Officers – 2017

  • President – Ben Wahli

Ben Wahli, his wife, and three dogs and cats moved to West Central in the fall of 2015. This move was the culmination of nearly a year of work rehabbing a house from a shell into their home.

Ben has served on several boards and is excited about the opportunity to be of service to the neighborhood. He works for Do it Best Corp. in the marketing department. Combining his board experience with his marketing skills, Ben’s goal is to help West Central communicate its brand and value.

  • Vice-President – Brandon Steffen

Brandon discovered the West Central Neighborhood during the Home and Garden Tour in the fall of 1998.   Soon thereafter, he leased his first apartment in the neighborhood at the corner of Nelson and Washington Blvd and immediately fell in the love with everything that the neighborhood offers.   Today, he resides in a Craftsman side by side that he has recently renovated.

Brandon is the President of the Steffen Group, a downtown real estate company.   He is excited to serve with his fellow board members to continue the positive direction and momentum that the neighborhood is experiencing.

  • Treasurer – Joel Sauer

In 2012, Joel Sauer and his wife, Ellen, restored and moved into a beautiful split-timber Queen Anne home on West Washington Boulevard.  Before the restoration even began, they had already gotten to know many of the wonderful West Central neighbors and joined the neighborhood association (WCNA).  Both view the WCNA not only as critical to continuing the vibrancy of the close-knit community but also in maintaining the historic integrity of the homes and neighborhood – a treasure for all of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. 

Joel has served on many organizational boards, both not-for-profit and for profit in the past, and he is honored to serve as Treasurer for the WCNA.  Working with his fellow board members and the neighbors, he will work to continue the great advocacy role of the WCNA and to make it an indispensable partner for the City of Fort Wayne. 

  • Secretary – Kelly Benton

Kelly Benton and her husband, Ryan, first experienced West Central living in 2011 during a short stint living in a rental on Rockhill.  After moving away, they realized how much they missed the neighborhood’s atmosphere and proximity to downtown, so they purchased a home in the fall of 2015 and officially made West Central home.

They now occupy a beautifully restored house with their two Dachshunds and newborn son, Carter. Kelly is self employed as a wedding photographer and plans to use her organizational skills and type A personality to serve the board as Secretary.

  • Membership Coordinator – Bobbie Kaye Gatchell

Bobbie has been self employed for over 23 years in a residential cleaning service.  She owns a small vending business —- GUMBALLS (machine).  She is also a professional dog sitter as well as a professional model.

Bobbie has two grown sons and two beautiful granddaughters!   Her parents lived in West Central for over 40 years, and she grew up in the neighborhood.    In 2011, Bobbie moved back and began remodeling her home.