Board of Directors
Joe grew up in Great Falls, and returned to Montana in 2014 after completing his medical training. He currently works as a cardiologist at Rocky Mountain Heart and Lung. Training took Joe and his wife Katy to the University of Washington and the University of Utah before coming back to Whitefish where Katy grew up. They currently have their three children at the Academy: Amelia, Liam and Claire.
Nicolette was born in Detroit, MI, but grew up north of Libby, MT, in The Yaak. In Michigan, Nicolette attended a private Christian school for several years, but when her family moved to The Yaak, Nicolette was there homeschooled by her parents. Here in Whitefish, Nicolette and her husband, Michael, own and operate Mountain View Hearth Products, which sells replacement parts for the hearth industry. Her and Michael's company has been featured on the Inc. 5000 list, and regularly wins top sales awards from the manufacturers it represents. Nicolette's experience in the management of MVHP translates well to her role as Treasurer of the Board at the Academy, where her two sons, Logan and Cooper, have attended since 2015. Since enrolling at WCA, the Coveys have particularly appreciated the Academy's academic rigor, and its equal emphasis on cultivating virtuous young men and women.
Nikki Ainsley was raised on the east coast but moved to MT in ‘06 when she enrolled and graduated from a School of Ministry and Discipleship. There she met her husband Mark. Since then she has worked for three families in the Flathead Valley as a nanny, where she first was introduced to Whitefish Christian Academy and its incredible classical, Christian curriculum and environment. She has also been a state certified foster parent, where she adopted her son who is enrolled at the academy. She and her family attend Calvary Chapel, Flathead Valley, where she serves as administrative assistant and children’s-ministry coordinator.
Nate Hall is husband to Annie and Father to Ava, Zach, and Drew who attend the Academy. He is passionate about his children and the young people in the community achieving academic excellence. Nate grew up in North Dakota and attended college at Concordia College in MN where he double majored in chemistry and biology. He attended medical school at the University of North Dakota and completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Utah and University of Minnesota. He currently works as a physician at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Nate looks forward to advocating for students and teachers, being a champion for the academic excellence of the Academy, and developing students into Christian leaders.
Natives to Texas, Stephanie and her family most recently lived in California, and made their home in Whitefish in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. Shortly upon arriving in Whitefish, Stephanie and her husband, Derek, enrolled their two sons, Lane and Davis, at the Academy, where they both presently attend. Stephanie joined the WCA Board in 2022, and brings with her a wealth of business experience, most predominantly in the luxury wine space. Since graduating with her B.A. from Stephen F. Austin and her M.B.A. from the Wine Institute of Sonoma State University, Stephanie has held executive and consulting roles with industry-leading firms such as Kosta Browne and Concha y Toro, and outside the wine industry, with international firms such as LexisNexis. Her varied experience in those positions has prepared her well for her current role as Volunteer Lead of the Academy's first-ever Capital Campaign, which aims to further the Academy's mission of forming wise and virtuous young men and women here in Whitefish and the greater Flathead Valley.