Our Team

Our Team

Jules Belyea

Jules Belyea is a Planning Specialist at SICOG. He spent the first 18 years of his life in Springfield Oregon, home of the Simpsons TV show. He moved to Idaho in 2020 to begin his undergraduate degree in Political Science and completed it in 2023.

Jules works with local communities across Southeastern Idaho in order to build a stronger connection in the region. In his work he takes pride in assisting Southeastern Idaho communities create programs such as comprehensive plans, downtown revitalizations, and other miscellaneous projects.

His favorite part of being a planning specialist is being able to travel across Southeast Idaho and visit the most spectacular landscapes in our nation.   

When not at work, Jules spends his time completing his Master’s in Public Administration at Idaho State University. In his free time, he can be spotted hiking, driving across the country, or catching the latest blockbuster at the theater.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; jules.belyea@sicog.org

Layne Bourgeous

Layne Bourgeous is the Executive Director at SICOG. He holds a BA in International Studies from BYU-Idaho and an MPA with an emphasis in nonprofit management from Grand Canyon University. Layne is bilingual in English and Spanish and loves to utilize his language skills to build bridges with the Hispanic community.

Layne has been with SICOG since 2020. During this time, he has worked in various capacities within the organization, including roles in Community and Economic Development and the Area Agency on Aging. Through his time with SICOG, Layne has developed a servant’s heart and seeks diligently to do good for others and mitigate human suffering.

Layne strives to build community partnerships to address the needs of all of southeast Idaho’s diverse populations and ensure that resources are implemented both efficiently and effectively. Layne truly believes that a community’s success is the sum of stakeholders’ collective efforts and actions, and that strategic and collaborative partnerships are key to ensuring regional triumph and prosperity.

When Layne is not working, he loves to spend time with his family and enjoys being a dad to his three wonderful children and a husband to his sweet wife.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; layne.bourgeous@sicog.org

Cara Christensen

Cara Christensen is an Information & Assistance Specialist for the Area V Agency on Aging. Cara uses great listening and communication skills to help older individuals and families be able to address their needs and concerns, providing the community with resources to help with everyday needs. 

Cara has social work experience in mental health, administration experience, and management experience. Cara has been involved in numerous volunteer work such as: shelter volunteer, food bank, and nature clean up across Idaho. Cara is dedicated to protecting, providing independence, giving solutions and dignity to individuals through advocacy and service. Cara finds passion in helping her community. 

Cara enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking different recipes, gardening, and going on nature hikes.

Contact: (208) 233-4023; cara.christensen@sicog.org 

Amanda Collins

Amanda Collins was born and raised in Southeast Idaho and is an Idaho State University graduate. She is the Community Development Manager with SICOG, and has worked on projects for the seven southern counties that include infrastructure upgrades to culinary water, wastewater, broadband expansion and park improvements. Although passionate about helping our communities grow responsibly, she will tell you her favorite part of the job is Davis Bacon Labor Monitoring; and playing on new playgrounds. 

In 2019 Amanda was honored to be named one of the 20 Under 40 by the Idaho Business Journal for her work in community outreach and service. 

When not working, Amanda is an avid crafter, Lego enthusiast and enjoys time with her family. 

Contact: (208) 233-4535; amanda.collins@sicog.org

Therese Combs

Therese Combs is an Adult Protective Services Investigator. She investigates allegations of abuse, exploitation, neglect, and self-neglect of vulnerable adults in the 7-county region of southeast Idaho. 

Therese enjoys being able to stand up for members of the community that are unable to help themselves. Therese is a part of the adult mental health crisis intervention team where she collaborates to try to resolve difficult cases and prevent crises. 

In her free time, Therese enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always enjoys spontaneous adventures in the outdoors.

Contact: (208) 233-4032; therese.combs@sicog.org

Susan Cronquist

Susan Cronquist is the Adult Protective Services Supervisor for the Area V Agency on Aging. She investigates allegations of Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Self-Neglect of vulnerable adults in the 7 County region of Southeast Idaho. 

