Advisory Board Members

Melanie Wilkinson



Melanie was born and raised in the Tri-State area and currently resides in Evansville. She went to Western Kentucky University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Melanie has been serving the Aged and Disabled Population in Southwestern Indiana since she graduated college. She is the Volunteer Supervisor with Indiana’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (Ship) and covers a 12 county area in the Southwestern region of Indiana. 

Chris Weyer


Specializing in home services for over 7 years, Chris Weyer, a Community Education Representative with Heart to Heart Hospice loves educating the community on what hospice care really is.  Chris is a Marine Corps Veteran and currently lives in Santa Claus, Indiana.

Leslie Head


Leslie is the Director of Marketing & Admissions at Oasis Dementia Care. Lifelong resident of Evansville, she has been in healthcare for 5 years with 3 years being focused on Dementia and related illnesses. She has made it her mission to be a resource to anyone in the community dealing with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Leslie states: “When families are dealing with this illness, they are constantly in crisis mode. I try to be the calm in the storm, and help families be able to navigate the waves of emotions when caring for a loved one with this disease.” 

Lindsay Charles


Lindsay Blessinger Charles was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. Lindsay graduated from North High School in 1999. Lindsay graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2003, and received B.A. degrees in History and Criminal Justice and minors in Political Science, Spanish, and Western European Studies. Lindsay graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2012. Lindsay was admitted into the Indiana bar in 2013. Lindsay's hobbies include spending time with family and friends, crafts, reading, IU sports, and volunteering. Lindsay is an active member of the Junior League of Evansville, a current Board of Director and active member of A Network of Evansville Women (ANEW), a current Board of Director of VOICES, and a former Board of Director of Little Lambs of Evansville, Inc.

Maria Evans


Maria has been with Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly HealthSouth) for 8 years. She has nearly 15 years of healthcare experience. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech State College School of Nursing. 

As a Licensed Practical Nurse, she is able to discuss health related issues. As an admissions and marketing manager, she brings expertise when discussing various levels of care and insurance coverage.

Emily Tison



Emily has been in healthcare for six years and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana. She is the Business Development Manager for Home Instead Senior Care. She loves building relationships within the community and helping in any way she can. Emily’s hobbies include, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and sports.

Shelly Dunn


Shelly has worked in Social Services for over 20 years. She has a bachelor of science degree in psychology and has worked with many populations in the community, including children, adults, seniors, clients with mental illness and clients with intellectual &/or physical disabilities. She currently supervises the Aged & Disability Resource Center at SWIRCA & More. She believes in SWIRCA’s mission, “Enhancing Opportunities for Independent Living” and is passionate about educating the public about services available to allow people to “Age in Place” and keep people independent in their own homes as long as possible.

Board of Directors

Ben Klipsch


Ben is the President and one of the founders of HELP of Southern Indiana. Ben graduated from Purdue in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. In 2008, Ben became owner of a Home Instead office in Evansville, Indiana. Ben now has four Home Instead offices in Indiana; Evansville, Jasper, Terre Haute and Bloomington. He enjoys working with his dedicated staff in helping the senior population maintain their independence and quality of life.

Gregrie Bunch


Gregrie is the Vice President of HELP of SI.   Home has been Newburgh, Indiana since 2004. Currently a Community Liaison for Anew Home Health. Gregrie has been in healthcare for over 20 years and is a specialist in home services (Home Health & Hospice). Gregrie loves working with senior adults and educating people on the services that they have earned and are entitled to.     

Dennis Gunther


Dennis is the Secretary/Treasurer and one of the founders of HELP of SI. Dennis came to Home Instead Senior Care in January of 2005 after working for Deaconess Hospital for twenty years. In 1992 after the death of his mother, Dennis decided that it was time to change careers, because he wanted to know that what he did on a daily basis made a difference. Dennis loves his daily interaction with clients, families and CAREGivers. He has a vision, passion and a purpose and that is to make a difference in the lives of our local seniors and their families.