Administrator – Michael Edmondson
Mike was appointed administrator by Governor Brad Little in May of 2021. Primary responsibilities include providing the overall direction for agency operations and coordinating Endangered Species Act programs with federal, state and private partners. Mike has served OSC since 2008 and continues to serve as Program Manager and Policy Advisor for OSC overseeing the Governor’s Salmon Workgroup, Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program, the Clearwater Focus Program, Idaho Fish Accords, Snake River Basin Adjudication, and the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. Areas of responsibility are management of technical and policy issues including recovery funding related to salmon, steelhead, bull trout, and Kootenai River white sturgeon. Before joining OSC, Mike served the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for 14 years working in Surface Water in various roles from monitoring and assessment to managing federal reporting under the Clean Water Act.
Joshua Uriarte serves as Species Program Manager and Policy Advisor for OSC. He has been with OSC since January 2015. Josh received his bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science, accompanied by a minor in Forest Management, at Oregon State University in Corvallis. His primary responsibilities include providing technical support and coordinating with federal, state and private partners as they relate to the sage-grouse recovery in Idaho. In his previous position, Josh worked with the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) for four years, coordinating conservation efforts. He has experience working with landowners on critical habitat issues.
John Richards serves as Associate Legal Counsel for the Office of Species Conservation and has been with the office since April of 2019. John earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from the College of Idaho and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources law.
Lisa McIntosh joined OSC in December 2018 as the Financial Officer. Lisa earned a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University, a bachelor’s in Finance from Weber State University and has held various financial management and leadership positions throughout her career.
Amy Hines came to OSC in December of 2008 as a Project Manager. Amy administers OSC’s funding provided through Bonneville Power Administration and Bureau of Reclamation. She provides administrative and technical support to our federal, state and private partners in support of Federal assistance programs such as the Idaho Fish Accord. Prior to OSC, Amy worked at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture serving in the Division of Plant Industries, Noxious Weeds Program as well as the Division of Animal Industries, Animal Identification Program. Amy earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho.
Abbie Gongloff has served as a Project Manager for OSC since January 2020. Abbie administers OSC’s Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund and its many subawards. Abbie worked for OSC as a Project Planner in the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program from 2010 through January 2020. Prior to working for OSC, Abbie served as an environmental scientist and botanist for North Wind, Inc.
Jace Hogg serves as the Federal Land Coordinator for OSC. His primary duties include being the staff support for the Idaho Roadless Commission and coordinating State agency comments on USFS Forest Plan and BLM Resource Management Plan revisions. He joined OSC in February of 2020, originally as a Policy Analyst in the Terrestrial Species Department. Prior to OSC, Jace worked with the University of Idaho Policy Analysis Group and the Bureau of Land Management Upper Snake Field Office. Jace earned his B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Political Science from the University of Idaho.
Dr. Sarah Hendricks joined OSC in August 2020 as an Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellow awarded through the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at University of Idaho. She received her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from University of Idaho where her research focused on using genetics as a tool to better understand wildlife. She earned a M.S. in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from DePaul University.
Grace Johnson joined the Office of Species Conservation in June 2021 as the administrative assistant. Grace earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, accompanied by a minor in applied mathematics from Boise State University. Prior to OSC, she held various marketing and service industry jobs in the Boise area, including an internship with the Idaho Wine Commission.
Salmon Office – Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program
Daniel Bertram joined OSC in August 2013 as the Project Coordinator for the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program. Areas of responsibility are to supervise staff to coordinate and manage tasks related to fish and wildlife habitat restoration, project development and implementation in the upper Salmon River subbasin. Prior to joining OSC, Daniel was the Lemhi County Weed Superintendent and department head since 2006. His education background includes a B.S. in Fisheries Resource Management and another in Wildlife Resource Management.
Chris Gaughan joined OSC as a Project Planner for the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program in June 2018. Prior to working for OSC, Chris worked as a wildlife biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Salmon. His educational background includes a M.S. in Wildlife Biology and B.S. in Geography from Montana State University.
Tulley Mackey joined OSC as a Project Planner for the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program in April 2020. Before OSC, Tulley worked as a field biologist for Biomark-Applied Biological Services studying Chinook salmon and steelhead in tributaries of the Salmon River. Tulley received a B.S. in Recreation Management from the Rubenstein School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.
Justin Saydell serves as a Project Planner for the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program. He joined OSC in April of 2020. Prior to OSC, Justin worked as a Project Manager with the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce in Astoria, Oregon. Justin’s educational background includes a B.S. in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Idaho and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Cal Poly State University.
Moscow Office – Clearwater Focus Program
Ryan Banks joined OSC in January 2020 as the Project Manager for the Clearwater Focus Program. His primary responsibility is to provide support to OSC’s project partners developing and implementing fish habitat restoration projects in the Clearwater basin. Prior to joining OSC, Ryan worked for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission since 2010 and served 8 years as a city councilor for the City of Genesee, Idaho. His educational background includes a B.S. in Fisheries Resources from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University.