Epicenter is a nonprofit community design center that works with the town of Green River, Utah (pop. 952). We are committed to creating positive change locally through an intentional design-based practice in order to best fulfill our mission to accentuate Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. At Epicenter, we nurture local businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and ideas. We’re dedicated to the town of Green River where we strive to provide local solutions to widespread rural challenges.

Our Story

In 2009, Epicenter was founded by three entrepreneurial Auburn University architecture graduates. At that time, the designers worked as AmeriCorps volunteers for the local community center (“PACT”) through which the trio purchased a 110+ year-old building on historic Broadway, redesigned the space, and renovated the structure. Today from that building, the organization remains dedicated to its mission as directed by co-Founder Maria Sykes. Epicenter is part of the larger effort in Green River and works closely with other local residents.

Leadership

MARIA SYKES – Executive Director

Green River, UT

NICK ZDON – Board Chair

Minneapolis, MN

ETHAN MIGLIORI – Board Treasurer

Ferron, UT

DIJANA ALICKOVIC – Board Member

Salt Lake City, UT

RUTH LINFORD – Board Member

Moab, UT

JASON WHEELER – Board Member

Salt Lake City, UT

Staff

STEPH CRABTREE

Specialist – Housing & Community Development

JAROD HAMM

Designer

ANNALEE HOWLAND

Community Coordinator – Housing & Community Development

RYAN BAXTER

Designer

Advisors

CAROL COHEN

RCAC Rural Housing Specialist

DAVE CONINE

Former State Director of USDA Rural Development of Utah

REN HATT

Financial Committee Member

DEBORAH HUGHES

Financial Managing Consultant

JOSHUA ROWLEY

Frontier Fellowship Committee Member

JUDY MONTEUX

RCAC Financial Management Specialist

Please visit our Careers page to find out how you can join the team, our Awards page for a list of honors we’ve received.