Executive Committee

In addition to the responsibilities of Advocates and Board Members, the 4-5 members of the Executive Committee meet monthly to keep the organization moving ahead. They track progress, approve expenditures, and set future Board Meeting agendas.

President

Travis Dungan

In Loving Memory

John Litz

Secretary

Janet Shangraw

Vice President

Mark Hendrickson

Treasurer

Kirstin Litz

At Large

Brittany Schoborg

President

Travis Dungan

Travis is an Audit Partner with KPMG LLP, leading the financial statement audits of several large Colorado-based companies. He graduated from the University of Denver, choosing to study Accounting in the state after being born and raised in Jefferson County. Currently, Travis lives in Golden with his wife, Nichole, three sons and two dogs. He is fortunate to be within walking distance of five Jefferson County Open Space Parks. Travis is proud to participate with JOSF to help promote the objectives of the organization, especially access to trails for all and trail stewardship through education.

In Loving Memory

John Litz

Our dear friend, John Litz, passed away at the end of 2023. His dedication to Jeffco Open Space, and to the Jeffco Open Space Foundation, continued until his death, and the contributions he made will continue to have an impact far into the future.

John was one of the founders of Jeffco Open Space in 1972 and was into his sixth decade of guiding its success as a volunteer. He was a tireless, selfless conservation champion who volunteered in every imaginable way, from creating strategies and spreadsheets for land acquisitions and volunteer stewardship to building trails and restoring wildlife habitat. His leadership helped preserve over 60,000 acres of public open space and parkland and develop more than 270 miles of trails that are enjoyed by millions of visitors annually. In addition, he advocated for the creation and expansion of education and volunteer programs that foster stewardship and develop conservation advocates and leaders. He also created the Jeffco Open Space Foundation.

John had a Metallurgical Engineer degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Science in Industrial Management from the University of Colorado. He spent his career in process development for the recovery of metals from ores, concentrates, and scrap. He published 23 papers in professional journals and held 16 patents. His wife was a League of Women Voters member in 1972 and recruited him to the PLAN Jeffco Board. He was Treasurer for the 1972 Open Space campaign and supported it with his time and talents until the end. He said his favorite Jeffco Open Space Park was always the most recent one visited.

Secretary

Janet Shangraw

Janet is a recently-retired surface water hydrologist with a degree in surface water hydrology from CSU and over 40 years of experience that focused on Environmental Impact Studies across the mountain west. She grew up in Jefferson County and, together with her husband, raised a son and daughter who also value outdoor lifestyles. Whether it’s daily hiking in Open Space Parks, skiing in Winter Park, or gardening, Janet prefers to be outdoors. Janet’s love for the outdoors has led her to become an active volunteer in Jefferson County. She has been a Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee Member since 2013 and joined the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation in 2016. Janet has also served as a Foothills Park and Recreation District Board member for 11 years where she worked to enhance the community’s access to outdoor recreational activities.

Vice President

Mark Hendrickson

Mark is an independent Process Improvement consultant partnering with a range of corporate and non-corporate clients across the country. Born and raised in Minnesota, he graduated from the University of Minnesota where he studied Mechanical Engineering. Currently, Mark lives in Evergreen with his wife, Christine, two sons, two dogs and four cats. Beyond spending time recreating in Colorado’s backcountry, Mark’s hobbies include playing drums, coaching football and instructing VOC (Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado) trail Crew Leaders. Mark is excited to support JCOSF because of his shared mission to connect people with the outdoors and preserve nature.

Treasurer

Kirstin Litz

Kirstin is a Senior Technical Project Manager with a Master of Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. She was born and raised in Colorado with a great love of the mountains and its fresh air. Currently she is splitting her time between Lakewood, Colorado and Pleasanton, California. Her dog seems to like Colorado better because it has snow, not rain. When she is not working you can find her volunteering. Her goal is to visit all the Jefferson County Open Park and Recreation areas in the next 12 months. She is following in her father’s footsteps as the Foundation’s Treasurer.

At Large

Brittany Schoborg

Brittany grew up in the Columbine Valley of Jefferson County. Some of her first hikes were on Jeffco Open Space lands, where she now spends weekends introducing her two young kids to the outdoors. She has a background in land rights and business and studied Professional Land and Resource Management and Environmental Studies at Western Colorado University. She holds an MBA from the University of Montana. Brittany’s passion for the environment and her goal to have a strong sense of place in beautiful Jefferson County has led her to helping others create connections to its outdoor spaces. She previously served on the City of Littleton Museum Board and works professionally at Xcel Energy as a Project Manager.  Brittany is a birder, cross-country skier, snowboarder, and avid reader, and is stoked to help further the goals of JCOSF and see land preserved and enjoyed for future generations.

Supporting the Jeffco Open Space Foundation preserves public lands and adds to the legacy of access for all.