The Pamlico Rose Institute
Growing Community by Preserving History
820 Park Dr. Washington, NC, 27889
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The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities Board of Directors


PRI Board of Directors

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Robert Greene Sands, PhD, Alexandria, VA
Tom Haines
, Major, US Army (Retired), M.A., Richmond, VA
Alexis Davis, B.A., Washington, NC
Allison Greene-Sands, PhD, Alexandria, VA
Gary Patton, Major General, US Army (Retired), M.S., Burke, VA
Brenda “BR” Rogers, A.AS., Washington, NC
Kelly Earp, PhD, Durham, NC
Rich Prakopcyk, B.S., Asbury, NJ

Thomas J. (Tom) Haines
BoD Vice-Chair

Tom is the former Senior Language Authority at the Defense Intelligence Agency.  He established and directed foreign language, regional expertise and cultural programs and policy, as well as language-related research projects at the Defense Intelligence Agency.  He also served as a U.S. Army Eurasian/Russian Foreign Area Officer.  His assignments included: Chief, Liaison Officer to the Russian Brigade in Bosnia-Herzegovina, principal investigator to the Office of POW and MIA Affairs, Moscow, Russia, and Chief, Student Liaison at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  He maintains respectable fluency in German, and once had respectable fluency in Russian.

Tom served as the DIA Representative to the Intelligence Communities’ Senior-level Foreign Language Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) and the Defense Language Steering Committee (DLSC).  Tom served as Vice-Chair of the ASTM Main Committee F43 on Language Services and Products, was a participant to the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) and Department of Defense Speaking and Listening Skills Summits initiative to normalize and recalibrate interpretations and understandings of ILR skill level descriptors and standards for speaking and listening assessments.  He was also an ILR subcommittee member that created the first ever skill level descriptions for “Competence in Intercultural Communication.”

Tom received his Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from The Ohio State University, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Auburn University.  He is a graduate of the Russian Language Basic Course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the George C. Marshall European Center for Strategic Studies, U.S. Army Russian Institute Foreign Area Officer Program.

Tom’s interest in PRISC and its mission extends to his interest in both historical preservation and serving the needs of veterans.

Alexis Davis
BoD Secretary

Alexis Davis came to Washington, North Carolina from Northern Indiana with her family in 2012, and shortly after started her real estate career at Century 21 in downtown Washington.  It was in this context that she met Robert Greene Sands and Allison Greene-Sands.

Alexis graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1986 with a BA in Fine Arts.  After college, she worked as a chef and caterer, and finally a fine-dining restaurant owner, having graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in London in 1990.  When her first child was born in 1996, Alexis dedicated her focus to being a full-time parent.  She was an active volunteer in her community and in local schools, and advocate for children.  Alexis twice served as President of the Plymouth, IN Beta Delta chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, an 85-member Indiana-based women’s philanthropic organization, where she chaired their largest fundraising effort for four years.  Most recently prior to coming to NC Alexis was the owner and award-winning lead designer of an artisan baking company, Cakewalk, specializing in custom designer wedding and specialty cakes.

Along with her real estate career in Beaufort County, Alexis is involved in a number of community organizations, particularly those that advocate for animals, the arts, the environment and historic preservation.  It was the historic preservation aspect of PRISC’s mission, along with her personal sense of responsibility to the local and global community, that led Alexis to join Rob and Allison’s efforts at PRISC.

Allison Greene-Sands, PhD
BoD Interim Treasurer

Allison is currently the Chief of Staff at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).   SAPRO is the organization responsible for oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) sexual assault policy.  The Department has implemented a comprehensive policy to ensure the safety, dignity and wellbeing of all members of the Armed Forces and is committed to promoting a workplace environment that rejects sexual assault and reinforces prevention, response and accountability.  Allison has worked at SAPRO for four years.  Prior to that, she was the Associate Director of Culture for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office for OSD.   Before her work in the DoD, Allison was an assistant coach for Old Dominion University’s (ODU) award-winning and perennial top 10 women’s basketball team for a decade.  She pioneered outreach and recruiting of international athletes while at ODU.  Allison was a standout basketball player at Dartmouth College and played professionally in Europe.  In 2016, Allison received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, one of the highest honors a civilian can earn, for her work at SAPRO.

