Madison House Staff


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.


Melissa Fountain
Director of Philanthropy


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.


Alys Sink
Director of Communications


Alys joined Madison House in August 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing at Hollins University and her Master of Science in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication at James Madison University (JMU). While at JMU, Alys volunteered with the Church World Service and conducted research into the impact of refugee women’s experiences within the American resettlement process.

When Alys isn’t at Madison House, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and listening to comedy podcasts. She is thrilled to be working with the staff, students, friends, and community partners of Madison House and looks forward to contributing to the House’s mission of lifelong volunteer service. 


Rollin Johnson Jr.
Director of Program Management


Rollin G. Johnson, Jr.’s career and work has focused on deepening the impact of people, program operations, universities, and other organizations within their communities. He brings over 12 years of experience in program management, community relations, and strategic planning.

As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, he served in Nepal and Burkina Faso. He is also a former AmeriCorps VISTA member. In 2012, the Peace Corps honored Rollin with the Franklin H. Williams award for his continued commitment to service and fostering understanding among people with diverse backgrounds.

Rollin holds an MBA from Saginaw Valley State University. He resides in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley with his family. 

Programs Advisor: Adopt-A-Grandparent, Animals and Environment, Big Sibs, Creative Learning After School and Summer (CLASS), English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), HELP Line, Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO), Holiday Sharing, Housing Improvement, Medical Services MJ, and Medical Services UVA.  


Rose Cole
Director of Community Engagement


Rose Cole is a practitioner, scholar and evaluator of public service programming and community-based teaching, learning and research. She spent the past five years working at the University of Virginia supporting public service and community engagement within the division of student affairs. Rose is passionate about creating and growing capacity for equitable and ethical community-based learning experiences at UVA.

Rose is an Appalachian who comes to Charlottesville by way of West Virginia. She moved here to pursue her PhD in Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy in the Higher Education program at the Curry School of Education at UVA (and will be defending her dissertation in the Fall 2019 semester!). She earned a BA in history, a BA in English, and a Masters in Public Administration from West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, WV before working there as an academic program coordinator in the WVU Honors College.

Rose lives with her partner and two young sons in Belmont, near downtown Charlottesville.

Programs Advisor: Arts Mentors, Bridging the Gap, Cavs in the Classroom, Creating Assets, Savings, & Hope (CASH), Latinx and Migrant Aid (LAMA), Summer Programs, The BIG Event, Tutoring, and Youth Mentoring.


Sophia Sjolinder
Development Coordinator


After spending eight years away from her hometown of Charlottesville, Sophia returned home in the summer of 2018 to begin her career with Madison House. Sophia earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University. While at ODU, she served as the Treasurer, and then President, of the Master of Public Administration Association. Her graduate research initiatives include emotional intelligence & leadership, public mental health, rehabilitative justice, and philanthropic theory.

When Sophia isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, playing soccer, and spending time outdoors with her chocolate lab, Charlie. Sophia is excited to make a difference in the Charlottesville community through her work with Madison House and looks forward to connecting with both students and community members, alike


Anna Byfield
Business Manager


Anna recently returned to Charlottesville, Virginia after more than 25 years away.  During this period of personal and professional growth, she was a long-term resident of New York City, London, and Santiago de Chile. Anna excels at adapting to new situations and thrives in an atmosphere of diversity. 

She brings a wealth of professional experience with her from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  In New York City, Anna worked for several non-profits including Catalyst, the Medical and Health Research Association and FXB USA.  After 11 years in New York, she moved to Santiago, Chile where she held a position with the British Council. 

Anna holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, Regent's American College London and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Georgia. 


Matthew Rowe
Graduate Assistant

Email: matthewrowe@madisonhouse

Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing a Master of Education at the Curry School of Education. Over the 2018-19 academic year he served as a traveling consultant for his fraternity, traveling the pacific northwest. He is passionate about leadership development and linking lives where innovative opportunities meet desire and skill-set.

Outside of work and school, Matt enjoys traveling, reading, boating and playing with his niece, Virginia. He is excited to see the impact that Madison House and student volunteers can create in the community.