The Southern Development Homes team is just that – a team with a shared commitment to building beautiful homes and communities in Central Virginia.
The Southern Development Homes team is just that – a team with a shared commitment to building beautiful homes and communities in Central Virginia.
Frank Ballif is the Founder and President of Southern Development Homes and Southern Development Group. Frank is actively involved in the management of both the land development and home construction divisions. Frank spends roughly half his time running the home building company, Southern Development Homes. In addition to homebuilding, Frank spends the rest of his time involved in residential and commercial development including land acquisition, entitlement, leasing, and sales. Frank obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and holds a Class A Contractor’s license and a real estate broker’s license. Frank is active with the Blue Ridge Homebuilder’s Association. He is a two term past president and has been a member of the Board of Directors. Frank has also served on the Board of Directors of the Free Enterprise Forum. While not at work, Frank enjoys spending time on his cattle farm in Earlysville with his wife and three young daughters.
Charif is the Community Engagement Manager with Southern Development. A graduate of James Madison University, Charif worked many years in the field of Grants & Administration at the university level. After moving to Charlottesville in 2004 he began building a successful career in Sales & Marketing, with experience on both the client service and sales side. Before joining our team, Charif spent four years with a local publishing company as Director of Business Development, where he refined skills in implementing effective “go-to-market” strategies for local/national clients in print, web, and event marketing. Father of three, Charif enjoys his kids’ many activities, finding the next new hiking trail, eating at one of his favorite local restaurants, or performing within the local theater community.
Charlie Armstrong is the Vice President of Land Development at Southern Development and manages all aspects of the development process, including acquisitions, finance, site design, governmental approvals, and project management during construction. Prior to joining Southern Development, Charlie managed projects for an environmental consulting firm and helped start a successful online marketing firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia. Charlie is a past President of the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association of Virginia and the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Armstrong also served as 5-year Chairman of the Charlottesville City Council Housing Advisory Committee and actively serves on the Boards of several Charlottesville area charitable non-profits and associations. Charlie, his wife, and four children live in Albemarle County and particularly enjoy travelling and being outdoors.
Mr. Lancaster manages projects through the entitlement process and through permitting. This process consists of creating conceptual designs, coordinating with engineers and working with local governments from the application phase through final approvals. Prior to joining Southern Development, Mr. Lancaster worked within the Division of Zoning and Current Development for Albemarle County. He has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University – Pueblo. Mr. Lancaster has served on the Rivanna River Basin Commission for the City of Charlottesville and is the recipient of the Virginia Certified Planning Commission program and the Virginia Certified Board of Zoning Appeals program. He lives in Albemarle County with his wife, Kristy, and their two children, Anna and Jack.
Lois Haverstrom is General Counsel to Southern Development. She assists in numerous areas of both the development and the home building companies. Lois’ primary responsibility to the development team involves the extensive legal drafting required in the development approval and start-up process. Having the resource of in-house counsel allows the development team to navigate more quickly through the regulatory approval process. Lois also handles the corporate and regulatory affairs for the operations of the company. Lois is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law and was first licensed in Pennsylvania. She started her career as corporate counsel in the insurance industry. Her work in the insurance industry ranged from policy drafting, regulatory matters, operations and claims support, as well as mergers and acquisitions. During her corporate career she worked for FIC Insurance Group in their Philadelphia, PA and Austin, TX offices and for Sisters of Mercy Health Systems in St. Louis, MO. Upon arriving to Charlottesville, Lois shifted her career to real estate, including real estate sales and four years in private practice with an emphasis on real estate closings, related property matters, business formation and estate work.
Chen is the Development Coordinator of Southern Development Homes. Chen graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Foreign Affairs. She previously interned with Southern Development though the University Internship Program, and enjoyed every aspect of the real estate industry and Southern Development’s family like environment. Chen relocated with her family from China to Charlottesville in 2002 and enjoys Charlottesville’s unique charm. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and reading.
