After years of vacationing in and around South Fork, Cheryl and her husband Brett developed and opened Tiny Timbers Resort & Coffee Bistro. Working remotely from South Fork, Cheryl continues as CFO for a manufacturing company in La Junta, Colorado.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Her first love, traveling, has taken a back burner to the new business, but with all that South Fork offers, Cheryl enjoys plenty of recreation, camping, ATV riding and exploring around the Rio Grande National Forest.
Ruthanne Johnson joined the South Fork Chamber of Commerce in 2019. She works as marketing director for the Rio Grande Club & Resort.
Ruthanne is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience writing about off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, people and businesses, nature, gardening, vegan cooking, sustainable living and pet care. For eight years, she wrote about animal welfare and wildlife issues for The Humane Society of the United States’ national publications All Animals Magazine and Animal Sheltering Magazine.
She has also been published extensively in other media outlets, including national e-publications such as Huffington Post.com. She volunteers as the media & sponsorship specialist for the Monte Vista Crane Festival committee.
Ruthanne lives in Del Norte, Colorado with her husband and three rescued dogs: Huckleberry, Chili Pepper and Juicy Fruit.
Glynn Polter, Vice President
Glynn is a previous South Fork Chamber president. She owns Mountain Lighthouse and Gallery. Before moving to South Fork, she spent almost 30 years in telecommunications in many different position, companies, and locations in the USA.
Her passion is music and still sings on occasion. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work.
Glynn has returned to the Chamber Board as vice president and hopes to discover methods to bring visitors into all of the businesses.
L. Louise Van Osdol, President
Known to everyone as “L” and owner of Eagle River Coffee.
L. moved to South Fork in 2017 after visiting the area for several summers. She retired from teaching where she taught at Johnson County Community College, Meredith College, Northwestern Oklahoma State College, and University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She taught subjects ranging from computer programing, computer applications, business communications, management information systems, ethics, nonprofit management, and other organizational leadership topics. Her degrees are from the University of Arizona and North Carolina State University.
L. has a gray tabby cat named Grey. Her cat catches mice and snakes.
Suz Phillips, Admin Asst
A proud Cornhusker born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. “Pets, yes please!” exclaims Phillips, who worked for 20 years as a nonprofit administrator in Animal Welfare agencies across the Midwest.
A San Luis Valley resident for 12 years. Hobbies include wood working and sign crafting
Elizabeth Secor and her husband Dale have been coming from Colorado Springs to South Fork for some 14 years. They moved to South Fork full time about four years ago.
After retiring, the couple opened Shampooch Dog Grooming, which offers pet grooming, nail trimming and pet sitting.
Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Louisiana Tech University. Before retiring, she worked in the hospitality industry. On days off, she enjoys hiking, golfing and enjoying the beauty of South Fork.