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Annual Report 2018-19The Class of



Our Mission GWraadyuattoesG! o,

To provide educational and
therapeutic services that enable

any child to thrive.

Board of Directors

President Shannon Koch Gregory A. Morris, Ph.D.
Christopher Millard Frances O. Mosle
Cameil D. Williams David J. Mosey James D. Williams
Lynda Petrichevich
Vice President Walter Reineman, III Advisory
John H. Rushford Committee
Brett Fulesday Shawntae Spencer
Gerri L. Sperling Susan Crookston
Secretary David Thompson Donna Durno, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Hobbs
Jennifer Seng Directors Emeritus Dona Hotopp
William Isler
Treasurer Joel R. Bernard
Patricia U. Bluestone
Jimil B. Wilson Charles R. Burke Jr.
Aims C. Coney Jr.
Debbi Casini Klein Marcia B. Haley
Jim Earle Maureen Mahoney Hill
Robert Gold Patricia A. Junker
Megan Guidi
Erin F. Holland
James W. Isler
Erika Kestenberg

CEO’s Message

“All students need Karen Shepherd, CEO
to have
your generosity
people that enabled us to improve
believe in them.” programming, helping
students realize their

future goals

What does it take for a child to reach his or her potential? Pace founders asked this question
and realized some students require a different educational experience to maximize their

For most students, the journey from kindergarten to graduation is a straight line of step-
ping stones, moving from elementary to middle school to high school to graduation. Each
step on the path is predictable and inevitable.

For Pace students, this is not always the case. Yes, they move one grade at a time toward
graduation; however, their specific path may have more bumps, twists and turns. Pace stu-
dents not only navigate the typical advancement of time - childhood, adolescence, adult-
hood - they also navigate through the challenges presented by their disabilities.

Because of your generosity, the students’ learning experiences have been enriched to
include community-based instruction, social emotional learning infused throughout the
day, and engagement in more intentional thinking about their futures. At Pace, we have
developed relationships with members of the local business and social service community
that share in our unwavering belief that Kids Can!

The 2019 inaugural Pace School Graduation is a testament to that work, but more impor-
tantly to the tenacity of our students and their families, and your ongoing support.

While each students’ path to graduation is different there is one constant – all students
need people that believe in them until they, themselves, believe they CAN! We are grate-
ful to all who have helped us to support students. Together, we are changing lives.

Where Our Pat

Social Emotional Learning is woven into d

to support positive outc

History was made in 1967 when a group of parents opened the doors
of a church basement to a new school where students learned at

their own “pace”. They could not have imagined where the school’s
path would lead when 53 years later two young women became
the first ever Pace School graduates.

Your support has enabled Pace to expand programming to
meet the changing needs of students and families. Increas-
ing from K-9th grade to K-12 has been an exciting time for

growth and change.

The Do you remember when you graduated from high school?
building blocks Did you know what you wanted to be and do? This is a
to a successful daunting task facing all students as they approach
future are made
possible with their high school years. Pace School is taking steps
your support. and creating programming that helps students nav-
igate this important time in their lives, beginning at
a much earlier age.

Our Employment Training (ET) Program starts
as early as kindergarten. Students are given

aths Will Lead

daily programming for students as a tool
comes for their futures.

classroom jobs and rewarded for their work with a trip to the Pace Store.
Beginning in middle school, students complete interest inventories to
determine what type of work they would enjoy. They can then be
paired with a Pace staff member to complete weekly job responsibil-
ities such as mail assistant, bank teller, or tutor. When students


internship. All of these
supports are designed to
equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success after graduation.

Self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible
decision-making are essential for students to meet the challenges they will face in life
and work. Pace weaves Social Emotional Learning into daily programming for stu-
dents as a tool to support positive outcomes for their futures. A study in the American

Do you know
a business that could
provide career exploration

opportunities to
Pace Students?


[email protected]

Where Our Paths Will Lead,

Journal of Public Health found statistically significant associations between social
emotional education and young adult outcomes including education, employment,
criminal activity, substance use, and mental health. Social Emotional Learning al-
lows for growth in skill integration, attitudes, and behaviors and can ultimately help
students in all aspects of their life.

Our students do not take this journey alone. Essential to a student’s successful
future are the people that surround and support them. Along with their friends,
family and community supports, the Pace team consisting of teachers, therapists,
assistants and more, help them navigate this path. As one of our loyal friends and
supporters, you are also an important part of the village that made this first gradua-
tion possible.

When our students made their way down the aisle, the gym was filled with those
who had helped them along their path. The emotion that evening was palpable
as these young women celebrated their success surrounded by the people who
helped make it happen.

A graduation ceremony can sometimes feel like the end of something. However, as
the two young woman walked out of the doors of Pace School and into the world,
we know that we are not closing a door, for we will never forget them. Instead, they
have opened the door to the possibilities that will carry them, and Pace, far into the
future. It is just the beginning!

