Superintendent & Executive Leadership

Governance and Staff

PSESD operations are overseen by our superintendent and a leadership cabinet. Our staff of 345 administrators, educators and support personnel coordinate more than 70 programs organized into five departments.

John P. Welch, Superintendent

Mr. Welch was appointed Superintendent – Elect of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) in September 2011 and transitioned to Superintendent in July 2012. Mr. Welch served as the Superintendent of the 18,000 student Highline Public Schools from July 2005 to August 2011. Previous positions include Highline’s Deputy Superintendent, Vice President for Administrative Services at South Seattle Community College, and Chief Financial Officer for Federal Way Public Schools. In 2007, the Washington Association of School Administrators named Mr. Welch Most Effective Administrator in the state.  He has also been recognized with the Upward Bound Ida B. Wells Award from South Seattle Community College, Puget Sound ESD Student Achievement Leadership Award, and several Meritorious Budget Awards from the Association of School Business Officials.

Executive Leadership

Denise Altheimer, Executive Director – Human Resources & Organizational Development

Denise Altheimer, Executive Director – Human Resources & Organizational Development

Frank Ashby, Deputy Superintendent – Strategy, Planning, Business and Operations

Frank Ashby, Deputy Superintendent – Strategy, Planning, Business and Operations

Brad Brown, Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Family Support

Brad Brown, Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Family Support

Clairmonte Cappelle, Executive Director – Workers’ Compensation Trust, Unemployment Pool & Technology Services

Clairmonte Cappelle, Executive Director – Workers’ Compensation Trust, Unemployment Pool & Technology Services

Jessica de Barros, Executive Director, Communications, Government and Public Relations

Jessica de Barros, Executive Director, Communications, Government and Public Relations

 Terese Emry, Associate Superintendent – Kindergarten – Post-Secondary

Terese Emry, Associate Superintendent – Kindergarten – Post-Secondary

Melia LaCour, Executive Director – Equity in Education

Melia LaCour, Executive Director – Equity in Education

Kay Lancaster, Associate Superintendent – Early Learning, P – Third Grade

Kay Lancaster, Associate Superintendent – Early Learning, P – Third Grade

Julie Rolling, Assistant Superintendent – Learning, Teaching and Family Support

Julie Rolling, Assistant Superintendent – Learning, Teaching and Family Support

Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg Executive Director Strategy, Evaluation & Learning

Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg
Executive Director Strategy, Evaluation & Learning