Who We Are

Founder

Seleyn DeYarus

Seleyn DeYarus

Seleyn DeYarus is founder and executive director of At the Epicenter.  Seleyn is dedicated to catalyzing values-based business leadership to bring forward a more inclusive, healthy and future positive paradigm for business. Seleyn was co-owner and CEO of a Certified B Corporation, Best Organics, Inc, an all-organic on-line gift basket and brand promotion company. She was the Development Director for The Organic Center, a 501c3 scientific research organization. Seleyn served as a White House intern under the Reagan administration in the President’s Speech Writers Research office, where she was personally selected by President Ronald Reagan. Seleyn serves on the Advisory Board of the Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States. She has a B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she was elected President of the Student Government Association.

Advisory Board

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is the president of CeresNexus LLC, and Planetary Harvest, companies which are transforming the global food chain through innovative structures, systems, technology, and tools.  Local and global intent and collaboration is at the heart of this ecosystem that eliminates the need for pesticides and GMO seeds while improving health and sequestering maximum carbon.  Gregory spent much of 2016/17 learning how biodynamic farms, conventional food processors, food banks, wholesale and retail markets in Southeast Asia, China, Middle East, North America and Europe could contribute to the emerging future of regenerative agriculture. Gregory is on a visionary’s quest to unify the global food system democratically and with heart resonance.  He is committed to this viable economic opportunity through alchemic alignment of what’s best for people and the planet. In his spare time Greg can be found enjoying nature with family, or playing the piano on the world stage.

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Marci Zaroff

Marci coined the term and pioneered the market for ECOfashion, and is an internationally-recognized ECOlifestyle entrepreneur, educator and expert. Founder of Under the Canopy, Producer of THREAD|Driving Fashion Forward, and Co-Founder of Good Catch and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide for over two decades. Currently President of MetaWear, the first Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified and Cradle to Cradle certified turnkey factory in the United States, and Director/Advisor on numerous Boards: the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fair Trade USA, Fashion Revolution Day, Cradle-to-Cradle’s Fashion Positive and Teens Turning Green. Marci is featured in Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World and has received countless recognitions, including New York Moves Power Woman Award, The Natural Product Industry’s Socially Responsible Business Award, Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award and a prestigious Henry Crown Fellowship of The Aspen Institute.

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Kate Dillon Levin

Kate Dillon Levin is the VP of Marketing for North America at Ecosphere+, a venture founded by the award winning Althelia Climate Fund, whose mission is to grow markets that value carbon and incentivize sustainable business models.  Kate has worked on REDD+ and sustainable land use for the past nine years at Fundacion Natura Bolivia, UNDP Equator Initiative, Code REDD, and Stockholm Environment Institute, focusing on scaling and mainstream private sector support for sustainable land use finance. Kate earned a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 where she co-authored a prize-winning thesis on REDD+.  Kate’s interest in sustainable land use and community-led economic development follows a long career as a fashion model during which she was known as a ground-breaker and a passionate advocate for environmental and humanitarian causes.  In her spare time, Kate can be found tap dancing, knitting, and playing outside with her son at home in Seattle.

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Katherine DiMatteo

Katherine DiMatteo is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association as of November 2013. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the organic industry since 1990. In addition, DiMatteo continues as a managing partner at Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates,  a consulting firm whose specialists deliver effective strategies to help organic products and businesses grow. Formerly the executive director of the Organic Trade Association from 1990 to 2006, she was instrumental in shaping the outcome of the U.S. National Organic Program standards and the U.N. Codex guidelines for organically produced foods.  DiMatteo recently served as the president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements Board of Directors and is a founding member of The Organic Center’s Board of Directors.

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Kim Riether Coupounas

Kim Riether Coupounas is a visionary leader and entrepreneur who is a passionate advocate for responsible business and a firm believer in the power of the corporation to do good in the world. Kim serves as a Director of B Lab, a nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. Kim is also co-founder, former CEO and CSO of GoLite, a global mission-driven outdoor apparel and equipment company. She earned an A.B. Cum Laude in Philosophy from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Among her deep passions are time with her family and time outdoors, trail running, hiking, singing, doing yoga and martial arts, drinking great wine, and climbing big mountains.

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Chris Bentley

Chris Bentley has a long history of successful entrepreneurship and relationship-building. He was a founding partner of Aspen Pet Products, which he and his partners built from the ground up to become the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of pet accessories. Since 1979, Chris has provided specialty sales, marketing, and strategic guidance for a diverse array of companies. Recently, his lifetime passion for the environment led Chris to set out on a journey to green up the pet industry. That venture evolved into what is now the Pet industry Sustainability Coalition. The Coalition now has over 150 members and has become a force for guiding an entire industry toward better management of its environmental and social impacts. He serves on the board of the University of Colorado School of Business Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a proud dad of a teenage daughter and loves snowboarding, biking, camping, rollerblading, sailing, horseback riding, gardening and adventure traveling.

AT THE EPICENTER IS A 501C3 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

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