Tim Freilich
Executive Director


As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Tim was a Madison House volunteer and program director with the Medical Services program. In 2005, he was named “Alumni of the Year” by the Madison House Alumni Council. Prior to joining the Madison House team, Tim was the Legal Director of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program. Tim earned his B.A. and his law degree at the University of Virginia, where he received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service.

He began representing migrant farmworkers with the Legal Aid Justice Center in 1999, and in 2001 he established Legal Aid’s northern Virginia branch to work with the region’s day laborers. In 2009, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy awarded Tim with the first David Carliner Public Interest Award, a national award given in recognition of fearless, uncompromising, and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people. Tim lives in downtown Charlottesville with his wife and two young daughters. As the Executive Director at Madison House, Tim is excited to lead an organization that bridges the gap between the University and greater Charlottesville communities.


Amy Ackerman
Volunteer Programs Coordinator


Amy joined Madison House in August of 2016 as a graduate assistant. She pursued her Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Virginia’s Curry School. Amy is a 2015 graduate of The University of Alabama where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She developed her major, called the Sociology of Organizations, by combining the disciplines of sociology, business and nonprofit management.

While at Alabama, she was involved with the Beta Psi Chapter of Delta Gamma. Her favorite volunteer opportunity was when she had the honor to design the entire service program for her sorority when it chartered at Alabama Amy’s freshman year. After graduating in 2015 she worked for one year as an AmeriCorps member for a nonprofit in Alabama called Impact America. She is looking forward to working with the students and staff of Madison House as well as members of the community and sharing her passion for service.

Programs Advisor: Adopt-A-Grandparent, Animals and Environment, Athletics, Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH), Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO), Holiday Sharing, Housing Improvement, PLAY: After School Activities, Recreational Therapy, Youth Mentoring


Melissa Fountain
Director of Development


Melissa joined Madison House in the fall of 2016, having most recently served as the Associate Director of Reunion Giving at UVA. Melissa has extensive fundraising experience, including soliciting major gifts of $100,000+, future support gifts (will provisions, life income gifts, beneficiary designations, etc.), managing leadership annual giving campaigns, and coordinating volunteer fundraising efforts.  

She is excited to meet the terrific alumni and friends of Madison House and looking forward to broadening the scope of financial support of this inimitable leadership-building, community service-focused center. Melissa will travel regularly to connect with Madison House donors (or you can let her know if you will be in town!), while spearheading Madison House’s 50th anniversary celebratory campaign. A native of suburban Washington, Melissa received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa and cut her teeth professionally as an editor for PR Newswire in Chicago. She moved with her husband and son to Charlottesville in 2003, settling in the 10th and Page neighborhood.  

Fundraising aside, Melissa’s favorite ways to spend time are cultivating her garden, exploring new cities through their food culture, and practicing Pilates, in which she is a certified instructor in intermediate mat.  An avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, Melissa someday hopes to finish an entire Sunday edition of the New York Times before the next one arrives.


Minji Kwon
Graduate Assistant



Minji started at Madison House in the fall of 2017, and is currently working on her Masters of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.

She is a 2016 graduate of Virginia Tech, where Minji received her Bachelors of Science and majored in Human Development and minor in Psychology. Minji developed her major by combining the disciplines of counseling, early childhood education, and research methods.

While at Virginia Tech, Minji was heavily involved church organization called LOGOS (Love of God, Our Strength) as an officer, small group leader, and worship team leader. She also was an intern/staff member at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia during her fourth year. With other staff members, Minji designed one-on-one mentoring program focusing in STEM areas.

Every summer, Minji worked as a lead teacher at KCPC (Korean Central Presbyterian Church) Summer Camp, running a homeroom class to educate 4-5 year olds to learn Korean, Math, English, and Science.

Minji is excited to work with the students and staff of Madison House as well as members of the community and spread positive influence.

Programs Advisor: Big Siblings, Bridging the Gap, Tutoring, ESOL, Summer Programs,Graduate Program Initiatives, and Day Care


Jasmine Lewis
Director of Operations


Jasmine started her career with Madison House in August 2015. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she proudly became a Ram and attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2010) and Master of Public Administration (2012) degrees.

Jasmine was employed at VCU for seven years, where she worked for both the academic and medical libraries, and was an active member of the Diversity Committee. Jasmine has a sincere passion for volunteering and enjoys engaging with the awesome students of UVA and members of the community to help fulfill Madison House's mission.


Faran Saeed
Director of Community Engagement


Faran came to Madison House in September 2015 from Louisiana State University where he worked in the department of Campus Life. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Memphis and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration-Student Affairs from LSU. While at LSU, he advised three service organizations: Volunteer LSU, Kitchens on the Geaux, and Geaux BIG Baton Rouge (a large day of community service).

A couple of his favorite memories were serving as a volunteer for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis and working with the local Muslim community to provide meals for the underprivileged. In his personal time, Faran does interfaith work on the local and national level and enjoys sports, CrossFit, and spending time with family and friends. He is excited to be part of Madison House and is looking forward to working with the students, staff, and members of the community.

Programs Advisor: Arts Mentors, Cavs in the Classroom, HELP Line, Latinx And Migrant Aid, Medical Services, The BIG Event


Katrina Shih
Undergraduate Programs Intern


Katrina joined Madison House the summer of 2017. She was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas but spent the past 8 years abroad in Shanghai before moving to Charlottesville. Katrina is currently a second year in the College pursuing degrees in Government & Media Studies. Her journey with Madison House began her first year volunteering through DayCare. 

Outside of Madison House, Katrina is involved in class council, Hereford Residential College’s senate, the Beta Rho chapter of Sigma Delta Tau, and is a part time daycare teacher. She is a big fan of traveling, baking, candles, stargazing, Bob’s Burgers and Friends (the TV show).


Mary Shea Valliant
Director of


Mary Shea joined Madison House in 2016, and brings her strong background in business and nonprofit communications and marketing. She credits her pursuit of a career in public service to participating in thriving community service programs as a student, as well as her experience working in at an arts nonprofit, copywriting for an environmentally-minded retail company, writing for a weekly newspaper, and most recently, coordinating marketing and communications efforts for an environmental nonprofit. 

She graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia after completing double majors in English and Art History. While at UVA, Mary Shea volunteered with Madison House's Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) program, while serving as leader and "brother" in Alpha Phi Omega, the University's co-ed community service fraternity. Before graduating from UVA, Mary Shea bicycled from Providence, RI to Seattle, WA with Bike & Build, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the affordable housing crisis across the country — collecting funds and volunteering with affordable housing organizations from coast to coast.

Mary Shea is excited to use her skills in writing, social media, public relations, editorial planning and digital platforms to connect with friends of Madison House. Beyond Madison House, she is a RYTT-200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher and enjoys supporting Charlottesville's arts, food, fitness and cultural opportunities. Mary Shea has a deep enthusiasm for service and looks forward to being back on her old stomping Grounds.