Board & Executives
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.
Chris Russell - Officer
Chris Russell joined the Destiny Rescue Board of Directors in June 2017. He has been a pastor for 18 years and is currently the Lead Pastor at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, IN. His experience and passion gives the Board insight into how to reach and engage the American church in the mission of Destiny Rescue. “When it comes to fighting for justice for the orphan and fighting against human trafficking, the American church cannot take a back seat on this issue. It’s too important, we have to step up and do our part.”
As a pastor, Chris’ greatest joy comes from helping people connect with God’s purpose and plan for their lives. “For a pastor there’s nothing better than when you see people have these ‘AHA’ moments where those things that matter the most and are the nearest and dearest to the heart of God also become the same things that are the nearest and dearest to their hearts. It just doesn’t get any better than that.”
Kirk Falconer - CEO
Kirk’s “bucket list” never included serving as CEO for Destiny Rescue USA or being an advocate for children trapped in the sex-trade, but meeting these kids and witnessing their transformation from broken to beautiful, has filled him with a desire for setting these vulnerable children free.
He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, and is a passionate speaker who draws upon firsthand experience with rescue operations as well as working alongside the girls in Destiny Rescue’s vocational training program. His desire is to help people experience the lasting satisfaction that comes from sharing what God has given us and rescuing a child from the hand of the wicked.
Before joining Destiny Rescue in 2013 as a volunteer, Kirk was a Lean Business System specialist and business owner with more than 20 years of experience helping companies grow sales and earnings. He has an Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He enjoys building a team that can win together and is bringing corporate best practices to the non-profit world.
Kirk has been happily married to his best friend since 2000 and is the proud father of two amazing children. He enjoys camping, fly-fishing, off-roading, and travelling with his family.
Aaron Brown - National Director of Operations
Aaron joined the Destiny Rescue team in 2016 as the National Director of Operations after spending three successful years assisting orphaned and vulnerable children at Forgotten Children Worldwide. He spent 14 years with Coca-Cola prior to leaving the corporate world for a life in non-profit, ministry work. As National Director of Operations, Aaron oversees the day-to-day operations of the US office while lending his voice to voiceless children during speaking engagements.
In addition to his role at Destiny Rescue, Aaron is a children’s book author and the founder of Impact 52, a service project that inspires individuals to change their world through kindness, love and service.
Aaron is married to his beautiful wife Erica and is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Kelsi and MaKenna.
Jason Tash - National Director of Development
Jason Tash serves as the National Director of Development, leading our team across the U.S. who empowers churches, schools, and organizations to rescue and restore children who have been trafficked into the sex trade.
Jason joined the Destiny Rescue team after 18 years of pastoral ministry with the last eight as Lead Pastor. In that role, he had a front-row seat to watching the church be the driving force in providing hope, practical needs and justice for the poor and helpless. He is also a life coach and church growth consultant.
Jason lives with his family in northern Indiana, where they enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing and movies on the lawn.
Cory Nickols - National Director of Strategic Partnerships
Cory’s ministry began with opportunities to write and speak of how God can restore lives from various forms of abuse after God took him through his own healing journey. He started a blog on different topics that soon garnered the attention of the largest Christian newspaper company in the US, The Good News. In the two years he spent writing for the Good News, he became more familiar with the issue of human trafficking and connected with Destiny Rescue.
Cory became the Senior Copy Writer for Destiny Rescue in Chiang Rai, Thailand, and eventually created the Media Department – becoming its Media Director. In this role, he traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia learning about the issues of child sexual slavery and how to be a voice for victims. He also worked as an undercover agent assisting with identifying victims in brothels and their rescue. He has seen victims come into the Destiny Rescue program as damaged individuals, and leave restored with a hope and a future.