Board of Directors

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, Chair
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
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
District 4
Griffin and Olympia
Al was superintendent in Olympia and is currently a consultant at the superintendent search firm McPherson and Jacobson, LLC.
District 5
North Thurston A
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Bill Williams passed away on June 13, 2020. Bill was a champion of issues of equity and provided wisdom and thoughtful guidance to us all. His kindly nature, gentle spirit and authentic, good humor will be greatly missed.
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. Allen Jones, Past Chair
District 7
North Thurston B and Tumwater
Allen, currently employed part-time as a school business consultant and university instructor, has an extensive background in education; particularly in the area of finance.

See a map showing the property line between District 5 and District 7, both of which represent parts of North Thurston Public Schools.

Governance Framework

Mission/Vision: To ensure excellent & equitable education for all students through service and collaboration

Tagline: Your goals, our reason


  • 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 Roles and Responsibilities (derived from RCW 28A.310):

  • Represent the organization’s customers, clients, and the general public
  • Inform and adopt the strategic plan
  • Think strategically regarding future direction of the ESD and related services
  • Select the chief executive
  • Support and evaluate the chief executive
  • Ensure effective planning
  • Monitor program and service outcomes
  • Provide fiscal oversight and accountability
  • Approve the annual budgets
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity
  • Ask questions and strive for excellence

Meeting Schedule

Regularly scheduled Board of Directors’ meetings occur the 2nd Wednesday of the month except where indicated. Meetings begin at noon at the agency unless noted otherwise.


  • August 14
  • September 11 – Work session 9:00 am, Meeting 12:00 noon
  • October 10
  • November 13
  • December 11
  • January 8 – Work session 9:00 am, Meeting 12:00 noon
  • February 12
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are posted at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Minutes are posted after they are approved at the subsequent meeting.

Policies & Procedures

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