Every now and then, we like to take time out from our attention on Pamlico Rose and highlight events and folks who directly or indirectly contribute time and effort to our mission.
Our bookkeeper Colleen Steckel is on the advisory committee of MEadvocacy.org which advocates for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). ME is a disabling neurological and immunological disease that often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. She also has a Facebook support group for those with ME and their caregivers. Colleen has lived with ME since 1989 and, as she is able, has worked to help advance MEadvocacy’s mission to advocate for recognition, definition, and research for ME. Colleen was the driving force behind the recent proclamation by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper designating May 12 as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, And Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Day 2019. Recently, she was interviewed by respected journalist Llewellyn King at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. They discussed her struggles with ME as well as MEadvocacy’s efforts. That interview can be accessed HERE.
David Steckel, our project engineer, who has been spearheading the restoration of the windows on Rose Haven was contacted by John Leeke, one of the esteemed co-authors and editor of the Window Preservation Standards. Mr. Leeke, after David approached him about the challenges found at Rose Haven, has asked David for comments and suggestions for the second edition of his book. Mr. Leeke is also a founding member of The Window Preservation Standards Collaborative. This group of window preservationists came together to create national standards for the repair and weatherization of old and historic windows.
Since their inception in 2015, they have held bi-annual summits on developing and documenting the best practices and standards for the preservation and weatherization of historic windows. The next summit is October 6-11, 2019 at Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, Kentucky. Leeke is preparing the second edition of which David’s comments may be a part of. Click on the book to the right to find the first edition. The collaborative’s website can be found HERE.
Allison Greene-Sands, treasurer of Pamlico Rose, was recently promoted to the position of Acting Director of the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Defense. The office develops and executes diversity management and equal opportunity policies and programs affecting active duty and reserve component military personnel, and DOD civilian employees. More generally, ODEI directs and oversees policies and programs to promote a DoD culture of dignity and respect that values diversity and inclusion as readiness imperatives. Their website can be found HERE. Prior to her promotion, Allison was serving as Deputy Director of the Office of Force Resiliency.