Full heart, open door; lover of porch swings, grateful for God Winks and life done together
Adventurous homebody, Occupational Therapist, crazy about learning from God & His people
Most likely to be found in saltwater, building things, making music, or using his gifts to tell stories that make a difference
Lover of all things that fly-namely airplanes, birds, and ideas that are surrendered to the Lord
Douglas "Doug" Bystry
Douglas Bystry is the founder and President/CEO of Clearinghouse Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Clearinghouse CDFI provides community and economic development loans in low-income and distressed regions throughout the United States. Over the past 22 years, Doug has grown the company to over $500 million in total assets with numerous honors and accomplishments. Clearinghouse CDFI is a B-Corp (Benefit Corporation) that has been recognized as “Best of the World” for the past three consecutive years. Additionally, Doug is the Chairman of the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) where he promotes insurance industry investments benefiting California residents. He and his wife Susan have two sons, are active in numerous local charities, and enjoy family time together and traveling.
Doug was blessed with many years of coaching Little League baseball with Reb McDaniel in San Clemente. Doug and Reb had a deep understanding and appreciation of each other that transcended the many hours they spent together on the field. Realizing that each day is a blessing and that God has a magnificent plan for us all, Doug is inspired to help and support other families through the More Good Days Foundation.
Drew Hacker entered the McDaniels' story in March 2014, when he crossed contrails with CJ at Pepperdine University. CJ's vibrant heart and fruitful faith amidst the turbulence of Reb's cancer diagnosis attracted Drew, and a common interest in baseball ultimately led to the relationship that continues to be the biggest gift in Drew's life (CJ, his wife).
In Drew's opinion, the McDaniels have a God-given gift of creating and sustaining rich community, or--as they put it--"simply doing life together". He is committed to being a lifelong student of their mix of Southern "come sit on my porch swing with me" and Midwestern "I've got a casserole in the oven ready for you" hospitality. He feels privileged to utilize this opportunity to learn in a more formal capacity through the More Good Days Foundation.
Drew Hacker has a BS in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He currently works in the airline technology industry and makes his home with CJ in North Carolina where he seeks to live the brand of continuously equipping himself to create and sustain the conditions within which himself and others can enjoy and worship God both personally and professionally.
After graduating from Monterey Union High School in 1961 George attended Stanford University and graduated in 1965 with a degree in Chemistry. He then went to work in San Francisco as a system engineer for IBM for two years before entering the MBA program at UCLA and graduating in 1969. George worked in the securities industry and as a management consultant for the next five years.
George entered law school at Western State College of Law in 1974 and graduated in 1977. In his legal career, he specialized in representing cities, counties and other public agencies in the construction and financing of public infrastructure facilities throughout California.
George and his wife Tina of 47 years have two children and three grandchildren. George has served on the Board of Concept 7, a foster care non-profit, and the Susan Scott Foundation--a family foundation that donates primarily to medical research and scholarships for children of wounded and fallen military and law enforcement. George (and Tina) met Reb McDaniel in 1977 and have been close as family through the years, relying on the counsel and friendship of the entire McDaniel family. They have been guardians for Caili and Cole since they were born and walked intimately with them upon Reb’s promotion to Heaven. He and Tina deeply value their participation in the More Good Days Journey and mission.
William "Bill" Maxwell
William “Bill” Maxwell has been a California CPA since 1976 and is a Founding Partner of Maxwell & Company-- a multi-partner, 20 plus employee firm, dedicated to “extraordinary relationships, unleashing possibilities, and changing lives, one tax return at a time.” Bill graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) is from California State University, Long Beach and earned the “Most Outstanding Accounting Student” award. He earned his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1974.
Using his skills and experience, Bill is personally committed to speaking life, raising consciousnesses, changing atmospheres, making a difference, blessing others. Bill is joyfully married to Sweet Mary Maxwell and has two adult sons—Ben, 51, & Alex, 27. Reb & Julie McDaniel have been clients of Maxwell & Company, and personal friends of Bill’s, for over 30 years. He has always been impressed by their commitment to family & to the Lord, and he feels privileged to contribute to the More Good Days Foundation to honor Reb, his life, & his commitment to others.
Susan Oakson Bystry
Susan Oakson Bystry is a clinical psychologist who has worked with children and their families for over twenty years. Susan earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology. Susan currently works part-time, focusing most of her efforts on supervising and training new therapists. Susan’s favorite life roles, however, are being a wife and mother. She and her husband Doug have been married for 23 years, and moved to San Clemente as newlyweds. They have two sons, Jack and Matthew, who make them proud every day. Susan has been involved in various non-profit and volunteer activities with a special heart for underprivileged children and homelessness/housing issues.
Susan, along with Doug, had the privilege of becoming friends with the McDaniel family through youth sports in San Clemente. Watching the McDaniels’ courageous journey dealing with cancer has inspired her and motivated her interest in the More Good Days Foundation. Reflecting on her own experience with cancer within her family, having lost her dad to lung cancer and a brother to leukemia, she hopes to help find ways to walk alongside other families traveling that challenging road.
Since Reb went to Heaven, some things have changed and many have stayed the same.
Julie continues to create spaces of belonging wherever she goes. Splitting her time between NC and CA means her love is now overflowing country wide.
Cole graduated from Pepperdine with a hard earned degree and even better memories. He's following in Reb's footsteps using his hands, heart, and mind to build things that matter wherever he goes.
CJ spends her days happily covered in crayola marker and crumbs as a pediatric occupational therapist and foster mom in NC. She continues to learn daily just how intimately joy and sorrow can coexist and how present God is in their midst.
We all continue to be utterly convinced that life, with all its promise and pain, beauty and brokenness is best done together.