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Phil Lisle
President, Entrepreneur
Phil has been involved with both the travel and photography industries since 1975. He is currently President of Pacific Photo Studios and General Partner with Royalty World Cruises. In addition to The Young Americans, he serves on the Board of Directors for Music Theatre Academy of Orange County; Allard Artists, Inc; Lisle Corporation; EZ Way, Inc; Canyon Creek HOA; and Eagles Knoll HOA. Phil is married with three grown children and lives in Irvine, CA. He has been an ardent supporter of The Young Americans since 1981.
Drew McGarity
Treasurer & Secretary, Senior Engineering Manager
Drew joined The Young Americans in 1992 as a drummer, but was afforded subsequent opportunities as audio engineer, company manager and associate producer. He left the YAs in 1996 to pursue an aerospace engineering career, but is always honored when asked to mix one of the group’s special event performances. He is most thankful to the group for introducing him to his incredible wife, Cynthia, a beautiful 1st soprano southern belle from Alabama. Drew has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University, an MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). He is currently a senior engineering manager for The Boeing Company, a father of two, a golfer, and an avid runner.
Vanessa Brown
Professional Studio Musician
Vanessa Brown was involved with The Young Americans as a performer and musician from 1975 to 1982. She is currently a professional musician based in Los Angeles, California. Along with working as a percussionist for productions such as Disney’s The Lion King, Vanessa now plays for the ABC hit show Dancing With The Stars.
Cameron Coy
CPA and Attorney at Law
Cameron was a member of the group from 1975 to 1980. He is currently an attorney and Certified Public Accountant. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a BS in Accounting in 1980, worked for Coopers & Lybrand in Newport Beach as an auditor from 1980 to 1983 and became a Certified Public Accountant in California in 1982. Attended Hastings College of the Law, graduating in 1986 with a Juris Doctor and admitted to the California State Bar in 1986. Have practiced law for over 20 years, specializing in civil trial work. Member of the Young Americans Board since 1992 and now also serving as the Chief Financial Officer for the organization on a part-time basis.
Susie Freeman Johnson
Television Production Coordinator
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 Cheers, Bob Newhart Shows, Girlfriends; she has worked on over 40 television shows. She has been a volunteer Producer for The Young Americans summer program, Boyne Highlands Dinner Theatre and Northern Michigan Concert Series, since its creation, and has worked with the organization for 39 years.
Andrew Garcia
Attorney at Law
Andrew Garcia was born in New York City, NY in 1942. After serving in the US Navy for 4 years he graduated from California State University, Northridge (BA) and Southwestern University School of Law (JD). He has been practicing law in California since 1977 and is currently a partner in the firm of Kerry, Garcia & Lewis, located in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Garcia and his wife Carol have resided in Long Beach since 1975. They have 4 children. Mr Garcia has been associated with The Young Americans since 1986 and has been a member of their Board of Directors since 1990.
William Kerry
Attorney at Law
I became a member of The Young Americans in 1964. I was fortunate to be a performer in the Young American Movie for Columbia Pictures and to tour with the group many times throughout Australia and the Far East. After age 21, I joined the staff of the organization as their orchestra conductor and road manager/company manager. During my time with the group I completed my bachelor’s degree in Economics. After leaving my employment with The Young Americans I graduated from law school and have been practicing as an attorney since 1977. I joined The Young Americans Board of Directors in 1993.
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