Jim JohnstonPresidentJim Johnston is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon who, along with his wife Lynn, has been skiing at Soldier Mountain for the last 18 years and has a great interest in helping Soldier Mountain Ski Area strengthen and grow in the future.
The Johnston’s are originally from Texas and moved to Idaho, settling in Boise, when Jim left active duty in the US Navy in 1992. During his active duty time, Jim served as Orthopedic Department Head, managing a busy 6 surgeon department, along with a dozen corpsmen, and had the experience of two wartime deployments to the Persian Gulf. While serving in the Navy, Jim enjoyed a fellowship in Sports medicine in Salt Lake City, and that experience convinced Lynn and Jim to move to the Intermountain West.
After educational experiences including Medical School in Dallas; internship in Tulsa, Oklahoma; residency in Mobile, Al; along with six years on active duty in Charleston, S.C., Dr Johnston practiced in Boise as a Sportsmedicine Orthopedic specialist until his retirement in April, 2014. In addition to running (along with his partners) a busy practice and an outpatient surgery center, he has experience serving on non-profit boards in Southwest Idaho. He also benefits from Lynn’s many years’ experience in leadership roles with non-profit boards ranging from higher education to the arts in Idaho.
Jim and Lynn have three adult children and a dozen grandchildren, who hopefully will continue to enjoy their cabin near the ski hill, and the slopes at Soldier for decades to come.Winston EllisSecretaryWinston Ellis, Secretary of the Board, came to Idaho from Maine 14 years ago after selling a small marine hardware manufacturing business that he had started and operated for 20 years. He now does computer aided drafting for a local construction firm. He has pushed for the community operation of Soldier Mountain Ski Area since the earliest suggestion that a gift of the business to a non-profit organization might be possible. He is an enthusiastic skier and lives in Camas County.Ken CoxMemberKen Cox has been a lifelong fan of Soldier Mountain Ski Area. It started in the early 50's, when the ski lift was very young. His father Don Cox was a good friend of the founders in 1948. Ken enjoyed riding shotgun with his dad and spent many hours helping the men labor on improvement projects in the summer and operations in the winter.
Due to a leg injury at a very young age, he was never able to master skiing. Frustrated with the difficulty he cased trying, as a teenager. This setback never dampened his love for Soldier. He continued to support the mountain by helping his Dad set the towers for the chair one installation. These towers are still being used today.
After high school, Ken went to pursue a career in Oregon and Washington, continued to return home several times a year to be with family and friends. After 34 years of enjoying the world, he decided move “HOME”. When Ken moved back and it was then, that he rekindled his passion to work and improve his mountain. Home again; he could now help on a much larger scale.
When the new current non-profit organization took over operation he took the opportunity to get even more involved in the operation of Soldier Mountain Ski Area, He volunteered by transporting the newly donated ski lift from Squaw Valley. Every winter Ken has taken the task of keeping the three acre parking lot plowed and ready for guests at five every morning. Ken is very committed to seeing the operation succeed and is ready to do “Whatever” he can to help this community mountain grow, and maintain the home-town family feeling.