The Pamlico Rose Institute
Growing Community by Preserving History
805-320-2967
820 Park Dr. Washington, NC, 27889
robert@pamlicorose.org
805-320-2967 Robert@PamlicoRose.org

About The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities

Fostering the importance of community through research, learning, projects, and programs that encourage preservation, reutilization, and persistence of its historical, social, cultural, economic, and natural environments.

Growing Community by Preserving History

Founded in 2016, the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities (PRISC) is a North Carolina 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve at-risk populations, such as Veterans, while building and sustaining community through preserving history.

In a turbulent social and cultural environment characterizing much of our country today, growing and strengthening communities and developing shared and common identity for all community residents can begin to bring people together and heal the ruptured divisions we’re currently experiencing.

Addressing the plight of today’s Veterans re-entering and successfully integrating back into our communities is one of PRISC’s primary goals.  The PRISC staff and Board of Directors are passionate about Veterans’ issues and consider a strong and sustainable community critical to their well-being.  Welcoming Veterans into our communities brings a diversity of experience, skills, and knowledge that can help to build stronger communities.  The initial PRISC project models that passion, concern, and hope.

The Rose Haven Center of Healing reflects PRISC’s twin missions of:  a) service to at-risk populations, female Veterans recovering from substance abuse, as well as other Veteran populations, and b) historic preservation/rehabilitation to promote neighborhood and community sustainability.  The Center will feature a holistic and multidisciplinary healing approach and program for Veterans through a reintegration experience that includes residential living, the arts, gardening, yoga, and other strategies.  A rehabilitated 1892 farmhouse, adjacent historic barn, and a healing landscape will form the Center of Healing infrastructure and offer a platform to advance healing strategies such as urban gardening and woodworking while also promoting social resilience for residents.  The Center well also act as a catalyst to promote healing in the local Veteran population.

A second project features building a Historic Enclave by purchasing and rehabilitating adjacent “distressed” homes in Washington, NC’s historic district and creating affordable housing for at-risk Veterans and their families.  Historical enclaves are a distinct yet connected neighborhood of houses linked together by a common landscaped green space.  Enclaves provide an alternative approach to meeting at-risk Veteran housing, easing physical disabilities and stress-related concerns, and providing a means to connect Veterans while immersing them in a local community.

More about each project can be found at these links, Rose Haven and Historical Enclaves.  PRISC looks to advance our projects and programs as they develop as models for exporting to other communities.

Rose Haven, and future projects like it, will also be an anchor for promoting community sustainability, historic preservation, stewardship, and community engagement.  PRISC also counts as part of its mission to raise awareness of Veteran issues through events and activities and to help bring Veterans together.  The Healing Vets Weekend and Ride for Rose Haven: Supporting Women Veterans a multi-day event features a variety of activities that highlight healing strategies for Veterans and the communities surrounding Veterans. The 2018 Healing Vets Weekend was May 31-June 2 in Washington, NC and included a military Veteran art exhibit, Veteran Outreach Fair, VET-Talks – IBX (a series of TEDx-like talks that covered healing and Veterans), sunrise healing yoga, and the Ride for Rose Haven: Supporting Women Veterans.  More about the 2018 Healing Vets Weekend and the Ride for Rose Haven can be found here.  PRISC also sponsors presentations like that with author Holly Dunn, author of Sole Survivor.  “An Evening Conversation with Holly Dunn” can be found on the PRISC YouTube channel.  PRISC CEO Robert Greene Sands sits on the board of East Carolina Veterans Coalition (ECVC), a community engagement and advocacy group that works with the VA Clinic in Greenville, NC to identify and help address Veteran issues in eastern North Carolina.  PRISC is also partnering with local and regional Veteran groups, such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Post #48, on a variety of activities and events, as well as organizations that advocate for Veteran causes, such as NCWorks.

