Meet Our Staff
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.
Green River Thrift Store VISTA VISTA
Grace arrived at PACT in November 2017 to serve as the Thrift Store VISTA after driving over 2,000 miles to Green River from the small colonial town in Massachusetts where she grew up. After obtaining her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, she was ready for the adventure and opportunity that VISTA service offered. Her passion for the natural world fuels her artistic pursuits, for which reason she is drawn to the desert landscape and Utah’s expansive amount of public and protected land.
In her VISTA service, Grace has enjoyed connecting with the community of Green River and travelers alike via the Thrift Store. Her weekends are often spent exploring the desert wilderness or connecting with the inspiring friends she has made in town. She continues to work on developing new pathways to support economic stability and artistic expression in Green River.
Food Pantry Attendant
Eli is the 2018-19 Oasis Food Programs AmeriCorps VISTA. This year, she hopes to get to know the Green River community, expand food programs at PACT, and develop her understanding of food systems as they intersect with social justice. In her free time she enjoys cooking, music and mountain biking with her dog, Earl. Please stop by and introduce yourself!
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!