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



Tim Heaphy 

Hunton & Williams LLP

Lisa Lorish 

Asst. Federal Defender



Karen Chapman

Community Volunteer


David Smith

UVA McIntire School of Commerce


Rachel Harmon

UVA School of Law


Jasmine Yoon

UVA Law School Foundation


Daniel Goodall

Swift Run Capital

Our Staff

Nicole Snyder

Executive Director


Nicole brings over a decade of criminal law and policy experience to The Fountain Fund staff.  A one-time investment banker, Nicole served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Louisiana before joining the General Counsel’s office at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, where she researched and analyzed complex data and policy questions related to federal criminal law.


Nicole received her undergraduate degree as a Jefferson Scholar from the University of  Virginia, and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Carl Brown

Program Manager


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 Yates

Operations Manager


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.