President & CEO
Linda joined the Community Foundation in late 2010, following seven years at the Community Foundation of Louisville, first as director of planned giving, and then as vice president of stewardship and development. She is a former vice president of gift and trust administration for the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation/New Covenant Trust Co. and former manager of planned giving for Home of the Innocents. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, she began her legal career in litigation, then spent seven years as director of the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She worked concurrently in mediation, and has served as an adjunct professor in the Spalding University School of Business.
Melany Wessels serves the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana as Director of Finance and Operations. Previously, Wessels served in areas of progressive responsibility at McCauley Nicolas and Co. LLC in Jeffersonville, beginning as a staff accountant in 1998, graduating to senior accountant in 2002 and to supervisor in July 2006. Wessels is a December 1997 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with Honors. She also completed Dale Carnegie Training in March 2002. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in both Kentucky and Indiana. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, Indiana CPA Society, and serves as the treasurer of Jeffersonville Main Street.
Director of Finance and Operations
Grants & Programs Officer
Crystal Gunther serves the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana as Grants and Program Officer. She is a graduate of Indiana University Southeast and pursued a career in banking upon graduation. She is chair of the IUS Board of Advisors, joining the board in 2008 for a six-year term. She's an active volunteer for the Floyd County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program through St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities, and a 2009 Leadership Southern Indiana graduate. She serves on the LSI Board of Advisors. Crystal is Past President of the Homebuilders Association of the Southern Indiana Women's Council. She lives in Sellersburg with her husband and two children.
Kenton M. Wooden
Marketing, Communications and Outreach Officer
Kenton Wooden is a lifelong resident of this region who
majored in advertising at Ball State University. After beginning his
career in advertising sales, Kenton, desiring a career focused more on
service, became US Senator Evan Bayh's Regional Director of Southeast
Indiana in 2008 where he represented Senator Bayh until his retirement.
Before joining the Community Foundation in early 2013, Kenton served as
Director of Development at New Hope Services. He is a member of a number
of organizations including: Jeffersonville Rotary, Fund Raising
Executives of Southern Indiana, Kentuckiana Professionals Networking
Association, and serves on the Advisory Board for Leadership Southern
Indiana. Kenton was a winner of the inaugural Southern Indiana Business
Source Magazine 20 Under 40 Award. He and his wife have two children
together and reside in Jeffersonville.
Grants and Scholarships Associate
Margaret supports the grants and scholarship functions and serves as the coordinator for our Youth Philanthropy Councils. She retired from Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. after 25 years, having worked in various capacities. Margaret's volunteer activities include Holy Family Catholic School and Church, New Albany Deanery Soccer Program, St. Xavier High School and Heaven's Eyes.