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 universal design 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 to create positive change in Green River, and works closely with the local business community and entrepreneurs, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the local community center (“PACT”), USDA Rural Development of Utah, City of Green River, Green River Improvement Team (“GRIT”), Green River High School, John Wesley Powell River History Museum, and many local residents.

Board of Directors

NICK ZDON – Board Chair

Minneapolis, MN

ETHAN MIGLIORI – Board Treasurer

Ferron, UT

DIJANA ALICKOVIC

Salt Lake City, UT

NICK DERRICK

Green River, UT

RUTH LINFORD

Moab, UT

JASON WHEELER

Salt Lake City, UT

Staff

MARIA SYKES

Epicenter Co-Founder and Executive Director
Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture (Auburn University, 2008)

STEPH CRABTREE

Epicenter Associate Principal
Master of Architecture (University of Utah, 2014)

JAROD HAMM

AmeriCorps VISTA
Bachelor of Science, Graphic and Web Design (John Brown University, 2015)

CHARLOTTE XC SULLIVAN

Strategist
Bachelor of Arts (Bennington College, 2007)

REN HATT

Community Coordinator – Small Business Development
Juris Doctor (Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2014)

ANNALEE HOWLAND

Community Coordinator – Housing & Community Development
Certified Nursing Assistant (2003)

BRYAN BROOKS

“Our Futures” Project Manager
Master of Architecture (University of Washington, 2013)

RYAN BAXTER

“Our Futures” Exhibit Designer
Bachelor of Architecture (University of Arizona, 2016)

Advisors

CAROL COHEN

RCAC Rural Housing Specialist

DAVE CONINE

Former State Director of USDA Rural Development of Utah

DEBORAH HUGHES

Financial Managing Consultant

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.