Our Staff

Eric Fleshood

Chief Executive Officer

Contact Eric at Eric.Fleshood@cru.org

Eric was born and raised in Virginia and has served with Cru for 25 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.

Heidi Hodges

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.

Stacey Kirk

Office Administrator

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.

Katie Brubaker

Gift & Estate Design Specialist

Contact Katie at Katie.Brubaker@cru.org

Katie grew up in a small town in northern Indiana. After attending college at Miami University (of Ohio), she went back to the Hoosier state to complete her master’s and a law degree at Indiana University. Shortly after graduation, Katie moved to central Florida to work in the General Counsel’s Office at Cru Headquarters. She served as an in-house staff attorney and later, major gift representative with the Jesus Film Project. Katie’s passion for giving and helping others achieve their goals of generosity through the wise use of charitable tax law is what brought Katie to Cru Foundation. She loves helping donors make a difference with their Kingdom giving, both now and when leaving a legacy.

Katie is married to Matt and they have two children, Micah (2009) and Hannah (2010), and a dog named Sullivan. The Brubaker family resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Katie enjoys reading, meeting new people, playing in the woods with her kids, travel, large family gatherings, home DIY projects, dinner parties with neighbors, and jazz music. She also serves on the board of a local nonprofit that comes alongside refugee women and teen girls as they work to make their new communities home.

Joe Eelkema

Chief Operations & Client Experience Officer

Contact Joe at Joseph.Eelkema@cru.org

Joe Eelkema enjoys serving generous Christians who wish to steward God’s resources with excellence and for great ministry impact. He draws from over 10 years’ experience in charitable gift design, gift management, and boutique donor services. Joe has also earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation showing professionalism in the area of planned giving. As a tandem role, Joe also assists our Foundation team by enhancing our operations, so he encourages your feedback about what we’re doing well and how we might improve.

When he’s not serving with the Foundation Joe has fun hanging out with his lovely wife and young family, tinkering in the garage, and often you’ll find him out trail running near his home in Northwest Washington State. He also has past international church missions experience, loves offering Generous Giving’s programs to friends and donors of the Foundation, and has been involved with leadership in a growing local ministry, Illuminate Northwest.

Melodie Ann Streety

Senior Gift & Estate Design Specialist

Contact Melodie at Melodie.Streety@cru.org

A native Texan and the youngest of four siblings, Melodie is a Baylor Bear who daily lives her personal mission of encouraging people, philanthropy and prayer as she joins the Cru family. She brings over 25 years of non-profit and ministry experiences to the Cru Foundation. Specifically, Melodie developed 20+ years of knowledge working at some of the nation’s most prestigious higher education and healthcare institutions in the areas of charitable gift planning, major and principal gifts. She facilitated generous givers by arranging over $250 million of outright, deferred and testamentary gift plans.

Melodie was affectionately given the nickname “Barnabas” by her church family when she lived on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC during 2000-2003. Melodie comes alongside multiple community agencies, school partners and student leaders, like Barnabas did John Mark, when she is not working with generous givers to advance the Great Commission. Barnabas later evolved into Barnaby Girl by 2012 to reflect Melodie’s passionate missions work and social media presence evangelizing, discipling and mentoring Gen Zs, or Zoomers as they like to say. Believing and living by Matthew 6:33, 28:18-20, Luke 12:48b, Ephesians 2:10, Melodie’s personal time is still devoted to Next Gen Zoomers, age 25 years and younger.

Steve Nichols

Senior Gift & Estate Design Specialist

Contact Steve at Steve.Nichols@cru.org

In the year of my 50th spiritual birthday, I have the remarkable opportunity to serve the Kingdom with Cru for a second time through the Cru Foundation! When I came to Christ through the Campus Ministry my life and career path changed, I met Ann my wife of 48 years on our first staff assignment, then over the next 27 years we raised our family of six children as supported field staff with Cru assignments including Campus, Inner City, and Executive Ministries.

The faith building experience of ministry partner development laid the foundation for an enjoyable sequence of career opportunities: development work with corporations and foundations, higher ed, major gifts, endowments and non-cash gift planning and estates. In God’s timing all have provided a lifetime of training to serve now as Senior Gift Estate and Design Specialist for the Cru family!