The project is blessed to have many volunteers, with a wide range of skills and backgrounds. We invite the public to bring their curiosity and time to the effort.
Be curious and Objective in Research
Larry Roeder, MS is the Principal Investigator and founder of the project. Mr. Roeder is a retired diplomat with extensive experience in disaster management, the preservation of culture, information management and other topics of value to the project. He also manages the Conklin Village project, which is an exploration of a predominently African-American village. For Chair for Research, the Black History Committee of the Friends of the Balch Library. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony Arciero, PhD is the Director of the Project and member of the Board of Directors the Edwin Washington Society, the parent 501(c)(3) for the Edwin Washington Project.
Patricia Dean helps explain the experience of former students and parents at Conklin. She is a descendant of Jennie Dean, one of the founders of the Prosperity Baptist Church.
Delores Grigsby is in charge of processing petitions written in the 19th and early 20th century by African-Americans.
David Prebich is in charge of processing petitions written in the 19th and early 20th century by white citizens.
Gertrude Evans is a member of the Black History Committee and conducts transcription projects aimed at identifying who studied and taught at “colored” schools.
Maddy Gold is the Chief Cartographer. She was formerly with the B.L.M., Bureau of Land Management. Ms. Gold is developing an on-line map showing former schools and transportation routes.
Julie Goforth is the Chief Technology Officer and member of the Board of Directors the Edwin Washington Society. Ms. Goforth manages our web presence and digital preservation efforts. She currently works at the Library of Congress as a digital project specialist on The HistoryMakers collection. She also works with the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Waterford Foundation, and Oatlands Historic House & Gardens.
Kerri Gonzalez helps us understand the role of Foxcroft supporting African-Americans and economically challenged white populations during the depression, and during World Wars I and II,.
Sharon Knipmeyer partners with the project on Ashburn Colored School and the treatment of gifted children. She is with the Loudoun School for the Gifted.
Kasey Morris advises on archaeological matters, especially our efforts uncovering the Bluemont Colored School. Kasey graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Classics. Her undergraduate research focused on Julio-Claudian island exile and won the departmental prize for best senior thesis. After Princeton, she completed her masters degree in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford.
Kathy Reid manages research projects on libraries and the role of teachers in religion.
Hari Sharma is a professional accountant and Treasurer for the Edwin Washington Society. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Dorothy Washington is a member of the Black History Committee and conducts transcription projects aimed at identifying who studied and taught at “colored” schools.