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 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.
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 over 10 years ago, 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 joined Southern Development as the Development Coordinator in May 2014. 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. She is excited to start her professional career at Southern Development. 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 joined Southern Development in August 2014 and is currently a Production Manager. 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. Jeremy has been a lifelong resident of Richmond but is excited to move closer to Charlottesville and is looking forward to living in a sports town as well as being able to do more hiking and exploring with 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 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 so far, 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.
Max joined the Southern Development team in May 2019 and is currently a Project Manager. Max graduated locally here in Charlottesville from The University of Virginia with a major in Psychology and was also a member of the UVA football team. After graduating, Max started in sales, where he learned that the best part of his job was building the product he was selling for the customer. He then moved on to start working as an Assistant Project Manager with Ryan Homes in Northern Virginia. While at Ryan, he was promoted to a Project Manager, where he was responsible for building over 400 houses and condominiums. He then transferred to Stanley Martin in Northern Virginia for one year prior to moving back to Charlottesville and starting with Southern Development. In his free time, Max enjoys hiking with his dog, Biggie, and relaxing at one of the many wineries around 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. Mr. López is passionate about working in a team setting. Jonathan currently lives with his wife and two beautiful little girls in the Charlottesville area.
Elder joined the Southern Development Homes Team in November 2016. With over 19 years of experience, he is excited to continue his professional growth and success with such a great team. Elder was born and raised in Guatemala and has enjoyed living in the surrounding areas of Charlottesville for the past 10 years. 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!
Virginia joined Southern Development in 2013 as company photographer and sales coordinator. Currently, Virginia is the Design Center Associate assisting the Design Center Manager with multiple aspects of the selections process for our home buyers. In addition to her work at Southern Development, Virginia is a freelance photographer who loves to photograph architecture, people and animals. Virginia earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut and then spent several years in New York City and Tampa managing software development projects. After their 2 daughters were born, Virginia and her late husband moved to Albemarle County because they wanted to raise their children in a rural setting. They chose Albemarle for the climate, the picturesque countryside and for the diverse, culture-rich city of Charlottesville which it surrounds. In her free time, Virginia practices Tae Kwon-Do and Yoga, loves to cook, read, hike and spend time with her family.
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.
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.
Mary joined the Southern Development team as a sales coordinator in October of 2018. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Graphic Design. During her career she has worked for consultant design offices in Charlotte, Boston and Washington DC, and continues to maintain a small client base since relocating to the Charlottesville area in 2008. Mary and her husband Steve reside in a 120- year-old house in Earlysville, VA where she spends her free time creating and nurturing their ornamental shrub, flower and vegetable gardens. Travel, exercise, a book club, a supper club, and volunteer work for local organizations fill up the rest of her calendar!
Charif is a Community Sales Consultant 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.
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 has been married to her husband Craig for 36 years, and has 2 children, one granddaughter.
Bianca joined the Southern Development Homes Team as the 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 fiancé and two dogs.
Andrea is the Sales Manager with Southern Development Homes. Andrea, a Blacksburg Virginia native, moved to Charlottesville in 2008 and has come to love Charlottesville, the place she proudly calls home. Andrea received her Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University. She spent 8 years in the wireless industry as a Regional Sales Manager. After relocating to the area, her love for real estate took off as she worked for a national home builder for 3 years and sold a volume of over 17 million in homes. She’s received numerous awards and recognition for community involvement with organizations like Boys and Girls Club and The Local Colors Festival. As her love for Charlottesville, real estate, and helping others has evolved, so has her joy with working for a Charlottesville-based company. If you can’t find her at a model home, she’s most likely enjoying the sunset at a vineyard, catching a football game with friends, or spoiling her beloved French Mastiff, Isabelle.
Emma Jeanne Kirschnick joined Southern Development Homes as a Sales Consultant in January 2018. With a passion for real estate sales and over 5 years of new construction homebuilding experience in the Charlottesville market, she is excited to continue her professional growth and success with such a great team. 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.
Gwendolyn Moore joined Southern Development in February 2015 as a Community Sales Consultant. Gwen is an alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a major in Business Administration and Management and a Minor in Finance. She is also a graduate of Faith landmark Bible institute. Gwen has been in Real Estate for 11 years, selling close to 350 homes. Gwen’s passion is to help bless people with high degree of Integrity, Honesty, and Professionalism in the purchase of their new home. Her passion for helping others in turn, is not a sale, but a relationship. Gwen has received several honors in her real estate career, including top 10% of Coldwell banker agents in Virginia in 2012, along with multiple realtor designation and awards. She has also served as a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia and a qualified trainer for the Virginia Housing Development Association. Gwen has a loving, Husband, Daughter and Cocker Spaniel that she loves to spend her free time with. Gwen also enjoys traveling, reading, playing tennis and working with the Special Olympics and the Down Syndrome Association.
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.
Jordan joined Southern Development in the Fall of 2017 as a Sales & Marketing Associate, only a couple months after moving to Charlottesville from Austin, TX. Before graduating from the University of Texas, he entered the residential leasing market as an agent in 2012, eventually moving into residential sales & investments after receiving his bachelors degree from UT. He brings the confidence and passion for real estate sales to the best team in the business and only hopes to take SD homes to new heights. Jordan is an avid college sports fan, connoisseur of local craft beer, and occasional visitor of the golf course. While Charlottesville offers all three in abundance, he’s here to stay for the wonderful people that make up this great community!
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.
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.