Being able to work, play, and raise a family in Charlottesville is a great way to live one’s life.  I graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975 as a member of the second class of women admitted to the college.  It was a terrific time in my life.  Although I was far too distracted by other opportunities at the University and did not volunteer at Madison House at that time, I jumped at the chance to serve on its Board last year.

Madison House is an extraordinary community asset.  I am now in my second year of service to the Board.  As an attorney who has practiced family law for decades in this community and as a mother of three children, who were fortunate enough to have been born and educated in Charlottesville, I have only recently learned how Madison House has touched me and my family’s lives over all of these years.  My children participated in a variety of team sports, including SOCA.  My husband and I remain indebted to the time the Madison House coaches served our children so well.  Some of my pro bono clients have had children who needed a Big Sis or a Big Brother.  Their lives were made better by Madison House volunteers.

Madison House remains a significant presence behind the scenes of so many organizations in Charlottesville.  I am pleased to be able to serve on the Board and assist in any way I can to assure that this organization continues to remain an important asset in our community.


Elizabeth P. Coughter 

Madison House is a student-run volunteer organization at the University of Virginia.

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