Epicenter is a nonprofit community design center that serves the town of Green River, Utah (pop. 952). We are committed to creating positive change locally by providing resources to residents through active involvement in our community.

Our Story

In 2009, Epicenter was founded by Auburn University architecture graduates Jack Forinash, Maria Sykes, and Rand Pinson. At that time, the designers worked as AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) focused on providing affordable housing assistance, exploring economic development solutions, and improving communications and resources within Green River. Through a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise Grant, Epicenter purchased a historic building in downtown Green River, redesigned the space, and renovated the structure. Today from that building, Epicenter remains dedicated to its mission.

At Epicenter, we nurture local businesses, entrepreneurs, and ideas. We’re dedicated to the town of Green River where we strive to provide local solutions to universal design problems. Visit our blog and press pages for up-to-date information about Epicenter happenings.

Awards

Please visit our Awards Page for a list of honors Epicenter has received.

Our Current Crew

JACK FORINASH

Principal of Housing
Bachelor of Architecture (Auburn University, 2008)

MARIA SYKES

Principal of Arts & Culture
Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture (Auburn University, 2008)

CHRIS LEZAMA

Principal of Economic Development
Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology and Modern Literature (UC Santa Cruz, 2005)

STEPH CRABTREE

Housing Programs Specialist
Master of Architecture (University of Utah, 2014)

RYAN BAXTER

Citizen Designer
Bachelor of Architecture (University of Arizona, 2016)

NATE STAPLEY

Project Facilitator
Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Portland State University, 2008)

CHRISTOPHER HENDERSON

Project Fabricator
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design (Brigham Young University, 2006)

JAROD HAMM

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

GWEN PECK

AmeriCorps VISTA – Habitat for Humanity
Master of Architectural History (University of Virginia, 2016)

Career Opportunities

Please visit our Careers Page to find out how you can bet a part of Epicenter.

Alumni

Please visit our Epicenter Alumni Page for a list of past Frontier Fellows, staff, and volunteers.

Epicenter Board of Directors

ETHAN MIGLIORI

Board Treasurer

Small Business Resource & Development Director, Emery County Commissioner (Emery County, UT)

NICK DERRICK

Local Business Owner (Green River, UT)

CRAIG GOWENS

Educator, Green River High School (Green River, UT)

RAND PINSON

Co-founder of Epicenter, Project Designer at Waechter Architecture (Portland, OR)

JAMES WHEELER

Co-founder and Director, Public Design Exchange; Adjunct Instructor of Architecture, University of Minnesota; Board Member, Association for Community Design (Minneapolis, MN)

NICK ZDON

Designer at Periscope (Minneapolis, MN)

DAVE CONINE, ex officio and non-voting adviser

State Director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (Salt Lake City, UT)

Epicenter is part of the larger effort to create positive change in Green River, and works closely with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), Green River Positive Action Community Team, USDA Rural Development of Utah, University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning, City of Green River, John Wesley Powell River History Museum & Archives, and Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country.