Tea(u)m Lyceum:

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Tom Nelson - Executive Director

In January 2011, the Board of Directors named Tom Nelson as the new Executive Director of the Lyceum of Monterey County.

Tom brings his considerable fundraising and grant-writing skills having run the Gifted and Talented Education program for 20+ years at Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Joyce Breckenridge - Program DIRECTOR

Joyce joined the Lyceum team in Spring of 2011.  She oversees the Lyceum's Academic Programs and Annual Events. She comes to us from a finance and telecommunications background and is in charge of office management and the daily operations of the Lyceum.   

Ellen Olack - Program Coordinator

ellen olack - Program Coordinator

Originally from Mississippi, Ellen has moved west to pursue a Masters Degree in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Ellen enjoys spontaneous travels, spending time in nature, and trying new recipes. 

Chelsea Segal

Chelsea Segal - Program Coordinator

Chelsea is originally from Miami, Florida and is currently in the Master of Public Administration program at Middleburry Institute of International Studies. She served two years as an education and leadership volunteer and another year as a regional coordinator in Peace Corps Panama. She is a very proud Michigan alum, Go Blue! Chelsea loves to travel around the world and has a special connection to Latin America. 

Ashley Gora - Program Coordinator


Ashley is currently enrolled in the International Environmental Policy and Global Impact Management joint degree Masters program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She comes to us from Woodstock, Illinois, and has spent considerable time immersed in Hispanic nations. Ashley's numerous hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee, Latin dance, and bird-watching.

Sharon Nelson - Arts Coordinator

Sharon Nelson - Arts Coordinator 

Sharon Nelson is a retired  public school teacher and guidance counselor. She is a  Fellow of The California Arts Project, and  past member  of California Music Teachers Association.  Sharon has developed  classes for the Lyceum's  Squarefoot Gardening and Botanical Art programs.   Currently she teaches Pocket Sketching, Nature Journaling,  Creating Herbariums, and projects related to garden arts.  She is enrolled in the Botanical Illustration certification program at Filoli and gives private piano lessons in her home studio.