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Board of Directors


Andy Block
UVA School of Law


Lorenzo Collins, Vice Chair
LR Collins & Associates, Inc.


Daniel Goodall, Treasurer
Swift Run Capital


Bevin Etienne
UVA McIntire School of Commerce


Tim Heaphy, Chair
Willkie, Farr & Gallagher


Maurice Q. Jones
PAR-Recycle Works

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Lisa Lorish
Adjunct, UVA Law


Kelly Orians
First 72+


Cyndi Richardson
On Our Own

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Siri Russell
UVA School of Data Science


David Smith, Secretary
UVA McIntire School of Commerce


Brenda Smith
Community Leader


Pat Smith
Retired OAR Executive 


Brian Williams
UVA Batten School

Our Team


Sankofa Alkebu-Lan

Lending Specialist


Sankofa Alkebu-Lan joined the Fountain Fund in 2023 to support the lending team. As a loan underwriter, Sankofa helps applicants through the loan process. He reviews and analyzes loan

applications within The Fountain Fund’s loan criteria framework to ensure that the loan application process is followed thoroughly and fairly. 


Before joining the Fountain Fund team, Sankofa worked as a Peer Recovery Specialist and teacher’s aide. He dedicates himself to developing meaningful relationships and trust with members of his community, and his commitment to empowering others makes him an incredible asset to the Fountain Fund team.

Jeffrey Beacham

Loan Operations Specialist


Jeffrey Beacham joined the Fountain Fund team in 2023 as Loan Operations Specialist. He is a key member of the lending team, supporting the loan underwriting, approval, disbursement, and collection process. With an extensive background in banking and mortgage processing, Jeffrey brings professional and technical expertise to the Fountain Fund.


Jeffrey is also dedicated to supporting his community and believes in the power of relationship building. He is a U.S. Army Veteran. He continues to volunteer for the VFW and serves as a Board Member of S.O.V. WILCO, a small testament to his commitment to supporting veterans and their families.


Michael Butler

Philadelphia Site Director


Michael Butler joined the Fountain Fund in 2023 as Director of Client and Community Engagement, Philadelphia. He will be establishing and leading our Philadelphia office by creating community partnerships, supporting and coaching applicants through the loan process, and connecting Client Partners to additional community resources.


Before his role at the Fountain Fund, Michael co-founded and served as the Director of Reentry for the nonprofit Mann Up, where he mentored men and youth impacted by the criminal justice system. His experience and passion for helping those impacted by the criminal justice system will help the Fountain Fund establish a thriving presence in Philadelphia, our newest expansion site.


Shantel Hopkins
Community and Client Relations Specialist, Charlottesville


Shantel Hopkins serves as the primary point of contact for all applicants in the Charlottesville region. He is the key communicator with Client Partners and the connector to resources and community support. Shantel previously served as Team Collaborator and Loan Underwriter at the Fountain Fund, and he is a passionate and conscientious partner who brings a grounding presence to every interaction that he has with the Fountain Fund community.

In addition to his role at the Fountain Fund, Shantel is committed to supporting his community through counseling and mentoring. He serves as a Pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church in Orange, VA and team lead of Redemption Youth Mentoring Services in Charlottesville, VA.


Meagan Jordan
Economic Opportunity Facilitator, New Orleans


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.

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Thomas Mundy
Community and Client Relations
, Richmond

Thomas Mundy joined the Fountain Fund in 2022 as Community and Client Relations Specialist, serving as the lead Fountain Fund representative in the Richmond community. He is the primary point of contact for all applicants, the connector to resources and community support, and the key communicator with all Client Partners. 

Thomas’s experience as a mentor and leader in Richmond will help the Fountain Fund expand its presence in the community. He was Outreach Coordinator for the Richmond nonprofit A Better Day Than Yesterday and served as a Peer Support Specialist for a local inpatient substance abuse counselor. He also served as a Youth Mentor in A Better Day Than Yesterday's after-school program. Thomas brings his experience and passion to the Fountain Fund, and he looks forward to fostering a positive relationship with Client Partners in the Richmond community. 


Martize Tolbert
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.

Erika Viccellio
Executive Director


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.

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Jay Vilar, Boston Site Director


Jay Vilar is a seasoned professional dedicated to advancing racial and social justice through community empowerment and program development. With over two decades of experience in leadership roles, Jay brings a wealth of expertise in strategic planning, stakeholder management, and team leadership.


Having served as Program Director at Haley House in Boston, Jay successfully led initiatives that positively impacted the lives of returning citizens, providing them with resources, employment opportunities, and community support. 


Jay's passion for equity advocacy stems from his personal experiences, including growing up with family members who are returning citizens. 


Jay has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from George Mason University and certifications in event management, marketing, and nonprofit leadership. He is currently a board member of Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit organization that embodies a powerful vision of empowerment, striving to foster economic mobility for Black and other marginalized communities in Boston and the Global South.

Paul Yates
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.

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