Susan has dedicated her 26-year career to protecting the elderly and vulnerable in our communities and making sure their basic needs are met. Susan won an Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations, along with many other countless awards and accolades. Susan is extremely proud of the positive impact that they have been able to make with the victims of our community. 

In her spare time and to unwind, Susan enjoys gardening, relaxing by her koi pond and taking care of her horses and pets.

Contact: (208) 233-4032; susan.cronquist@sicog.org

Andrea DeMartinis

Andrea DeMartinis is the Ombudsman Program Manager for the Area V Agency on Aging. The Long-term care Ombudsman is responsible for educating and empowering vulnerable individuals by assisting and supporting them while working to resolve problems related to the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals who live in long-term facilities. 

She advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living facilities in the 7-county region of Southeast Idaho. Andrea finds joy in empowering others while helping them find their voice to improve their lives. 

In her personal time, she enjoys exploring and looking for adventures, you will find her volunteering for community events, taking weekend trips, or spending time with her children.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; andrea.demartinis@sicog.org

Krystal Denney

Krystal Denney is SICOG’s Community Development Director. Krystal is responsible for the oversight of the Community Development team, ongoing and developing projects, and guiding the strategic direction of the Community Development Division. 

Krystal believes in creating sustainable infrastructure in communities beginning with the “big picture”.  She often says, “The best time to plant a tree is when you don’t need shade.” Over the course of her career, she has been integral is securing over $20 Million of grants for infrastructure in rural communities in Southeast Idaho. 

Outside of work you’ll find Krystal at a baseball game, volunteering, or enjoying quality time at home with her family.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; krystal.denney@sicog.org

Bonnie Hamilton

Bonnie Le Hamilton is a born and bred Idahoan. She was born in Blackfoot, ID on July 5th, 1962, the third daughter of her parents, with their second daughter coming into the world just six minutes before her! Her and her twin are mirror twins, and they have a weekly blog Life as Mirror Twins.

Bonnie is a data entry clerk by day and a writer the rest of the time. She does a couple of poems published but no novels, yet; still working on it. She is a widow living with just her cat Patches.

Contact: (208) 233-4032; bonnie.hamilton@sicog.org

Matthew Harvey

Matthew Harvey is the Administrator for SICOG and the Contracts Manager for the Area V Agency on Aging.  Born in England, he brings a pleasant smile and some classic English charm to the day-to-day proceedings of the SICOG office.  

As Administrator he acts as a welcoming point of first contact for the office, and strives to assist his colleagues be successful in their endeavors.  As Contracts Manager he is working to help the senior centers and contracted care providers in the seven counties of Southeast Idaho to continue providing for our elderly population.  

When not at work, Matthew can be found spending time with family, playing games, or reading an enthralling Discworld novel.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; matthew.harvey@sicog.org

Mike Hirschi

Mike Hirschi, Director at the Area V Agency on Aging, has been at our SICOG since 2012.  He is responsible for providing the strategic vision and direction of the aging services and programs.   He nurtures partnerships with many organizations and individuals to improve the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities in Southeast Idaho and help them age in place.  

Mike has been in the aging network since he was 15 years old.   Before joining the Area V Agency on Aging, he spent 23 years working at a skilled nursing facility in Pocatello, 7 years as the licensed nursing home administrator at the facility.  Mike has a passion for empowering and supporting the independence, safety, dignity, and quality of life of older adults, persons with disabilities and family caregivers in our region.  

He enjoys biking, hiking and being the favorite uncle Michael to his nephews and nieces.

Contact: (208) 233-4032; mike.hirschi@sicog.org

Gina Hubbard

Gina Hubbard is the supervisor of Information & Assistance at the Area V Agency on Aging within the SICOG organization.

