Meet the Staff
Left to right: Ben Eppard, Yousaf Sajid, Melissa Young, Jennifer Walker, Anna Rossberg, and Julie Jarrett
Anna Rossberg, Office Manager
Anna graduated from UVA in the early 80’s and was a Madison House volunteer in the Migrant Aid Program. She lives in Crozet and has four children. Her previous work experience includes being a pastry chef, Construction Office Management and Catering Management for a local restaurant. Some of Anna’s favorite volunteer experiences over the years have included being a Girl Scout Leader and participating in week-long home refurbishing projects through Impact Richmond. Anna is happy to be back at the University and proud to be a team member in furthering the mission of Madison House.
Ben Eppard, Director of Communications
Ben Eppard joined the Madison House staff as Director of Communications in August 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Liberty University, where he specialized in public relations and graphic design. As a student, Ben served as the editor-in-chief of the university's award winning campus newspaper and volunteered at the local hospital. He previously worked as the Creative Service Manager for Liberty University. In his spare time, Ben enjoys music, travel, farming and working on the occasional freelance design project. Originally from the Charlottesville area, Ben enjoys assisting students in giving back to the community.
Irteza recently joined Madison House as the Mentor Program Coordinator, and she is so excited to be back in her hometown, Charlottesville! Irteza graduated from Stanford University in sunny California, having studied History and Political Science, and she has been actively involved with nonprofit work for the last few years. While in California, she worked for QuestBridge, an education nonprofit that matches low-income, high-achieving students with full scholarships to great universities across the country. Irteza was also actively involved with interfaith work and was proud Editor of the Stanford Journal for Muslim Affairs. She was also part of two all-female acappella groups and is looking forward to attending UVA acappella concerts this year!
Jennifer Walker, Director of Programs
Jennifer Walker has been working at Madison House since 2010 and became the Director of Programs in the Spring of 2011. Originally from Dallas, TX, Jennifer went to Princeton University for college and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Psychology. While in college, she spent her summers counseling at an inner city sports camp called Kids Across America. Jennifer came to Virginia in August 2008 to do the Trinity Fellows Program, a post-graduate leadership development program focused on building leadership, integrity, and excellence in the workplace. Through the Fellows Program, Jennifer was employed as an Americorps VISTA to work at UVa's Community Relations Office with their Day in the Life Mentoring and Tutoring Program and worked there until the summer of 2010.
As the Director of Programs, Jennifer works with the Assistant Director of Programs to advise the Head Program Directors at Madison House. She will also be in communication with Madison House's community partners and she will work with other program directors to help them with their specific volunteer sites. In her free time, Jennifer leads a small group of high school girls through her church, she enjoys playing basketball and exercising, and she is on the board of the Trinity Fellows Program. Jennifer also loves spending time with her husband Clark Walker (COMM '05).
Julie Jarrett, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Julie joined the Madison House staff in April 2012 as the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations. She grew up in Dallas, TX and graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Non-Profit Management in 2010. She is a huge Sooner football fan! Through the journalism college she worked in many student groups doing public relations work for local non-profits. Julie was a member of OU's national public relations honorable mention team. Senior year of college she joined Americorps as a Volunteer Coordinator for an inner city Oklahoma City employment and education organization.
Julie moved to Virginia in August 2010 to do the Trinity Fellows Program, a post-graduate leadership development program focused on building leadership, integrity, and excellence in the workplace. Although she had grand plans to move back to Texas after the fellows program she fell in love with Charlottesville and has been here ever since!
As the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations Julie will be taking leadership in Annual Giving, Student Philanthropy and Stewardship. In her free time Julie enjoys reading, exploring Charlottesville and beyond, leading a group of middle school girls through her church and frequenting local coffee shops!
Melissa Young, Executive Director
Melissa joined Madison House as Executive Director after serving in leadership roles at two other Charlottesville non-profits: the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and Monticello (the Thomas Jefferson Foundation). She grew up in St. Louis, Omaha and Dallas. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in history, she attended UVA Law School and began a corporate law practice, first with a Manhattan law firm and then in-house with a large consumer goods company.
Yousaf Sajid, Director of Program Development & Engagement
Yousaf Sajid joined the Madison House staff in summer of 2011. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Cognitive Science. While at the University, Yousaf spent his time as a Madison House volunteer, Program Director and Head Program Director for the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. In addition to his involvement with Madison House, Yousaf was a Resident Advisor for first year dorms, a tour guide with the University Guide Service, and a member of his class Trustees. Upon graduation, Yousaf worked in healthcare consulting and marketing and was a leader in the UVa Club of Washington.
Yousaf is very excited to serve at Madison House as a staff member and contribute to both the University and Charlottesville community. Along with the Director of Programs, Yousaf advises the Head Program Directors at Madison House in areas of volunteer management and leadership. In addition to advising students, Yousaf serves as a grant writer and coordinates grant funding addtionally he advises the Madison House Alumni Council (MHAC). Yousaf lives downtown where he enjoys the local arts and music scene.