Allow us to introduce ourselves.

At the Platte River Fort our mission is to create a once in a lifetime experience for our guests and our community. To do this, we have established a culture that supports our team members so they can provide exceptional service.

Dori DeJong – Owner & CEO

Dori grew up on a dairy farm just to the south of the Platte River Fort. She graduated from Platte Valley High School and then continued on to the University of Northern Colorado where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1987. In 1996, she earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver School of Social Work and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law. In 2013, Dori completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Denver Daniels School of Business. After two decades of working with battered women as a social worker, legal advocate and attorney, Dori retired from the practice of law to manage the Platte River Fort full-time.

Dori and her partner, Elaine, have an eleven year old son that keeps them busy. Dori enjoys watching Caden play basketball, spending time with family and traveling.

Erin Johnson – Director of Business Operations

Erin grew up in Northern Illinois and moved out to Colorado in 2002. She graduated from Byron High School and continued on at the University of Northern Colorado, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Media Studies. Erin has been at the Platte River Fort since 2015 and specializes in sales, marketing, social media and venue coordination.

Erin and her husband Rich have two daughters, Landi and Tinley as well as their Boston Terrier, Render. In her free time, Erin enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with her family and vacationing.

Steve Walters – Director of Property

Steve grew up in Brighton, Colorado and attended Brighton High School. He continued on at Northeastern Junior College, graduating with an Associates degree in Production Agriculture. Steve has been at the Platte River Fort since July 2016 and specializes grounds maintenance, upkeep and wears many hats.

Steve and his wife Amy have four children, Austin, Seth, Shea and Allison. In his free time, Steve enjoys hunting, fishing, shooting and spending time with his family.

Rebecca Barnes – Marketing & Event Assistant

Rebecca is a native of Colorado and grew up in Elizabeth. She graduated from Elizabeth High School. Rebecca moved to Northern Colorado in 2011 and continued onto Colorado State University and majored in hospitality management with a minor in business administration. Rebecca also received certifications in wedding planning and event design and styling. Rebecca’s favorite part of being in the Northern Colorado community is the camaraderie.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, painting, rock climbing, playing various musical instruments, kick boxing as well as photography. Rebecca has two dogs, Sid and Charlee and four baby chickens.

Jan Clark – Event Assistant

Jan grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Wasson High School. Jan continued on to the University of Northern Colorado and double majored in teaching and biology. Upon graduation Jan worked at Loveland High School as a biology teacher and coached volleyball and basketball for five years. In 1989, Jan moved to Kelso, Washington where she earned a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Portland. She taught biology and was an athletic and academic coach for 23 years. She then moved to Arvada and taught science for three years at Adams City Middle School.

In her free time, Jan enjoys hiking, bird watching and playing with her dog, Albert.