When Accelerate Pace campaign co-chairs Allyson and Jim Maske enrolled their daughter, Emma Stewart Maske ’22, at Pace as a Pre-First student 11 years ago, they discovered a school home that felt like a family. Their appreciation for the school deepened after their son, JD Maske ’24, joined the Pre-First class two years later.
“We value having a school where our children are known for who they are, and where the teachers care about and connect with every student,” Allyson explains.
Jim adds, “The close-knit community and the strength of the academics, arts and athletics set Pace apart."
Even as they juggle busy careers—Jim is a vice president in Goldman Sachs’ investment management group and Allyson is a plastic surgeon and co-owner of the Aya Medical Spas—the Maskes have been active in the school community.
“Our family has strong feelings for the school and we enjoy giving back to it,” Jim explains. Previously the Maskes have volunteered in Lower School classrooms and served in leadership roles with the Aim High campaign, Fall Fair, Georgia Tax Credit program and Pace Fund.
In 2018, Jim joined the Board of Trustees; in 2019, the couple accepted the opportunity to serve as Accelerate Pace co-chairs. Jim explains, “Our family has benefited from preceding campaigns; now it is our turn to give back.”
Although the family’s Lower School years are past, Allyson and Jim are excited about the new Lower School facility and classroom building renovations, which they believe will strengthen the school family that nurtured their children.
“Bringing the Lower School building up to par with the rest of the Pace campus will make our school family complete,” Allyson says. “We owe it to our students and teachers to have a facility of equal caliber.”
Jim adds, “Renovating the Castle—the second phase of the campaign—is also a vital undertaking. Plans are to modernize and preserve our school’s iconic building, and repurpose spaces within it for STEAM and Design, which will return students to Pace’s first classroom building.”
He adds, “The juxtaposition of past and future will make the Castle truly exceptional—it will honor Pace’s history while housing spaces for innovative and forward-looking learning. This in combination with the Lower School expansion and renovations will make Accelerate Pace one of the most impactful campaigns in school history.”