Staff

Laurie Dickson
Executive Director

Laurie comes to us with an extensive history of working in the business and nonprofit communities in the Four Corners region. She has Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Community Development, is a LEED Accredited Professional and has an Associate Degree in Photography. She has been involved in sustainable building practices, energy efficiency, solar applications and community development in the region for over 25 years.

Laurie brings a broad base of experience, community connections and understanding of nonprofit organizations and grant management. She has served on several boards including the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado, the founding organization of 4CORE, and the Durango Arts Center as president where she conceived and ran one of the biggest arts festivals in the community, organizing over 100 volunteers.

Her role as Project Manager in 2010-2011 with a green building consulting firm in California, Building Wise, focused on the LEED certification process for existing commercial buildings. The biggest scope of work focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy. During her time with the company she was part of the team that achieved LEED certification on 17 buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area.Laurie brings a broad base of experience, community connections and understanding of nonprofit organizations and grant management.

As founder and CEO of the first green building store in the Southwest, the Eco Home Center, in Durango, she sought innovative ways to promote, sell, educate and encourage sustainable building practices throughout the Four Corners.

Email Laurie at Laurie@fourcore.org 

Cynthia Aspen
Financial Manager

Cynthia Aspen has served as 4CORE’s Finance Manager since 2014. She is self-employed and works exclusively with nonprofit organizations. Cynthia began working for the environment at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, and has continued in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Colorado. In her 18 years in Durango, she has worked as the Accountant for Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center, Durango Natural Foods, Music in the Mountains, Durango Winter Sports Foundation, and Sexual Assault Services Organization. She is passionate about working for nonprofits and sharing her expertise in service of their missions to improve our community and world.

Cynthia is known to enjoy budgets, numbers, and pie charts, and her favorite moments are spent raising her ten-year-old daughter with her husband, Robert.

Email Cynthia at cynthiaaspen@hotmail.com

Emily Birk
Program Manager

4CORE welcomes our new Program Manager, Emily Birk. A Colorado native, she comes to 4CORE with a breadth of experience in solar installations for low-income residents that included four years with the Denver-based organization GRID Alternatives as their Outreach Manager.

As Program Manager, Emily will immediately oversee the EPA grant-funded Clean Air program, Raise the Solar Bar.  This project involves a solar installation for lower-income seniors at Socorro Senior Living in Pagosa Springs. 4CORE will benefit from her skilled project management, her training with Solar Energy International (SEI) and her experience developing and engaging volunteers for community solar gardens.
Emily has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She studied abroad in Seville, Spain learning Spanish and international business for two semesters.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking and cheering on the Denver Broncos

Email Emily at emily@fourcore.org