Board of Directors
DAN ALBERT - president
Daniel Albert is a lifelong resident of the Monterey Peninsula, currently serving as Vice Mayor of Monterey. He attended Monterey public schools and began his post-secondary education at Monterey Peninsula College. He earned both his Bachelor of Science degree and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University.
Over the course of his 31-year career in education, Dan held positions of increased responsibility within the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. He began teaching in 1985, and came to Monterey High School in 1990. Dan was named Principal in 2000. Seven years later, he moved to the District office and in 2016 he retired as the Associate Superintendent of Business Services.
Dan has two children and is married to Sharon Albert, an administrator for the Salinas Union High School District and an active community member in her own right.
jen Holguin - Vice president
Jen is the Founder and Director of Intention Advising, preparing teens and young adults for college, graduate school and future careers. Prior to beginning this work in September 2019, she directed fellowship and study abroad programs and served as a career and academic advisor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). Jen is passionate about inspiring a love of learning, growing and exploring throughout one's lifetime.
An avid traveler, she's worked, studied or wandered through dozens of countries, including Sierra Leone, Cuba, Switzerland and Jordan. She spends her evenings and weekends hiking and biking around this beautiful Peninsula, creating art with her daughter, reading for book club, doing yoga and holding rocking family dance parties.
Christine Westbrook - Treasurer
Christine is currently Controller at Goodwill Central Coast.
Reason for joining board: As a child, I pored over the Lyceum catalogs. I thought that the Lyceum had the most wonderfully exotic classes, like Egyptian culture and foreign languages. At the time, these classes were offered right on public school campuses through state education funding. Now as a mother of a school-aged girl, I am sad to see that “enrichment programs” are widely gone from the schools, the funds having been diverted to other budgets. After all these decades the Lyceum continues to inspire children’s minds and imaginations, and a life-long love of learning.
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
Elaine Herrmann - secretary
Elaine Herrmann, RN, MPH, has years of nursing experience in hospitals and home health care. She has produced and hosted a public affairs television program, established the first hospital-based cancer registry along central California coast and also helped create the first two-county comprehensive cancer registry. She is a past president of local American Cancer Society and a past board member of the local UNA.
Elaine is a published author in national medical and nursing journals, and also published “Yeoman in Farragut’s Fleet,” an annotated Civil War diary. She has provided a variety of local programs to inform students about the multitude of health care careers, including a Lyceum program to introduce students to often unknown careers in health care.
Thomas Brousek - Board Member
Thomas Brousek spent his formative years in Germany, receiving his first undergraduate degree in Art History. He later relocated to the United States to pursue his MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Monterey College of Law.
A former overseas executive with General Electric, Thomas has always valued both education and cultural diversity. He is a firm believer in supporting learning programs that can broaden the horizons and enrich the lives of those who participate in them.
MARIA OWEN - BOARD MEMBER
Maria M. Owen was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Colombian parents. She attended high school in Brussels, Belgium, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages at the University of Lille.
After returning to Colombia, she taught French and shortly afterwards she married Guillermo Owen. With her new husband, she moved to New York, where she obtained her Master’s degree in French language and Literature at Fordham University. She then taught Romance Languages at Mother Cabrini High School.
While in New York, she gave birth to two daughters, and worked as a guide at the United Nations headquarters.
Some years later, the family moved to Houston, where Maria obtained another master’s degree at Rice University. She has been a professor at Texas Southern University and at the University of the Andes in Bogota.
Maria is the author of several books for young teens, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. She has been an editor and a translator, working for major American and international publishers.
She has devoted many years to the local chapter of the United Nations Association, mostly working for the International Film Festival and the Youth Education programs.
Lucille Standifer - Board Member
Lucille is a retired MPUSD Teacher. She is integral in supporting our History Day program and other Academic Events and Enrichment Activities sponsored by the Lyceum. She is very active in her church activities, visiting the sick, nursing homes, and shut-ins; working with youth and young adults; being a supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"
- Maya Angelou
Gael Meraud - Board Member
Gael is the Assistant Dean for Career and Academic Advising at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). She has over 18 years of experience in career services from MIIS, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. A UC Berkeley alumna, Gael holds a Bachelor of Arts in French with a specialization in Linguistics. Having advised a diverse international student body and having studied abroad at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, the International College of Cannes, and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Gael has an affinity for working with students from multicultural backgrounds.