Nic Nelson, Executive Director (

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Nic joined IRU as Executive Director in 2019. A native of Wyoming and a graduate of the University of Idaho, Nic has dedicated his career to conservation, working on conservation efforts for elk, raptors, and waterfowl; in addition to wilderness advocacy and permanent land protection campaigns. When not in the office, you can find Nic wetting a line on one of Idaho's blue ribbon fisheries or playing in the beautiful mountains that make Idaho the ideal place to live.

Kevin Lewis, Conservation Director (

Kevin joined IRU in 2004 as our Conservation Director, moved into the Executive Director role in 2016, and is nearing retirement at the end of this year. A lifelong river runner, Kevin is passionate about protecting Idaho’s rivers and the species that depend on them. When not in the office Kevin can be found at the oars of his cataraft on the North Fork of the Payette.



Anna Buschbacher, Development Director (

Anna leads IRU’s fundraising and business development efforts.  As a native Idahoan she has strong community ties and a background in non-profit management blended with a love for Idaho’s great outdoors.  When she's not working to inspire the community about IRU you'll find her rafting, paddle boarding or camping with her family.



Rickey Minder, Membership Director (

Rickey employs her considerable creative talents to help build interpretive and development materials that promote IRU and its mission. She also coordinates IRU's membership and fundraising events. When not doing that, you can find her in Idaho’s backcountry playing in the rivers that had a hand in raising her.

Ren Druash, Communications Associate (


Ren manages IRU's communication efforts. Her background is in environmental biology, outdoor education, and community outreach. She grew up with a love of the outdoors and paddling, and is passionate about river restoration and helping communities understand the value of their watersheds. Outside of the office, you can find Ren trekking in the mountains or on the water.

Stephen Pfeiffer, Conservation Associate (

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Stephen advocates for the protection of Idaho’s special river systems and the unique species that call them home. He has a background in science and has traveled across the West conducting fieldwork along some of its iconic rivers. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2018, and is excited to once again be in close proximity to the mountains and rivers he grew up exploring.