Neal Spinler has over twenty years of theater and arts leadership experience with key marketing, communications, and development roles at The Children’s Theatre Company, Pillsbury House Theatre, LA STAGE Alliance, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Tears of Joy Theatre, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, and ODC/Dance. He received a BFA in Theatre Direction from U-WI Superior and an MBA from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at U-WI Madison.
Galen Cohen, MA, LPC
Camp Director / Registration & Program Coordinator
Galen has been involved with YMA since 1993, when he attended 1st Session as one of the youngest cellists in the program. He remembers that all of the cello parts had to be re-written for him, as it was his first time attempting to play more advanced music. He continued at YMA into his teenage years as a CIT (Counselor in Training) and then as a Counselor. After a brief hiatus, Galen returned as the Director of Student Life for 8 years and was appointed Camp Director in 2015.
Galen holds a B.S. in Education and Social Policy and a Minor in Music from Northwestern University, and a M.A in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. In addition to being Camp Director, Galen works as a Mental Health Therapist, primarily with adolescents and families. Galen is also an active cellist in the Portland music community.
As with most students who attend YMA, the summer program has been life-changing for Galen, and he is thrilled to pass the experience along to new generations of families. At camp, in addition to seeing him run around addressing parent questions, training the Counselor team, helping with facilities issues and supervising the Faculty, he is known to be a beast on the 4-Square Court. However, he sadly admits that he has never won the tournament.
Joellen Sweeney, Recruitment Associate
Joellen Sweeney is a proud YMA alumna and former theatre counselor. After graduating from Willamette University in 2014, Joellen returned to Portland, where she works as an actor and teaching artist. Joellen's performance work has been featured at Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Northwest Children's Theatre, Post5 Theatre, Coho Productions and others; she is also a founding member of Wanderlust Theatre, a performance collective that combines live storytelling with hiking.
Joellen is thrilled to return to YMA in 2017 for another incredible summer of music, art and community! See you on the Quad!