Open Space Advisory Committee Members

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners appoints citizens to and oversees the Open Space Advisory Committee. The Committee consists of ten members representing various segments of the county. The members are appointed for a three-year term by the Board of County Commissioners and represent various segments of the county. Three members are appointed as city representatives, three are county representatives, three are at-large representatives and one is a representative for the recreation districts.

Contact the Committee: [email protected]

Janet ShangrawJanet Shangraw, Chair

Represents: District
First appointed: 2013
Term expires: 9/30/2021
Background: Consulting Hydrologist; Colorado State University - Watershed Science/Hydrology; former Foothills Park and Recreation District Board member. Lifelong Jeffco resident, enjoys hiking, skiing and gardening.

Mike DunganMike Dungan, Vice Chair

Represents: City
First appointed: 2013
Term expires: 9/30/2022
Background: Retired, Vice President/CFO, Muller Engieering; Bachelor's Degree Civil Engineering Technology - Metropolitan State College of Denver. Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post, Bailey, CO record keeper and financial manager, enjoys hiking, camping, showshoeing, fishing, home improvement projects and spending time with family including two grandsons.

John LitzJohn Litz, Secretary

Represents: City
First appointed: 1993
Term expires: 9/30/2020
Background: Bear Group, Litz and Associates, LLC consulting and contracted research and development; Metallurgist; MSc - University of Colorado Boulder; Industrial Management; Engineer, Extractive Metallurgy - Colorado School of Mines; PLAN Jeffco founder.

Jeremy Hakes (2)Jeremy Hakes, Secretary Pro Tem

Represents: City
First appointed: 2017
Term expires: 9/30/2021
Background: University of Northern Colorado, Greeley alum with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. Worked for the Department of the Interior/United States Forest Service in South Dakota, shortly after graduation. Currently working in commercial construction. He moved to Golden in 1998 and began volunteering for Jefferson County Open Space in 2004, and with the Golden Historic Preservation Board in 2013. He has climbed all of Colorado's 14ers and over a thousand mountains across the United States.

Jacy RockJacy Rock, Member

Represents: At Large
First appointed: 2014
Term expires: 9/30/2021
Background: Legal Counsel for Suncor Energy Services Inc. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, Order of the Coif, Magna Cum Laude. She graduated from the University of North Dakota, Summa Cum Laude, where she majored in Political Science, International Studies, and Norwegian. She is one of two Seventh Congressional District Representatives on the Board of Trustees for Great Outdoors Colorado. She is a runner, cyclist, triathlete, skier, reader, traveler, and podcast junkie. Her “home” open space is North Table Mountain Park.  

Kathleen StaksKathleen Staks, Member

Represents: County
First appointed: 2016
Term expires: 9/30/2020
Background: Assistant Director for Energy, Colorado Department of Natural Resources. She works to develop and implement policy regarding energy development across the state. She advises and coordinates with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and the Governor's office. Prior to joining DNR, Kathleen worked at Great Outdoors Colorado as the Program Director for Open Space and Parks and Wildlife. She has a law degree from the University of Denver and a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Kelly WasserbachKelly Wasserbach, Member

Represents: At Large
First appointed: 2019
Term expires: 9/30/2022
Background: Engineering at City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; Colorado State University - Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in wastewater; enjoys hiking, running, skiing, playing at the park, and cooking.

Chris OKeefe (2)Chris O'Keefe, Member, County Planning

Represents: County
First appointed: 2017
Term expires: 9/30/2021
Background: Chris O’Keefe is Jefferson County’s Planning and Zoning Director. Chris came to Jefferson County in August of 2017 after working in North Carolina as the Planning and Land Use Director for New Hanover County since 1990. Prior to his career in City Planning, Chris worked in economic development for Oglethorpe Power Corporation. Before that he was a paralegal with the law firm Harmon, Smith and Bridges in Atlanta, GA. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Emory University, and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech where he specialized in Land Use Planning. 

Amy TurneyAmy Turney, Member

Represents: At Large
First appointed: 2019
Term expires: 9/30/2022


SarahGomachSarah Gomach, Member

Represents: At Large
First appointed: 2019
Term expires: 9/30/2020