2018

2018 marks the continuation of PRISC’s efforts toward building strong and sustainable communities.  PRISC’s staff of CEO Dr. Robert Greene Sands, Project Engineer David Steckel, and Research Associates Dr. Jackie Eller and Dr. Kelly Earp and a very active Board of Directors, anticipate promoting these programs and projects in Washington, NC while modeling our successes to be used in other communities.  PRISC welcomes tax-deductible support of our mission, programs, and projects through financial gifts, donations of materials, time, real estate, and other donations-in-kind.

STAFF

Robert Greene Sands
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Greene Sands, PhD, is the CEO of Washington, NC’s newest nonprofit organization, the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities.  Sands is an anthropologist whose career spans over 25 years of work in applying theoretical aspects of culture to a diverse set of practical applications to meet organizational and community needs.  He has worked in such areas as archaeology, cultural resource management, and historical preservation in support of Federal agencies.  Sands has been active over the last decade in the design and development of critical culture and language learning programs for the Department of Defense and other US Governmental organizations.

Robert is the author of eight books along with numerous articles and book chapters, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the role of culture and language in national security.  Sands’ enduring passion utilizes facets of culture to strengthen and sustain a sense of community that is essential for embracing the rapidly changing social, physical, and cultural landscape that lies at doorsteps in neighborhoods and across the far flung reaches of the planet. Dr. Sands received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Anthropology from Iowa State, and his B.S. from Illinois State.  He also spent over fifteen years in Southern California teaching and surfing, while engaging in ethnographic research on sport and culture.  He and his wife, Allison, have a home in Washington, NC.

David Steckel
Project Engineer
David Steckel is a Veteran who recently retired from the USAF as a DoD civilian, where he was a Test Range Engineer and Environmental Manager.  He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering, and an MS in Engineering with a focus on Product Assurance.  During his time with the USAF he held many positions, including Environmental Restoration Division Chief which led him to a second Masters degree in Bioregional Planning.  He has always been interested in promoting good environmental stewardship.  Adding to his active duty time in the mid-70s, Mr. Steckel volunteered for a year’s deployment in Afghanistan where he served as the Base Master Planner at Bagram Airfield, putting him in charge of inventorying and assigning all land parcels within its 3,700 acre expanse.  The work focused on providing support for over 27,000 U.S. and foreign military, federal civilian, and contract personnel.  This brought him into direct contact with all entities (foreign and domestic) currently existing or newly arrived onto Bagram, siting defensive systems, radar sites, motor pools, office space, as well as retrograde and staging areas.  He is currently a volunteer/member of Team Rubicon which provides disaster relief to those affected by domestic or international natural disasters.  Team Rubicon pairs the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions.

David Steckel
Project Engineer
David Steckel is a Veteran who recently retired from the USAF as a DoD civilian, where he was a Test Range Engineer and Environmental Manager.  He has a BS in Aerospace Engineering, and an MS in Engineering with a focus on Product Assurance.  During his time with the USAF he held many positions, including Environmental Restoration Division Chief which led him to a second Masters degree in Bioregional Planning.  He has always been interested in promoting good environmental stewardship.  Adding to his active duty time in the mid-70s, Mr. Steckel volunteered for a year’s deployment in Afghanistan where he served as the Base Master Planner at Bagram Airfield, putting him in charge of inventorying and assigning all land parcels within its 3,700 acre expanse.  The work focused on providing support for over 27,000 U.S. and foreign military, federal civilian, and contract personnel.  This brought him into direct contact with all entities (foreign and domestic) currently existing or newly arrived onto Bagram, siting defensive systems, radar sites, motor pools, office space, as well as retrograde and staging areas.  He is currently a volunteer/member of Team Rubicon which provides disaster relief to those affected by domestic or international natural disasters.  Team Rubicon pairs the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions.

