Meet Our Staff

Executive Director
Justin Queen

Justin was brought into existence on the Winter Solstice in the Year of the Tiger, two years after the last great year of the Detroit Tigers. After spending eighteen years outside the idyllic small Michigan town of Maybee and maybe thinking about it for a while, Justin went to college at the University of Notre Dame where he studied Theology and Irish Language and Literature, later completing a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Administration. 

 

Justin started as a VISTA at PACT and after a two-year hiatus felt the sweet silhouette of the Book Cliffs calling him to return.  His current role as Executive Director allows him to explore strange new ideas and seek out new programs and new funding sources. He most enjoys boldly going where many nonprofits have gone before. 

 

Justin loves the Green River pace of life, work ethic, and community. The Swell, the Cliffs, and on the River make it extra sweet. 

 

Anakaren Gonzalez

Anakaren was born and raised here in Green River. She started working at PACT as a summer camp counselor after graduating from Green River High School in 2020. She is a patient person who loves working with kids. She is an animal person but more specifically a cat person, so much so she currently has 5 of them. Anakaren loves the hometown feel that Green River has to offer and she wouldn't trade that for anything. Being a local resident for her whole life has allowed her an insight into the inner workings of this tight knit community. 

Anakaren hopes to further pursue her education in pediatric nursing and social work. These career aspirations help to drive her to be the best person she can be in order to be a helping hand to others in the community. 

Oasis
Food Pantry Attendant
Kay Hatfield

Kay moved to Green River from Matewan, WV with her family when she was just 14.  After moving around much of her adult life, Kay returned to Green River in 2010.  She began volunteering with our food pantry and soon moved into the manager position.

 

Kay is indispensable to our food pantry; she not only organizes and stocks shelves but also assists patrons in getting the food that they need.  Kay's fairness and compassion make her perfect for her work.  Her favorite thing about her job is interacting with all the people who come to the pantry.  She often says, "I know what it's like to be hungry, so I like to help people however I can". 

 

When it comes to Green River, Kay loves the small-community nature of our town.  People are willing to go out of their way to help each other, and you don't find that everywhere!

AmeriCorps
August 2020 -
July 2021
Darcie Quist
AmeriCorps
August 2020 - July 2021
Doug Tolman
AmeriCorps
August 2020 - July 2021
Frances Erlandson

Doug in an interdisciplinary artist hailing from Salt Lake City. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, he decided to escape the fast-paced urban life for an equally fast-paced rural life working with PACT & its sister organization Epicenter.

 

His various roles here with PACT and Epicenter include helping design a new community space, teaching a pop-up photography course to middle-school students, assisting the after-school program with art & literacy, and working in the thrift store. 

 

Doug is most drawn to the arid climate and tight knit community he's found in Green River.  

Frances comes to Green River from the Green Mountains of Vermont, where she studied poetry and architecture at Bennington College. Originally from Santa Monica, California, Frances is intimately familiar with the Southwestern desert, traveling through Green River many times before calling it home. 

 

In her work at PACT, Frances is inspired by a love for reading and is often found taking field trips to our neighboring library. By encouraging library exploration, leading writing activities and facilitating paired reading, Frances hopes to generate excitement in literacy for the kids of Green River. She can also be found sorting donations at the thrift store, volunteering with the high school, and teaching art in our Afterschool program. Outside of her AmeriCorps service, Frances enjoys desert walks, writing postcards and collecting small things.

AmeriCorps
August 2020 - July 2021
Emily Mora

Born and raised in Texas, the western landscape has always felt quite like home to Emily. After attending Auburn University where she studied Environmental Design, Emily joined the AmeriCorps team. Emily admires the complexity & uniqueness of rural communities and is thrilled to holistically serve the community of Green River.

 

Emily has loved being immersed in the community through her time spent at the after school program and working at the Thrift Store. As a self-described “life-long learner”, she is always seeking out  a new experience - whether it be exploring outdoors or baking new recipes at home. But one thing for certain, Emily will almost always have a cup of coffee in her hand. 

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