As our conservation community continues to grow, so does ICL! 

With the launch of a new Wildlife Program, ICL welcomes Jeff Abrams as our first Wildlife Program Associate. ICL has been an advocate for Idaho’s wildlife since its founding in 1973, but recognizing increasing urgency and national attention surrounding threats to wildlife, ICL is elevating engagement in this arena with the launch of this program. As ICL’s Wildlife Program Associate, Jeff is now focused on building ICL’s first strategic program focusing on imperiled wildlife populations, raising awareness about landscape-level threats to Idaho’s wild creatures, and advocating for overdue mechanisms to proactively conserve these at-risk species.

Two new staff members joined the organization’s growing climate team. Brad Heusinkveld has stepped into the role of Energy Associate, where he advocates for responsible energy transitions and climate resilience before utilities and state agencies. Brad will work to ensure the clean energy transition is swift and benefits the public to the greatest extent possible. 

Linda Engle also joined ICL’s climate team as a Climate Associate. Linda will work to achieve a carbon neutral Idaho by collaborating with team members, stakeholders, decision makers, and others to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Idaho, particularly in the transportation realm. 

ICL’s successful development team also welcomed two new team members, Diana Burrell and Karen Hostetter. Diana Burrell is ICL’s new Development Director and will work with members, donors, and grantors to fuel ICL’s mission. Diana has worked with several state-wide nonprofit organizations in Idaho, including the Idaho Trails Association where she served as Board President for a number of years.

Karen Hostetter joins ICL as Grants Manager, after more than a decade of experience in grant management with the Idaho State Department of Education and the City of Boise’s Parks and Recreation department.

Kristin Campbell joined ICL’s business office as our new Accounting Associate, adding expertise and capacity to ICL’s administrative team as they work to support ICL’s broad array of program goals. 

Alex Hon has stepped in as the organization’s new Marketing Manager, a role in which he will work to grow ICL’s reach with creative content and marketing material. In his prior position as Senior Marketing Producer at KTVB, Alex earned several Idaho Press Club awards and an Emmy nomination for his work.

As we welcome new faces to ICL, we also thank our departing staff members for their work and dedication to protecting Idaho’s environment.

Jenny Estes led ICL’s development team to success in her seven years as Development Director. Jenny joined the staff in September 2015, immediately making an impact by ensuring ICL members stayed engaged and informed about ICL’s priorities to protect Idaho’s air, water, and special places. 

Also departing from ICL’s development team is Brooke Bonner, who joined the ICL team in 2020 as Grants Manager. More than two decades of nonprofit experience helped her support ICL by providing transparency to our donors and expanding our grant funding to support our mission.

As a Community Engagement Assistant based out of our Ketchum office, Stevie Gawryluk helped connect ICL members, volunteers, and community members to ICL’s work. She helped make a real difference for our public lands through ICL’s Wilderness Stewards Program, connecting dozens of passionate Idahoans with opportunities to give back to Idaho’s most iconic landscapes.

Also departing from ICL’s engagement team is Sean Botzenhart, who worked out of ICL’s McCall office as a Seasonal Engagement and Public Lands Assistant. Sean kickstarted the inaugural season of ICL’s Wilderness Stewards Program in the West Central Idaho region. He also helped develop deeper connections with the McCall community, encouraging more Idahoans to participate in ICL’s meaningful work.

Passionate about ensuring all people have access to clean air, water, and outdoor spaces, Emma Sperry finished up her two-year fellowship with ICL as a Climate Fellow. Emma helped program staff reach their goals while leading the charge on solar issues in Idaho and helping ensure environmental justice issues were addressed.

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