Our Team

Katiina Dull

College President / Interim CEO
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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.  Kat spent several years touring with the organization throughout the U.S. in addition to participating in the first international tours to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Kat then began managing the main offices of The Young Americans, heading up the administration and logistics of YA projects and events.  In 2002, she was integral in helping establish The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Corona, California. After completing her business degree at California State University, Long Beach, Kat took full charge of the college program as the College President.

Bill Brawley

Chief Artistic Officer
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Bill has established an international following as Artistic Director of The Young Americans. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and the U.S. under the auspices of Columbia Artists, with The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Tribute to Richard Rodgers, and The Young Americans in Concert. Bill has also worked on a multitude of television specials with major networks as Director/Choreographer. Some of his favorite memories include working with Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jerry Lewis, Liberace, and performing for President Ford in Washington, DC. In addition, he produced entertainment at Super Bowl XXX with Diana Ross, World Soccer with Whitney Houston, and was Director of Entertainment at Coca Cola City at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Bill is Co-Founder of the successful Young Americans International Music Outreach Program, which continues to shape music and performance in schools around the world with its Signature Workshops. The program has reached over 800,000 students and families in over 30 countries and on five continents. Two documentary film programs have highlighted the work and success of the Outreach Program and have been viewed by millions all over Europe.

In addition to his busy and successful life, Bill also acts as director of the Tarbell Awards Show and during the years has worked with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner), Susan Egan (Star of Beauty & the Beast and Cabaret), Hugh Panaro (Star of Les Misérables), Laura Bell Bundy (Lead role in Legally Blonde and Tony Award nominee), Miss Shirley Jones (Oscar winner and Theatre Icon), and the Emmy Award winning Musical Director, Mark Watters.

Mr. Brawley is Artistic Director of Summer at the Center, an educational performing arts program which takes place at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in conjunction with the center’s Educational Department, Orange County Department of Education’s ACCESS Division, and Bill’s artistic team of musical directors and choreographers.

One of the highlights of Bill’s year is directing and writing an annual original show for the Summer Dinner Theatre at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The theatre is proud to be the 2nd longest running dinner theatre in the U.S.

Bill, his wife Robyn, and daughter Lizzie live in Long Beach, California, right near the beach.

Robyn Brawley

Director & Choreographer
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Robyn Brawley is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, director, and master teacher. She began her career dancing with some of the greats in classical ballet – Nureyv, Antoinette Sibley, Jurgen Schneider (Ballet Master in the movie, Turning Point) and has been directed by Sir Robert Helpmann (star of the movie, Red Shoes) and Vera Volkava (world famous Russian director). Robyn has performed with the Australian Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, International Dance Company – Japan, and the Russian Balalaika Ensemble.

Robyn was born in Australia and following her illustrious dance career, she became Founder and Artistic Director of one of the largest performing arts colleges in Sydney, Australia – Australian College of Entertainment. Beginning in 1997, she joined the master teacher panel of Dance Excellence, a renowned international dance festival in Los Angeles, California, and she continues to be part of their annual conference.

Her choreography has been featured in the Royal Nottingham Theatre, England; The Operetta Theatre of Kiev; “La Plaza de Toros” – a 400 year-old Bull Ring in Marbella, Spain; Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan; and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (one of the largest and most successful regional theatres in the USA); to name a few.

Robyn has also directed and choreographed works and shows with television, film, Broadway, and recording artists including film and television personalities Carol Burnett, Shirley Jones, Mark Walberg, and Marc Cherry (creator of Desperate Housewives); Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner for Kiss Me, Kate), Laura Bell Bundy (Tony nominee for Legally Blonde), Susan Egan (original Belle and Tony nominee for Beauty & the Beast), Hugh Panaro (Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera), Carlos Thomas and Khalid Freeman (leads in Stomp and choreographer, Stomp the Yard), and Rick Hilsabeck and Sarah Pfisterer (Phantom of the Opera); Recording Artists Natalie Imbruglia, and Delta Goodrem (top Australian vocalist & recording artist).

In 1997 Robyn relocated to the United States to become the Resident Choreographer and Co-Director for The Young Americans, an international performance group. She is an Artist in Residence at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts and collaborates with Executive and Artistic Director, Bill Brawley, her husband. Together, Bill and Robyn direct over 400 performances a year, on 5 continents, including National and International Tours to Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Gibraltar, Ukraine, Russia, South Africa, Japan, Canada, and over 40 states in the U.S.

Robyn is a masterful teacher of dance and life and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students around the world. She considers all of her students, past and present, a great part of her life and members of her “family”. She is forever grateful for her Australian roots and the many students, family, and dear friends from her home country whom she carries with her in her heart always.

Robyn now resides in Long Beach, California with her husband Bill and their daughter Lizzie.

Susie Freeman Johnson

Director of Michigan Projects
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Susie joined the group at the age of 15 and was one of the group’s first company managers for its tours with Columbia Artists. Since then, Susie has gone on to become a Television Production Coordinator working for Paramount Pictures Television Production for 30 years. Her credits include TV shows such as CheersBob Newhart Shows, Girlfriends; she has worked on over 40 television shows. Since she retired, she’s now a producer for The Young Americans summer program, Boyne Highlands Dinner Theatre and Northern Michigan Concert Series. She helped create all of those programs and has worked with the organization for over 40 years.

