Meet Our Team

The following are short bios on our team.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan Feller
President
Bryan was an unlikely executive. In college, he set his sights on becoming a pastor – getting his undergrad in Theology. Through some early mentors he found he had a gift for marketing and strategy. Instead of becoming a pastor, he kept the faith and stayed in business. He got his MBA and was instrumental in leading several companies to double digit growth, and led one company to make the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies – twice. In 2005, he started a consulting firm focused on marketing strategy and sales force development. In his role as a consultant and coach, Bryan has worked with organizations ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500.

Bryan is an adjunct faculty member at California Baptist University. He has served on the board of Path of Life Ministries and currently serves on the boards of The Barnabas Group Inland Empire and Angel Wings Bakery, a social enterprise business. Bryan also publishes a video newsletter called Monday Morning Coffee where he shares spiritual lessons learned about his journey integrating faith and business.

Bryan married his high school sweetheart, Becky, 26 years ago. They are now “empty-nesters” with two children, Westley and Courtney, and live in Riverside, CA.

     
Robert P. Fry, Jr.  

Robert P. Fry, Jr.
Senior Gift Advisor
Bob Fry is our Senior Gift Advisor and also serves the National Christian Foundation as their Chief Investment Advisor. In supporting our ministry, Bob draws on a rich background that includes serving as Director of Investments for Merrill Lynch Trust Company, extensive philanthropic consulting and 10 years as a practicing business, tax and securities law attorney.

Bob is a native Californian who earned his undergraduate degree at USC and his law degree from UCLA. He has been a frequent speaker at national events, such as the Focus on the Family FoundationWise Conference, and is the author of Nonprofit Investment Policies: Practical Steps for Growing Charitable Funds, (John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1998) and Who’s Minding the Money? (BoardSource, Washington DC, 2009).

Bob lives in Irvine, California with his wife, Susan. Their three children, Jennifer, Katie and Jonathan are, respectively, an attorney in Sacramento, CA, a doctor in Syracuse, NY, and a graduate student in petroleum geology at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Finally, unlike many men in their 50’s, Bob regularly plays full-court basketball, where his much younger fellow players often observe, “he can’t shoot…but he sure runs hard for an old guy!”

 

Joe Eelkema  

Joe Eelkema
Gift Advisor
Joe Eelkema joined our office in the fall of 2010 after years coordinating projects in the construction management and luxury property management industries. Joe graduated from Calvin College with a BA in Business Communications. As a Gift Advisor for the National Christian Foundation, Joe serves our donors by identifying and explaining those giving techniques which we can customize to meet each donor’s unique charitable needs.


Outside of our office, Joe enjoys serving at Irvine Presbyterian Church as a leader with the High School Ministry and as a devoted participant with the Mexico Missions Committee. He and his wife, Jenessa, enjoy cooking, traveling to see family and friends, and walking their extra-long Dachshund on the beach! Joe also spends significant time trail running, reading, helping with his local Toastmasters club, tinkering in the garage, and laughing with family and friends.

 

Terri Ponce de Leon   Terri Ponce de Leon
Director of Giver Services/ Chaplain
Terri joined NCF in 2005 and brings over 30 years experience in customer service, management, and communications. Terri developed her expertise in entrepreneurial environments, serving start-up projects in both technical support and management positions at Verizon, California Power Exchange, Time Warner and Altrio Communications.  She is a recipient of numerous awards for excellent customer service, which she now applies to her ministry work with our Foundation.

Terri’s passion lies in helping and serving others.  She currently serves at her church, Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Bellflower, as Chaplain, Leader, Founder of several ministries, Domestic Violence Class Facilitator and, with her husband, Pastor Randy, they together lead the Women’s Outreach Ministry and New Life Ranch Ministry.  In addition, Terri is actively involved as a speaker and coach in various community ministries and is currently on the board of directors for, Little House Inc., New Life Ranch and The Mend Project.
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