Meet The Board

Ruthanne Johnson

Ruthanne Johnson joined the South Fork Chamber of Commerce in the fall of 2019. She works as marketing director for the RIO GRANDE CLUB & RESORT. Ruthanne is also an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience writing about adventure, travel, pets, nature, businesses, people, gardening, cooking and sustainable living. For nearly eight years, she wrote for The HSUS national publications All Animals Magazine and Animal Sheltering Magazine. Her work can be read in national e-publications She has also been published in Colorado-based media outlets She lives in Del Norte, Colorado with her husband and two rescued dogs Huckleberry and Chili Pepper.

Melissa Jones

Melissa and her husband Dan just recently moved to South Fork from Canyon, Texas where they owned a family business. They have 2 grown children- Abbey and Autry who both live in the Denver area. Having vacationed many years in Colorado, they fell in love with South Fork and knew this is where they wanted to retire. Melissa graduated from Kansas State University with a BS Degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys sewing/ crafting, camping, hiking, riding atv’s, and skiing. She and her husband Dan own RIO RIVER RETREAT- a group vacation rental and ELEVATION EBIKES- an electric bike rental business here in South Fork. She is also a member of the SFFR Ladies Auxiliary and New Hope Church where she and Dan teach the Married Sunday School class. She is excited to be a part of the Chamber of Commerce Board and hopes to bring some new ideas to help grow the community.

L. Louise Van Osdol

President

Connected Businesses

Glynn Polter

Vice President

Glynn has been a business owner (Mountain Lighthouse and Gallery) in South Fork for 11 years and a previous South Fork Chamber President. Before moving to South Fork, she spent almost 30 years in telecommunications in many different positions, companies, and locations around the USA. Her passion is music and still sings on occasion. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in social work. Glynn has come back on the board as Vice President and hopes to figure out ways to bring more people into all of our businesses.

Connected Businesses
Mountain Lighthouse & Gallery/Women’s Boutique

James Briggs

James Briggs had the idea of starting an Electronics Repair Business in the valley since he discovered there weren’t very many options for residents, after visiting the Valley for the first time in 2017. Creede Bytes was founded in January of 2018 and he opened the first location in March of 2018 in Creede, Colorado. In the Fall of 2018, James discovered that moving the business to South Fork would be more beneficial for everyone in the area, as it’s more conveniently located. James has also designed and helped maintain the new South Fork Chamber website with the vision to help the South Fork Chamber and other local businesses grow to their full potential.

Connected Businesses
Creede Bytes

James Stephens

Connected Businesses
South Fork Lumber Company