Our Faculty

Each faculty member possesses specialized knowledge and personal experience in the fields of entertainment and/or education that is vital to providing a real perspective into those careers.

Jessica Caravella - Music Department Co-Chair

BM, Vocal Performance, California State University, Fullerton, 2006.

Vocalist & Recording Artist, Disneyland and Disney World.

Vocal Coach Crossroad’s School for the Performing Arts, Santa Monica, CA

Vocal Coach, Musical Theatre Academy Team, Orange County, CA.

Aaron Kolberg - Music Department Co-Chair

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MM, Conducting, Azusa Pacific University, CA 2014.

BA, Commercial Music Arranging, Azusa Pacific University, CA, 2002.

Composed and arranged original music for professional dance companies, professional music groups, feature and independent film productions, as well as theatrical musical productions and choral groups.

Musically directed theatrical productions for various professional and community groups, programs and organizations throughout the Southern California area, including Azusa Pacific University, MarMac Repertory Theatre Company, and C&C Carolers.

E. Jingle de Niet - Dance Department Chair

BS, Human Services, California State University Fullerton, CA, 2008.

Professional dancer with Dance Theater Philippines, Berkeley Ballet Theatre, Ontario Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Pacifica.

Performed principal roles in: Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Graduation Ball, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

Kim Wimmer - Theatre Department Chair

MA, Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

BA, Musical Theatre, Psychology minor, Birmingham Southern College, cum laude, 1993

Professional Actor 1993-2009

Starred in feature film, network television, regional and off-Broadway theatre and commercials.


Acting Instructor, Lesly Kahn Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2002-2005, 2010

Mohammad Shahismann - Breadth of Knowledge Department

MA, English, California State University Fullerton, 2009.

BA, English, California State University Fullerton, 2004.

Instructor of English at Chaffey Community College, Fullerton College, Everest College & California state University, Fullerton.

Director of the Chaffey Review Music Compilation.

Co-Director of the Chaffey Review Film Festival.

Editor and Columnist of the Visual Massacre.

Jonelle Allen - Theatre

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Born in New York City, Ms. Allen made her Broadway debut at the age of six in The Wisteria Trees. Allen returned to Broadway for a revival of Finian’s Rainbow, was in the cast of the original off-Broadway production of Hair at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, and also appeared in George M! before receiving critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination for Two Gentlemen of Verona, which earned her New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance.

Allen’s film credits include Cotton Comes to HarlemThe Hotel New Hampshire, and The River Niger, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Other television appearances include Barney MillerThe Love BoatAll in the FamilyTrapper John, M.D.Hill Street BluesCagney and LaceyER, and Girlfriends.

Her most notable roles are Grace, the entrepreneurial cafe owner in the old west, that she played for seven years on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, as well as the flamboyant and outspoken Doreen Jackson on the NBC soap opera, Generations, and Lucinda Cavender, the vampire witch in the horror comedy film The Midnight Hour.

Roger Castellano - Theatre

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BA, Theatre, California State University Fullerton

Director and Choreographer of original shows, parades and special events for Sesame Street Live, Sanrio Inc. and the Walt Disney Company.

Theatrical credits include World Premier of South Street, Pasadena Playhouse; World Premier of The Marvelous Wonderettes, Laguna Playhouse; Legally Blonde and Xanadu, Music Theatre of Wichita; and an all Japanese production of Hello, Dolly! in Japan.

Gary Delk - Music

MA, Music Education, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, 1966.

BA, Music Education, Otterbein College, OH, 1963.

Gary has taught music and handbells in schools for over 32 years. Gary is a master conductor, clinician, and teacher for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers annual conference. Has toured as associate director with The Young Americans for 34 years.

Joshua Foy - Music

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MFA, Performance, Composition, Herb Alpert School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, 2009.

BM, Music Composition, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University, CA, 2007.

Music Theory and History Instructor, Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Piano and Theory Instructor, Accompanist, Solio Encore Music Program.

