Board of Directors


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.


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, and 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.


Music Educator

Dan Bower became a member of the Young Americans in 1982. During his 5-year tenure, Dan enjoyed performing in the original Young Americans Christmas Show, touring Hawaii, and singing at the YA Boyne Highlands Dinner Theatre in northern Michigan for three seasons. Dan is proud to have served as the Boyne Highlands dining room manager for 5 seasons after exiting the group, becoming the first YA alumni to do so.

During his years with The Young Americans, Dan continued his education, graduating from the University of California, Irvine majoring in psychology. He went on to receive his teaching credential at the University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.

Over the past 29 years. Dan has received many accolades including Harbor Springs Teacher of the Year and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for northern Michigan. In 2004 Dan was chosen to be a Fulbright Exchange teacher, living abroad and teaching in Newport, Wales for the 2004-2005 school year. Dan recently returned to California and is currently teaching music in Irvine Unified School District. He and his wife Jodi have two children: a son, Stewart, and a daughter, Perry, who both attend college in Michigan. Dan is honored to serve on the Board of Directors and is looking forward to supporting the next generation of Young Americans.


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.


Executive Producer, retired, & Guest Director for The Young Americans

Mindy began her career as a producer/director on the Creative Development team at the Walt Disney Company in the early 1980’s and stayed in international theme park production with Dr Jeekahn’s in Tokyo, Lotte World in Seoul, and Ocean Park in Hong Kong. Expanding into the world of sports and spectaculars, Mindy’s work continued with four MLB’s All-Star Games, three NFL’s Super Bowl halftime shows, FIFA’s 1994 World Cup Soccer opening and closing ceremonies and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, including the design and production of all entertainment for the host sponsor, The Coca Cola Company. In the world of politics, Mindy has produced events for past Presidents Bush and Carter, and late past Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, and for corporate clients including M & M/Mars, Delta Airlines, Philip Morris and Louis Vuitton/Moët/Hennesey. A Young American since 1976, Mindy is spending her retirement as a guest director with The Young Americans Music Outreach tour.


CEO, Demmer Corporation

Mr. Demmer received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He currently serves as CEO of Demmer Holdings, a group of companies located in Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado, and Mexico. All companies produce complex metal components for the aerospace, chemical and computer industries. Mr. Demmer is also President and CEO of Demmer Properties, Airport Realty, Demmer Engineering and River Caddis Development, LLC. The combined companies employ over 1,200 people.


Attorney at Law

Bill became a member of The Young Americans in 1964. He was fortunate to be a performer in the Young Americans movie for Columbia Pictures and to tour with the group many times throughout Australia and the Far East. After age 21, he joined the staff of the organization as their orchestra conductor and road manager/company manager. During his time with the group he completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics. After leaving his employment with The Young Americans, he graduated from law school and has been practicing as an attorney since 1977. He joined The Young Americans Board of Directors in 1993.


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