To ensure excellent & equitable education for all students through service and collaboration.


Washington has nine educational service districts (ESDs). They were created by the state legislature in 1969 to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. ESD 113 serves the school districts in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties by

  • Helping them provide high-quality, cost-effective services.
  • Helping them provide equal educational opportunities for all children.
  • Providing cooperative and information services to schools.
  • Acting as a liaison between the local schools and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Providing local programs, as required by the state.


  • Close gaps: We respond to systemic disparities that produce persistent and predictable imbalances in student opportunities.
  • Grow people: We recognize potential and support professional development and learning.
  • Influence change: We advocate for students, families, and districts.
  • Eradicate racism: We confront inequity based on race, and recognize and address our own biases.


Board of Directors

Our Board consists of seven members. They are elected by the local school boards from the 44 districts in our region. Their terms last four years and until successors are elected and qualified. Board meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 12 pm. They are open to the public.

Ms. Susan Fortin

District 1: Morton, Mossyrock, Onalaska, Rainier, Tenino, Toledo, White Pass, and Yelm
Susan recently retired from the Association of Washington School Principals, where she had worked since 1991 — most recently as AWSP’s Director of Student Leadership.

Mr. Don Rash

District 2: Adna, Boistfort, Centralia, Chehalis, Evaline, Napavine, Pe Ell, Winlock, and Rochester
Don was a principal in Chehalis and served ten years on the executive staff of the Association of Washington School Principals.

Dr. Dale McDaniel, Chair

District 3: Elma, Grapeview, Hood Canal, Mary M. Knight, McCleary, Montesano, Pioneer, Satsop, Shelton, and Southside
Dale spent 45 years in public education. His doctoral degree specialized in at-risk students and programs that reduced truancy to increase graduation rates.

Dr. Al Cohen, Past Chair

District 4: Griffin and Olympia
Al was superintendent in Olympia and is currently a consultant at the superintendent search firm McPherson and Jacobson, LLC.

Dr. Pamela Farr

District 5: North Thurston A
Farr has 40 years of education experience as a teacher, building administrator, and district administrator, and has a long history of working with ESD 113. While she considers herself to be an academic, she acknowledges that schooling is a balance between academic achievement and the social-emotional support of our students. 

Dr. Harry Carthum

District 6: Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Hoquiam, North Beach, North River, Oakville, Ocosta, Quinault, Raymond, South Bend, Taholah, Willapa Valley, and Wishkah Valley
Harry is a former superintendent of Griffin School District.

Mr. Bill Lahmann

District 7: North Thurston B and Tumwater

Bill Lahmann has been a teacher, mediator, legislative analyst, association executive, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. His experiences in small, medium and large districts, as well as three Educational Service Districts, provide him with an excellent understanding of school district needs, challenges and operations, and the important role ESDs can play in providing for student success.


  • Andrew Eyres, EdD, Associate Superintendent - Integrated Student Student Support
  • Cherrie Thomas, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
  • Danielle Bryant, Director - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Erin Wick, Executive Director, Integrated Student Support – Intervention, Prevention, Treatment and Wellness
  • Flip Herndon, PhD, Superintendent
  • Jennifer Priddy, Associate Superintendent - Business & Operations
  • Karlyn Shannon, MBA, Controller
  • Kristen Jaudon, APR, Executive Director - Strategy & Engagement
  • Margaret Olund, PhD, Executive Director - Human Resources
  • Steve Bigelow, Executive Director - Integrated Student Support and Special Programs
  • Tracye Ferguson, Assistant Superintendent, Early Learning

Leadership Team

  • Amber Targus
  • Andrew Eyres
  • Annette Peterson
  • Ashley O’Neal
  • Brandon Kahler
  • Carrie Harper-Kitzmiller
  • Cherrie Thomas
  • Danielle Bryant
  • Erin Wick
  • Flip Herndon
  • Jessica L. Eyer
  • Joshua Maerzke
  • Jeffrey McCabe
  • Jennifer Priddy
  • Julie Rupe
  • Katie Kent
  • Karlyn Shannon
  • Kerri Blankenship
  • Kristen Jaudon
  • Liz Wuerffel
  • Lynn Nelson
  • Margaret Olund
  • Mark Sylvester
  • Rebecca Kassan
  • Russell Rice
  • Steve Bigelow
  • Stacia Bolger
  • Sara Ellsworth
  • Stephanie Griffiths
  • Tracye Ferguson