Gina enjoys meeting new people and assisting older adults and their families in our community with services that will help them stay in their homes as long as possible.  Some of the services offered include Home Delivered Meals, Homemaker service and Respite service.

Gina is also the coordinator for PRO Age Connections which addresses social isolation and loneliness among older adults.  This program relies on volunteers to make friendly calls and complete kind notes on postcards to our “PRO Agers.”  This year, the program was presented with a national achievement award from USAging.

Gina is proud to work for the Area Agency on Aging at SICOG and frequently refers to her position as her “dream job.”

When she’s not working, Gina enjoys family, gardening and traveling with her new husband.

Contact: (208) 233-4032; gina.hubbard@sicog.org

Irv Johnson

Irving Johnson is the Director of Fiscal Operations at SICOG. Irv takes the role of ensuring financial accuracy and wellness as paramount.  He has a special dedication to assisting the underserved members of our communities.  

Irv has 30 plus years in accounting in varied industries from the entertainment industry to retail to hospitality to community service.  He studied at Western Illinois University in Accounting.  He was born and raised in the Midwest and made Pocatello his home in 2018.  He has a love for Pocatello and its small charm and friendliness. 

He is involved in the community, volunteering to improve his community as much as his time allows.  He was recently married and is on a forever honeymoon with his wife Brittney and in his free time, is dedicated to her and the betterment of their lives together.  He’s a dog lover, enjoys creativity in the kitchen and enjoys many of the joys of living on the edge of the Rocky Mountains.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; irving.johnson@sicog.org

Laurie Keyes

Laurie Keyes is the Mobility Manager and Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments. Laurie grew up in Missoula, MT, but has called Pocatello home for the past 15 years. 

Laurie has 3 teenage children, two cats and an amazing and supportive partner who she enjoys taking drives with, spending time with the family, learning disc golf, biking and hiking.

Contact: (208) 233-4032; laurie.keyes@sicog.org

Nate Mortimer

Nate Mortimer is the Community Development Specialist at SICOG, bringing his passion for positive change and a strong work ethic to the communities of Southeast Idaho. Born and raised in Pocatello and a proud alum of Idaho State University, Nate has deep roots in the region.

Nate has split the last decade between southeast and central Idaho, enjoying all that Idaho has to offer. This has given Nate an insight into life in a rural community and the challenges and opportunities it provides.  Nate is excited to be working with communities throughout southeast Idaho, and looks forward to helping communities create meaningful changes. 

Outside of work Nate prefers to spend his time outside; hiking, skiing, and enjoying all Southeast Idaho has to offer. 

Contact: (208) 233-4535; nate.mortimer@sicog.org

Emma Morton

Emma Morton is the Community-based Economic Development Manager with SICOG. She is a Certified Grant Administrator and works with a number of communities, school districts and businesses in our southeast Idaho region to develop and fund projects. Emma has expertise in grant writing, consensus building and facilitation, downtown revitalization planning, workforce development, and urban renewal administration. 

Emma is passionate about developing projects with the community’s needs in mind and seeing them from development to completion. Watching a project come to life is her favorite part of the job. Emma has helped develop and write the grants for millions of dollars worth of projects in this region; notably, $3.3 million for Blackfoot Technical Education Center and $500,000 for Montpelier Downtown Revitalization. She has also helped school districts with master planning and visioning, urban renewal agencies with plan updates and amendments, and businesses attain workforce development training grants. 

Emma lives in Pocatello with her husband, daughter and two dogs. Most of her time goes to adventuring with her daughter or dogs, volunteering at her church, or catching a few quiet moments to read a book. 

Contact: (208) 233-4535; emma.morton@sicog.org

Angelyn Norgaard

Angelyn Norgaard, Veterans Direct Care Case Manager for the Area V Agency on Aging under Southeast Idaho Council of Governments. Angelyn takes great pleasure in assisting the disabled Veteran population to receive ongoing home cares from providers of their choice.

Angelyn is a class leader for Powerful Tools for Caregivers course and enjoys teaching others to care for themselves, while caring for others.   Angelyn is born and raised in Pocatello, attending grade school through high school here in Pocatello. Receiving her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration, Angelyn is married to a twenty-four-year Navy Veteran, has 3 children and is caring for her dad in her home. 

Angelyn loves her dogs, cat’s, chickens, ducks, and pigeons (though she does not claim the pigeons as hers), as well as fish, reptiles, bird, and arachnoids.

Contact: (208) 233-4032; angelyn.norgaard@sicog.org

Barbara North

Barbara North is the Assistant Fiscal Officer for SICOG.  On the most basic level, she monitors money going in and out of various programs- but her contributions to the organization literally keep the lights on and the entire operation running smoothly.  Barb is always there in a pinch and is willing to go the extra mile to see the job completed. She enjoys helping others and sharing her knowledge of both fiscal operations – and the natural world.

Ms. North has many interests in science and art. Barbara holds a Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Barbara has a special fondness of birds. As an artist, she has an eye for subtle detail, and an ability to recognize “a beauty in all things,” which make her an equally amazing colleague. In her spare time, Barbara loves ballroom dance, watercolor painting, and travel.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; barbara.north@sicog.org

Jake Osweiler

Jake Osweiler is the Revolving Loan Fund Officer.  Born and raised in Great Falls, MT and a graduate from the University of Montana, he moved to Blackfoot in October 2022 for a new beginning.  He spent roughly 5.5 years in the credit union industry as a financial service representative and as an indirect leader.  

With SICOG he can continue to make a difference in people’s financial dreams, help businesses succeed and aid in building our economies to benefit our communities.  He enjoys getting to meet with community members to build relationships and spread knowledge about SICOG.  

When not working, Jake likes to spend time with his family and wonderful wife.  He also enjoys watching football and playing golf.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; jake.osweiler@sicog.org

Kate Selvage

Kate Selvage is a Grant Writer and Research Assistant for SICOG. Kate works on writing grants for the community and doing environmental related work for a variety of projects. They were named Idaho State University’s CPI Intern of Month for September 2023. 

Born in Boise, Kate has been an Idaho resident for their whole life. In 2021, Kate graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Political Science before coming to Pocatello to pursue a Masters in Public Administration with an environmental emphasis. 

In their free time, Kate can be found painting while listening to a good podcast, reading a good book, or going for adventures around Idaho.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; kate.selvage@sicog.org

Charity Staggs

Not all those who wander are lost.” ~Tolkien. 

Charity Staggs is the Community Resource Coordinator for SICOG. She is a believer in hard work, resourcefulness, and resilience. She wandered as a musician throughout high school and college, where she performed in many incredible communities with incredible hardships. 

During her adventures, she gained a deep desire to cultivate solutions. In 2019, she started work at SICOG as the front desk receptionist. Her strong beliefs earned her a place among the Community Development Team as a Grant Writer in 2020 and Administrator in 2021 where she consistently seeks and attains resources to help strengthen communities by becoming more resilient and resourceful. 

Charity still wanders as a part time musician today, keeping up her creative muscles, meeting new communities, and finding new ways to help them.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; charity.staggs@sicog.org

Danae Zepeda

Danae Zepeda is the Community and Human Resources Assistant. She assists the Community and Economic Development Department and the Portneuf Water and Soil District in grant writing and community outreach, as well as being the main Human Resources representative at SICOG. 

Originally from Southern California, Danae made Idaho her new home in the Fall of 2021 and joined the SICOG team in May 2023.  She has 18 years Human Resources and Payroll experience and has embarked in the grant writing world.  What Danae loves most about her role is how rewarding it is, both in-house and out in the community.  A “thank you for what you do” goes a long way!  

In her spare time, Danae enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, camping, kayaking, going for a nice country drive, and enjoying the day at a nice winery.

Contact: (208) 233-4535; danae.zepeda@sicog.org