Music Theory Instructor, California Institute of the Arts.

Dr. Gordon Goodman

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Ph.D., Entertainment/Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate University

MA, Media Psychology, Fielding Graduate University

MS, Counseling Psychology, California Coast University

BA, Business Administration, Loyola Marymount University


Goodman, G. (2013 August). Actors and Fear: The role of Stage Fright. Poster presented at

the APA convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Goodman, G., & Kaufman, J. (In Review). Gremlins in my head:

Predicting stage fright in Elite Actors.


JR Gooseberry - Dance

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Choreographer, Director, and Dance Instructor, Encore High School.

Dance Instructor, A Dancer’s Pointe.

Stage Director, The Young Americans.

Alan Harper - Theatre

BA, Applied Studies, Summa Cum Laude, Brandman University, 2016

Founding Director of the StormSeekers Theatre Company. Former Staging Director with The Young Americans.

Brooke Harper - Music

BFA, Musical Theatre, California State University, Fullerton, 2002.

Written and produced multiple cabaret shows. Regional performances in Hairspray, Aladdin, The Princess and the Black Eyed Pea and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

National touring company of All Shock Up.

Rozaena Naim - Mathmatics

MA, Mathematics, California State University San Bernardino, CA, 2011

BS, Mathematics, California State University San Bernardino, CA, 2008

BA, Marketing, California State University San Bernardino, CA, 2008

Mathematics instructor at San Bernardino Valley College and Barstow Community College.  Includes face-to-face and online modalities.

Nada Nasserdeen - Music & Education

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MA, Education, Teacher Leadership

BA, Music, Vocal Performance, California State Long Beach

Executive Director of Arts, Encore Education Corporation.

Choral Director, Centennial High School, Corona, CA, 2 years

Performer, The Young Americans – 8 years

Staging Director, The Young Americans – 3 years

Anna Ryu - Music

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MA, Piano Pedagogy, California State University, Fullerton, 2012.

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Music, University of Southern California, Irvine, 2014.

BM, Piano Performance, California State University, Fullerton, 2010.

Anna earned her Masters of Arts Degree in Piano Pedagogy in 2012 at California State University, Fullerton and received the Richard Chronister Piano Pedagogy Award upon graduating. In 2014, she completed her Teaching Credential in Music from University of California, Irvine and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music in Piano Performance at Claremont Graduate University. She maintains an active career as a private piano teacher and an assistant band director at a public junior high school in Chino Hills. In 2015, she joined the music faculty of The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts and currently instructs music theory and group piano to all freshmen. Throughout her performing, teaching and academic career she accredits her teachers, family, and foremost God for her emerging success.

Patricia Shanks - Music

BS, Business & Management, University of Redlands, CA, 1991,

Trained under Natalie Limonick.

Studied technique and repertoire with Esther Andreas (Metropolitan Opera), Naomi Farr (New York City Opera), Nina Hinson (San Francisco Opera), Marion Cooper, Dietrich Erbelding, Charles Ross Perlee, and a number of other respected teachers and coaches.

Sang with the former Los Angeles Music Center Opera Association, with Orange County’s Opera Pacific and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Roger Wagner.

An Emmy™ Award-winning writer and a working voice-over talent and an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. Patricia is a former TV Arts & Entertainment news segment host and producer and NPR jazz radio station affiliate host, and a former columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News.


Dr. Laura Schoepf - Biology

Ph.D., Biology, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina 1994.

BS, Biology, Suma Cum Laude, Valedictorian, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina 1985.

Postdoctoral study at University of California, Riverside, 1995-1997.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, awarded by the National Research Council of Argentina, 1995.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside, 20115-2012.

16+ years of teaching biological sciences at California Universities and Community Colleges.

Valerie Stanford - Theatre

MFA, Acting, California State University Long Beach, CA 2016.

BFA, Theatre Arts, Salem State University, Massachusetts.

Performed with California Repertory, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, The Provincetown Theatre and Salem Summer Theatre.