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A Private, Independent PreK-9th Grade school in downtown Boise, Idaho. 

Emily Carlisle        Director of Development

Nick Cofod             Head of School                                                          

Mary Dobroth        Assistant Head of School

Katie McClay         Director of Administration                                       

Tina Mullins          Director of Business                                           

Katy Young            Director of Admissions and Communications        


Meet Our Administrative Team

Emily Carlisle: Emily joins our Administrative Team as a full-time Development Director this year. Emily has over 7 years of experience working in non-profit management, development, fundraising, institutional advancement, database management, and strategic planning. Since moving to Idaho recently, Emily has worked for the Idaho State Senate as Transportation Committee Secretary and Administrative Assistant. Emily has experience working for museums, where she developed new programs, grant proposals, community events, and coordinated capital campaigns and fundraisers. Emily holds an MA in Diplomacy & Military Studies as well as a BA in International Relations, both from Hawaii Pacific University. She also received a Graduate Certificate in National Security and Strategic Studies from Hawaii Pacific University. Emily is currently working on a Masters in Public Administration degree with a focus on Non-Profit Management. She prioritizes living deliberately and enjoys spending time with her partner.

Nick Cofod: Nick has been Head of School at Foothills since 2017. Previously he was Assistant Head of School and Middle School Director in a K-8 school. Before embarking on a career in school leadership, he was a Latin teacher in middle school and a professor of classics at the college level. Nick’s path toward educational leadership began with his high school Latin teacher who used an ancient language and culture to help students think about big questions. This experience instilled a desire to create meaningful learning experiences that stem from the individuality of each student. Nick’s professional interests include progressive education, project-based learning, teacher collaboration, service learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University and a BA from Reed College. Nick is an avid mountain biker and enjoys being in the outdoors with his family.

Mary Dobroth: Mary joins Foothills as our first Assistant Head of School this year. For the last ten years, Mary has served as Academic Technology Coordinator, Director of Academic Technology, Assistant Academic Dean, and independent curriculum consultant for Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD. Prior to her most recent school, Mary was an engineering and technology education teacher in public schools for five years. Mary has lived in the Treasure Valley since early 2020, working remotely since that time. Mary holds a BA in Industrial Design, a graduate certificate in STEM education, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, all from Virginia Tech. Mary enjoys spending time adventuring with her husband and daughter and can often be found hiking, biking, or skiing depending on the season! 

Katie McClay: Katie has worked in the administrative field for 14 years. Before joining Foothills, Katie worked for Global Travel in Boise. There, she learned all about the travel industry. She has always had Boise as her home base but has traveled and lived in many parts of the country. She has a son who attends Foothills and a daughter at Boise High. Katie is very interested in photography and enjoys getting out and playing in the Idaho outdoors, whether it's hiking, biking, paddleboarding, or skiing.

Tina Mullins: Tina joined the Foothills administrative team as Business Director in 2019. She joined Foothills after fourteen years at WinCo Foods, where she was a Store Manager and oversaw operations and resources. Her experience in finance, human resources, and facilities oversight has been a great addition to Foothills. No stranger to Foothills, Tina also served the Foothills Parents' Association and helped as a substitute teacher prior to joining the staff. Tina has two boys who attend Foothills and particularly loves the music and math programs. 

Katy Young: Katy is Foothills' Director of Admissions and Communications and is in her 23rd year working at Foothills. As Director of Admissions, Katy is the first point of contact for prospective families interested in learning more about the school, gives tours, and oversees all aspects of the school's admissions process. As Director of Communications, Katy writes weekly newsletters and all-school communications. She also serves the school as coordinator for marketing and social media, website manager, and helps coordinate school events, like Grandparents and Special Friends Day and open houses. Katy grew up in Boise and graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Katy and her husband have a daughter who attends Foothills and they all enjoy outdoor adventuring.