Jackie Eller
Research Associate
For over 30 years, sociologist Dr. Jackie Eller has been involved in all facets of higher education at Middle Tennessee State University as an acclaimed and awarded professor, as graduate program director, women’s studies program director, Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department, and most recently, as Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Vice-Provost for Research.  Her research and publications include the study of social deviance and sexual assault, “deviant” communities, sociology of emotions and the construction of identity, and women’s issues in general.  Dr. Eller has an acute understanding of what makes a learning program successful in all types of classroom environments, to include faculty preparation and delivery, development of effective curriculum, and appropriate and meaningful assessment.  In her research and teaching, Dr. Eller has forged successful relationships across disciplinary lines in her academic administrative experience while also translating multidisciplinary efforts into successful and effective learning experiences.

Marie J. Coreil
Copy Editor

In her second act following three decades of university teaching, Marie formed Coreil Editorial Services to assist writers and nonprofits in their work.  She has a passion for the written word and enjoys polishing up text to make it shine.  She got connected with PRISC through BoD member Kelly Earp, whose dissertation she supervised.  Her services include copy editing, developmental editing, and manuscript evaluation.  In addition to editing, Coreil draws from her anthropological background in writing essays on contemporary social issues. Some of these can be found on her website www.tropicofcandor.com.

Marie J. Coreil
Copy Editor

In her second act following three decades of university teaching, Marie formed Coreil Editorial Services to assist writers and nonprofits in their work.  She has a passion for the written word and enjoys polishing up text to make it shine.  She got connected with PRISC through BoD member Kelly Earp, whose dissertation she supervised.  Her services include copy editing, developmental editing, and manuscript evaluation.  In addition to editing, Coreil draws from her anthropological background in writing essays on contemporary social issues. Some of these can be found on her website www.tropicofcandor.com.

Pamela Anderson
Co-director of Healing Veterans Weekend and RFRH
Pamela Anderson is owner of Admix Advertising Agency in Washington and has worked in television, radio and print for over three decades.

Pam is devoted to community service on a multitude of levels.  She is a Past President of the Washington Noon Rotary, District Public Image Chair and coordinator and founder of the Rotary’s Annual Smoke on the Water festival, now in its 21st year.  She served as chair of the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber’s 100 Year Celebration, the first Maritime History Festival, the City’s 2017 Memorial Day Celebration.  She has served on numerous board of directors including the Beaufort County United Way, the Washington Yacht & Country Club, Carolina Coastal Classrooms, the Humane Society of Beaufort County, Literacy Volunteers of Beaufort County, and the local chapter of the Red Cross.

Her ad agency is an ADDY Award recipient.  Other awards include Business Woman of the Year, the Medal of Distinction for leadership in business, and the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal for community service. Pam is a Kentucky Colonel and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Pam is most proud of being the mother of two children, Sean Nathan and Mari-Elizabeth Nuckols.  She is excited to be working on the Healing Vets Weekend Project and the Ride For Rose Haven.

Crystal Reynolds
Intern – Outreach Coordinator

Crystal Reynolds is a second year student at Beaufort County Community College, majoring in Human Service Technology.  Crystal will graduate in May of 2018 and will continue to pursue her education.  She hopes to get a Bachelor’s in Psychology so she can counsel Veterans.  Crystal comes from a long line of Veterans.  She is excited to work for PRISC because she believes in their agenda to help female veterans.  Crystal is a mother of two wonderful children, one who is special needs, and is also the caretaker for her parents who are both disabled.

Crystal Reynolds
Intern – Outreach Coordinator

Crystal Reynolds is a second year student at Beaufort County Community College, majoring in Human Service Technology.  Crystal will graduate in May of 2018 and will continue to pursue her education.  She hopes to get a Bachelor’s in Psychology so she can counsel Veterans.  Crystal comes from a long line of Veterans.  She is excited to work for PRISC because she believes in their agenda to help female veterans.  Crystal is a mother of two wonderful children, one who is special needs, and is also the caretaker for her parents who are both disabled.