September 3, 2020
Community Housing Partners (CHP), which provides affordable and sustainable housing across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, has welcomed two new members of its board of directors in 2020. The new board members, Freddy Paige and Janet Riddlebarger, both hail from Virginia’s New River Valley.
“At CHP, we value and rely on the perspective and counsel of our board of directors,” said Janaka Casper, Chief Executive Officer. “Freddy’s expertise in sustainability and housing research informs and solidifies our commitment to sustainability, while Janet’s years of experience in the real estate industry and residential property management ensures CHP’s best in class service aspirations. They are both valued members of CHP’s board.”
Paige, who is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech and assistant director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research, joined the board in January. His areas of expertise include sustainable infrastructure and housing, environmental justice, and engineering education.
Paige’s professional work seeks to develop an informed public that lives in a sustainable built environment. He works with a variety of utilities, sustainability nonprofits, and educational institutions to address sustainability issues. Paige completed his Ph.D. in civil engineering at Clemson University, where he also received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in the same subject. He serves on the board’s Real Estate Development Committee.
Meanwhile, Riddlebarger joined CHP’s board in July. She has 37 years of real estate industry experience at HHHunt, where she most recently served as Interim Chief Operating Officer. Her previous positions at HHHunt include Vice President, Senior Vice President of Apartment Living, and President of The Asset Management Group (which housed Apartments, Senior Living, Development, and Construction).
Riddelbarger, who is a Virginia Tech alumna and is working toward certification as a life coach, has also served on the Residential Property Management Advisory Board at Virginia Tech for the past 25 years. In addition to several local apartment association boards and the Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM), Riddlebarger was a member of the Better Business Bureau of Western Virginia board for several years, including two years as board chair. At CHP, she serves on the board’s Housing Services Committee.