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, 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 Auburn University architecture graduates Jack Forinash, Rand Pinson, and Maria Sykes. At that time, the designers worked as AmeriCorps volunteers for the local community center. Through the non-profit, the trio purchased a 110+ year-old building on historic Broadway, redesigned the space, and renovated the structure. Today from that building, we remain dedicated to our mission. Chris Lezama (Principal of Economic Development) and Steph Crabtree (Associate Principal) joined Epicenter in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Co-founder Rand Pinson now sits on Epicenter’s Board of Directors.

Epicenter is part of the larger effort to create positive change in Green River, and works closely with the local business group (“Potluck”), 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, Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country, and more.

Board of Directors

NICK ZDON – Interim Board Chair

Designer in Minneapolis, MN

ETHAN MIGLIORI – Board Treasurer

Business Consultant in Emery & Carbon Counties, UT

NICK DERRICK

Local Business Owner in Green River, UT

CRAIG GOWANS

Educator at Green River High School, UT

RAND PINSON

Architectural Designer in Portland, OR

JAMES WHEELER

Community Design Educator in Minneapolis, MN

DAVE CONINE, ex officio and non-voting adviser

Former State Director of USDA Rural Development of Utah

Staff

STEPH CRABTREE

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

JACK FORINASH

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

JAROD HAMM

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

CHRIS LEZAMA

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

GWEN PECK

AmeriCorps VISTA – Habitat for Humanity

MARIA SYKES

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

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, and our Alumni page for a list of past crew members.