The perfect team —
Robin Layton, President & CEO
Throughout her 33 years as President and CEO, Robin Layton has grown EES into one of San Diego County’s most respected providers of quality early care and education services. Robin expanded EES operations from just 3 schools in 1984 to 22 EES early education centers located throughout San Diego County. Her innovative leadership and collaboration with local school districts has been heralded by the Packard Foundation as a model of effective public-private partnership in the early education field.
In recognition of her exceptional leadership, passion, and commitment to supporting early learning and education Robin was selected as the 2015 Barbara Chernofsky Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and 2016 Most Admired CEO of the Year by San Diego Business Journal. Robin has actively participated in several local and statewide early education initiatives throughout her career, including current membership on the California Child Development Administrators Association Policy Advisors Committee and the Jewish Family Service Public Affairs Committee.
Celine Krimston, VP & Chief Operating Officer
Celine has been in the field of Early Education for 30 years, and began her journey with EES in 1993 as a Master Teacher at the Linda Vista Child Development Center. Since then, Celine has held various programmatic roles, as well as managing the eligibility and nutrition components of the program. All of the roles have built rich experiences contributing to her current position as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer which she has held since 2014.
Celine has held board positions with California Child Development Administrators Association, San Diego Association for the Education of Young Children as well as a California Association for the Education of Young Children public policy intern graduate.
Celine obtained a Bachelor’s of Art in Human Development and is in the process of completing her Master’s of Art in Human Development with a Specialization in Leadership in Education from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.
Providing quality early education programs that prepare children for kindergarten and life long learning, while their parents work and go to school, building family and teacher partnerships, and sharing the importance of early education programs and staff of early education programs are some of Celine’s priorities.
David Fuhriman, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
David Fuhriman is CFO of Educational Enrichment Systems. He is a licensed and active California CPA, graduated with an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University, a BA from Boise State University with a major in Spanish and minor in Economics, and is also a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt. David serves on the finance committee for inewsource, a nonprofit, data-driven, investigative news agency based in San Diego and is an Entrepreneur in Residence with CONNECT San Diego.
Prior to joining EES David was the Chief Financial Officer of Mission Edge, a nonprofit dedicated to building strong infrastructure and program measurement for other nonprofits in San Diego. David founded Bern Medical, a medical data analytics company, worked for Remec Broadband Wireless, a telecom product manufacturer where during his 5 year tenure annualized revenue grew from $20M to over $160M, and earlier in his career founded and then sold two startups.
Sara Hernandez, Program Director
Sara’s passion in life is education. She has been in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years -- 21 of those years with EES. She believes learning and growing holistically is the essence of true life experiences. Facilitating children and adult learning is a very unique and privileged opportunity which Sara is honored to take part in at Educational Enrichment Systems. Helping others discover their passion, enthusiasm, and motivation in working with young children is rewarding for Sara.
Sara has added to her teaching and administration experience through continuing professional training with degrees including a Bachelor’s of Art in Human Development and completion of course work towards her Master’s of Art in Human Development with a Specialization in Leadership in Education and College Teaching from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.
Sara continues to give back to the Early Childhood Community by being part of the San Diego Association for the Education of Young Children, and participating in the Selection Committee for Teacher/ Director Mentor Program through Mira Costa College.
In her spare time Sara enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Barbara Saxton, Program Director
Barbara Saxton has worked for EES since 1985. She has an Associate of Science Degree in Child Development from San Diego City College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from San Diego Christian College.
Barbara began her career with EES as an Instructional Assistant and has worked her way up to Program Director, in charge of leading and overseeing all EES full-day programs. Her long tenure with EES is representative of her commitment to improve the lives of children and families through high quality early education.
Barbara is proud to see EES students and families thriving in the community and she is passionate and thankful about being able to do what she loves every day.