Josh Ott joined the Southern Development Team in the Summer of 2018 as an Assistant Project Manager. After graduating from James Madison University in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and Minor in Business Administration, he worked for a global automotive transportation provider for 9.5 years with 6 of those years in management. Josh has lived in Charlottesville since 2010 and is excited to be part of a local company that strives to support the Charlottesville Community and is committed to developing quality homes. Being new to the construction business, Josh is eager to learn the building process and is looking forward to developing relationships with many of the local trade partners. In his spare time, you can find him kayaking and fishing the rivers in the area as well as experiencing all the great live music and restaurants Charlottesville has to offer.
Kevin Yeaton is the Purchasing Manager for Southern Development Homes. His responsibilities include creating take-offs, budgeting and awarding material and subcontractor subcontracts. Kevin also serves as our commercial project manager managing many commercial jobs in 2008 and 2009. Kevin worked for many years in various roles in the construction industry prior to joining Southern Development. His past experience includes Project Engineering, Completive Bidding, Estimating and managing his own Class A contracting business. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Jeremy Soles is the Production Manager for Souther Development Homes and he joined company in August 2014. Jeremy graduated from Longwood University in 2006 with a major in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, Jeremy immediately started working at a local blueberry farm and that’s where he began to realize his love for working outdoors. In May 2013, he began working for an engineering company and was contracted to work at one of the largest manufacturing plants on the East Coast. While there, he was a SAP/Technical Work Administrator in charge of documenting over 200 projects at any given time. Jeremy is an avid sports fan and loves both watching and playing sports; and is currently in a men’s soccer league. And when he isn’t active with sports, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Barney.
George Creswell joined the Southern Development Team in May 2019 as a Project Manager. After graduating from Lynchburg College in 1984 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Minor in Sociology, George started his career in construction building custom homes in Blacksburg, Virginia. George moved to Charlottesville in 1988 where he continued to build custom homes while learning how to run a high end residential trim and cabinetry shop. During that time, George functioned as the Production Manager where he was in charge of building custom cabinets & furniture. He is excited to be part of the Southern Development Homes team and is committed to building quality homes. In his spare time, you can find George working on various projects around the house and playing with his dog, Ciara.
Doug Morris is a Project Manager for Southern Development Homes. Doug has been with Southern Development since 2001. Doug has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, beginning in high school as an assistant Brick Mason. In his thirty plus years in the industry, Doug has worked in nearly every trade in the business, making him an expert in all aspects of home construction. In 2009, Doug oversaw the construction of more than 40 homes for Southern Development, including managing construction of an apartment building. In his free time, Doug enjoys hunting, gardening, woodworking and hiking with his two sons.
Garnett Harris is a Project Manager for Southern Development Homes. Garnett has been with Southern Development since 2002 and has been active in the construction industry for over thirty years. He is a native of Louisa County. In high school, Garnett was motivated to layout and build custom cabinets for his parents home – which are still there today. After high school, his first job was building townhouses – overseeing the process from raw lot through clearing, footers, framing and completion. Garnett went on to build single family residential homes with the same company. When the residential construction market slowed, Garnett, at age 22, assisted in the building of his first commercial building, a waste burning power facility in Lorton, Virginia. While working there, he became the youngest member of the carpenter’s union. After leaving the carpenter’s union, he went back to his previous employer to assist in the completion of another commercial building, this time an office complex in Stafford, Virginia. Garnett returned to his true passion, building homes, for the next 10 ½ years. In that position, Garnett worked as a Superintendent building subdivisions, roads, and single family homes – approximately 125 homes per year. Garnett began working with Southern Development on the weekends and evenings, putting in foundations for new homes, trimming homes and framing. It wasn’t long before Garnett became Southern Development’s first full time employee. Starting as a foreman, Garnett moved to Superintendent and then Project Coordinator. Since his time with Southern Development, Garnett has constructed hundreds of homes, multiple commercial buildings, and numerous subdivision roads. He prides himself on knowing every aspect of his job, the jobsite and each home his builds. Garnett enjoys boating at Lake Anna and restoring the luster and character of older homes.