  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Available to rent for free
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix


ESD 113 is one of nine regional educational service districts in the state of Washington. Created by the state Legislature in 1969, ESDs serve school districts and state-approved private schools within specific service areas. ESDs function as support agencies and deliver services that can be more efficiently or economically performed regionally.


Capital Region ESD 113 is funded by the state Legislature, federal and state grants, cooperatives, fees, and other sources.

Money from the Legislature pays for about 4% of state-mandated services, like district assistance for fiscal reporting requirements.

In 2017–18, Capital Region ESD 113 received $690,170 of core funding from the state. Through entrepreneurial activities, we were able to leverage that money into $34.5 million for services to students, families, and districts in our region.

Whom We Serve

ESD 113 supports 44 school districts, one tribal compact school, and more than 20 private schools in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Pacific counties. Most of the districts are small, with more than 70 percent having fewer than 1,000 students. Ten of our districts are “non-high” districts whose students attend neighboring districts for high school.

Grays Harbor County

  • Aberdeen SD
  • Cosmopolis SD
  • Elma SD
  • Hoquiam SD
  • Lake Quinault SD
  • McCleary SD
  • Montesano SD
  • North Beach SD
  • Oakville SD
  • Ocosta SD
  • Satsop SD
  • Taholah SD

Lewis County

  • Adna SD
  • Boistfort SD
  • Centralia SD
  • Chehalis SD
  • Evaline SD
  • Morton SD
  • Mossyrock SD
  • Napavine SD
  • Onalaska SD
  • Pe Ell SD
  • Toledo SD
  • White Pass SD
  • Winlock SD

Mason County

  • Grapeview SD
  • Hood Canal SD
  • Mary M Knight SD
  • Pioneer SD
  • Shelton SD
  • Southside SD
  • Wishkah Valley SD

Pacific County

  • North River SD
  • Raymond SD
  • South Bend SD
  • Willapa Valley SD

Thurston County

  • Griffin SD
  • North Thurston PS
  • Olympia SD
  • Rainier SD
  • Rochester SD
  • Tenino SD
  • Tumwater SD
  • Wa He Lut Indian School
  • Yelm CS


The ESD Policies and Procedures guide our operations. The policies that are most relevant to employees are in the 5000 and 6000 series folders.

Legal Stuff

Non-discrimination Statement

Capital Region ESD 113 provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination with respect to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or identity, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status, pregnancy, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal, or any other basis prohibited by state and/or federal law. We also provide equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.  Such equal employment opportunity applies to all terms of employment including recruitment, selection, hiring, retention, assignment, transfer, promotion, compensation, and training.

Website Accessibility Notice

We want everyone who visits the We Are ESD 113 website to feel welcome. We're always working to enhance our site and increase its accessibility and usability. Our accessibility efforts are based on the Web World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA.

Help Us Make Our Website More Accessible.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. If you're unable to access content on our website, have questions about the accessibility of content or technology we use, or would like to report barriers to accessing any information on this website, please email the ESD 113 Communications Department or call 360-464-6715.


For questions about our non-discrimination policy, or if you believe Capital Region ESD 113 has discriminated against you because of your disability or has failed to make reasonable accommodation for your disability, you may file a written grievance with the ESD that includes (1) the nature of the grievance; (2) the facts upon which the grievance is based; and (3) your signature and the date you filed the grievance. The ESD will investigate the allegations contained in the written grievance in an effort to reach a prompt and equitable resolution.

File the grievance with:

Human Resources
Capital Region ESD 113
6005 Tyee Dr SW
Tumwater, WA 98512