Tony Kirwan – President & Founder
Tony Kirwan has always had a heart for the poor and needy, which led him to run a feeding program in Cairns, and involvement with youth ministry in Australia for many years.
God continued to grow his passion to see children rescued from poverty and abuse, and after running his own electrical contracting company for ten years, he sold everything and began Destiny Rescue in 2001.
Tony believes in leading from the front. Residing in Thailand, he and his teams around the world are actively involved in the rescue of young children from the sex industry and building an organization that combats this crime against humanity.
Rod Parker - Treasurer
Rod Parker has served on the board of Destiny Rescue America from its inception. He is a businessman who has worked in the fields of accounting, investing and development. He has been involved with ministry at his local church for the past 17 years in music, teaching, and as an elder. Rod wants to see the abused and mistreated find shelter, safety and eternal peace.
Rod and his wife Karleia have four sons.
Bernard Henriques - Secretary
Bernard Henriques joined the Destiny Rescue Board of Directors in October 2010. Mr. Henriques was born in Zimbabwe, educated in Scotland as an engineer, and is currently employed by CTB Inc. – a Berkshire Hathaway Company, as Director of Corporate Supply Chain.
Mr. Henriques has worked and lived in many countries, and traveled to many more. This experience has allowed him to bring an international perspective to Destiny Rescue. Mr. Henriques international perspective, coupled with the emergence of his own children into their adult lives, has ignited his desire to find a way to help children everywhere discover and be able to use the gifts with which God has blessed them. He has associations with several organizations that help develop and educate orphans. “We all realize the urgency of helping the world’s children…they are our future. In James 1:27, we are told to look after orphans and widows. These two groups in the past had no advocates, no one to stand up for them,” says Mr. Henriques. “I believe the Destiny Rescue model works in preventing, rescuing and rehabilitating children from sex trafficking – changing the world one child at a time.”
Beth Van Der Walt - Officer
Beth began her journey with Destiny Rescue in March of 2012 where she attended a team trip to Cambodia and Thailand that would forever change her life. With a successful 14-year career in Human Resources and working as a Director of HR for Frito Lay, a division of PepsiCo Inc. in Southern California, Beth knew that her journey with Destiny Rescue was just beginning.
In April 2013, Beth put her corporate career on hold to join Destiny Rescue in Chiang Rai, Thailand where she was tasked to create and lead an international HR department that would serve all of Destiny Rescue’s project nations. Over the course of less than a year, Destiny Rescue’s international office is now equipped with the tools and strong beginnings of a sustainable HR department.
Beth has an unquenchable thirst to serve and to be part of the fight to end human trafficking in our lifetime. It is her hearts desire to see the lives of thousands of children around the world rescued, restored, protected and empowered to live a life free from the grips of sexual exploitation. Her HR expertise coupled with her firsthand experience of living and serving overseas provides a unique and diverse opinion to Destiny Rescue’s US Board of Directors.