A Letter from Our Chairman
Our Board of Directors
I started the Fountain Fund because I’ve seen the debilitating effects of debt on returning citizens. I was the US Attorney for the Western District of Virginia until early 2015, and I’ve spent most of my career as a federal prosecutor. That experience has shown me that while we need to ensure that dangerous people are removed from our communities, we must simultaneously focus on crime prevention and help those returning from prison successfully reenter our community. This holistic approach to community safety will reduce recidivism and make us all safer. We hope you'll consider partnering with us.
- Tim Heaphy, Board Chair
University of Virginia
LR Collins & Associates, Inc.
Asst. Federal Defender
UVA McIntire School of Commerce
UVA School of Law
University of Virginia
Swift Run Capital
Erika is passionate about helping make Charlottesville a community that has opportunity for everyone. She most recently worked as the Executive Vice President at the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area. 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 serves on the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Virginia Institute of Autism’s Community Advisory Board and is on the Vestry at St Paul’s Memorial Church.
Erika received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Allegheny College in 1994 and her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Virginia in 1998.
Carl executes our loan program, serving as the primary point of contact for clients during the loan application process. Carl has been a community mentor in the City of Charlottesville and surrounding areas since 2007, and he previously served as a juvenile probation officer in both Charlottesville and Culpeper for nine years. Carl volunteers at the local jail and serves as a board member of Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) in Charlottesville.
Carl received his B.S. in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College.
Paul 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.
Paul received a B.A. degree in Education from Saint Francis University.