Amy joined Southern Development in April of 2011, as the Contracts Coordinator, where she oversees the processing of new and amended contracts. Her previous position as the Permits Clerk for the Fluvanna County Building Inspections Office has given her the knowledge and understanding of building and development process that provides a unique asset to our Production and Development Teams. She is a 2001 graduate of Piedmont Virginia Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Amy is a lifelong resident of Fluvanna County, where she lives with her husband Robbie, and their son Bailey. She is an Adult Leader for the Virginia 4-H Program and a member the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary. In her spare time, Amy enjoys baking, photography, working with horses and hunting and fishing.
Mark is the Customer Service Manager for Southern Development Homes and handles our customers’ warranty issues, concerns and questions. He joined the team in 2013 and is involved in the final walkthroughs of each of our homes and explains how the home works to our new home owners. Mark grew up in Charlottesville and is a graduate of Western Albemarle High School. Mark played Semi-Pro baseball for 13 years. He now lives in Gordonsville with his wife and their four children and enjoys softball and golf and spending time with his family.
Dale Garrison works for Southern Development Homes as a carpenter and punch-out laborer. He assists with jobsite clean-up, light trim and punch out work, and other final touch up tasks as needed. Dale is a native of Albemarle County and has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. In his spare time, Dale enjoys playing pool and riding motorcycles.
Ken joined Southern Development Homes in April of 2013, after working as a Purchasing Manager and Project Manager for a top ten builder in the metropolitan DC market for 12 years. Bringing a wealth of knowledge of the home construction process, Ken understands the systems and databases to streamline critical communication among the builder and the buyer and trade partners. He has presented at several software round tables on implementation of construction software and processes. In his free time, Ken enjoys fishing, sailing, and spending time with his family. Ken is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Shannon Hughes is the Architectural Designer for Southern Development Homes. Shannon is responsible for creating new floor plan concepts, drawings, and models of our homes. After graduating in May 2013 from Virginia Tech’s top-ranked architecture school, she joined Southern Development Homes. Shannon brings hands-on building experience after participating in Virginia Tech’s Design/Build program, where she helped design and physically construct a farmers market in Covington, Virginia. Shannon has a love for Charlottesville, especially the “city meets country” atmosphere, and she loves going downtown for great food and live music or going wine tasting in the nearby mountains. Shannon conveniently lives within walking distance of the downtown mall and loves being a Hokie in a UVA town.
Jonathan joined the Southern Development team in December 2013. He assists from start to finish on each project, performing carpentry, punch out and light trim work. He was born and raised in Puebla Mexico, were he obtained his High School Diploma and a trade in electrical work. Jonathan is passionate about working in a team setting. He currently lives with his wife and two beautiful little girls in the Charlottesville area.
Elder joined the Southern Development Homes Team in November 2016. Elder has over 19 years of experience that he brings to the team. Elder was born and raised in Guatemala and has enjoyed living in the surrounding areas of Charlottesville. He loves the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as getting to live so close to his family. In his spare time, he loves having fun with his kids and fishing!
Shawn May joined the Southern Development Team in April 2019 as a Project Manager. After graduating high school in 2005, he joined the Navy and served for 6 years. While in the military he flew on the E-6B Nuclear Airborne Command Post based at the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. After leaving the military he held several jobs in the service industry. In 2015 he graduated from the University of Virginia with a business degree. After graduation, Shawn moved to northern Virginia where he worked as a Financial Analyst for 4 years. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and daughter!
Garrett joined the Southern Development team in Summer 2020 as an Assistant Project Manager. He has worked on and off as an Electrician since age 17, eventually earning his Journeyman license in Virginia. He’s happy to be part of a great team, and excited to learn more about the home building process. Especially all the trades that make it happen. Garrett was raised in New Hampshire, but has been in the Charlottesville area for about 5 years. In his free time he enjoys motorcycling, snowboarding, surfing, pretty much anything outdoors.
Anna joined Southern Development Homes in 2013 as our Design Manager. Anna relocated to Charlottesville in 2012 with her husband after designing high-end residences in Manhattan for 5 years. She received the Award for Merit in Design upon graduating from the New York School of Interior Design and went on to create inspired spaces in multiple luxury apartment buildings of Manhattan. Anna also travelled to China to design model homes for a new development, where she gained a wealth of cultural experience. Anna has enjoyed her return south to Charlottesville after growing up in North Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Psychology at UNC. She enjoys running outdoors on beautiful days and hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with her wonderful husband and her enthusiastic Yorkshire Terrier. She also finds great pleasure volunteering with the Junior League of Charlottesville and having the time and space necessary to paint abstract art again.
