Talya Franklin (she/her)

– College President

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (951) 493-6753 ext: 102

Born and raised in Southern California, Talya has over 15 years experience in driving organizational impact within the corporate realm and non profit sector. Talya is a business executive who specializes in strategies bringing together processes, employees, and strategic long term business planning. From establishing and evolving strategies by advancing staff skills and competencies to optimizing finances, Talya has a reputation of rebranding organizations by restructuring and rebuilding.


Mohammad Shahisaman (he/him)

– Dean of Instruction

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (951) 493-6753 ext: 107

Mohammad graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.A. and M.A. in English. He began his tenure at The Young Americans College in 2015 as the Breadth of Knowledge Department Chair. In 2020, he became the Dean of Instruction and is focusing on expanding equity, diversity, and inclusion within the college’s curricula.

Juandretta Murphy (she/her)

– Dean of Students

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (951) 493-6753 ext: 108

La’tesa’s a Detroit girl living the “California dream” enjoying the sunshine and ocean waves! She prides herself on being a free spirit who enjoys helping others and doing her due diligence within society in hopes of making a positive and lasting impact on others. She lives a simple and humble life that is filled with joy between being a military wife, mother of three beautiful children, grandmother to a precious granddaughter and traveling the world with family and friends. Of course she finds peace hanging out with her four legged buddies too.

La’tesa is an AIU Alumni who graduated in 2013 with a Business degree, specializing in Administrative and Healthcare Management. New to Performing Arts, she joined The Young Americans in 2023, bringing over 20 years of Leadership skills, knowledge and vast experience to the Recruitment team. La’tesa also has over 9 years experience within Admissions and Recruitment within Higher Education to bring to the YA team working side by side with other YA Recruiters, recruiting students globally. When not Recruiting La’tesa is busy running her private business – Mindful Vibes and Body Sculpting where she finds joy helping others feel great about themselves externally and internally; and just getting to know a little bit about each person that she crosses paths with. As she would tell you, her purpose in life is to assist others to live a healthy, strong, successful and abundant lifestyle!
A few of her favorite quotes: “Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.” ~ Doris Lessing “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill “It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see.” ~ Unknown

An Army Veteran, Bianca is a highly skilled recruiter with a deep passion for guiding individuals toward their ideal career path. She firmly believes that the key to personal fulfillment and success lies in finding the perfect opportunity. Bianca’s dedication to assisting individuals in achieving their professional aspirations has been instrumental in shaping her own career.