Our Founders


Rowan Blaisdell

Rowan Blaisdell is a registered psychotherapist and father of two teens, one gay, one straight. Rowan has a masters in social work from the University of Denver and offers a support group for parents of LGBTQ kids, as well as private counseling services for individuals and couples. You can learn more about him on his website.

Jennifer Stucka

Jennifer Stucka identifies as a lesbian womyn. She gained her Master's in Social Work from the University of Denver and has been working with adolescents, teens, and families for 12 years. She believes every person deserves a safe world in which they can express themselves. Jennifer's hope is for the 4 Corners Rainbow Youth Center to provide a space that is safe, nonjudgmental, and educational.

 
 
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Sarah St. John

Sarah St. John left the East Coast and moved to Durango in 2001. She has a bachelors degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Counseling. Sarah has been a Professional School Counselor for ten years and has worked with youth and adolescents for 20 years. Sarah Has stepped back from the day-to-day operations of the Youth Center, but she remains one of our most enthusiastic and valuable supporters.

 
 

Board Members


 

Cynthia Aspen

Board Treasurer

Cynthia Aspen is a founding member of the Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center Board and serves as the organization’s Treasurer.  Cynthia is a self-employed Finance Manager and works exclusively with local nonprofit organizations, including Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center, Durango Natural Foods, Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, La Plata Youth Services, Music in the Mountains 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.



Ryan Garcia, BCH

Board Member & Alliance Liaison

Ryan has spent his professional career as a community health worker that specializes in infectious disease, sexual health education, LGBTQ+ issues, and working with high risk populations. Having always held the aspiration to help others, Ryan received his Bachelor of Community Health from New Mexico State University. Expanding his perspective and helping others have always been passions of Ryan and it shows through his large variety of endeavors: providing community HIV testing, presenting in the classroom, hosting workshops at conferences, being on multiple Durango, CO, nonprofit boards, etc. Ryan’s priority in this world is to support, educate, and validate those he encounters throughout life.   



William Kalish

Board Member

William is a new addition to the Durango, CO, community, having recently relocated from Dillon. He is excited about the level of community involvement, engagement, and support that exists in the four corners region. He has worked with youth from all backgrounds throughout his professional career, be it as a teaching assistant at a school for teens with traumatic brain injuries, or as a snowboard instructor. William received a bachelor of arts in psychology and language and linguistics from Brandeis University, and is currently the manager of the Kid’s Ski and Snowboard School at Purgatory Resort.



Susan Lander

Board President

Susan  is a nonprofit consultant who was on the board of the Community Resource Center for 17 years, 3 as board president. She joined the board of the 4 Corners RYC when the decision was made to form its own 501(c)3 about 18 months ago. Raising a gay son in Durango, she realized the lack of resources and outreach to the LGBTQ+ community. Her son’s struggles motivated her to work in the community with parents, youth and community leaders to bring awareness of these issues. With a gay sister and and a transgender nephew, most of her life she has been active in this community. Susan identifies as female, cisgendered, white, working class, bisexual and able bodied. She is the mother of two sons, one gay, one straight with three grandchildren.



Jen Shupe, LCSW

Board Vice Chair

Jen has been an ardent fan of 4CRYC since its inception, and joined the Board of Directors in December 2016, shortly after its official formation. She brings the perspective of someone who was raised in Durango, and during adolescence watched dear LGBTQ friends and family navigate their social, family and community relationships in a rural environment where dedicated resources for LGBTQ folks were non-existent, and visibility was low. Jen identifies as female, cisgendered, white, middle-class, queer/bi, and temporarily able-bodied/without disability. She is also mother to a 4 year old and an 1 year old, and is currently employed as a licensed clinical social worker at Axis Health System, a community mental health center in Durango.