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Board Members

Emilee Layne - President
Emilee LayneEmilee Layne was born and raised in Poway, California and graduated college from Brigham Young University.  While at college she met and married her husband, Scott. They have three children; Wyatt, Jake, & Abigail. After graduating in 2000, Emilee and Scott moved to Scotts' home town of El Segundo. Here, they both began working for the family construction company, C. C. Layne & Sons Inc., which has been in El Segundo since 1959. In 2010, Emilee started the janitorial company, El Segundo Commercial Pro.
Emilee has served as PTA President, Parliamentarian and was on School Site Council at Center Street School. She was also awarded PTA's Honorary Service award in 2011.
Emilee is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and enjoys serving within her local congregation. She and her family are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy participating in sports, camping and motorcycle riding.
Serving as a member of the School Board is the next step for Emilee to be able to help preserve and enhance the award winning school system that is El Segundo Unified School District.

Nancy Cobb - Vice President
Nancy CobbNancy Cobb has pursued careers in both education and business. As an English teacher at El Segundo High School from 1998-2010, she served as Department Chair and Leadership Chair, leading the WASC team to obtain a 6-year clear accreditation in 2009. She was twice recognized as ESHS's Teacher of the Year and once as the District's. In addition, El Camino College acknowledged her as a Distinguished Woman, and PTA presented her with their Very Special Person Award and Continuing Service Award. She is a strong advocate of a Professional Learning Community that includes all stakeholders and embraces a continuous cycle of improvement.


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.

Jeanie NishimeFor over 30 years, Dr. Jeanie Nishime has committed her career to ensuring student attainment of their educational goals. She has served as the Vice President for Student and Community Advancement at El Camino College since March 2007. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Dean of Counseling for a total of 15 years at Riverside and Pasadena City Colleges. Jeanie began her community college career at Fullerton College in a classified position as the EOPS Peer Counseling Coordinator. She then became a counselor and teacher at Fullerton College.


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.

 Dr. James C. Garza - Member


Jim GarzaJim Garza is a long time resident of El Segundo. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1980. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Loyola Marymount University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling, and he has Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his degrees, Jim holds a Single Subject Credential, a Multiple Subject Credential, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, a Language Development Specialist Certificate and an Administrative Services Credential.


For the past 21 years Jim has served as a school administrator, 18 of those years as an administrator with El Segundo Unified School District, including principal of El Segundo High School. During Jim's tenure at ESHS the school was recognized as a three time "California Distinguished School", a first for the school. Jim also designed and implemented the Career Pathways, introducing Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to the high school for both engineering and biomedical sciences. He was also involved in all aspects of the various modernization projects at the high school. Jim is currently the Director of Secondary Education in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.


Jim and his wife Karen have two daughters Casey (ESHS Class of 1999), Hannah (ESHS Class of 2013), and one son, Joseph (ESHS Class of 2015).

Bill WatkinsWilliam J. Watkins, Ed.D. was elected to the Board of Education in November 2005, coming full circle on a distinguished professional and volunteer career in the El Segundo Unified School District. Bill worked in the ESUSD as a teacher and administrator from 1963 until he retired in 2001. He was the District's interim-superintendent in November 1997 when El Segundo voters passed Measure C, the first of two bond measures to modernize campus facilities. As superintendent Bill oversaw two of the District's modernization projects, reopening El Segundo Middle School in 1999 and Richmond Street Elementary School in 2000.
After retiring Bill continued his involvement in El Segundo schools, working to pass Measure E in November 2001 and serving on the bond's citizens' financial oversight committee. During that time, the district completed the restoration and modernization of Center Street Elementary School and El Segundo High School. Bill was elected to the board of the El Segundo Educational Foundation in 2001 and chaired its Community Giving Committee, including the Superintendent's Roundtable, until he resigned following his election to the school board. Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Pepperdine College, a Master of Arts degree from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Doctor of Education in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Bill and his wife Carol have lived in El Segundo since 1972. Their two children graduated from El Segundo High School, and two of their five grandchildren live in El Segundo and attend El Segundo schools.