Mission & Purpose


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 the Gap.

Support school districts in their efforts to remove barriers to student success.

Grow Our People.

Develop employees to support and fulfill our mission.

Influence Change.

Champion the needs and strengths of students and districts.

Eradicate Racism.

Advocate for racial equity.


  • We Are Capital Region ESD 113 – “I actively develop and strengthen internal partnerships to enhance a shared identity within the ESD.”
  • Partner Power – “I lead, support, and promote external partnerships that provide benefits to our communities.”
  • Own It – “I am accountable for the ESD’s key results.”
  • Courageous Dialog – “I grow through pursuing candid feedback and expand our capacity by providing it.”
  • Can’t Afford Not To – “I provide desirable services that my customers will purchase, saving them money and/or improving their experience.”

Our Board

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.

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.
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.
Mr. Rick Anthony
District 1
Morton, Mossyrock, Onalaska, Rainier, Tenino, Toledo, White Pass, and Yelm
Rick served as superintendent in White Pass and Pomeroy. He is a field marketing representative for the School Employees Credit Union of Washington.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Bill Williams
District 5
North Thurston A
Bill is a retired Senior Assistant Attorney General, past president of WSSDA, and former executive director of the Washington State PTA.


Executive Team

  • Dr. Dana Anderson, Superintendent
  • Dr. Paula Akerlund, Interim Director, Early Learning
  • Mr. Calvin Brodie, Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Andrew Eyres, Assistant Superintendent
  • Ms. Kristen Jaudon, Director, Communications & Public Engagement
  • Ms. Sandy Nelson, Interim Director, Early Learning
  • Ms. Jodi Petrovich, Executive Director, Human Resources

Leadership Team

  • Abby Bowers
  • Andrew Eyres
  • Bob Pierce
  • Brandon Kahler
  • Cal Brodie
  • Cherrie Thomas
  • Dan Steward
  • Dana Anderson
  • Denise Wolff
  • Ed Otos
  • Erin Wick
  • Gerald Grubbs
  • Jerri Hawthorne
  • Jessica Eyer
  • Jodi Petrovich
  • Joyce Tangen
  • Keley Brewster
  • Kelly Early
  • Kimberley Summers
  • Kristen Jaudon
  • Lynn Nelson
  • Roger Lange
  • Russell Rice
  • Shiloh Kauzlarich
  • Stacey Misener
  • Stacia Bolger
  • Stephanie Griffiths
  • Steve Bigelow
  • Todd Johnson
  • Tovi McClellan


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.

Who 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.


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


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