Township Officials

Clay Township Board

Melinda Fountain, Clay Township Board President

Melinda Fountain

Board President

Township phone: 574.277.4452


Mindy is a proud third-generation resident of Michiana. She has lived in Clay Township since 2017, returning home after over a decade serving our country around the world in the U.S. diplomatic service. Mindy believes in our community and is grateful for the opportunity to continue her public service on the Township board. She is an advocate for public spaces such as our beautiful Clay Township Park, for first responders such as those who serve in our outstanding Clay Fire Territory, and for supporting those in our community who need it most, including through Township Assistance.

Professionally, Mindy is an administrator and instructor at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. 

Ms. Fountain earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and her master’s degree in European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is currently earning a master’s in nonprofit administration at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.  Mindy lives in Granger with her husband and two wonderful kids. 

Sean O'Brien, Clay Township Board Member, St. Joseph County, IN

Sean O’Brien

Board Secretary


Sean and his wife, Felicia, have raised their three children here in Clay Township for over 15 years. Some of his childrens’ first memories are of playing at Clay Park and walking along the St. Joe on the park’s beautiful river trail.

His decision to run for public office is inspired by his belief that politics can be one way that we show care for each other. Township government — with responsibility for first responders, parks and common spaces, and relief for our neighbors in distress — is the perfect place to act on this belief.

Sean is a bilingual (Spanish) attorney at Monterrosa Law Group here in South Bend, where he represents clients seeking political asylum and in family-based immigration cases. Before that, O’Brien spent 15 years directing the LL.M. degree program in international human rights law at Notre Dame Law School, recruiting and teaching hundreds of human rights lawyers from around the world. O’Brien holds three degrees from the University of Notre Dame, including a B.A. (1995), a J.D. (2001), and an LL.M., summa cum laude, in international human rights law (2002).

His hobbies include music, local Underground Railroad history, and walking and biking across Clay Township. 

Sandy Robbins Board Member, Clay Township, St. Joseph County, IN

Sandy Robbins

Board Member


Sandy has been resident of Clay Township for 18 years. Her lifelong love for outdoor activities, passion for nature, and love for Clay Park motivated her to become a board member of Clay Township. Sandy’s mission is to represent the citizens of Clay Township, overseeing both the revenue and expenses to ensure financial stability for the township, especially our exceptional Clay Fire Territory. Sandy is currently on staff in the IT department at Saint Joseph High School. Prior, to her current employment she was resolute to extend her learning experience completing her goals at IUSB Continuing Education. This resulted in rewarding positions as; Administrative Headmaster’s secretary, Stanley Clark School South Bend; District Media Secretary, Brandywine Community Schools, Niles MI. She is grateful for following this course of action that guided her to become a board member of Clay Township.
Michael Dobson,, Clay Township Board Trustee, St. Joseph County, IN

Mike Dobson

Township Trustee


A long time Clay Township resident graduating from Clay High School in 1976 and Valparaiso University in 1980 with a Business degree, I am in my second four year term as the Trustee. Prior to being elected Trustee I spent eleven plus years on the Clay Township Board. Professionally for the last 16 years I have been the Managing Partner of Diversified Realestate LLC, a commercial development and investment company with holdings locally and thru out the Midwest. Prior to that spent 24 years at B&R Oil Co., Inc. a Phillips 66 Brand petroleum company with convenience stores and restaurants offering Arby’s, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, and Subways in Indiana and Michigan. I have been able to bring my business knowledge to the Trustee position to provide excellent service, efficiently and economically for the taxpaying residents of the Township. Married for 38 plus years to Lisa with two adult Sons, Jay and Jack. Hobby’s include biking, walking, boating and playing basketball.

George ann Ewald

Deputy Trustee


Derrik DeCraene

Parks & Grounds Manager