We’re proud of our rich heritage, and we keep it alive with our commitment to provide quality experiences, practice responsible management and foster collaboration.
Jeffco Open Space Management Team
Tom Hoby, Director
Mr. Hoby was appointed as Director of the Parks and Open Space Division in March of 2010. As Director, Mr. Hoby works closely with the Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and Open Space Advisory Committee. He oversees the management and operations of the sales tax-funded program and the five sections that make up the Jeffco Open Space Division: Stewardship, Planning, Visitor Services, Community Connections, and Administration and Real Estate. He is a 30-year veteran of the parks and recreation industry, and is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation Administration. He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, and has been active as a member of many industry committees.
Hillary Merritt, Deputy Director
Ms. Merritt joined Jeffco Open Space in June 2019. She manages the Land Conservation and Landowner Relations programs, and provides strategic leadership by working with local, county, state, federal public land agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, and other stakeholders to advance the mission of Jeffco Open Space. She spent 14 years protecting critical open space and lands important to people throughout Colorado as a project manager at The Trust for Public Land. A graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Colorado Law School, she is also a licensed attorney with the Colorado Bar Association. When she is not saving the places where people love to play, Ms. Merritt enjoys hiking and skiing in the mountains.
Gina Barton, Administration and Real Estate Manager
Ms. Barton joined Jeffco Open Space in June 2017. The Administration and Real Estate team’s primary focus is internal financial and administrative support which includes major Real Estate decisions. Key functions include internal budget and accounting support, Welcome Center visitor service, Real Estate, Local and Nonprofit Grant Program administration and IT Services. For over 20 years, Ms. Barton held a successful career in recreation facility management and recreation programs which included aquatics, fitness and wellness where she led a team of over 150 staff members. She also worked on projects which involved design, opening and operations of multifunction recreation facilities for the City of Golden and the City of Westminster. She has a passion for community and serves on a Cultural Arts Advisory Board and has served on a Recreation and Senior Center Task Force for her hometown. Ms. Barton has a degree in Finance from Regis University.
Mary Ann Bonnell, Visitor Services Manager
Ms. Bonnell joined Jeffco Open Space in 2014 and is the Visitor Services Manager. She supports the park ranger, park maintenance, park permits and education programs and is in uniform and on patrol in our parks at least one day a week. Ms. Bonnell's first job with Jeffco Open Space was as a Seasonal Naturalist in 1994. After gathering nearly 20 years of park ranger and natural resource management experience working for four agencies and organizations including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the City of Aurora, Plains Conservation Center and the Catalina Island Marine Institute, she returned to Jeffco Open Space. She has a degree in Biology from CU Boulder and is the co-lead investigator for the Denver Metro Area Coyote Study.
Mike Foster, Stewardship Manager
Mr. Foster joined Jeffco Open Space in 2017 as the Stewardship Manager. He leads a diverse and passionate team focused on natural resource management and invasive species management while ensuring that trails, buildings and historic sites are maintained and preserved for the enjoyment of Jeffco visitors. For 20 years, Mr. Foster held a successful career with the City of San Jose, CA and Pacific Gas & Electric Company where he led a number of sustainability programs including energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, water conservation and solid waste management. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University and an Executive MBA from Santa Clara University. He has a passion for serving his community and has been engaged with several non-profits including the YMCA and the United States Green Building Council.
Matt Robbins, Community Connections Manager
Mr. Robbins joined Jeffco Open Space in 2016 as the Community Connections Team Manager. The Community Connections Manager and Team promote internal collaboration and seek and provide opportunities for public engagement on a variety of projects, programs and management practices while supporting the Communication and Volunteer Services teams. With extensive state and local government experience, Robbins comes to Jeffco Open Space having worked with each of the local governments within Jefferson County to preserve and protect its parks and natural resources. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Administration.
Andrew Scanlan, Planning and Projects Manager
Mr. Scanlan joined Jefferson County in 2013. He worked for Jeffco Open Space as a Senior Business Analyst, then jointed the IT Department working as a Project Manager on county-wide IT initiatives, before returning to Open Space as the Planning and Projects Manager. He now guides planning and project management efforts for Jeffco Open Space properties from master and park planning, to the design and construction of improvements to park infrastructure and facilities. Mr. Scanlan has over ten years of experience in working with parks and open space in Colorado. His past employment includes Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the State of Indiana. He is a Project Management Professional, holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management from Indiana University - School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Alma College.