Parents Club

At Pace Academy, parents are vital to the personality and culture of our school. Pace thrives as a result of parental involvement, and our parents thrive because they’re involved. The Parents Club is not a club parents must join—all parents are automatically members.

As an army of volunteers, the Parents Club enhances every area of campus life and raises funds to enrich the school. There’s a place for every parent to use his or her talents.

The Parents Club looks for strong leaders, as well as those who are more comfortable following; individuals with artistic talent and those who love crunching numbers; parents who enjoy fundraising and those who would never ask for a dime. Whether it’s chairing the Fall Fair or the Auction, stuffing a mailing or helping out in the library, recognizing our amazing faculty and staff or caring for those in need, there is an important job waiting for every parent at Pace!  To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to get involved, please reach out to any of the officers or committee chairs listed below. Please check back for volunteer opportunity signups for the 2022-2023 school year.

Thanks to the generous support of our tireless parent donors and volunteers, as well as our event sponsors, each year the Parents Club funds meaningful programs for all Pace divisions and departments—funding that goes above and beyond Pace’s annual operating budget.

Parents Club funding supports the Citizens of the World Travel Grant program, which offers all students airfare for up to two Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) study tours—one in Middle School and one in Upper School.

To ensure Parents Club funds optimally enhance our students’ experiences, twice a year we invite teachers and division heads to submit requests for funding. As a result, the Parents Club learns about and funds a wide range of needs every year. Examples include:

  • New stage lighting in the Fine Arts Center and instrument storage lockers in the band room

  • Hundreds of new books and book series to allow our librarians to expeditiously revamp and update collections

  • State-of-the-art robotics equipment for RoboKnights of all ages

  • Kayaks and other aquatic equipment to enhance our PE classes

  • Additional 3D printers in every division, reducing student and teacher wait times

The Parents Club also makes contributions each year to support need-based student financial aid and faculty professional development.

Parents Club Board


Cara Lubin

Ellen Laddin

Oliver Bell

Past President
Elenore Klingler

Board Members

Taylor Brown
Stephanie McCall
Kathleen Morris

Fall Fair
Amy Agami 
Stephanie McDonald

LS Holiday Store
Ellen Laddin
Bethany Butler

LS Hospitality/Special Events
Hillary Shaw
Ciara Irons
Sneha Desai

LS School Supplies
Marisa Chin Yee
Ashley Howell

MS/US Hospitality
Amy Trujillo
Robin Randolph
Alexis Guilbert
Stephanie McDonald

Board Members

Pace Cares
Amber Almond
Nicole Harmon
Barbara Hingst
Mary Alicia DeFrancis

Parenting Connection
Meredith Yehudai
Katherine Mitchell

Snack Bar Coordinator
Dayna Royal
Betsy Hasson

Staff Appreciation
Kelly Gold
Marissa Share
Puja Singh
Meek Brown

Friends of the Library
Corey Hirokawa

Volunteer Coordinator 
Jennifer Hayes

Technology Chair
Elisha Alden

ICGL Liaison
Natasha Swann

Bookstore/Pop-Up Shop Chair
Marisa Chin Yee

Advancement Community Engagement Manager
Cason Given

Please sign in to MYPACE to access Parents Club volunteer opportunities. 

“Parents Club funding has allowed us to replenish parts of the collection that have been well-loved and had started looking a bit bedraggled. Most recently, funding has been used to replace outdated books about the 50 states, tattered biographies of all the presidents and worn titles about various sports teams. Thanks to the Parents Club, Pace readers are eager to do their research and pleasure reading with these new and updated books on the shelves!”

 - Catherine Lampley, Lower School Librarian