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.

Aaron Kolberg - Music Department Chair

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MM, Conducting, Azusa Pacific University, CA 2014.

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

Aaron Kolberg has spent the last 25 years dedicated to the study of music. He received his B.A. in Commercial Music Arranging and his M.M. in Conducting both from Azusa Pacific University. He spent 13 years teaching music and developing music programs at the High School level from Pasadena to Pomona. He has also had the pleasure of musically directing over 30 musicals at the High School, University, and Community Theatre levels. In addition to his teaching career, Aaron has also continued his pursuits in songwriting and freelance composition. He had the privilege of helping to establish the State of the Art recording studio at The SAE Studios in Pomona, and held the position of Head Engineer. Aaron has been studying voice for over 28 years under some of the most prestigious vocal instructors in the industry, and has been utilizing that knowledge in the instruction of voice privately, and now here at The Young Americans College for the Performing Arts. As Co-Chair of the Music Department, Aaron is excited to see the programs continue to challenge students and prepare them for the rigorous world of performance.

Mohammad Shahismann - Breadth of Knowledge Department

MA, English, California State University Fullerton, 2009.

BA, English, California State University Fullerton, 2004.

Director of the Chaffey Review Music Compilation.

Co-Director of the Chaffey Review Film Festival.

Editor and Columnist of the Visual Massacre.

I was born in Shiraz, Iran, and my family came to the United States due to the war that was occurring between Iran and Iraq. Being a book nerd, pursuing English as a major was an obvious decision. After receiving an M.A. in English from California State University, Fullerton, I taught at different community colleges and at CSUF before becoming the Breadth of Knowledge Department Chair at the Young Americans.

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.

Joshua is educator, composer, and pianist. He received his Bachelor’s of Music from Chapman University in Music Composition and his Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in their Performer/Composer program. He has had the privilege of teaching at the California Institute of the Arts, and Duke University. He has served as the music director for the original musical In Bermuda! by playwright David Largman Murray and composer Bobby Halvorson which featured such actors as Bryce Dallas Howard and Josh Gad. He has also written award-winning film scores for The Newest Pledge, and (Romance) in the Digital Age.

Eric Furlong, Ed.D. - Communications

Ed.D. Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University

MBA, Business Administration, Pepperdine University

BA, Liberal Studies, English Options, California State University, Long Beach

Shortly after earning his BA in English from CSULB, Eric returned to the classroom to earn an MBA from Pepperdine University.  After several years of holding leadership positions in marketing, finance, and operations in companies ranging from small software start-ups to large international corporations such as Epson America, Eric decided to pursue his passion for education.  With the support of his wife, Betsy, Eric went back to Pepperdine to earn his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership.  While working on his dissertation, Eric began teaching one class as an adjunct professor, and was later hired into a full-time academic administration position at Corinthian Colleges.  Having developed a passion for teaching rather than administering, Eric is proud to now be back in the classroom yet again, this time as an adjunct professor.  Eric has taught at Irvine Valley College, Santa Ana College, Fullerton College, Cal State Fullerton, and of course online at Young Americans College of the Performing Arts. In his free time, Eric enjoys cycling (both road and mountain), surfing, scuba diving, and other outdoors activities.

Brooke Harper - Music

BFA, Musical Theatre, California State University, Fullerton.

This sensational singer has traveled the world performing every style from Pop to Opera.

In between numerous theater engagements, Brooke sings in concerts, performs her own headliner shows, and has fronted bands on both coasts.   She has also performed at The Hollywood Bowl and Reprise!: L.A., where she shared the stage with some of the biggest stars, including John Lithgow, Kristen Chenoweth, and even Roger Daltrey!

While earning her degree from California State University, Fullerton she performed Shakespeare, Chekhov, British Comedy, and, of course, musical theater. She was a long time member of The Young Americans, where she currently teaches voice, and a frequent performer in regional theaters.  She has performed in 47 states.

Brooke has sung back-ups for Josh Groban and Sam Harris, been a featured vocalist at The Disneyland Resort, and she was a featured singer in A Tribute to Michael Jackson at The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. She had the unique opportunity to see the world while traveling with the vocal quartet, Harmonix, on board the Crystal Symphony cruise ship. Her turn as Sylvia in Prather Entertainment’s tour of All Shook Up was met with rave reviews and standing ovations! www.brookeastonsings.com

Cody Morgan - Music

Cody Morgan is an American songwriter, performer, videographer, teacher & record producer. Cody graduated from Chapman University with a double music major in Music Education and Vocal Performance. In addition to teaching part time at The Young Americans College, Cody performs in a variety of genres and entertainment companies around the world. He also runs his own recording studio in Santa Ana California, and enjoys creating music both on and off the stage.

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.

Dr. Schoepf is an Adjunct Instructor of Human Biology at The Young Americans College. She has been a scientist and biology instructor for over 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Universidad Nacional del Sur, in Argentina. Dr. Schoepf arrived at Riverside, CA in 1995 to take a full-time faculty position at the University of California, where she studied vitamin D and bone physiology. Dr. Schoepf is the translator of the Spanish version of Biology, Concepts and Relations, by Neil Campbell and collaborators, published by Pearson Education.

Library Team

The library team consists of:

Library Director, Dr. Melody Hainsworth, MLIS, Ph.D.,

Cheri Rauser, MA, MLIS, Head of Reference Service and User Experience, and

Samantha Sinanan, MLIS, Manager of Technical Services and Library Instruction.

 

The team has decades of combined experience serving all types of libraries, specializing in academic librarianship, where they work with faculty and students to promote lifelong learning by fostering information literacy skills. The team is passionate about helping students through their academic careers and enjoys being an integral part of student success.