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

Nick Cofod             Head of School                                                          

Katie McClay         Director of Administration                                       

Tina Mullins          Director of Business                                           

Alison Van Hook  Director of Development                                          

Katy Young            Director of Admissions and Communication        


Meet Our Administrative Team

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.

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. 

Alison Van Hook: Prior to joining the Foothills administrative team as Development Director, Alison was the Director of Development for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. She has also served as Executive Director and Development Director for numerous nonprofits in Los Angeles, California, with a focus on raising funds to support arts education programs for underserved youth. She holds an ED.M from Harvard University and a BA from Tulane University. Alison’s son joined the Early Learners in 2019 and loves attending Foothills.

Katy Young: Katy is Foothills' Director of Admissions and Communication and is in her 22nd 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 Communication, Katy writes weekly newsletters and all-school communications. She also serves the school as the Foothills Parents’ Association Coordinator; coordinator for marketing and social media; website manager; member of the school’s Administrative Team; 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.