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.


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.


Cierra Thomas

Youth Department Co-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.


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.


Sam Bruening

Assistant Food Bank Director

I love serving my community and Wellspring puts me in a position to do just that! Food insecurity is a bigger issue than most people realize and I am so happy I am able to help fight it every day!


Mandy Waters

Older Adult Program Director

I feel so fortunate to work on a team that loves to serve! Serving has always been my passion and I love the mission we have to serve the community in Fort Wayne. I especially love that we meet such diverse needs from a variety of ages, ethnicities, religious backgrounds and socio-economic status.


Renee Smith

Older Adult Program Coordinator

What I love most about working for Wellspring is helping others in our community and seeing them smile after we have helped them and their families. I just feel so blessed to be a part of the Wellspring family.


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.


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.


    Alicia Pearson

    Administrative Assistant

    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.


      2022 Board of Directors


      Rachel Tobin-Smith, President, Ret. CEO of SCAN, AVOW Founder
      Terri Lindvall, Vice President, Internal Affairs, Ret. Chair of Visual Arts at the Hewitt School
      Jenee Johnson, Vice President External Affairs, Program Manager, Junior Achievement
      Ethan Brown, Treasurer, Financial Planner
      SYM Financial Advisors

      Ashley Hand, Secretary, Magistrate
      Allen Circuit Court


      Leonard Mastbaum, Ret. Physician
      John Reimbold, Reimbold & Anderson
      Lisa Weston, Director of Human Resources & Marketing
      Ft Wayne Orthopedics

      Anne Spann, Ret. Educator & Program Participant
      Jenee’ Johnson, Program Manager
      Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana

      Scott Miller, Ret. Opthamologist
      Steve Smethers, Ret. Educator, FWCS
      Steve McMichael, Mayor, City of New Haven
      Jeffery Griggs, Ret. Chief Financial Officer of SCAN
      Jim Matthews, Owner, Copy Solutions
      Zach Zehner, Attorney, Carson LLP
      Theingi Tin, Claim Specialist, Social Security Administration & Program Associate, Purdue University