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 here, or click “Volunteer” the button the right-hand side of the page to sign up for specific opportunities.

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.

“Our family has taken advantage of the travel grants, affording our three daughters opportunities of a lifetime—allowing Carson to travel to Patagonia, Blair to South Africa and Ashley to Vietnam.”

- Kelly Myers, Pace Parent of Carson Myers ’17, Blair Myers ’19 and Ashley Myers ’21

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

Officers

President
Corey Hirokawa

Vice President
Nicole Allen

Secretary
Diane Saini

Treasurer
Terri Janki

Past President
Alison Arenth

Board Members

Auction
Barbarella Diaz
Whitney Paulowsky
Elizabeth Smith

Box Tops/Amazon Smiles
Ashley Howell
Marissa Share

Community of Change
Lori Baker
Jeny Mathis

Fall Fair
Julia Kaufman
Jenny McClenaghan

Holiday Decorations
Julia Kaufman
Kim Rowe

Knights of the Earth
Anne LaMastra

LS Holiday Store
Jessica Eachus
Elenore Klingler

LS Hospitality
Erin Heyman
Kim Nuckols

LS Summer Workbooks & School Supplies
Amber Almond
Carrie Brune

Board Members

MS/US Hospitality
Anne Barnette
Cara Lubin
Sonya Marr

Neighborhood Outreach
Jennifer Foster
Jane Hight

Pace Cares
Barbara Hingst
Henri Muller
Kimberly Neville

Pace L.E.A.D.
Jennifer Foster
Katie Sundermeier

Parenting Connection
Ripple Alkire
Alex Karamanolis

Snack Bar Coordinator
Laura Kaye

Staff Appreciation
Kristi Highsmith
Laura Karetsos
Ann Nagle

Technology
Diane Saini

US Friends of the Library
Margaret Warren

Volunteer Coordinator & New Family Liaison 
Delece Brooks
Kiersten Leach

“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