Meet The Board


Joe Ford, President

A native Texan, Joe has been a part of the community since 2015. He and his business partner operate Network Funding Mortgage here in South Fork. With a background in Corporate Accounting & Finance, Joe is detail oriented, and client focused.

Joe enjoys fishing, ATVing and cross-country skiing. He is an active member of Gateway Church.

With his home and business here, he is dedicated to being a part of the success, progress and growth of South Fork.


Vice-President

Brittany grew up in Southeastern Indiana and relocated to South Fork seven years ago with her husband, Tyler, a South Fork native and 6th generation to the San Luis Valley.

Brittany recently opened her real estate brokerage company, EXIT Silver Thread Realty. She believes in providing exceptional customer service to her real estate clients and applies that same level of service to all members of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Ruthanne Johnson

Ruthanne moved to Del Norte in 2016, after discovering the area on story assignment for a popular Colorado magazine. Her resume includes more than 16 years in newspaper and magazine writing and successful careers with The Humane Society of the United States and Sysco Food Service. Most recently, she worked as Marketing Director for The Rio Grande Club & Resort.  

Ruthanne is now writing a Colorado field guide highlighting the unique connections between native plants and wildlife. She lives with her husband and their three rescued dogs. 


Rebecca Bean

Growing up in California and now living in Colorado for the last 11 years, Rebecca has always had a deep passion for nature and the mountains.

In the summer of 2021, she moved to South Fork and opened Ruff Dogs – a doggy daycare, grooming, boarding and training service. 

Along with exploring trails with her two horses, she spends time  snowboarding, hiking, backcountry riding, and on ATV trails. She also works with Rio Grande Search and Rescue.


Stephen Delaney

Stephen grew up on the beaches of Florida before moving to Colorado 17 years ago to “surf bigger waves.”

He is an avid outdoorsman, whose passions include river-running, backcountry snowboarding and rock climbing.

Stephen is co-owner of Ruff Dogs and a member of The South Fork Fire Rescue and Rio Grande Search and Rescue.


David Janis

David is a business owner, entrepreneur and consultant who nationally and abroad has helped launched hundreds of businesses. His experience creating digital solutions across multiple industries gives him the ability to form simplified solutions for complex industries, allowing those businesses to reach and serve their dedicated customers.

He is the founder and CEO of Element Pro, a nationally recognized, award-winning digital agency offering top-talent professional services, such as branding, web design & development, website maintenance & security,e-commerce development, software & app development, and marketing

David is an avid outdoorsman and  enjoys backpacking, fishing,  mountaineering, hunting,and off-roading.