Melissa Rinehart

Executive Director

Wellspring is an oasis for downtown Fort Wayne. We have served some of the most vulnerable in the inner city for over 50 years and that commitment to providing quality and no-cost programming has never waned. Wellspring is an important part of the cultural fabric in the West Central corridor and I am thrilled to be a part of the Wellspring family.


Lori Otis

Assistant Executive Director

I have always had a passion for serving others and am excited to be able to do just that with an organization that has been serving their community for 50 years. I love Wellspring’s mission to be truly inclusive of everyone in our community and to offer much needed services.


Lois Ehinger

Youth Department Director

I didn’t know I wanted to work with children until after I volunteered for the Wellspring After School Program. For the past 16 years, I’ve been working with the children at Wellspring – I love coming to work each day and being with kids. I love to see the excitement they get from the activities – I like that every day brings something new.


Cierra Thomas

Youth Department Assistant Director

At Wellspring we strive to help make our youth a valuable component of society. Each day brings new smiles and laughter. It’s amazing to see the children’s growth throughout the years – from education and homework time to social skills and interaction with peers.


Rachel Rosin

Older Adult Program Director

Joining the Wellspring team has been such a blessing for me. Working with the older adults gives me a new perspective on life, and an opportunity to be impacted by a wiser and inspiring group of people.


Roy Hossler

Older Adult Program Assistant Director

I’m passionate about serving others. I get to do that everyday at Wellspring.


Linda Hansen

Food Bank Director

Working at Wellspring allows me to not only help people, but make an impact in so many lives. I am fortunate to be a part of such an inspiring group of compassionate people. Our staff and volunteers make coming in to work a pleasure. The food bank is a wonderful program that will continue to grow and serve our community.


JR Stopperich

office manager/bookkeeper

For over 24 years I have served Wellspring as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper. It has been a joy to see all of the help we give to the people we serve. I am proud to be part of a team that provides excellent services needed by our neighbors. I am thankful for the opportunity Wellspring provides.


David Long

Wellspring Shoppe Coordinator

The opportunity to work for Wellspring to coordinate the work of the Wellspring Shoppe is a dream come true for me. The people that I work with are amazing, and it is a pleasure to help those in need. At Wellspring, everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and at the Shoppe, we are especially dedicated to those standards. I am proud of all that we do.


Alicia Pearson


I enjoy a job where you can serve and help others while making a positive impact in their lives. Wellspring has been doing exactly that for over 50 years!! I am so blessed and excited to be a part of an organization like this. There is a difference being made through Wellspring.

A special thanks to Gayle Mann for her 30 years of service as Wellspring’s Older Adult Program Director. Happy retirement!

2020 Board of Directors


Abigail Noble, President, City Utilities
Christopher Nusbaum, Immediate Past-President, Carson LLP
Lisa Weston, Vice President, Internal Affairs, Fort Wayne Orthopedics
Faith Van Gilder, Vice President, Community Relations, Asher Agency
Dan Michael, Treasurer, Equity Investment Group
Ashley Hand, Secretary, Beckman Lawson LLP


John Maxson, Ret., North Adams Community Schools
Geoff King, Fellowship Missionary Church
John Reimbold, Reimbold & Anderson
Leonard Mastbaum, Ret. Physician
Michelle Hipskind, SYM Financial Advisors
Rachel Tobin-Smith, AVOW & Ret. CEO of SCAN
Robin Holley, Co-Owner of Holley Management & Ret. Development Professional
Terri Lindvall, Ret. Chair of Visual Arts at The Hewitt School
Board Intern: Justin Uffelman, C.H. Robinson