Prior to her tenure at El Segundo High School, Nancy owned and operated an executive search firm in El Segundo. She took an active role in the business community, serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Business and Professional Women. She spearheaded the effort to retain the LA Air Force Base and co-founded Leadership El Segundo. After retiring from teaching, Nancy wrote grants to obtain funding for ESUSD and developed and facilitated the Teacher Externship program to build bridges and partnerships between the classroom and the workplace.
Nancy grew up on a farm in Illinois and graduated from Knox College in Galesburg. She began her teaching career at Santa Monica High School, attending UCLA to complete her California Teaching Credential. Subsequently, she earned a Master of Arts from Chapman University and her National Board Certification. Nancy's two children, Lori and Greg, attended El Segundo schools, and now one of her five grandchildren goes to kindergarten here. She and her partner Jeff travel frequently both to explore and to keep in touch with extended family.
Dr. Jeanie Nishime has committed her career to ensuring student attainment of their educational goals for well over 30 years. Dr. Nishime's career has been focused primarily on the community college level. Dr. Nishime began her career at Fullerton College in a classified position as the EOPS Peer Counseling Coordinator. She then became a counselor and teacher at Fullerton College. Dr. Nishime also served as the Dean of Counseling for 15 years at Riverside and Pasadena City Colleges. She is recently retired after serving as the Vice President for Student and Community Advancement at El Camino College for 10 years.
Jeanie received her Ed.D. in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University, an MS in Counseling from CSU, Long Beach and her BS in Psychology from Point Loma College in San Diego. She has been extensively involved in various professional organizations within the California Community Colleges and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA). In 2009, she received the ACCCA Volunteer of the Year award.
Born and raised in Japan, but educated in English, Jeanie has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. She has a great interest in culture and international education. Jeanie is married to Spence Bauer and has three step-children who graduated from the El Segundo School District and two of her own children who are both graduates of San Diego State University. Jeanie's experience with her five children and the thousands who come through the community colleges has strengthened her resolve to help all students receive the educational support they need to be successful in both their college and career pursuits.
Tracey I. Miller-Zarneke - Vice President
For a decade prior to her term on the Board of Education, Tracey Miller-Zarneke served our school community in a number of leadership roles including PTA President and School Site Council President (CSS); Program Chair for Character Counts and Grades of Green (CSS); Chairperson for Parents on Campus (ESMS); and Parliamentarian for the El Segundo District PTA Council. She played a key role in bringing Green Ribbon accreditation to CSS; earned PTA Honorary Service Awards at both CSS and ESMS, as well as a Continuing Service Award at CSS; served on the district level Technology Committee; and has held long-standing membership in the Superintendent’s Roundtable through the El Segundo Education Foundation.
Tracey was born in New Jersey but happily relocated to California as a child when her family had enough of the East Coast winter weather. She became a GATE/Honors/AP student in the Garden Grove Unified School District and later attended UCLA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/American Studies.
On the professional path, Tracey’s career began in the field of public relations and later shifted into animation production. In the last decade, her role has been balanced between the two realms as a published author of twelve “art of” books in support of various animated films; co-author of the historical Before Ever After: The Lost Lectures of Walt Disney’s Animation Studio; editorial advisor on Directing for Animation; and technical editor on the second and third editions of the textbook Producing Animation.
Tracey is grateful for being a resident of El Segundo since 1997. She and her husband Mike have two sons that are ESUSD students--Joshua (Class of 2022) and Ryan (Class of 2025). Together they enjoy world travel, great meals shared with family and friends, and coaching, participating in and/or cheering on youth sports.