The NCESD Board of Directors is comprised of seven individuals who are elected by local school board members in each of our 29 client school districts. Each brings a wealth of background and experience in both the private and public sector to their work on the NCESD Board.

In continued efforts to maintain direction and focus, the NCESD Board of Directors has laid out the Board’s work in a new format – an NCESD Board Work Plan.  The purpose of the Annual Work Plan is two-fold. First, the plan ensures that the Board responds to and aligns with local school districts and NCESD initiatives. Second, that the Board considers stakeholder perspectives and aligns with stakeholder expectations, incorporating annual NCESD Owners Summit input into plan development. The Annual Work Plan serves to:

  • Identify the Board’s core priorities
  • Outline an actionable plan to accomplish the priorities
  • Establish a timeline of important events in chronological and relationship order over an 18-month period.
  • Create a visual and transparent display of the Board’s work

Read our latest Board to Board newsletters here:  Fall 2017 Board to Board

Spring 2017 Board to Board
Winter 2018 Board to Board

The NCESD Board meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except during holidays or special events.  Start time is 11:30 a.m.  2018-2019 NCESD Board meetings are scheduled as follows:

August 22, 2018
September 26, 2018
October 24, 2018
November 28, 2018
December 19, 2018
January 23, 2019
February 27, 2019
March 27, 2019
April 24, 2019
May 22, 2019
June 26, 2019
August 28, 2019

Read past Board Agendas and Minutes

The NCESD Board is comprised of the following Directors:


District 1 Representative

Harlan Warner, Chair
Box 36
Conconully, WA 98819



Harlan Warner is Chair of the North Central ESD Board. He is the retired manager of the Okanogan County Public Utility District. He represents Okanogan, Omak, Oroville, and Tonasket School Districts.


District 2 Representative

We are excited to announce that Audrey Bessonette has been appointed to fill the Board District 2 position.  Audrey was recently promoted to commercial banking team leader of the Chelan-Douglas Commercial Banking Group. A Cashmere native, Audrey joined Peoples Bank in 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University where she studied business administration.

District 3 Representative

Ed Daling
P.O. Box 429
Waterville, WA 98858



Ed Daling is retired from owning and operating the Waterville Family Grocery. Ed represents Brewster, Bridgeport, Coulee-Hartline, Grand Coulee Dam, Mansfield, Nespelem, Orondo, Palisades, Pateros, Methow Valley, and Waterville School Districts.


District 4 Representative

Larry MacGuffie
46 Crest Drive
Ephrata, WA 98823



Larry MacGuffie is the Vice-Chair of the Board, and has recently retired from Canfield and Associates in Ephrata. He served 31 years as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, director of special services, director of Columbia Basin Alternative High School and superintendent of Ephrata School District before his retirement in 1997.  Larry represents Ephrata, Quincy, Soap Lake, Warden, and Wilson Creek School Districts. He also serves as AESD/Legislative Representative for the North Central ESD Board.


District 5 Representative

Mary Kunkle
234 Manzanita
Moses Lake, WA 98837



Mary Kunkle recently retired from Grant County PUD in Ephrata, where she served as Treasurer. Mary represents Moses Lake School District.


District 6 Representative

Marcia Henkle
1940 Eastmont Avenue
East Wenatchee, WA 98802




Marcia Henkle was recently appointed to serve as the NCESD District 6 Representative.  Marcia represents Eastmont School District and the southern portion of the Wenatchee School District. Marcia is currently the regional director of the Washington State Employment Security Department, which oversees the administration of Employment Security Departments’ employment and training programs in WorkSource offices located in the Central Region of the State.  Marcia was raised in Douglas County on a wheat ranch. She has taught high school and community college, including Wenatchee Valley College, and also operated Trend College in East Wenatchee.


District 7 Representative

Susan Albert was elected to serve as NCESD District 7 Representative, replacing Si Bautista, who served as NCESD Board Chair for over 25 years.  Susan was sworn in at the December 20, 2017 NCESD Board meeting.This position represents the northern portion of the Wenatchee School District.







Dr. Michelle Price
430 Olds Station Rd.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Dr. Price began her service as NCESD Superintendent on July 1, 2017. Michelle’s background includes experience as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent as well as Moses Lake School District Superintendent, where she served 27 years.

Michelle holds a Doctorate Degree from Washington State University and served as President for the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) in 2014-15. She is currently a member of the National Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators.