Steve Bounous, Executive Director
A former competitive ski racer; Steve, competed for over 20 years including skiing for the Snowbird Alpine Ski Team in the 70's. Steve went on to become an NCAA All American at the University of Utah, compete internationally as a member of the United States Ski Team, and race professionally as a member of the Raichle Molitor Pro Team. He founded Bounous International in 1984 which operated ski adventures and racing camps to New Zealand, Europe, and North America.
Steve has directed and coached the Snowbird Sports Education Foundation since 1989. Thousands of young athletes have come through the program, and many have graduated to compete in college, national teams and professionally in ski racing, snowboarding, and big mountain free skiing. Steve is a Level 500 Certified Coach, and was awarded the Intermountain Coach of the Year. Steve served as the Intermountain Alpine Competition Committee Chairmen from 2008-2010, and a voting member of the IMD ACC since 1990.
Scott Bates - President
Scott is a parent’s athlete to Hank and Campbell (AltaBird Freeride) and hopes Charlotte (4) will follow in their footsteps; and he has skied at Snowbird since 1985. He also has an affinity for Little Cottonwood Canyon and enjoys riding his bike up the canyon during the summer. Scott and his wife, Caroline, love the outdoors and enjoy seeing their children “grow-up” at Snowbird.
Scott graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English; and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah. After serving as a law clerk to Judge Dee Benson for the United States District Court for the District of Utah, Scott has practiced in various areas of the law including corporate, real estate, finance, employment, as an Assistant United States Attorney, as in-house counsel for Extra Space Storage and for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Scott is currently president of the Larry H. Miller Group’s real estate and construction businesses.
Scott looks forward to his first year on the Board and is honored to have the opportunity to serve with the other great members.
Scott Martin - Vice President
Scott has been a part of the Snowbird Ski Team in varying capacities nearly all his life. Scott was an athlete with the Team from age 7 up to college, then served as a coach through graduate school and beyond, then as a Board member, and now as a parent of three children just starting out with the Team. Scott's family has been a part of the Snowbird community since its opening in the early 1970s. Scott's father, Pepper, was the first Board chair. As such, the SBSEF mission and community has been a constant in Scott's life, and he looks forward to service on the Board as a means to propel the organization successfully forward.
Scott is an attorney with the Salt Lake City office of Snow Christensen & Martineau. His practice focuses largely on water and real property issues, including watershed protection in Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Ellen Tolstad - Secretary
Ellen learned to ski in the very chilly climate of Michigan’s upper peninsula. She started skiing at Snowbird in 1981 after moving to Salt Lake to attend the University of Utah, graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Math and Physics. She and spouse Roy have shepherded their children Andrew, Audrey and Grace through SBSEF alpine race programs for years, and are enthusiastic supporters.
Professionally, Ellen has worked as a software developer and enjoys camping, hiking, making cosplay costumes, road and mtn biking, especially with her two crazy dogs. She is looking forward to giving back to this wonderful organization through service on the board.
Matt Wigdahl- Treasurer
Matt Wigdahl is a former ski racer and coach, having raced for 14 years and coached for another 14 years all within the SBSEF organization. For the majority of his coaching years he worked as the head development (Devo) team coach and served 10 year on the Youth Ski League (YSL) committee. Matt is President and majority owner of Lever Pulley, a web development company, and has been in the technology industry since 2003. Recently his company has designed and launched a new software product, Ski Club Pro (http://skiclubpro.com), designed specifically for winter sports organizations. Matt is married to Jane, and has two children, Chloe and Heidi. Our hope is both our daughters will develop the same love for skiing as their parents and will participate in SBSEF.
Carolyn started skiing at the age of two at her uncle’s Massachusetts’s ski area; all 240 feet of Nashoba Valley vertical. She enjoyed ski racing in New England and worked at Nashoba in many different capacities; including as a ski instructor and lift attendant. In search of better snow and more vertical, she took a break from her academic studies and taught skiing at Snowbird for 3 seasons. She eventually returned to Dartmouth to finish medical school. Not able to shake her passion for Littleton Cottonwood Canyon, she and her husband, Ken relocated to Utah after residency training in New Mexico and working at the Taos Ski Area Medical Clinic. They have volunteered as physicians for Snowbird’s Ski Patrol for the past 18 seasons. Carolyn and her family are full time residents of the town of Alta. Ken runs the Medical Clinic at Alta Ski Area. Carolyn works as an Emergency Department physician at Intermountain Medical Center and Alta View Hospital. They have two children, Ulla and Fletcher, who love skiing on the J-Fast team.
Carolyn believes that growing up skiing is a joy that every child should have, as Skiing fosters a life long love and respect for the outdoors and physical health.
Jimmy Chen has been affiliated with Snowbird Sports Education Foundation since 1996, started out as athletes’ parent, invited to join Board of Directors in 2005, and served as Treasurer between 2007 and 2014. Jimmy also served on the Board for UOCA as VP of Community Engagement, Chinese Society of Utah as Advisor, IEEE Utah Section as Computer Society Chair and Treasurer, and Taiwan Overseas Community Affairs Council as Utah Advisor. In addition, he has served as a judge/caucus-judge for Deseret News Sterling Scholar, Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and College Board AP Computer Science. Jimmy received awards from National Science Foundation and was inducted into International Society of Photographers Hall of Fame in 2007.
Jimmy received his doctorate from University of Utah. He is a tenured Professor at Salt Lake Community College in Computer Science and Information Systems, where he served as Department head between 2000 and 2006. Jimmy is married to Ling-Ling, who served as Chinese Society of Utah President between 2011 and 2015. They raise two children, Michael and Marcus. Both have been actively involved in academic, music, ski racing, and ski coaching. Michael earned his MD in 2016 and is a resident physician at Utah Valley Hospital and Marcus is studying Medicine at University of Utah School of Medicine, Class of 2019.
Spencer considers Snowbird his home away from home. In the summer, he climbs the mountain on his mountain bike or road bike, and in the winter, Saturdays are spent supporting his daughters racing for the DEVO team, along with his 2 boys, ages 3 and 5 which are found in lessons. To Spencer, Snowbird is a family affair every week, and he's interested in helping develop a program that makes life long impressions on Utah's skiers through culture and development.
Spencer has a BA from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster College. He's been a VP of Sales for Diamond Wireless for 15 years and loves technology and working with people. He has volunteered on the Ropeway Safety Committee Board that oversees ski lifts in Utah for 4 years. In his spare time, he has a managing role on one of Utah's oldest cycling teams, Mi Duole/Barbacoa, and is involved with racing and organization.
Lance and Marion are the proud parents of Emma (10) and Jacob (8) who really enjoyed their first year as J-Fast athletes in the 15/16 season. Lance is a Regional Sales Manager for the Pharmaceutical Company Eli Lilly while Marion is a Global Key Account Manager for the Swiss company Feintool System Parts. Lance a native of Southern Utah and Marion from Berlin, Germany met teammate at Utah State where they both competed as pole vaulters on the track team. Post track career Lance and Marion both completed their MBA at University of Cincinnati. While living in the Midwest they continued to be drawn back to Utah and moved to Draper in 2010. As a former social studies teacher/track coach and a current sales manager Lance brings a unique perspective to the SBSEF board and is excited to help the organization realize its collective goals. The Hamblin family is passionate about skiing and in the summer you can find them biking and climbing in the Wasatch mountains.
Jeff grew up in Burlington Vermont within a multi-generational family of avid alpine ski racers. Jeff was a ski racer at Stowe’s Mount Mansfield Ski Club and competed in college as a member of the University of Vermont Ski team. After college Jeff moved west to Colorado where he worked for the Steamboat Ski Cooperation as both a Professional Ski Instructor and also on the special events staff hosting World Cup Alpine and Freestyle events. Jeff currently works as a Sr. Project Manager at W.W. Clyde & Co. where he is involved in the construction of large Design-Build transportation and civil construction projects. Jeff’s wife, Christine, is a Principal of Enyo Renewable Energy where she develops large commercial Wind and Solar projects.
Jeff and Christine have 3 children all under the age of 12 who are all enthusiastic members of the SBSEF. Jeff understands the benefits and import roles that fun, discipline, and the life lessons that the SBSEF bring to our youth and looks forward to fostering and passing down that great learning environment to the next generation.
Born and raised in the Foothills of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, Rich, his wife Bridget and two children Isabel and Simon have always shared a love for the outdoors and winter sports. Professionally, Rich has spent the last 21 years as an Investment Advisor. He currently is a Co-Founder and Senior Advisor to a boutique wealth management and financial planning firm. Community service and helping kids from all demographic backgrounds have access to quality sports, arts and education programs have been a focus of Rich’s volunteer efforts.
Born and raised on the West site of Salt Lake, Doug did not take up skiing until well into his teens. But marrying Katarina Lesjak, a former World Cup skier and current JFast Coach, instantly made skiing a large part of his Winter life. Their two children Marko and Isabella are members of the SBSEF Alpine team, which drew Doug into being a Parent Coordinator before joining the SBSEF Board. Doug is passionate about the skiing family at Snowbird and committed to supporting parents at race events, ski swap, calendars and event planning and coordination. Doug recently ended nearly 20 years being self employed and has joined Oracle/Primavera as a consulting Project Manager.