Barb Steslow, Chair
For the past five years Barb has been a teacher of Biology at Greensboro Day School. She began her teaching career at Page High School, working there as a science teacher for two years after completing her BS in Biology with Secondary (Education) Certification, from UNCG in 2013. Prior to entering the field of education, she was a clinical social worker. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on children and adolescents. Following graduate school she began her professional career at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in both the emergency and intensive care units, helping to assess and support children impacted by sexual and physical abuse. After relocating to Washington, DC, she became a department manager, and clinically, was part of both the adult heart transplant and surgical intensive care unit teams at Washington Hospital Center/MedStar. For over a decade she left the working world to be home full-time with her two sons. It was during those years she decided to make the career transition into science education and began her coursework in biology. Gardening and hiking are two of her passions, along with just being outside. She completed the NC Extension Master Gardening Program and was an active participant for several years. Barb lives in Greensboro with her husband Terry Akin. Her two sons are both in college. Peacehaven is a happy marriage of so many things she values and is interested in.
Tim is proud to have co-founded Peacehaven in 2007 with his wife Susan and Buck Cochran. The project was inspired by their son Julian who has cerebral palsy. Tim received a BS in accounting from the University of Richmond in 1984. His career followed public accounting work in Richmond to CFO of a coal company in West Virginia. He moved to Greensboro in 2002 so that Julian could attend Gateway education center. Susan lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. In 2010 Tim married Ellis and now has six sons, including his three stepsons. He moved to Juno Beach FL for work in 2013. Tim loves golf, still has his first brand new car, a 1984 Mazda RX7, collects Case XX pocket knives and wants to see any country he hasn’t traveled to yet.
Gregory D. Goins is Professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design at North Carolina A&T State University. During his tenure as an educator at NCA&T, he has focused on broadening participation in STEM careers. In 2003, he received the prestigious NASA Space Flight Awareness Award for his photosynthesis research conducted on plants flown on the Space Shuttle and Space Station. For his work as principal investigator on the NSF Biomathematics project, he was by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change for HBCUs. He served as a NSF Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education for the IUSE, S-STEM, and Robert T. Noyce Programs. From this, he has continued to work extensively with national organizations to re-focus learning outcomes of the traditional methods of science instruction using active, collaborative learning strategies and the creation of problem-based learning problems and materials. He serves on multiple advisory councils and proposal panels for NSF, NIH, HHMI, and USDA.
Nkosi Julien La Roche
Nkosi is currently the Network and End User Service Manager for Syngenta. Prior that to that he was a Project Manager for Ernst & Young in Nashville, TN. He has also served as an Intern with the US State Department in Bangkok and in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova. In his Peace Corps role, Nkosi worked with local farmers to identify threats within the community. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Agriculture and Resource Economics degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Carl Mattacola joined the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) as Dean in 2019. He is also a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. Previous administrative appointments include Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs at the College of Health Sciences, Division Director of Graduate Athletic Training Education, Director of Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program, Director of Graduate Studies – Division of Athletic Training, and Acting Associate Dean for Research, all at the University of Kentucky. He received the William B. Sturgill Award for outstanding contributions to graduate education and The College of Health Sciences Kingston Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Kentucky. He recently served on a non-profit called Camp Horsin Around that serves children from throughout Kentucky and surrounding states who have cancer, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease, sight or hearing impairment, special needs or other illnesses. The facility also provides a camping home for organizations serving autistic children and young clients of Hospice as they deal with the loss of a loved one. This experience was extremely rewarding and the connection with Peacehaven provides another opportunity to serve. Carl lives in Greensboro with his wife Kathleen, their two corgis, and a cat. They enjoy exercising, traveling, and cooking together.
Jennifer M. Windsor is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Triad Financial Advisors. She began her financial planning and investment management career in 2008 and has gained valuable experience working at a community bank, a private trust company and now a registered investment advisory firm. Jennifer finds the people she works with as fascinating as finance, and she enjoys helping individuals and couples bring to life their retirement goals. Her appreciation for families comes from her own upbringing as the second oldest of eleven children, with three sisters and seven brothers. Nine of those eleven children are adopted, and three of those nine are special needs children. Jennifer knows it takes an amazing amount of stamina, commitment and love to advocate for a special needs child. She also understands better than most the impact that a special needs child has on the other members of the family, both in terms of sacrifice and grace, but also in terms of joy, growth and gratitude. It often takes a village of caring adults to help provide support for those surrounding the special needs child, and Jennifer witnessed and experienced that village at work in her own life through her teen and young adult years. Now, she leans into the support role by coming alongside her clients to take some of the most stressful pieces of life off their plates. Jennifer is a Campbell University alum (2008). She is married to Matthew Windsor, and the two live in Elon with their two children, Matthew and Hensley, and their golden retriever, Duke.