Accelerate Pace Donor Story: Katherine and Mike Jones

“In times of change, it’s important to be able to have a ‘North Star.’ Our first year at Pace was marked by the biggest change our world has seen in over a 100 years, and during that time, Pace played a vital role in providing that North Star for our family and for our son, Ryan Jones ’33

We have been blown away by the leadership of [Head of School] Fred Assaf and by so many others in admissions, the administration and on the faculty. Even as a newer Pace family, we have quickly gained the confidence and the belief that we have found the right long-term home for our children. 

The Accelerate Pace campaign has provided our family a route to make a lasting contribution to the Pace community and, when we lost a parent last spring, we had the inspiration to make our gift as a memorial for ‘Big Jack,’ Ryan and [our daughter] Lily’s grandfather. Big Jack loved to read and provided all three of his kids and 11 grandkids with that same love, so it was only appropriate to have a spot in the library memorializing that passion.

We are thankful to be a part of the Pace community and look forward to the next 13 years together!”