KATIINA DULL • College President

  • M.B.A., American Public University, in progress
  • B.S., Business Administration, cum laude, California State University, Long Beach

Katiina’s 20 years’ experience in arts-related business administration and program development has allowed her to carve out a career that combines her passion for the arts with her business acumen.  After meeting The Young Americans during a visit to the U.S. with her Australian dance company, Kat moved to the U.S. to join the organization as its first Australian member. Katiina has served as business manager on international music outreach tours with The Young Americans in addition to serving as the Business and Operations Manager for the company for eight years before becoming the VP Administration and Academics. As the VP Administration and Academics Katiina was charged with planning, developing and implementing the College program.

The Board of Directors appointed Katiina as President of The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in October, 2015.  In 2018, under Katiina’s leadership YACPA completed its first comprehensive review in application for candidacy with ACCJC/WASC. The Commission ultimately made the decision to advance the institution and grant initial accreditation. Katiina’s leadership, planning, and focus ensured the College program development was consistent with good educational practice while simultaneously embracing the culture and values of the long-standing organization.

Outside The Young Americans, Katiina was the executive producer for the feature films Table at Luigi’s and Sympathy Pains, and served as a board member with the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, a non-profit organization advocating for abused and neglected children.

MIKE KRAUSS • Dean of Administrative Services

  • M.S., Higher Education, Walden University
  • B.S., International Business, California State University, Long Beach

Mike grew up in a small northern California town, participating in band, choir and theatre since the age of 10. After joining The Young Americans in college, Mike had the opportunity to travel on 11 International Music Outreach Tours as a performer, merchandise manager, and company manager. He was fortunate to travel on the first tours to England, Germany and Ukraine. While assisting with production operations in The Young Americans business offices, Mike graduated cum laude from California State University, Long Beach with his Bachelor’s degree in International Business and also received his Master’s degree in Higher Education from Walden University.

After The Young Americans, Mike moved to the Orange County Performing Arts Center for five years where he managed many of the Center’s education programs including the Family Series, the Center’s field trip opportunities, master classes, scholarship programs, and Summer at the Center. He is proud to have overseen events serving over 15,000 students and families annually.

Recently Mike returned to The Young Americans as the Dean of Administrative Services for their College of the Performing Arts. He is happy to be back with such an extraordinary organization that has given him so many amazing opportunities, including meeting his wife, Dalisa.

DR. LEEANN STONE • Dean of Instruction

  • Ed.D. Educational Technology, Pepperdine University.

As a higher-ed consultant, university administrator, and teacher educator, and through her work developing technology-based learning content, Dr. Stone’s career focuses on developing effective teaching materials and curriculum as well as instructor capacity to engage, energize and launch learners.

TRAVIS GOODE • Dean of Students

  • B.G.S., Music and Theatre, Midland University

Travis has always enjoyed the performing arts. In his youth he excelled at musical theatre and instrumental music. He met The Young Americans when he took a National Music Outreach Tour Workshop as a senior in high school. The following fall Travis moved to Southern California to join The Young Americans. By the age of 23, Travis traveled on 12 International Outreach Tours, spent 4 summers performing in dinner theatres in Northern Michigan with The Young Americans, and stage managed the first Outreach Tours to go to Canada, England, Germany, and Ukraine. At the age of 22, Travis became the youngest Associate Director of The Young Americans for the International Outreach Tours. Over the last 12 years with The Young Americans he has toured 16 different countries including Japan, Germany, and the first International Outreach Tour to Russia.

BECKY PHELPS • Director of Admissions

  • COC Master’s Program, Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica

A Southern California native, Becky began her performing career when she appeared in her first commercial at the age of 6. Over the next 11 years she appeared in more than 15 commercials and made guest appearances on television shows such as Growing Pains, Days of our Lives, and Married With Children. She attended the Orange County High School of the Arts and was selected to join The Young Americans at age 14. Following High School she attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for a term, after which she returned to California and was cast on the very first Young Americans Music Outreach Tour.

Becky continued touring and performing with YAs for another 3 years and had the honor of co-directing 3 “New Kids Shows”. She then began working as a Guest Talent Coordinator at Disneyland which lead to a 10 year career with The Walt Disney Company that included roles with Disney Sports Entertainment, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Entertainment Casting. Eventually she was selected for a two year term as The Disneyland Resort Ambassador, an official spokesperson for the Resort during Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Becky is thrilled to be back with her Young American family as Director of Admissions where she is able to assist other young people along their journey to becoming part of this incredible program!

ELIZABETH MCGINLEY • Director of Student Services

  • M.S.W., Masters of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.A. in Psychology, Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, California License Number LCS 10153

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