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.


Brook Ringenberg

Assistant Executive Director

Wellspring has such a long rich history of serving the community for over 50 years now. I’m so excited to be a member of the Wellspring family who have a passion for giving back! It truly is an honor to be a part of an organization that has such a positive impact in our community.


    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.


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      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.


      Mary Klopfer

      Older Adult Program Assistant Director

      I am happy and proud to be working at a place that provides a variety of services to those in need. I enjoy working in the Older Adult Program because we offer activities that support the seniors social, mental, emotional, and physical needs.


      Kimberly Michaelsen

      Shoppe Coordinator

      Working at Wellspring – alongside such a dedicated, empathetic, and hardworking set of individuals – is a gift and a pleasure. Managing the Wellspring Shoppe in particular is a fantastic opportunity for me to not only clothe individuals and families in a dignified manner, but to build long-lasting relationships with clients and volunteers from the community that we serve.


      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