Board Members

Donald McAlvany

DONALD MCALVANY

Founder and Chairman

Donald McAlvany, Founder and Chairman of Asian Pacific Children's Fund (APCF), worked in the financial world for over 50 years: on Wall Street, as National Sales Manager of the world's largest gold share mutual fund; as editor (for 45 years) of a monetary, financial, political, geo-political newsletter (the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor); as President/Chairman for 48 years of one of the country's largest and oldest precious metals brokerage and consultation firms (International Collectors Associates); author of two best seller books; host of a national radio talk show; popular guest on hundreds of financial and political TV and radio shows in the US, Europe, and South Africa; and guest speaker at dozens of financial conferences around the world.

 

In 2006, Don and his wife Molly (parents of 4 children and 22 grandchildren) founded the Asian Pacific Children's Fund (a US based 501C3 charitable foundation) designed to help Asian orphans and street children and support well-run Asian orphanages. APCF now supports ten Asian orphanages in five countries with 500 orphans. Don and Molly have lived in Asia since 2007 and spend time at the various children's homes though out the year.

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Ed Westbrook

ED WESTBROOK, JD - Board Member

Member of the Board

Ed Westbrook has over 35 years of legal and business experience. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Westbrook served as General Counsel for Vanguard University. During his tenure with Vanguard, Mr. Westbrook also served as Chair of the Business Department. In 2008, Mr. Westbrook was a founder and original shareholder of Capital Bank, a community bank located in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Mr. Westbrook also served as a judge pro tem for over 10 years in South Orange County and Harbor Courts.

 

Mr. Westbrook has been active in the community by serving on the board of directors of various charities - among them, Teen Challenge of Southern California. Mr. Westbrook earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College and his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law, Fullerton. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983 and, shortly thereafter, was admitted to the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of the United States District Courts. He was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court in 2003.

"I support APCF because I know the dollars I give will be used at the grass roots level to assist children in need in the most effective and direct manner, with a minimum of administrative fees and bureaucracy. APCF empowers decision making to trusted partners at the local level, made possible by the direct personal involvement and relationships fostered by our founders, Don and Molly McAlvaney. I know of no other organization that better closely assures personal accountability and empowerment at the local level."

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Craig W. Rhyne

CRAIG W. RHYNE

Member of the Board

Mr. Rhyne has more than 40 years experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Business, he founded a precious metals brokerage in Seattle at age 24.  From 1974 until 1996, the company traded physical gold, silver, platinum coins and bars nationwide, and he was a co-founder of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets.  He led the battle in 1985 to eliminate the Washington State sales tax on gold and silver investment coins.  Then he worked for nine years as an Executive Consultant for Management Action Programs.  After the 2008 meltdown of the U.S. financial markets, he founded Washington Gold Exchange.

 

Craig has experienced many of life’s ups and downs, and he knows that Christ is our mercy seat before God.

 

Craig has been involved with music his entire life – including church choirs - and he was a founding board member of the Seattle Children’s Chorus and president of the Sacred Music Foundation. Besides serving on the board of the Asian Pacific Children’s Fund, Craig co-founded the Freedom Education Foundation (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) in 2019 to produce and distribute a civics course to high schools about the principles of the Founders and the Founding Documents. Craig has been a member of Rotary International for 30 years. He has three grown children and six grandchildren.

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Frank R. Suess

FRANK R. SUESS

Member of the Board

As the Founder & Executive Chairman of BFI Capital Group, a Swiss wealth management group offering a comprehensive suite of wealth management and investment services, Frank heads up the group’s overall business and personally advises a select group of wealthy international investors and families with a focus on cross-border planning and prudent wealth management.  

Prior to his time at BFI, Mr. Suess held a senior management position with Price Waterhouse, working as a strategic and operational management consultant to a number of international corporations. Mr. Suess holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and a Bachelor´s degree in Finance from Saint Mary´s College.

"I've known and been friends with Don, Molly and the rest of their beautiful family for close to 30 years now. Don and Molly are exceptional human beings with a huge heart and on a life mission for the kids in the APCF homes. I was able to, at a very early stage, witness the beginnings of APCF first-hand. This is a pure and loving endeavour. What I also like about the APCF culture is that those involved, including all of the board members, are helping without compensation. The adminitrative overhead is minimal. This organisation is all about the kids. Nothing else."

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Tory Aggeler

TORY AGGELER

Member of the Board

Tory Aggeler is a Senior Precious Metals Advisor and Managing Broker at McAlvany ICA. He personally oversees the accounts of thousands of investors while educating, advising and strategizing on the precious metals and economic landscape. Tory also serves as COO of Vaulted, an online gold investment entity of the McAlvany Financial Group. Prior to arriving at ICA in 2008, he worked in sports medicine and physical therapy, including his time as the Director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at Northwestern University.

Tory holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado and a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He resides in Durango, Colorado with his wife Cheryle with whom he has raised three children. He greatly enjoys a variety of athletic activities and is a man of strong faith.

“I have watched Don and Molly walk with the Lord in creating and pouring into the APCF. They have shared countless stories, struggles and blessings with me over the years and to serve on the board of such an amazing organization is humbling and an honor. My only motivation is for God to be glorified through the APCF as we respond in obedience.”

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Jeff Dobesh

JEFF DOBESH

Member of the Board

Jeff works with clients from across the United States, and internationally, with the McAlvany Financial Group focusing primarily on offering strategic financial advice within the world of precious metals and how to put them to use to effectively grow, protect and enhance a portfolio. 

 

Prior to working with the McAlvany Financial Group, Jeff has spent his time working in the realm of management training, efficiency and retention, and spent fifteen years as pastor working with folks of all ages, ethnicities, and walks of life.  He spent regular time oversees investing in local, indigenous church leadership development. 

 

Jeff is married to his beautiful wife, Danica, and has been blessed to adopt two incredible children from Asia - Hannah and Micah.

"I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the board of APCF!  Scripture is pretty clear that “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this:  to visit orphans…in their affliction…”, and my friends, Don and Molly McAlvany have been doing this for twenty years.  It is my simple hope and goal to strategically utilize my time and talents to help Don and Molly accomplish the vision of APCF now and into the future."

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