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.


CPA & Attorney at Law

Cameron was a member of the group from 1975 to 1980. He is a licensed attorney (inactive) and Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of California. He is graduated 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. Cameron attended Hastings College of Law, graduating in 1986 with a Juris Doctor and admitted to the California State Bar in 1986. Cameron practiced law for over 25 years, specializing in civil trial work. Cameron has been a member of The Young Americans’ Board of Directors since 1992, and now serves full-time as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.


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.


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.


Television Production Coordinator, retired

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. 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.


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.