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.


Brittany Hathorn, 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, Office Administrator

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, Board Member

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, Board Member

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.


Tanya Gorton, Board Member

Tanya Gorton hails from Denver. She co-owns Two Rivers Barbecue restaurant in South Fork, which is proudly open 7 days a week during the summer and fall seasons. Tanya and the Two Rivers staff often lend their efforts and commitments to the local community through participation in local interests, City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Town Hall meetings, and Fundraisers for the area’s First Responders.