Shelby joined the Southern Development Team as an Assistant Designer in the summer of 2019. After graduating from Liberty University where she studied interior design and business, Shelby moved back home to Annapolis, MD which is where she was born and raised. She worked for a very highly rated interior design firm that designed homes all over the Washington D.C. and surrounding areas, including the home of the Vice President. She later moved back to the central VA area where she worked as a kitchen and bath designer, then soon decided to settle down in Charlottesville with her husband and two kittens. Shelby enjoys anything outdoors, including hiking, swimming, and exploring all the historic places that Virginia has to offer. She love thrifting and searching through antique stores for hidden gems that can be restored and turned into a fun DIY project.
Mary joined Southern Development in 2018 as a Sales Coordinator. Mary’s experience in purchasing her new townhouse in the Belmont Station community led her to her current position. Mary grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English and Journalism. She has had her own weekly column in a community newspaper and operated a small consulting business. Over the years Mary worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies in Market Research and New Product Development which led her to living in Chicago, New York and Atlanta. Mary came to Charlottesville in 2017 to be closer to family, including her four children and four grandchildren. Mary enjoys art, reading, movies, and loves to travel. When not spending time with family, Mary is excited to be planning and planting her new garden.
Lynn joined Southern Development in 2011 as a Sales Coordinator. Lynn got to know the members of the Southern Development Homes team during the purchase of her home in the Pavilions at Pantops community. Lynn grew up in Connecticut and moved to Charlottesville in 1986. She also lived in Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Florida. Lynn studied psychology and art at UConn and has continued her education by attending PVCC where she has studied business, art, and creative writing. Prior to Southern Development, she was a stay at home mom. In her spare time Lynn enjoys art and creative writing. She has won awards for quilting and ceramics. She is also an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Lynn loves to spend time with her family.
Bianca joined the Southern Development Homes Team as our Marketing Associate in September 2017. With a passion for marketing and over 6 years of sales experience in the Charlottesville market, she is excited to continue her professional growth and success with such a great team. Bianca was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil until she was 10yrs old and moved to Charlottesville, VA where she has been a proud local! She shares an equal love for the beach as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains, having spent time living in Roanoke, VA where she completed her Bachelors Degree in Studio Arts at Roanoke College. In her spare time, her favorite things to do are hiking with friends, running, fishing, and most of all spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Andrea is the Sales Manager for Southern Development Homes and has been with the company since 2014. She manages the sales and marketing teams for the company and loves the collaboration and family environment of the entire organization. She is a Blacksburg, Virginia native that moved to Charlottesville in 2008 and fell in love with the beauty and culture of Charlottesville, the place she proudly calls her permanent home. Andrea received a bachelor’s degree through Old Dominion University with a concentration in Human Services and Business Administration. Prior to joining Southern Development, she gained a wealth of knowledge by working for a national homebuilder in addition to bringing over 10 years of leadership experience to the team. Andrea is passionate about being involved in and giving back to her community. She’s received numerous awards and recognition for community involvement with organizations like Boys and Girls Club and The Local Colors Festival. One of the aspects she loves most about working for a locally-based developer and homebuilder is the direct involvement Southern Development has with so many local and global organizations. Outside of work, Andrea is an avid animal lover and loves to explore new hiking trails, spend time with friends and family, attend local sporting events, travel to anywhere with a beach, and take in a beautiful Charlottesville sunset.
Emma Jeanne Kirschnick joined Southern Development Homes as a Sales Consultant in January 2018. She has a passion for real estate sales and over 5 years of new construction homebuilding experience in the Charlottesville market. A native to the area, Emma was born and raised just outside of Charlottesville, VA. She shares an equal love for the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the ocean, having spent time living on the coast of Wrightsville Beach where she completed her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In her time away from work, her favorite things to do are traveling, saltwater fishing, running, hiking, and most of all spending time with her family.
