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  • 304-501-4755
  • P.O. Box 1133 Wayne, WV 25570
  • 304-501-4755

Bio: Claudette Karr

Meet Claudette "Claud" Karr

Prior to joining Coalfield, Claudette spent twenty years working for a, non-profit multi-family housing provider in West Virginia. In her role as a Regional Housing and Compliance Coordinator, Claudette was not only responsible for management, but was deeply committed to educating and mentoring new managers, maintenance and clerical personnel for 843 units. Additionally, in her free time Claudette volunteered for two years as the Hearing Officer for the City of Fairmont Housing Authority.  Claudette attended West Virginia University, Stanley Technical Institute.  She holds professional certifications for AHM through Quadel and LIHTC through The Spectrum Companies.

First joining the Coalfield team as the Real Estate Coordinator in 2016, Claudette is now the Director of Revitalize Appalachia: a multi-faceted social enterprise that comprises community based real estate development, construction and multifamily housing management. In this role, Claudette is directly engaged in all aspects related to Coalfield’s real estate development initiatives, with a property portfolio totaling approximately 600,000 sf and spanning Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, and Mingo Counties. To date, Claudette has helped shepherd over fourteen million dollars in funding for community development projects across West Virginia.  

Claudette is active in community development and housing coalitions, working with the Downtown Appalachia Redevelopment Initiative, Steering Committee of the Abandon Properties Coalition and assisting with the organization of the annual West Virginia Housing Conference. She serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for the Good News Mountaineer Garage, a non-profit dedicated to assisting individuals and families facing transportation barriers.

Claudette lives with her husband in Tornado, WV. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, painting, and being mom to David, Amber, Richie and Ian. Claud is also nana to Tiegan and Mikey.

Fun Facts: Claud was the Field Commander in addition to playing the clarinet, oboe and bassoon in her high school marching band.

Favorite Movie/Book Quote: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind)

Personal Motto: “And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

Favorite Saying: Live well, Laugh often and Love much

Personal Hero: My mom, Peggy Ann Toothman. She taught me to be humble and kind. Love you Ma.

Most Interesting Place Ever Visited: Tombstone, Arizona (1982): On a family vacation, we “misplaced” my 11-year-old brother for an entire day. We found him that evening sitting at the local bar drinking sarsaparilla.

Contact Claudette: ckarr@coalfield-development.org