Who We Are

Elaine Gurule

Elaine Gurule

Board President

Elaine is the founding Board President of the Small Town Project, where she oversees our mission of improving the quality of life in her small town of Rocky Ford, Colorado. She is a local Realtor® with Hancock Group Real Estate and has a first-hand view of how big of an impact distressed properties have on home values. Elaine's commitment to improving the lives of residents in the Rocky Ford community developed from a background in early childhood education where her passion for seeing young children learn and flourish now finds purpose in seeing her community revived and flourishing. Seeing a great need in our community for a group of small giants to give the town the care and attention it deserves, Elaine and Duane founded the Small Town Project with a passion for nurturing the community.

Elaine along with her husband, Duane, and children live on South 11th Street in Rocky Ford.

Soraya Shiranlou

Soraya Shiranlou

Board Director

Soraya is a 2006 Rocky Ford High School graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is also the founder of a well-known digital marketing company, Modern Media Marketing

Soraya lives with her fiance, Sam, and two dogs on Spruce Street in Rocky Ford.

Abby Vantine

Abby Vantine

Board Director

Abby is a Rocky Ford resident and a local business owner. She owns and operates Juniper Hair Company in Manzanola. 

Abby lives with her husband and daughter on Willow Street in Rocky Ford.

Duane Gurule

Duane Gurule

Executive Director

Duane is the founding Executive Director for the Small Town Project. Duane is a 2004 Rocky Ford HighSchool graduate who obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. During his early career, he worked at iLendingDIRECT leading the forward progress in technology and managing the IT infrastructure of a national finance company. Duane is also the Southeast Colorado Regional Associate for The Colorado Trust and focuses on promoting health equity in our region. He and his family moved from Littleton, Colorado back to the Rocky Ford area in 2018 and he fell back in love with all of the unique qualities that make his small town so wonderful.

Duane along with his wife, Elaine, and children live on South 11th Street in Rocky Ford.

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