Facts & Figures

Fiscal Year 2018/19

77% Commonwealth of PA col“imeWsp—hbaaeRrtfeaoldilrepetshoubWwseaahhlriadnetodsliEmeumssaewlalrnimstdohanwitntheuarsst.”
Other Tuition & Fees
Contributions & Grants
Other Revenues

16% 6% 1% 54% Salaries & Wages
REVENUES Benefits &
Payroll Taxes
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Materials & Supplies


Other Expenses


12% 5% 8% 2%


School Districts Served

5 Counties & 43 Districts

COUNTIES East Allegheny Kiski Area Propel CS - Braddock Hills
Allegheny Elizabeth Forward McKeesport Area Propel CS - Hazelwood
Armstrong Environmental Charter Montour Propel CS - Homestead
Butler Franklin Regional New Kensington-Arnold Propel CS - Northside
Washington Freeport Area North Hills Propel CS - Pitcairn
Westmoreland Gateway Northgate Ringgold
Hempfield Area Norwin Riverview
DISTRICTS Highlands PA Cyber Charter School Shaler Area
Allegheny Valley Keystone Oaks Penn Hills South Allegheny
Avonworth Penn-Trafford Steel Valley
Baldwin-Whitehall Pittsburgh Urban Pathways
Butler Area Plum Borough K-5 College Charter
Clairton City Urban Pathways 6-12 Charter
Derry Area West Mifflin Area
Duquesne City Wilkinsburg Borough
Woodland Hills

It Takes a V

Thank You Donors. . .for

Pace is deeply grateful to all of the donors and in-kind contributors who helped transform the lives

Foundations Individuals $1000+ Nan Campbell
Amazon Smile Foundation Anonymous Ron & Meg Hannan
Burke Foundations Ruth Bachman Frederick & Barbara Henninger
Clark Hunter Foundation Chip Burke & Carole King Erin Holland
The Claude Worthington Benedum Patricia Burke James & Erin Isler
Foundation Thomas & Dona Hotopp Cheryl Levin
Edward B. Dunlap, Jr. Foundation Ralph & Janet Fiore Dr. Gregory & Thelma Morris
The Hillman Family Foundation Ken & Linda Krynski Jennifer Seng
Milton G. Hulme Foundation Dr. Bernard Mallinger Cameil D. Williams
Pittsburgh Foundation
David & Theresa Nicholson Jimil Wilson
Business and Organizations Karen Shepherd
A Martini & Co. Shirley Reineman Individuals $250-499
Bechtel Plant Machinery Individuals $500-999 Jeanne Baird
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc Dr. Stephen Bagnato Dalia Belinkoff
BNY Mellon Wealth Management Nancy Brownell
Box Tops for Education Diane Bradley
Central Maintenance Marilan Caito
Churchill Rotary Chris Duboy
Contemporary Concepts
Emmerson Process Management Brian & Mary Fagan
Henderson Brothers William Fox
Hunter Associates, Inc. Brett Fulesday
Jackson Lewis, LLP Paul Gunsallus
Maher Duessel Daniel & Carla Haser
Opal Business Solutions Joseph Junker
Simpson & McCrady, LLC The Lembersky Family Fund
United Way Cheryl Popatak
Wigle Whiskey Deb Casini Klein
James and Debbie Mele
Gerri Sperling & David Slesnick
Nicholas Wilson

Village . . .

r being Part of that Village.

s of our students and families through their annual giving and in-kind gifts in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Individuals $100-249 Sorrell Victoria DiBasilio
Paulette Barry & Marlene Naft Margaret Fitchwell-Hill
Jonathan & Lisa Budd Thomas & Kelly Neal
Dr. Margaretha Casselbrant Tricia Norris Barbara Kalla
Aims & Rita Coney Robert & Rita Parry Frank & Mary Koger
Les D’Antonio Azeeza Reed Fran Kraus
Stephen & Leslie Davis Walter Reineman
Todd & Melissa Dirling F. Brooks Robinson Todd Markley
Gary Diven Deborah Rowe Amanda McCort
Jim Earle Jeffrey Sistek Chris McCrady
Mimi Falbo Holly Wald Ray McDonough
Colleen Fedor Virginia McKechnie
Bob & Amy Gold Individuals $50-99 Kathleen Burns Melnick
Megan Guidi Alexis Baird Jeffery Pennetti
Irving & Caryl Halpern Currie & Susan Crookston Florence Schneider
Matthew Helfrich Lynn Davis Shawntae Spencer
Maureen Mahoney Hill & Debby DeMarco Joanne Starolis
James Hill
Elizabeth Hobbs Individuals up to $50
Henry Hotchkiss, Jr. Richard Brown
Erika Kestenberg Meryl Butters
JD & Shannon Koch Andrew Campbell
Rubin & Marie Mack Anna Carlini
Robert Martz Thomas & Lois Carr
Maureen McCullum Mary Custer
John & Bonnie Miller Stephanie DiCroce
James & