The Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Robert Greene Sands, PhD, Washington, NC
Tom Haines, Major, US Army (Retired), M.A., Richmond, VA
Alexis Davis, B.A., Washington, NC
Allison Greene-Sands, PhD, Alexandria, VA
Brenda “BR” Rogers, A.AS., Washington, NC
Kelly Earp, PhD, Durham, NC
Greg Smith, B.S., Washington, NC
Thomas J. (Tom) Haines
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 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
Allison is currently the acting Deputy Director of the Office of Force Resiliency (OFR) for the Department of Defense (DoD). OFR is a policy office that supports offices such as Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPRO), Suicide Prevention, Substance Abuse, and others. Prior to assuming the Deputy Director position, Allison was Chief of Staff for SAPRO, the organization responsible for oversight of DoD sexual assault policy. Allison worked at SAPRO for five years. Before coming to SAPRO, she was the Associate Director of Culture for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 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 Masters in International Studies from ODU and was a 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 the 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.
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, PhD
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.
Greg brings a wealth of experience in serving at-risk populations, including Veterans in the local community. Greg is a long-time resident (26 years) of Washington, NC. and has a B.S. in biology from East Carolina State University. He is a career advisor for North Carolina Works and is active in serving marginalized and under-represented populations in Washington, Beaufort County and in eastern North Carolina. Through his work, Greg is a member of the BC 360 Housing and Homeless Task Force, Beaufort County Housing Committee, and Beaufort County Economic Board, to name a few groups and organizations. He and his wife Kelly are also members of Civitan on the Pamlico. Greg and Kelly have been active as volunteers in Pamlico Rose projects and events since the beginning.