Meet our Board Members
Jeff Lucas, Chairman of the Board
Member Jeff Lucas was appointed to the Eatonville School Board in April of 2012 to replace a retiring member and elected to the remainder of that term in November 2013. However Jeff is not a newcomer to Eatonville. Jeff has spent most of his life in the area, attending Eatonville schools, starting in fourth grade and graduating from Eatonville High, where he enjoyed participating in band and football. After graduating in 1988, Jeff headed off to WSU to study history and political science, with the intent to teach. After returning to Eatonville, however, his career took a different direction. Jeff is currently a fire fighter/paramedic with the East Pierce Fire and Rescue in Bonney Lake.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys family time with wife Corrine (also an Eatonville native; the two went to school together), and his daughter and son. The Lucas’ enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, boating, hiking Mount Rainier and tent camping from Washington to British Columbia.Family time also includes volunteering at Weyerhaeuser Elementary School where Jeff’s son and daughter attend. Jeff and Corrine are very active with WES PTA.
The jump to board member was natural for Jeff with his interest in education and long history in Eatonville. During his tenure on the board he hopes to develop a focus on legislative issues affecting education. Jeff now serves as the boards Legislative Representative and has made connections with local legislators. Jeff does an excellent job communicating information about the unique needs of districts like Eatonville. (Those with low populations, but which encompass a large area.) He is actively involved in communicating what’s really needed and let's the Legislature know how current legislation impacts the district.
Jeff noted that Superintendent Bahr and the other board members have been fabulous to work with.
Paulette Gilliardi, Assistant to the Chair
Paulette has lived her entire life in the little town of Elbe, nestled in the foothills at the base of Mt. Rainier. Forty-eight years ago 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. for over 42 years 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.
Ronda Litzenberger, Legislative Representative / WIAA Representative
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 limited practice officer.
Ronda has celebrated a silver wedding anniversary with husband Rowland and the two have five children. The oldest three, Stefan, Kyle and Annie have all followed in their mother’s footsteps and attended BYU. Stefan, with a degree in biology/chemistry, is on the path to becoming a doctor. His hope is to practice in a rural community. Kyle studied finance and Annie majored in biology and is currently teaching at Eatonville High School. The two youngest daughters Sarah and Andrea are attending the Eatonville District schools.
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 seven years, she is involved in Boy Scouts and the Youth Council of her church, organizes a girls summer camp every year and plays a major part in the 9/11 National Day of Service.
Ronda’s passion for education keeps her motivated in her board position and she is happy to be serving in an innovative district. In her opinion, the " Strong Schools= Strong Community" connection that is fostered in Eatonville benefits all involved!
Liza Klumpar, Director
Liza Klumpar was appointed to the Eatonville School Board of Directors on October 12, 2016. Mrs. Klumpar is the Chief Technology Officer for the Franklin Pierce
School District. Most of Liza’s nineteen years in education involve her career as an educational technology leader.
Liza enjoys engaging in service activities involving local education, her personal community, as well as the professional community. At Franklin Pierce Schools, she provides leadership, direction, and expertise in technological innovation. Outside of the district, she is committed to maintaining and strengthening her community. She volunteers her time to various committees and community events with a variety of organizations. Mrs. Klumpar is an active participant in neighborhood events that promote public education. She has also been hand selected by various national technology conference committees to present, or be a panelist advocating for technology innovation in K-12 organizations.
Born in the Philippines, Liza Klumpar is a native Tagalog speaker. She did her undergraduate work at Saint Martin’s University, where she majored in Computer Science. She and her husband, Travis, have one sixth grade child attending Eatonville Middle School. Liza’s hobbies include hiking, running, camping, and watching her son play youth sports.
SammieJo Thirtyacre, Director
SammieJo Thirtyacre was appointed to the Eatonville School Board in April 2019. She graduated from Washington State University in 1988 with a degree in Secondary Education and English and a minor in Aerospace Studies. She retired from a career in the United States Air Force in 2009 and moved to Eatonville with her family in 2014.
SammieJo married her college sweetheart, Dave. They have been married for 31 years and have five wonderful children. SammieJo values family time above all else but enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and volunteering in a variety of activities and clubs throughout the community. Their two boys are Boy Scouts and SammieJo serves as their Troop’s Committee Secretary. She’s a member of the A.W. Mary Bridge Guild and the Dogwood Garden Club. SammieJo is also a Director for the Eatonville Youth Sports Association and she is the EYSA Swim program Commissioner, running the program each summer with the help of her entire family.
SammieJo gives credence to members of communities working together to improve all aspects of our schools and educational opportunities so that our children will be more successful. She states, “I am committed to utilizing my experiences, passion, skills, and talents to continue to make Eatonville schools the best they can be. It is an honor to be selected as a board member. I look forward to working with all of the talented people in our school district where “Together, we commit to inspiring Life Long Learners to create a better future."
SammieJo Thirtyacre - Director