Allison holds a PhD as well as a Master’s in International Studies from ODU, and was philosophy and foreign language major at Dartmouth.  She speaks 3 languages proficiently and has a familiarity with several more.  Dr. Greene-Sands is the co-editor (with Robert Greene Sands) of Cross-Cultural Competence for a Twenty-First-Century Military and has written several articles and given many presentations on the importance of language and culture in the DoD.  She also frequently presents across the interagency on sexual assault, and served for three years on the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in the Obama Administration.

Allison was drawn to the mission of Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities as it focuses on supporting populations and topics that are meaningful to her both professionally and personally, such as disabled and female veterans, historical preservation and restoring a sense of community that serves and includes all.

Gary S. Patton
BoD Member

Gary S. Patton retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Major General in September 2014 following a 35-year military career.  Since August 2016, he has worked at CACI International as Vice President for Veterans Outreach.  In this capacity, he interacts with veterans every day, directing corporate programs for veterans recruiting, advocacy, and philanthropy.  He is drawn to the Pamlico Rose Institute by his passion and commitment to helping veterans transition beyond the military.

Prior to his Army retirement, he served in two key senior executive positions on the staff of the Secretary of Defense.  As Director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), he served as the DoD’s single point of accountability and oversight for sexual assault policy and programs.  As Principal Director for Military Personnel Policy, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Department’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, resulting in the smooth integration of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the military.  Notably, Major General Patton’s military career included command at multiple levels and 45 months of combat duty in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF), highlighted by the following key assignments: Deputy Commanding General for the NATO Training Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, with responsibility for training, manning, and equipping the Afghan National Army during a critical growth period of OEF; Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Wash. D.C., with responsibility as the J1, Director for Manpower and Personnel for global force management responsive to the nation’s war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea, and later in Ramadi, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where his brigade played a key role in the Battle of Fallujah and the first Iraqi democratic elections in 2004-2005.

A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he also holds a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.  His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and Purple Heart.  He has been married for over 30 years to the former Chong Suk Lim.  Together they have raised three children and reside in Fairfax, VA.

Brenda Rogers
BoD Member

Curious, compassionate, and authentic are some of the words that her friends use to describe Brenda “BR” Rogers.  BR has been an IT professional for 30+ years.  During that time she has enjoyed the challenges of problem solving and practical application of knowledge, first at IBM and currently in “little” Washington, NC at Beaufort County Community College.  She served in the US Air Force as a Jet Engine Mechanic and motorcycle safety instructor.  In 2012 BR formed a nonprofit that provides free veterinary services, fences, and other support to dogs living their lives on chains.  She is spreading the knowledge that poverty does not equal the inability to provide humane care to beloved pets.  BR is honored to be working with PRISC in support of her community and fellow vets.

Kelly Earp
BoD Member

Kelly Earp, PhD, MA brings extensive (17 yrs) and diverse experience to her board role with PRISC. Dr. Earp’s training is multidisciplinary (PhD, Public Health; MA, Medical Anthropology; BA, Psychology/Anthropology) and her body of work includes research, entrepreneurship, strategy, operations, implementation, and technical skill-sets.  These efforts have included work across multiple sectors (corporate, government, non-profit, academic) and funders (i.e., private, government – NIH, USAID, CDC, etc.).  Dr. Earp has worked both domestically and internationally (Haiti, Tanzania).  Her research specific work has focused on methods, implementation, process, behavior change and evaluation across the following focus areas:  mental health, cross-cultural health, cultural models, cross-cultural methodologies, infectious disease, international health, and stigmatized conditions.

From 2013-2016, Dr. Earp co-founded a mobile health technology company focused on developing self-management programs for mild to moderate depression and anxiety; in this role, she worked across multiple verticals in the company including strategy (both business and product), financial forecasting, product development, partnership development, marketing, human resources, and data analytics.  Currently, she offers her consulting services through KayeM, Inc. and also holds concurrent affiliations with Global Health Liaisons, Duke University School of Nursing, and Epic Services and Consulting.

Rich Prakopcyk
BoD Member

Rich Prakopcyk is the Vice President and Director of Site Design Practice for HDR, INC an international design firm that specializes in architecture, engineering and planning with over 10,000 employees located in 225 offices across the world.  Rich has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers and is a State of New Jersey Licensed Landscape Architect.  Rich was a four-year letter winner in lacrosse for Rutgers University and was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012.  He is also a ruling elder in the Clinton, NJ Presbyterian Church.  Rich brings a wealth of experience in design development to PRISC and has worked on many large and small-scale construction projects.