Board of Directors
UVA School of Law
LR Collins & Associates, Inc.
Daniel Goodall, Treasurer
Swift Run Capital
UVA McIntire School of Commerce
UVA School of Law
Tim Heaphy, Chair
US House of Representatives
City of Charlottesville
UVA School of Data Science
UVA McIntire School of Commerce
Retired OAR Executive
BOARD AND STAFF
Shantel Hopkins supports the Fountain Fund loan program through the intake, application, and approval stages of the loan process. His strong communication skills and IT expertise help the team accomplish the mission of the Fountain Fund efficiently. Shantel is a strong and conscientious collaborator who brings a grounding presence to every interaction that he has with the Fountain Fund community.
Shantel has prior employment experience as an Information Technology Specialist at Point 1 Tax Services in Atlanta, GA; and NCAS LLC in Fairfax, VA. He is pursuing a B.A. at Virginia Baptist College. Shantel also serves as Pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church in Orange, VA and team lead of Redemption Youth Mentoring Services in Charlottesville, VA. He is committed to supporting his community through counseling and mentoring.
Economic Opportunity Facilitator
Meagan Jordan runs the Fountain Fund loan program in New Orleans in partnership with First 72+. She is the local primary point of contact, oversees the low-interest loans, the financial life skills programming, and credit coaching. She blends her connection to the community and the Fountain Fund model to our first expansion site, New Orleans.
Before joining the Fountain Fund team in 2022, Meagan worked at First 72+ as the Employment Specialist and Client Services Administrator. Her experience is a testament to her strong customer service skills and her passion for justice in reentry. She also has work experience with Take the Lead NOLA, Delta, and the City of New Orleans.
Economic Opportunity Faciltator
Sean Reid manages the Fountain Fund loan program for the Richmond area. He meets with potential Client Partners, helps applicants through the loan process, and makes connections to other resources in the Richmond area. He brings his experience as a Client Partner and his ties to the Richmond community, along with a strong belief in the power of the Fountain Fund model to promote opportunity and financial education.
Sean previously partnered with the Fountain Fund in his work with FreeDome Unlimited Inc. He has worked in many direct service positions in Richmond where he has helped others and developed strong customer service skills. Through his personal experiences, Sean brings compassion and understanding to community work.
Director of Client and Community Engagement
Martize Tolbert acts as the primary point of contact for Client Partners (borrowers) during the loan application process and is the chief connector to resources once they are working with the Fountain Fund. Martize ensures that Fountain Fund programming and implementation are informed by and responsive to the lived experience of our Client Partners.
Martize has been a community mentor/leader in the City of Charlottesville and surrounding areas since 2013 and is on the steering committee of the Albemarle-Charlottesville Reentry Council and the advisory board of Network2Work. Through Redemption Mentoring Services, he mentors at-risk kids in Charlottesville and surrounding counties, and works closely with Readykids RealDads program. Martize also volunteers at his church (Mt. Zion) and participates in multiple local youth organizations. In 2020, he co-founded a non-profit organization called Peace in the Streets, whose mission is to provide Charlottesville’s Black community with new tools and methods to constructively resolve conflicts without involving law enforcement.
Through Home to Hope and Piedmont Virginia Community College, Martize has received his certifications as a Peer Support Specialist, a WRAP Facilitator and in Motivational Interviewing. In 2021, Martize graduated from the first cohort of UVA Edge, a one-year education program for working adults at the University of Virginia.
Prior to her role at the Fountain Fund, Erika Viccellio worked as the Executive Vice President at the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, launching and chairing the Early Education Task Force, a multisector collaborative focused on placing all at-risk 4-year-olds in high-quality preschool. Before that, she served as the Executive Director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic (CFC) and the Virginia Institute of Autism for a combined total of 20 years. While at the CFC she founded and co-chaired the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, a partnership of 20 agencies seeking to create a better system of adult mental health services.
Erika is active in the community and is particularly passionate about creating opportunity and implementing leadership models that emphasize sharing power and co-creating. She co-chairs the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnership, and serves on the local steering committee for the Equity Center, the Network2Work USA Board of Directors, and the Virginia Institute of Autism’s Community Advisory Board.
Director of Economic Empowerment
Paul Yates joined our team in February 2018. He comes to The Fountain Fund with the perfect mix of lending experience, financial know-how, and compassion for our clients. Paul recently served as branch manager of Woodforest National Bank in Zion Crossroads for five years. He has owned multiple businesses in media, real estate, hospitality services, and small-business consulting. He has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, serving on the boards of Habitat for Humanity (Fluvanna County), Louisa Resource Council, Louisa County NAACP, and Louisa County Chamber of Commerce. He has additional volunteer and professional experience across the Central Virginia region.