Meet Our School Board

District 1 - Gretchen Maliska - President

  • Gretchen Maliska Gretchen Maliska has been a strong community leader in education and an active parent in North Thurston Public Schools since 2006.

    As a mother of five boys, including two graduates of North Thurston Public Schools, Gretchen has always been a strong advocate for K-12 education and inclusion.  

    Growing up in Washington state, Gretchen learned the value of public education through participation in the performing arts, leadership, and much more. 

    In turn, she has devoted herself to giving back to students as an active community volunteer for more than 25 years, serving leadership roles in youth sports, multicultural and equity groups, career and technical clubs, North Thurston Citizens for Schools, and our Board of Directors.    

    Gretchen’s life experience with a blended family has helped her lead through multiple lenses, including Special Education and College in the High School programs, athletics, arts and activities, and mental health. Gretchen believes in celebrating and honoring differences and addressing the individual needs of every child to help them achieve success.   

    She is currently the Director of Career Connected Learning in a neighboring school district, where she provides opportunities for students to discover their career passion and enter the industry with recognized credentials in vocational disciplines (such as Natural Resources, Health Sciences, Mechatronics, and Business & Marketing). Gretchen believes there is a graduation pathway for everyone and is proud to support a K-12 system where students can discover passions and talents they can later use in the workforce. 

    Gretchen is dedicated to the success of all students in our district and understands that partnerships with families, staff, and leadership are crucial in making this happen.

    “Our community is very diverse in opinions, ethnicities, and experiences. My hope is that we can seek to understand each other respectfully and work together, so our students are the top priority,” said Maliska, who is grateful for the excellent education three of her sons have received from this district. “It is a privilege to work with district leaders and staff who are committed to our community. Every child deserves to feel included and welcome in North Thurston Public Schools.” 

    Contact: gmaliska@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    District 1 Map (PDF) Board term expires November 2027

District 2 - Tiffany Sevruk

  • Tiffany SevrukTiffany Sevruk has strong connections to our community as a parent, volunteer, and alumna. She attended North Thurston Public Schools and graduated from Timberline High School. She went on to earn her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and started her career in the state Legislature.

    “I’m committed to providing students with more options based on their needs and developing additional services to better prepare them for college, work, vocational school, or entrepreneurship,” she said.

    Tiffany herself has used her own knowledge, experience, and skills in a variety of jobs, including the state Senate, the Governor’s Executive Policy Office, and as Legislative Coordinator for the Aging and Disability Services Administration. With a background in budgets and public policy, she went on to become a tax and financial consultant and eventually began investing in real estate. “I still enjoy helping others, advising small business owners and non-profits, as well as mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs.”

    Tiffany is very active in our community and has held leadership positions in several organizations. She was part of the Core Team to establish the Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking and has been a volunteer instructor for a non-profit that teaches personal finance in low-income schools and learning centers. She also served as a Board Director and Treasurer for a private PreK-8 school.

    “Through my professional and volunteer experience, I’ve seen firsthand how much we can achieve with a shared goal when we listen to each other and work together,” she said.

    Tiffany is a lifelong resident of Thurston County. She and her husband have one son, who attends NTPS.

    Contact: tsevruk@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    District 2 Map (PDF) Board term expires November 2025

District 3 - Dr. Jennifer S. Thomas - Vice President

  • Dr. Jennifer S. Thomas Jennifer Thomas is proud to represent all students and families in North Thurston Public Schools! Jennifer is a passionate advocate for children from all backgrounds.

    As a mother of five children, a nurse and educator, an Asian-American woman, and a military spouse, Jennifer’s diverse life experiences have allowed her to recognize the power of inclusivity through advocacy and modeled behavior. She also understands the importance of inclusion and removing barriers to learning.

    Compassion and care are also a big part of Jennifer’s leadership. “As a nurse, I come with a unique perspective of care that encompasses a holistic view. I find great value in seeing things from a socio-ecological lens, beginning with the individual, then moving to interpersonal relations, organizational impact, community support, and public policy.” She strives to listen, learn and advocate for an education that will prepare students to become active global citizens.

    Jennifer has served on the School Board since March 2021 and still has work to do! Her vision is to continue guiding decisions and policies that will have the greatest positive impact on our younger generations. She is committed to high-quality teaching and mentorship, investing in our staff, and a compassionate school system based on accountability, diversity, and trust.

