Wellspring

Leadership

Wellspring is one of Michigan’s oldest and largest statewide nonprofits. We maintain that distinction by making sure the team that leads the organization is the best it can be.

Executive Leadership

Dave Gehm

Dave Gehm

President & CEO

Joined Wellspring in 1990

“As a young(er) man, I committed my life’s work to serving people.  I saw Wellspring’s mission as an expression of that commitment, and a way to align my personal faith with the powerful work of this organization. After three decades, the mission of Wellspring has proven timeless for me, even though the work is always changing, adapting and adjusting to the needs of the people we serve.  Most compelling for me each day is the incredibly talented, passionate and committed people of Wellspring. They show up every day to change lives and serve people. I always want to show up for them!”

Maria Kern

Maria Kern

Executive Assistant

Joined Wellspring in 2000

“For more than 20 years I have appreciated the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives through my work. It has been a privilege to be part of the changes and growth of the organization during my time here.  Witnessing the resilience, dedication and compassion of my coworkers during the pandemic has made me even more appreciative of Wellspring and the care we provide to those we serve.  I look forward to seeing where God leads us in the future.”

Tim Kalbfleisch, MS, JD

Tim Kalbfleisch, MS, JD

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Joined Wellspring in 2016

“The fact that Wellspring provides life-changing support for individuals of all ages, across Michigan, and does so with care, compassion and hope is what attracted me to Wellspring. By ensuring Wellspring is a strong, fiscally responsible organization, I am able to support our talented and committed team members so they can continue to serve others.”

Jill Haiser

Jill Haiser

Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President of Marketing and Talent

Joined Wellspring in 2008

“This has never been a job to me. You don't look into the eyes of a child, resident or family who needs you and forget about the responsibility of what it means to truly show up for them. You carry their stories in your spirit. I know that they trust us to get it right — and that trust is something I never want to take for granted. I can't imagine a life more fulfilling than watching people recognize the Hope that lives inside of them and then witness them walk in that Hope with so much intention and purpose.”

Al Kaul, MSW, LMSW, NHA

Al Kaul, MSW, LMSW, NHA

Chief Development Officer & Vice President of Foundation

Joined Wellspring in 1999

“Wellspring is rooted in a Christian faith that allows me to serve other people as demonstration of God's love toward me.  Christ Himself met the physical and emotional needs of people during His ministry on earth resulting in a closer relationship with Him. And we get to do the same through our work at Wellspring. I see the results of the work we do with the people we serve. I also see the continuous improvements that we make in our programs and services. I am excited about the new ways we discover to serve unmet needs across Michigan. I really believe we change lives, strengthen families and transform communities.”

Senior Support Services Board of Directors

David M. Gehm, President/CEO

Ritch Cushway, Chair
Serving since 2013
Retired Global Credit and Control Manager, Dow Corning Corporation

Pete Bender, Treasurer/Secretary
Serving since 2012
Principal of Yeo & Yeo, PC.; CPA and CFP®

Amy Benko
Serving since 2016
VP for Patient Care Services, Hurley Medical Center

Paul Nyquist
Serving since 2014
Retired Executive Engineer, Ford Motor Company

Carl Schoenow
Serving since 2014
Corporate Food Safety Coordinator, Star of the West Milling Co. and Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Frankenmuth

Karen Storck
Serving since 2018
Retired Community Engagement Specialist, Thrivent

Darrell Zolton
Serving since 2010
Principal/Attorney, Zolton Law Office

Child & Family Services Board of Directors

Matt Resch, Chair
Serving since 2010
Public Relations Consultant/Owner, Resch Strategies

Dr. Ingrid Draper, Vice Chair
Serving since 2013
Retired Executive Director, Office of Specialized Student Services, Detroit Public Schools

Phil Trapp, Treasurer
Serving since 2013
Department of Treasury, State of Michigan

Dr. Thomas Fockler, Secretary
Serving since 2010
Associate Professor, University of Detroit-Mercy College of Health Professions

Andrea Logan
Serving since 2016
Retired Medical Distribution Executive

Alan P. Nuechterlein
Serving since 2014
Retired Senior Director-Investments, Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.

Maureen Tippen
Serving since 2015
Retired Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Michigan-Flint