Our Staff

Working together to preserve Idaho's air, water, land and wildlife.

Natalie Chavez

Communications Associate

Natalie Chavez

Communications Associate

Natalie Chavez helps staff keep you updated on the latest conservation issues. She assists staff with their communications and grant documents, and keeps our database ship-shape.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x14

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Emily Cleveland

Community Engagement Associate

Emily Cleveland

Community Engagement Associate

Emily works to cultivate support for ICL’s work in North Idaho through community events, outreach and fundraising.

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Jenny Estes

Development Program Manager

Jenny Estes

Development Program Manager

Jenny runs our successful membership and development program. At ICL we love our 10,000-plus members who make our work possible, and Jenny keeps them engaged and informed about current priorities to protect Idaho’s air, water and special places. She coordinates membership trips and special events, and works with other colleagues to manage ICL’s emerging leaders program.

Jenny is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has a B.A. in Communication Studies. She joined the staff in September, 2015.

Jenny’s favorite place in Idaho is Chamberlain Basin at the base of Castle Peak in the White Cloud Mountains. In August, 2015, as President Obama signed the Boulder White Clouds Wilderness Bill and before Jenny began working for ICL, she went on a group trail maintenance trip with the Idaho Trails Association and ICL. They camped at Chamberlain Basin, enjoying its pristine natural beauty, hiking around doing trail work, taking very brisk dips into lakes and loving life. It was there that she first met ICL’s executive director, Rick Johnson, as he hiked into the wilderness just days after being in the Oval Office — with champagne to celebrate and hugs all around.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x 17

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Justin Hayes

Program Director

Justin Hayes

Program Director

Justin oversees our conservation programs. His conservation work includes mercury and mining, air quality, water quality and litigation.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x24

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Austin Hopkins

Conservation Associate

Austin Hopkins

Conservation Associate

Austin is an avid runner, cyclist and parent to his standard poodle, Miles. These interests combined with Austin’s B.S. and M.S. in geology motivate him to advocate for Idaho’s clean air, clean water and beautiful places. Austin works to ensure that national, state and local policies are developed and implemented in a manner that protects our environment and public health. Austin’s favorite place in Idaho is the trails in and around Boise where he is frequently found running or cycling.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x23

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Josh Johnson

Conservation Associate

Josh Johnson

Conservation Associate

Josh works to protect the quality of water, air and our natural resources in Central and Eastern Idaho.

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Rick Johnson

Executive Director

Rick Johnson

Executive Director

Rick has directed ICL for over 20 years and began his Idaho conservation work as an ICL volunteer. His work frequently takes him into the wilderness of Washington, DC, as well as the wilderness of Idaho.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x19

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Marie Callaway Kellner

Water Associate

Marie Callaway Kellner

Water Associate

Marie works to protect and restore the health of our rivers and fisheries by ensuring that our rivers have sufficient water.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x32

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Dani Mazzotta

Central Idaho Director

Dani Mazzotta

Central Idaho Director

Dani works from our Ketchum office to safeguard Central Idaho’s clean water, clean air and public land.

Phone: 208.726.7485

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Betsy Mizell

Community Engagement Associate

Betsy Mizell

Community Engagement Associate

Betsy connects conservation-minded folks in Central Idaho with all the good work that the Idaho Conservation League does.

Phone: 208.726.7485

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Matt Nykiel

Conservation Associate

Matt Nykiel

Conservation Associate

Matt works to protect North Idaho’s clean water, clean air and open spaces.

Phone 208.265.9565

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Jonathan Oppenheimer

Government Relations Director

Jonathan Oppenheimer

Government Relations Director

Jonathan is your voice for conservation in the Idaho Statehouse and protects wild forests, clean water and healthy fish. He’s been with ICL since 2002.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x26

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Ben Otto

Energy Associate

Ben Otto

Energy Associate

Ben protects Idaho’s air quality and climate stability by helping our state transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x12

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Haley Robinson

Development & Marketing Associate

Haley Robinson

Development & Marketing Associate

Haley Robinson processes your gift to the Idaho Conservation League and see that you get the thanks you deserve! She also works with ICL’s communications team and ensures that our marketing resources are put to good use.

208.345.6933 x22

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John Robison

Public Lands Director

John Robison

Public Lands Director

John oversees work to protect public lands across the state and enjoys being on the water whenever he can.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x13

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Julia Rundberg

Director of Finance and Administration

Julia Rundberg

Director of Finance and Administration

Julia ensures the organization’s business and financial systems run smoothly. She’s thankful to work at a place where she can combine her loves for nature and data.

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Brad Smith

North Idaho Director

Brad Smith

North Idaho Director

In addition to overseeing ICL’s northern operations, Brad is responsible for protecting the public lands, fish, and wildlife north of the Salmon River.

Brad grew up hiking the mountains of North Idaho where he was fortunate to spot a rare mountain caribou. This transformative experience motivated Brad to study conservation and take up a career in the field. He earned a degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho and later went on to receive a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University.

Brad’s favorite place in Idaho is the Selkirk Crest, where he enjoys scenic views of large inland waterways and lush green forests. He enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and skiing with his wife and daughter.

Phone: 208.265.9565

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Lana Weber

Community Engagement Associate

Lana Weber

Community Engagement Associate

Lana is an avid trail user, river runner and lover of the wild desert. She grew up near the foothills of Boise with dirt between her toes and a sprig of rabbit brush in her pigtails.

Having spent over 15 years in the nonprofit sector with local and national groups, today she works to bridge the gap between people, ICL programs and place through outreach, partnerships and events. She works closely with the city of Boise on sustainable community issues and currently sits on the board of the Idaho Trails Association and the executive committee of the Idaho Outdoor Business Council.

Lana joined the Idaho Conservation League staff in 2013.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x16

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Mary Beth Whitaker

Editor & Designer

Mary Beth Whitaker

Editor & Designer

Mary Beth makes our publications, communications, designs, social media and website look and sound great. She also oversees the artist in residence program.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x11

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Erin Zaleski

Office Manager

Erin Zaleski

Office Manager

Erin is the welcoming presence at ICL headquarters in Boise. She processes accounts payable and accounts receivable, maintains the efficiency of the office and coordinates volunteers.

Phone: 208.345.6933 x10

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