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 Pamlico Rose

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.

Building Wellness “Vet by Vet”

Pamlico Rose, a Washington, NC nonprofit, advances health and wellness programs for Veterans – “Vet by Vet.”  Many Veterans struggle with transition, including social and community reintegration from military to civilian life.  This struggle has a variety of causes; for example, trauma experienced during service may cause lasting effects on their mind and body.  When the Veteran becomes a civilian, this transition may cause relationships with loved ones and friends to suffer.  These struggles may result in addiction, depression, unemployment, homelessness, and the final insult to their injury, suicide.  This is especially true if the Veteran suffers with PTSD as a result of the trauma experienced during their military service.  

Transition can be even more challenging for female Veterans.  They suffer from both similar and different experiences due to a lower exposure to combat, but a much higher risk of sexual harassment or assault.  Female Veterans face socially conflicting role expectations of women as mothers, partners, and warriors, often coupled with being a single parent.  Many of these women lack a support network of other female Veterans and find seeking help through the VA difficult due to a continued belief in the VA’s association to the military, the scarcity or limitations of health and medical programs for women, and/or the perceived male-centric culture of the VA.

Building a strong foundation of wellness and resilience can help female Veterans, as well as other Veterans, overcome the effects of trauma and an uncertain future.  Pamlico Rose offers an integrated approach, Total Life Fitness (TLF), derived from efforts such as the Department of Defense’s Total Force Fitness and the Department of Veteran Affair’s evolving patient-driven approach to serving Veterans.  It connects mind, body, spirit, and community through the development of behavioral skills such as mindfulness and anxiety management, as well as attention to interpersonal skill development.  TLF includes meaningful and persistent attention to daily activities and events that feature nutrition, exercise, meditation, and spirituality—all building resilience to aid those in recovery or experiencing symptoms of trauma.

Current focus areas of Pamlico Rose include:

  • Providing a reintegration experience for female Veterans in recovery from substance abuse, concentrating on wellness/healthy living, resilience, and building community at the Rose Haven Center of Healing facility in Washington, NC. Through activities such as gardening, yoga, and woodworking, the center will provide opportunities for local Veterans to engage in TLF;
  • Offering multi-day retreats and online learning events for Vets that promote health and wellness to aid in transition for female Veterans, and in the future, for other Veteran groups;
  • Sponsoring and hosting events and activities to promote awareness of at-risk and transitioning Veterans;
  • Offering opportunities for community members and other Veterans to support transitioning and at-risk Veterans.

Pamlico Rose will partner with Veterans and Veteran organizations ethically and with integrity and will always consider what is best for the Veteran when advancing its mission.  The organization also recognizes its civic responsibility to contribute to the sustainability of the community.  As good stewards, Pamlico Rose sees the benefit of preservation and reutilization of local cultural, historic, and natural resources as it pursues its mission and projects.  

For questions or more information, visit www.PamlicoRose.org or contact Pamlico Rose CEO, Dr. Robert Greene Sands, robert@pamlicorose.org.

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 Airbase, 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 Airbase, 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.

Jensen Burbules
Landscape Technician

Jensen is our jack of all trades.  His expertise has advanced the development and construction of our gardens.  He built and continues to build a lasting hardscape.  He has used his technical and creative skills to promote a lasting and sustainable garden infrastructure.  He designed and built our benches and foot bridges and will lend his knowledge of plants do the design of the softscape.  Jensen moved to Washington with his family and attended Washington High School.  He holds several professional certificates from Beaufort County Community College.  Jensen has four dogs and at least one or two of them join when he is working on the gardens – Jensen is pictured with Buddy. 

Meg Van Buskirk
Outreach Specialist

Meg Van Buskirk is a former teacher, now living full-time as a solo RVer/Workamper.  In 2017, after living 25 years in Saint Pete, Florida, she packed her Tioga with what was left of her worldly possessions, along with her three cats, and hit the road.  The gypsy life comes easy to someone raised in the US Navy.  Having spent last summer Workamping in Vermont, she ended up in eastern North Carolina looking for a warmer spot to spend the winter.  Volunteering with Pamlico Rose is a way to spend her time usefully and help with a cause that is meaningful to her.  She’ll be going to the coast of Maine for summer Workamping, but expects to return to Beaufort County in the Fall and is looking forward to getting to know the Little Washington community a little better.

Meg Van Buskirk
Outreach Specialist

Meg Van Buskirk is a former teacher, now living full-time as a solo RVer/Workamper.  In 2017, after living 25 years in Saint Pete, Florida, she packed her Tioga with what was left of her worldly possessions, along with her three cats, and hit the road.  The gypsy life comes easy to someone raised in the US Navy.  Having spent last summer Workamping in Vermont, she ended up in eastern North Carolina looking for a warmer spot to spend the winter.  Volunteering with Pamlico Rose is a way to spend her time usefully and help with a cause that is meaningful to her.  She’ll be going to the coast of Maine for summer Workamping, but expects to return to Beaufort County in the Fall and is looking forward to getting to know the Little Washington community a little better.