach and advocacy for veterans across Washington State. Matt is an active member of the community and an outspoken leader in every aspect of his life. He brings over 20 years of leadership experience in a large spectrum of environments both local, national, and international.
Matt is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland Global campus and has taught science to college students all over the world. While in the military, Matt taught thousands of foreign military personnel in Combat Casualty Care and emergency first response. Matt's first teaching position was "Professional Snowboard Instructor" at Mount Spokane as a junior in high school.


Matt Marshall - Legislative Representative

 (253) 355-8099 


Ashley Sova, Director

Ashley Sova was elected for school board director in November of 2021, and was sworn in on December 8th of the same year. 

She has lived in Eatonville area for 20 years. She loves her town and appreciates Eatonville’s rich history and avidly supports the local businesses. 

Ashley graduated from Bethel High School in 2002 with aspirations to start a family and form a strong home. After marrying her husband a few years later, she became a business owner alongside him, and the two still work to expand their many car businesses around the Pacific Northwest.

While her two oldest children were in Weyerhaeuser Elementary School, Ashley was involved with the PTA, and worked as a volunteer. Once she had made the decision to remove her kids from public school, she began her new job as a homeschooling mother and is actively involved in a co-op with her children. She spends her time working to shape them into exemplary members of society.

When not actively engaged with her family’s homestead or her children, Ashley enjoys shopping for antiques, studying American history, painting, and entertaining guests at her home. She has always been an advocate for children, and a firm believer that the education of children in public environments should be based upon real world application.

Ashley Sova - Director

(253) 355-9168

Corey Ackerman, WIAA Representative

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” This has always been Corey’s motto. Corey is a kid at heart. He loves to help others see their potential by pushing them to achieve higher goals. He finds great joy when others,
especially children, realize their potential and see their growth. Corey enjoys spending time with his wife and sons on Alder Lake. He believes that the family is the most important organization in the world! To make our community stronger our families must be that driving force. He is always trying to do better and to be better.

Although Corey isn’t a native to Eatonville, he always knew it was the place for him. Only after meeting his wife who was from Eatonville; did he discover the cozy town and it’s inviting community. Once he got a job at Boeing, he and his growing family made it official and moved to Eatonville in 2011. Now his 2 sons; Wesley and Boone, currently attend Columbia Crest.

Corey Graduated from Bingham High School, Class of 2004. After high school he served a 2-year Humanitarian/Service Mission in the Vanuatu Islands of the South Pacific. There he taught English to the children and youth. He worked with local villages to improve accessibility to clean water. Corey loved working with the children by helping organize school kits for various villages. He served the people by helping them get the basic health care needs that we can often take for granted. This experience has given Corey a lifelong desire to serve his fellow man.

Corey attended Salt Lake Community College to pursue an Associates of Science degree with the plan to become a physical therapist. But while attending
traditional College he was urged to get into the trades. Once hired into Boeing, he then attended Renton Technical College gaining his certificate in Machine Lathe and Milling. Corey was accepted into the Washington State Apprenticeship and graduated in 2019 and is currently a Journeyman Machine Tool Maintenance Mechanic for Boeing.

Corey has volunteered in the Eatonville community in many ways. He has led Cub Scout and Varsity Scout groups. He has overseen many 9/11 day of service
projects. Corey has coached and served in the EYSA program for years in many sports. He has led youth groups on High Adventure Backpacking trips, white river rafting treks, and camping excursions all over the state. While leading these campouts and expeditions there is always a focus on self-reflection, teamwork, and goalsetting. In all of his experiences Corey is taught over and over Enjoy life. Be kind. Have worth. Make the most of it because it’s all we’ve got.

Corey Ackerman - WIAA Representative

(253) 355-9057