Joyce Breckenridge - Executive DIRECTOR
Joyce joined the Lyceum team in Spring of 2011. She served as Program Director for the Lyceum from 2011 to 2018 and was promoted to the role of Executive Director in September of 2018.
Joyce is a native Californian, and grew up in the Calistoga wine country. She fell in love with Monterey County as a child on annual camping trips to Carmel Beach and Big Sur. She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mathematics from UC Davis, and is a CFMCO LEAD graduate.
Growing up in a small town with few extracurricular educational opportunities drew Joyce to the Lyceum and its mission of finding engaging and dynamic forms of education that inspire students to love the learning process. She loves seeing students get excited about learning and all of the possibilities their futures hold. She has come to have a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life of everyone in our region; one program at a time, and is thrilled to be a small part of a dedicated community.
Joyce enjoys hiking, gardening, Jiu Jitsu, working on house projects, and especially loves boogie-boarding at our beautiful local beaches with her 13 year old niece.
Tom Nelson - Development Director
In January 2011, the Board of Directors named Tom Nelson as the new Executive Director of the Lyceum of Monterey County.
As of Oct 2018, Tom has stepped into the role of Development Director. 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.
Emmy Ham - Program Coordinator
Emmy comes to Lyceum from Portland, Maine and currently attends the Middlebury Institute of International Studies as a student of International Policy and Development. She spent last year in France teaching English in two primary schools, and exploring the French Mediterranean.
Aside from developing her career in the social sciences, Emmy has spent her whole life singing, most notably in a co-ed acapella group at her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.
Hannah Sutterfield - Program Coordinator
Hannah currently attends the Middlebury Institute of International Studies as a student of Public Administration as well as International Trade and Economic Diplomacy. She calls Sacramento home but spent the last two years serving as an Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps in South Africa. She also spent some time teaching English in South Korea.
When she's not busy with her studies, Hannah enjoys spending time outdoors, playing board games, or eating In'n'Out.
Aleena Yunuba Hammack - Program Coordinator
Aleena is currently pursing a Master of Arts in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, which she hopes to use to increase equitable access to multicultural education in the future. She lives in Monterey with her husband, her dog, and her toddler son, Max, who all enjoy hiking in their free time.
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.