Our Team

Dave Redding

EcoVillage:

Dave is one of the two original purchasers of the EcoVillage Charlottesville property. The property was purchased as a result of input by Douglas Olson and his concept of building community on his 6.35acre property he and his wife owned. Purchased in the fall of 2103 Dave has lived on the property since early 2014, committed to building a resilient community. Dave's days are spent in repairing and maintaining the beautiful historic Lochlyn House, the 3700 sqft home, as well as the Healthy living Center, a duplex building located on the south side of the property. Dave worked as a project manager for Motorola before taking early retirement in 1997, so he could take over that part of the EcoVillage project. Dave is also the executive director of the Healthy Food Coalition, a 251(c)3 IRS approved non-profit which Joanie and he began about 9 years ago when they saw that there is a large need for us all to eat healthy foods to remain healthy.

Background:

Dave retired early from Motorola, and for 13 years traveled the world volunteering - attempting to make the world a better place than he found it. The skill sets he brought with him from working include project manager, electrical contractor, heating and air contractor, real estate broker and general contractor. He was raised on a 'truck farm' where he grew vegetables for the local grocery stores, so he knows a bit about gardening for markets. While traveling, Dave volunteered at each place for a long enough time (2-4 months) to understand the local communities. He was surprised that most places no longer have any community spirit. He sees this as our greatest need. Without a sense of community, we feel powerless in the larger world. Gardening allows us to provide for ourselves and our community. In the Fall of 2010 he settled down in Charlottesville, Va and enjoys working with the local non-profits very much. Dave spends his free time volunteering with a verity of organizations including Virginia Organizing, Community Bikes, Computer 4 Kids, Food not Bombs, Grandmas got Email, Cville TimeBank, Urban Ag Collective of Charlottesville, and 325Central Va.

Joaine Freeman

EcoVillage:

Joanie has been the co-owner of the EcoVillage Charlottesville property since 2014. As residential care taker she developed a role of inviting the community to the property for many different types of events. The purpose always has been to share the ideas and the vision of our eco friendly intentional community model. That entails the eco life style change and having people connecting with each other for community building. She creates a warmth and comfort for people to come and gather in the Lochlyn House while growing an experience of community. Those events include weekly potlucks, book readings, house concerts, storytelling, honoring and discovering how to handle life situations and exploring together while connecting with Community. Additionally there have been many environmental groups meetings for education and advocacy purposes to help make needed changes personally, community wide and nationally. The creation of the singing group called the Green Grannies of Charlottesville was her way of adding fun to an important message. Their Green Grannies is to "Entertain, Educate and Energize" people to become active.

Background:

Joanie’s diverse professional background reflects her solutions-oriented approach to the issues close to her heart. Her formal education was in early childhood and special education at the University of Florida. She would later use this degree working for Miami Dade County Public Schools. Her position culminated in developing a model program for moderately mentally handicapped high school students. Among other endeavors Joanie also owned and operated two popular child care centers to support single and working parents. She worked as an advocate for people who were homeless in Miami through the Mental Health Association. Alongside these ventures, Joanie also taught Iyengar Yoga for over twenty years. Once her two sons had grown up, Joanie spent a year travelling the United States to see what life was like throughout the country. She settled briefly in Virginia, only to pack her bags and spend another five years volunteering around the world. These experiences left her with a passion for creating a living solution to the problems the world is facing re-framing our relationship to our environment and rebuilding interdependence in our communities.

Tom Hickman
EcoVillage:

Tom Hickman is the charismatic, innovative developer of EcoVillage Charlottesville. A thirty five year career building and developing in Charlottesville has given him the wherewithal to get this project off the ground. Over time, Tom has become increasingly passionate about designing neighborhoods to foster community and environmental sustainability. He is excited to continue pushing that edge with EcoVillage Charlottesville.

Background

With over 40 development projects in Charlottesville, Tom’s roots in the community run deep. He is the builder and developer of four city neighborhoods; among his historical preservation projects are the South Street Bed & Breakfast, the C&O Train Station, and the King Family Lumber Warehouse. Tom values innovate design, quality construction, and repurposing reclaimed materials when he can. Beyond Charlottesville, Tom has spent years volunteering with the Building Goodness Foundation in Haiti, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. He is also an avid sailor and loves nothing more than screaming up to a mooring ball at full sail. In EcoVillage Charlottesville, Tom hopes to find the sense of community and closeness he and his siblings enjoyed growing up on numerous military bases. He and his wife Melissa share seven children and look forward to aging in place at the EcoVillage.

Chris Fuller
EcoVillage:

Chris is committed to designing a resilient, beautiful, affordable, and community focused ecovillage with strong connections with the natural world. He hopes that it will serve as an example of how a community can be resilient, but also be affordable and exceptional. He plans to move to the Ecovillage with his wife and two little girls and is excited for the promise of living in a place that feels alive with gardens and friends.

Background:

Chris dreams up possibilities and cutting edge, elegant solutions for our Ecovillage and other resilient buildings and communities with his friends at Staengl Engineering: a local engineering firm specializing in ultra-low energy buildings. He also is a part of the educational wing of the green building movement with his involvement in the Greater Virginia Green Building Council and The Housing Lab. Chris is a Professional Architectural Engineer with a passion for and experience in designing pocket neighborhoods, net zero energy housing, and regenerative landscapes.

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Fred Oesch
EcoVillage:

Fred is engaged in contributing Land Planning and Architectural Design for EcoVillage Charlottesville. He shares the collective vision and endeavor to help nurture the ecovillage community, by manifesting a new state-of-the-art environmentally conscious and replicable model for the region and world at large.

Background:

Fred is the principal of Oesch Environmental Design, a Design/Build firm currently specializing in ecovillages and sustainable communities. He has designed Master Planning, Architecture, Interiors, Furniture, and Fine Art for more than 35 years. His specialty is healthful, energy efficient, alternative building, inc., solar design, timber frame, straw bale construction, earth sheltered structures, living earth roofs, and natural environmental control systems. Fred has technical experience, teaching, and management of human and material resources; encompassing the full range of design disciplines. Conducting research on Environmental Design and lecturing at universities in the U.S. and Europe, he has practiced Environmental Design, Construction Technology, and Product Design. He has also developed internationally marketed furniture and architectural software. Fred's projects have been featured on Home and Garden Television, and in numerous books, newspaper, and magazine publications. Fred received the Virginia Sustainable Building Network Green Innovation Award for the Best Single Family Residential Project, and the Green Innovation Award for Best Green Designer. He is currently completing a new book titled, "Symbiotic Living: Elements of Timeless Design & Building Solutions".

Saman Dashti
EcoVillage:

Saman joined the Ecovillage because of a common vision of forming intentional community. As an educator he stresses an ecologically conscious approach to citizenship. As a citizen he loves gathering with people in customs ceremonies, and rituals. He plans to live at the EcoVillage and looks forward to participating in building better culture and in living in community.

Background

Saman moved to Charlottesville in 2015 from New York City where he was born and raised. He is a practitioner of Afro-diasporic folk arts and focuses on group experiences to build culture and heal societal divides. He spent over twenty years teaching expressive arts in the schools of New York and working with disenfranchised communities in north New Jersey. He now works as a teaching artist in Charlottesville schools and local community centers.