August 28, 2009 — Madison House, the student volunteer organization at the University of Virginia, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Bass as its interim executive director.
Bass, a six-year veteran of the organization, has been its associate director since early 2004.
"Elizabeth Bass has an extraordinary passion for Madison House and unique understanding of our overall mission as well as our day-to-day operations," said Ryan Vaughan, co-chairman of the Madison House Board of Directors. "We look forward to working closely with her as we continue to serve the community and enrich the lives of our student volunteers."
The appointment comes as the result of the recent resignation of G. Kelly Eplee, who served as executive director since 2007.
"All of us are extremely grateful to Kelly for his championing of Madison House and for his contributions over the past 2½ years," Vaughan said. "His efforts played a large part in our ability to impact thousands of lives in our community, not to mention providing students with lifelong lessons in service and leadership."
Madison House, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is one of the largest student-run volunteer organizations in the nation. Each week, more than 3,300 students give their time and energy to better the community and themselves by providing companionship to senior citizens and hospital patients, tutoring children in schools, building houses in low-income neighborhoods, and much more.