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.


    Carol Salge

    Food bank director

    It has been an honor and a privilege to work for Wellspring for the last 30 plus years. I am proud to work with such a wonderful team of staff members who share the same vision of respect and compassion for the individuals we serve.


    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.


    Jenny Sargent

    Wellspring Shoppe Program Assistant

    I love working at the Wellspring Shoppe because I love serving people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s how I live out my faith. My goal is to help each client recognize how beautiful and special they already are on the inside and the outside.


    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.


      Casi Bromelmeier

      Program Assistant

      It’s a treat and a delight for me to be a part of the Wellspring family. I love helping and serving others, and showing them dignity and respect. It’s great to interact with clients. I hope to put a smile on their faces and change their lives for the better.


      Kelli Weaver

      Older Adult Program Assistant

      While volunteering at the Wellspring Food Bank, I heard of an opening in the Older Adult Program. I thought I could assist Gayle with enriching the lives of program participants. Instead, I’ve been the one to be enriched! Working at Wellpring has been an enormous blessing.


      Joleen Downs


      I am grateful to have the opportunity to work at a place that does so much to serve its community. It has been a joy to meet those who attend our programs and receive our services.


        2019 Board of Directors


        Christopher Nusbaum, President
        John Maxson, Immediate Past-President
        Lisa Weston, Vice President, Internal Affairs
        Faith Van Gilder, Vice President, Community Relations
        Dan Michael, Treasurer
        Abigail Kopen, Secretary


        Ashley Hand
        Geoff King
        John Reimbold
        Dr. Leonard Mastbaum
        Michelle Hipskind
        Mohamed Kadous
        Ruth Phillips