J.R. Gooseberry

Assistant Director & Choreographer

Jacob “Fig” Figueroa

Senior Producer
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I have always surrounded myself with music. Growing up, my dad would always play different instruments around me which inspired me to start playing an instrument my self, and to join band and choir in school. After joining the Young Americans in 2010, I have had the chance to study many different styles of music and dance around the world.

Nada Nasserdeen

Director of Resident Outreach
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Nada Nasserdeen is a performer, music educator, and director who loves all genres of music. She has obtained her BA degree in Vocal Performance from Cal State Long Beach and her Masters Degree in Teacher Education Leadership from National University. Nada has performed all over the world in countries such as Russia, Japan, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Gibraltar, and many more. In addition, she has worked and performed with some of Broadway’s most talented leading actors. However, Nada is not only an accomplished performer but she is an educator and director for the performing arts. She has taught for years working with students of all ages and talents. Nada loves the performing arts in all aspects as it has been a passion of hers since she was a child. Nada is going on 14 years with The Young Americans and is so happy and honored to continue her journey with them as it fulfills every passion.

Carley Congdon

Booking Manager - North America
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Carley grew up surrounded by an extremely influential music and arts culture in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. She began singing and playing the trumpet at a very young age and ended up attending Charleston County School of the Arts for high school as a trumpet major. At the tender of 17 she began attending Coastal Carolina University as a Biology major, fully intending on pursuing a career in medicine when she was unexpectedly introduced to the Young Americans. After her first year of college, she decided to transfer to The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts  and ended up taking part in nine of our Music Outreach Tours, two of our summers at The Young Americans Dinner Theater at Boyne Highlands, and Company Managing four times. She looks forward to bright and fulfilling future while working here in the Young Americans World Headquarters!

Joe Dull

Director of Media Operations
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Joe Dull is a Filmmaker (22 years), College Professor (17 years), Song-And-Dance Man (12 years), and Daddy (6 years and counting). He’s even won awards in two of those professions, and a “Best Dad Ever” grill apron for a third. Joe’s an editor, writer, director, decent enough audio guy, and can fake his way around a camera. He’s also been paid as a colorist for multiple films, despite being pretty colorblind. The clients knew and hired him anyway. Joe’s that kind of guy.

His award-winning feature length films “Table at Luigi’s” and “Sympathy Pains” have screened at theaters and film festivals around the country. His films starring his kids are big hits with the in-laws. And everything he’s making for the Young Americans is at https://www.youtube.com/TheYoungAmericansINC. You should go check out that stuff.

Michael “Nartan” Heib

International Booking Director, Europe

Ichiro Sano

International Booking Director, Japan
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Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1960 and graduated from Keio University, Sano has organized The Young Americans Outreach Tours in Japan for over ten years. Sano spent time offering enterprise business support, business training, and support projects through the college recruiting center and acted as the Research Works chief editor. He left in October 2005 to begin his new venture. Currently, his goal is to create a new place for children to learn who will lead the next generation.

Thien Ngo

Editor, Media Department
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Thien was born in Vietnam and grew up in California. After high school he went to school in Arkansas where he studied digital filmmaking and theatre. There he was able to work on numerous productions and build his skills. Coming into The Young Americans he had little to no knowledge of the organization’s goals and programs. As such, he is constantly blown away by what The Young Americans do. He is thrilled to have an opportunity to be a part of the team and grow alongside the company.

Andrea Sarasin

Senior Producer

Travis Goode

Dean of Students, Director of Production & Associate Director
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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 the Dinner Theatre 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 18 years with The Young Americans he has toured 16 different countries including Japan, Germany, and the first International Outreach Tour to Russia.

Mike Krauss

Dean of Administrative Services
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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, business 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 Administration 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.

In 2010, 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
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Ed.D. Instructional 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.

Andrew Nicolopoulus

Admissions Coordinator
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Andrew brings a breadth of experience in academic administration, deep appreciation for the performing arts and “student first” attitude to The Young Americans Corona campus. He grew up locally, participating in a range of activities including athletics, theatre and music. From leading ROTC in local parades to performances at the Grove with Empire Theatre and competitive martial arts, Andrew is deeply rooted in the performing arts culture of the Inland Empire. Turning toward service and duty, Andrew committed four years with the United States Navy and went on to complete his Bachelors of Psychology. After completing his degree, he has spent the better part of a decade committing to student achievement and empowerment by assisting with career placement, providing student counseling and championing student ambassadors in a variety of academic settings. Andrew prioritizes student welfare and is committed to ensure that students continue to learn in safe, well-balanced environments. He prioritizes equal access to higher education resources and encourages students to be proactive in their educational achievements. His passion for helping the underserved has translated to continued aid for veterans as he assisted in developing veteran advocacy programs on multiple campuses. For his service work with student veterans, he was awarded Congressional Recognition from Representative Norma J. Torres. Andrew continues to apply his service background, passion for the arts and administrative experience to the admissions sector of The Young Americans Campus. His hobbies include traveling, fitness and continued participation in community service events.

Kisha Bashkiharatee

Student Counselor

Michelle Butorac

Financial Administrator

Brandy T. Davis

Financial Assistant - Accounts Payable

Ceisley Jefferson

Financial Coordinator – Accounts Receivable
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Ceisley is a native of Southern California and a Young American Alumni. She entered the organization as a New Kid in 2009 and was an active member until 2012. Ceisley studied theatre arts at Chapman University and has continued to perform professionally in musical theater around Southern California. She is currently studying Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting and has been working in finance for 7 years. She is thrilled to be working for an organization that means so much to her and hopes to be involved with the Young Americans for years to come.