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 Co-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.


    Megan Harman

    Youth Department Co-Director

    When I was offered the chance to work at Wellspring I was beyond thrilled. I attended the summer program as a child and it was an experience that helped to form the person that I am today. The staff invested their time and energy into me and my future, and inspired me to give back to my community in the same way. I look forward to being able to help others to reach their potential during my time with this organization.


    Gayle Mann

    Older Adult Program Director

    To me, Wellspring means a haven and safe place for many, many people. It means a place for people to laugh, enjoy life, have their needs met, and find a group of volunteers and staff in whom they can put their trust. For over 30 years, working with the older adults has shown me that aging brings many grief and loss situations and yet people work through difficulties and fight the good fight. I find that admirable.


    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.


      Lara Schreck

      Fundraising Manager

      I believe strongly that the programs at Wellspring have a profound impact on our local community. I am constantly amazed by the touching stories of how Wellspring has changed the lives of our program participants and I am thankful to be in a position to support such a vibrant agency through grant writing and fund development.


      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.

        2019 Board of Directors


        Christopher Nusbaum, President, Carson LLP
        John Maxson, Immediate Past-President, Ret. North Adams Community Schools
        Lisa Weston, Vice President, Internal Affairs, Fort Wayne Orthopedics
        Faith Van Gilder, Vice President, Community Relations, Asher Agency
        Dan Michael, Treasurer, Equity Investment Group
        Abigail Noble, Secretary, Fort Wayne City Utilities


        Ashley Hand, Beckman Lawson, LLP
        Geoff King, Fellowship Missionary Church
        John Reimbold, Reimbold & Anderson
        Dr. Leonard Mastbaum, Ret. Physician
        Michelle Hipskind, SYM Financial Advisors
        Ruth Phillips, Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne