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Board of Directors

The Northwest Educational Service District Board of Directors

Comprised of nine members elected by and accountable to the public school districts across Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties.

Board Member Charles Crabtree

Charles Crabtree
District 1

School Districts Represented: Bellingham, Meridian

Charlie owns and operates Crabtree’s Computer Consulting (CCC) in Bellingham.

Board Member Dr. Jack Thompson

Dr. Jack Thompson
District 2

School Districts Represented: Blaine, Ferndale, Lopez, Lynden, Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley, Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Shaw Island

Jack is a retired educator/administrator from Renton, Ferndale, and Snohomish school districts as well as Seattle University and Saint Martin’s University.

Board Member Mark Venn

Mark Venn
District 3

School Districts Represented: Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, Darrington, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley

Mark is former superintendent for Sedro-Woolley School District and has volunteered for numerous non-profit organizations in the region.

Board Member Claudia Talmadge

Claudia Talmadge
District 4

School Districts Represented: Coupeville, Lakewood, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, South Whidbey, Stanwood-Camano

Claudia is a former school board member for Oak Harbor School District and taught classes for Skagit Valley College Whidbey Campus Academic Skills Center.

Board Member Dr. Alan Erickson

Dr. Alan Erickson
District 5

School District Represented: Everett

Dr. Erickson maintains a private dental practice in Arlington.

Board Member Cory Duskin

Cory Duskin
District 6

School Districts Represented: Arlington, Granite Falls, Index, Marysville, Sultan

Cory owns and manages Arlington Pharmacy, Stilly Coffee House, and Arlington Copy Mail & More.

Board Member Claudia Buxton

Claudia Buxton
District 7

School Districts Represented: Edmonds, Mukilteo

Claudia is the former director of Sno-Isle Skills Center and has extensive experience working with schools in Snohomish County.

Board Member Gordon W. Griggs

Gordon W. Griggs
District 8

School Districts Represented: Edmonds, Mukilteo

Gordon is a retired Administrative Law Judge.

Board Member Merle Kirkley

Merle Kirkley
District 9

School Districts Represented: Lake Stevens, Monroe, Snohomish

Merle is a retired marketing vice president for the Charles Beresford Company. He is also a former Snohomish School District board member and employee.