Nancy Witte joined the Southern Development team as a Sales and Marketing Associate in August of 2015, and has had a passion for real estate since buying her first fixer-upper at the age of 20. She has continued to renovate and manage her own rental properties, throughout a career that includes experience in sales, manufacturing, and process engineering. Most recently, Nancy served as Director of Business Development for a green energy company. She shares Southern Development’s commitment to a sustainable and safe future for us all. A Virginia native and longtime Hampton Roads resident, she is excited to become a member of the Charlottesville community and join a company committed to helping individuals and families create a perfect home. Her own family includes husband David, daughters Alana, Holly, and Carli, and, last but certainly not least, fabulous granddaughter Mila! When she is not spoiling Mila, she loves cooking for friends and family, traveling, reading, and walking.
Mike is a Sales Consultant with Southern Development Homes and and joined the sales team in the Spring of 2017. After graduating from Radford University, he relocated to Charlottesville for a job opportunity in the transportation industry. Mike brings with him ten years of sales and customer service experience while working for a global automotive transportation provider. Being new to the real estate market Mike is excited to be joining a Charlottesville based company that supports the local community while working to help families achieve their dream homes. In his spare time, you can find him constructing his latest DIY woodworking project, catching a UVA game with friends, or hiking with his dog, Riley.
Noah joined the Southern Development sales team at the beginning of 2019, shortly after moving to Charlottesville. A Maine native, he studied Political Science at Colby College and earned a M.S. in Global Logistics from Maine Maritime Academy. After graduating, he managed international supply chains within both the consumer goods and defense industries in Washington, D.C. He is excited to bring his love of homes and the skills he learned from these sectors to Southern Development Homes. In his free time, Noah enjoys spending time with his partner and their two yellow labs. They love to hike, cook, and spend time on the water. He is also an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast and has been to auto shows in four states and two countries.
Dawn joined Southern Development as a Sales Coordinator in August of 2020. She and her husband fell in love with Charlottesville, after traveling here from Pennsylvania, and decided to make this their home. Dawn earned her Bachelor of Science in Physiology from Penn State and worked in pharmaceutical and media sales prior to joining Southern Development. She is looking forward to being involved in helping others build their dream home. Dawn has a passion for travel. She and her husband spent their honeymoon in Bora Bora, have ventured to many islands in the Caribbean, and recently journeyed to South Africa to observe the incredible wildlife there. Dawn loves all creatures great and small, and more than anything, enjoys spending time at home with her husband Bill, their dog Gilda, and two cats, Zig and Herc
He and his wife moved to Charlottesville in 2016 after finishing college to be near the mountains. Taylor is from Minnesota and attended school at Bemidji State University, where he met his wife, and achieved his B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Ecosystems. His time in school he worked at his campus Sustainability office where his focus was on energy and waste reduction on campus and the surrounding community of Bemidji which led him to work for a National solar company. What drew him to Southern Development was the sense of community and culture within the organization to build better lives. On his free time, he likes to compete in rugby with our local men’s club, spend time with his wife and friends, and relax outdoors while enjoying some craft beers.
Angela Myers is an Accounting Clerk with Southern Development. Upon completing her studies at Long Island Business Institute, Angela became the Senior Administrative Assistant for Resource Development at Long Island United Way. She relocated to Charlottesville and became the Purchasing Assistant for Elite Electric. Angela has been with Southern Development since 2003 and has enjoyed learning about the home building trade. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, reading and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Melissa Ballif oversees accounting and IT for Southern Development. Melissa holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Melissa spent several years working in the engineering field with Dominion Virginia Power in the Distribution Planning and Distribution Reliability and obtained her E.I.T. certification prior to joining Southern Development. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family.
Sasha joined Southern Development in the summer of 2019 as Administrative Manager, overseeing human resources, payroll, company events and office needs. Sasha has a bachelor’s degree from UVA, and has worked in the music industry, Albemarle County schools and the University of Virginia. Outside of work, you can most likely find her spending time with her kids, friends and family, enjoying live music, a great meal, or attending UVA sports.