Chief Executive Officer
Contact Eric at Eric.Fleshood@cru.org
Eric was born and raised in Virginia and has served with Cru for 24 years, including two years as Bill Bright’s traveling assistant. In addition to the U.S., he has been involved in projects to take the gospel to Venezuela, Africa, Australia, Kazakhstan, and Asia.
In 2016 Eric was named CEO of The Cru Foundation. He has earned the Chartered Adviser in Philanthropy designation from the American College and enjoys helping others experience God’s pleasure in their stewardship. Eric and his wife Colleen have five children. They enjoy golf, soccer, volleyball, board games, and camping.
Counsel to Stewards
Contact Jerry at Jerry.Wear@cru.org
Jerry has spent a third of his career in finance and two-thirds in the ministry of stewardship development. He joined Cru in 1998 leaving a successful career as a financial and estate planner. He was President of the foundation until June of 2016 when he assumed the role of Counsel to Stewards to assist the Ministry Partners of all Cru ministries.
Jerry offers advanced charitable planning which enables our ministry partners to capture and redirect tax dollars to multiply the impact of their regular giving. Jerry and his wife Emma, are the proud parents of 4 children. They enjoy golfing and spending time with their grandchildren.
Technical & Compliance Officer
Contact Heidi at Heidi.Hodges@cru.org
Heidi was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Cal Poly Pomona and received a degree in Business Management. Heidi has served with Cru since 1986. She has had the opportunity to serve in the Philippines, Russia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Heidi joined the foundation in 2001. Her degree in Business Management and training as an Estate Design Specialist have equipped her to serve ministry partners well. In her spare time, she likes to read, sew, cook and visit her niece, nephew and extended family in Southern California.
Senior Planned Giving Consultant
Contact Jay at Jay.Link@cru.org
Jay has served in financial and philanthropic leadership roles for a Fortune 1000 company for over 30 years. As a Planned Giving Consultant, Jay uses his expertise to help ministry partners become more effective stewards of the resources God has entrusted to them.
Jay has an MBA and has earned the professional designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Gift Planning Professional. Jay is active in teaching adults and mentoring “twenty and thirty somethings” in his local church and lives in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also enjoys reading, swimming, and traveling.
Contact Vilma at Vilma.Castellanos@cru.org
Vilma makes sure everything runs smoothly at the office so that the rest of the team can focus on serving you. She also manages correspondence, financial reporting, and team projects.
Her significant administrative experience has equipped her with the tools she needs to keep The Foundation organized.
Vilma has been with the foundation for 5 years. She serves in her church as a volunteer for different ministries and enjoys reading and going to the beach.
Real Estate Administrator
Contact Jenn at Jenn.Domeck@cru.org
Jenn, and her husband of more than 40 years, started her career with Cru just after graduation from The University of Michigan. She enthusiastically served as Campus staff for 25 years, simultaneously raising three energetic sons. In 2000, Jenn launched a real estate business in Orlando. The active market there was an excellent training ground.
With a strong background in ministry and real estate, Jenn is able to provide expert service to foundation ministry partners. It is Jenn’s consuming passion to help generous people wisely use their resources to fund Christ’s Kingdom!
Contact Stacey at Stacey.Kirk@cru.org
Stacey handles the office’s behind-the-scenes tasks. She manages financial transfers, keeps track of state filings, organizes calendars, and executes special projects. Her considerable administrative experience has equipped her with the tools she needs to keep the foundation running smoothly.
Stacey and her husband, Thomas, have 2 children. In her spare time, she likes to watch documentaries, partake in her husband’s cooking, and enjoy whatever her children are doing.
Contact Sandra at Sandra.McCoy@cru.org
Sandra works with matured estates and bequests, corresponding with attorneys and family members to ensure that all of the ministry partner’s wishes are carried out. Sandra joined the foundation in January of 2016. Prior to that, she worked for 32 years with a non-profit mission organization which has given her the skills needed to excel at her job.
Sandra is a Southern California native but has lived in Florida since 1999. She and her husband have six adult children and seven grandchildren that she loves to visit and talk about. They have several cats and dogs that they have rescued.
Gift & Estate Design Specialist
Contact Mike at Michael.Wynn@cru.org
Mike has a broad range of professional experience having worked in the fields of banking, insurance, finance, law, and planned giving. After a successful career in the insurance industry, he went to law school at the age of 40 and after graduation practiced law in Florida in the areas of civil litigation, administrative law, and estate planning and elder law.
Since 2011, Mike has served as a planned giving specialist for several religious charitable organizations. He is passionate about assisting donors in accomplishing their goals related to retirement, family, and charitable giving. Mike obtained his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of South Florida, his CFP through Rollins College, and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. He and his high school sweetheart, LaNita, have been married since 1981 and have three adult children and two grandchildren. Mike and LaNita live in the Lakeland, FL area.
Gift & Estate Design Specialist
Contact Erik at Erik.Schartner@cru.org
Erik was born in the North suburbs of Chicago, but he has spent most of the past 17 years in the Boston area. After graduating from Boston University School of Law, he became part of a successful Estate Planning practice. After nearly a decade in private practice, Erik began to sense God’s call toward using his talents and energy with a more intentional focus on the Kingdom of God. He considers it a great privilege to offer wise and practical counsel on matters of Estate and Gift planning to those working through emotional, spiritual and sensitive issues.
Erik, his wife Cerissa, and their three children live on the coast North of Boston and do their best to get outside as often as their schedules and the weather will allow. They enjoy, soccer, golf, tennis, running, swimming and working in the yard together. They have been blessed with the opportunity to serve and lead their local church in a variety of ways and seasons.