The Pamlico Rose Institute
Growing Community by Preserving History
820 Park Dr. Washington, NC, 27889

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 help build and grow community through preserving history.  Located in Washington, NC on the Pamlico River, PRISC fosters the importance of community through projects and programs that encourage preservation, reutilization and persistence of its historical, social, cultural, economic, and natural environments.  PRISC accomplishes this mission through its umbrella program, the Betty Ann Sands Memorial Project Build Community (PBC).

Programs and projects under PBC promote community growth and sustainability through cultural and historic preservation.  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 start to bring people together and heal the ruptured divisions we’re currently experiencing.

Addressing the plight of today’s veterans re-entering and successfully transitioning back into our communities is one of PRISC’s and PBC’s primary goals.  PRISC staff and Board of Directors are passionate about veterans’ issues and consider a strong and sustainable community as 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.  Initial PRISC projects model that passion, concern, and hope.

The initial project features building an Historic Enclave by purchasing and rehabilitating “distressed” homes in Washington, NC’s historic district and creating affordable housing for disabled 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 disabled veteran housing, easing physical disabilities and stress-related concerns, and providing a means to connect veterans while immersing them in a local community.

A second project is to acquire an endangered historic property and create a facility for sober living.  Named Rose Haven, this property will support female veterans with substance abuse history as the final step to aid in their recovery to becoming a functioning and fully-engaged member of a community.  In addition, this project will develop a program of social resilience to help with the residents’ transition to living in the community.

Building Community through Public Participation (BCPP) is a third effort under Project Build Community.  This community-based program is designed to forge shared community identity through history, cultural and historical resources, arts, and the greater humanities.  Through partnerships and collaborations between PRISC and other community organizations and nonprofits, BCPP will support programs and projects such as in-residence cultural historians and resource managers, development of public historical products to help bind community identity, workshops and presentations on building community through preserving history, and more.


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.

To Give to PRISC and PBC, please visit our Donation Page.


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.

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

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.