    Contact: jthomas1@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    District 3 Map (PDF)  Board term expires November 2025

District 4 - Esperanza (Espie) Badillo-Diiorio

  • Espie Badillo-DiiorioEspie Badillo-Diiorio has volunteered in North Thurston Public Schools for more than 20 years and is a strong advocate for ensuring all students have the support they need to succeed.

    A proud Mexican-American, Espie believes inclusivity and equity are essential in our schools. A primary focus for Espie is ensuring high-quality special education services and helping parents be strong advocates for their children. She also feels passionate about amplifying student voices to be part of district decision-making.

    Espie is a healthcare aide for a local senior home care company. She has served in leadership roles in various volunteer capacities, including the Horizons Elementary and Komachin Middle School PTAs and the Timberline High School Booster Club. She serves on the Lacey Loves to Read committee and has previously served on the NTPS Parent Advisory Committee and the Facility Advisory Committee. She helped start the beloved NTPS Battle of the Books competition.

    A graduate of Yelm High School, Espie and her husband have five children and one grandchild. She believes her parents paved the way for her by being active community members. Her father ran for school board, which inspired Espie to give back as an NTPS School Board member.

    Contact: ebadillodiiorio@nthurston.k12.wa.us

    District 4 Map (PDF) Board term expires November 2027

District 5 - Michelle Gipson

  • Michelle GipsonMichelle Gipson is always seeking ways to make our community better and believes all children can learn and thrive in a changing world.

    She has lived in the NTPS community for 25 years, and has raised five children, all of whom attended NTPS schools. She now has two grandchildren in the district.

    “I love being in this community,” she said. “What happens to our kids—their future—is important.”

    As a Board member, Michelle wants to ensure students see diverse leadership in their school district, so they can see the possibilities for themselves. She is also focused on ensuring the community and schools support the emotional well-being of all children.

    A lifelong learner, Michelle studied business and accounting at University of Washington-Tacoma and earned her master’s degree in computer information systems from the University of Phoenix.

    Michelle has worked at the YMCA of Thurston County for more than a decade, starting with teaching group exercise classes and working her way up to senior director of branch operations. She serves as vice president on the board of the PARC Foundation of Thurston County, on the Lacey Rotary. She has also volunteered for the Thurston County Food Bank, the Washington State Employees Credit Union Scholarship Committee, the City of Olympia Equity Focus Group, CIELO, New Life Baptist Church, and many other service opportunities.

    Contact: mgipson@nthurston.k12.wa.us 

    District 5 Map (PDF) Board term expires November 2027

Student Advisors

  • As part of our Strategic Plan to provide more opportunities for student voice, the district is proud to have student advisors (1 per high school [5 in total] 2 or 3 student advisors per semester) serve as non-voting members of our School Board!

    Students are selected by their high school principal and receive an orientation session provided by the superintendent (or designee) and a member of the Board of Directors. Their responsibilities include adherence to personal standards of behavior and regular school attendance, regular attendance at Board meetings, studying Board materials in advance, and providing student perspective on current issues when requested by the Board. Student Advisors are also asked to speak to selected topics at the conclusion of Board meetings, during the agenda section “Items from the Student Advisors.”

    Qualifications: The student must be entering their junior or senior year at the time of selection and in good academic standing, and maintain good academic standing throughout their term. Selected students should also have a history of leadership and involvement in extracurricular and civic activities. 

Callie Carlson

  • Callie Carlson is currently a student at Timberline High School and previously attended Aspire Performing Arts Academy and South Bay Elementary. Their favorite classes are English language arts and Leadership. They play soccer and tennis (with both school and community teams) and love being outdoors. Their plans after graduation are to study aeronautical science.

Caroline Henderson

  • Caroline Henderson currently attends River Ridge High School and previously attended Salish Middle School and Olympic View Elementary. Their favorite subject is math. They are actively involved in soccer, sports medicine and leadership clubs at school, and enjoy reading, soccer, shopping with friends, and working in their spare time (they like to keep busy). After graduation, they plan to study medicine, possibly physical therapy, speech pathology, or nursing.

Kaylin Koval

  • Kaylin Koval is a student at North Thurston High School. She attended Chinook Middle School and South Bay Elementary. Kaylin loves math and activities, such as Honors Society, DECA, Renaissance, and Unified. Kaylin also loves sports, such as Varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and varsity golf. In addition, Kaylin serves as ASB President.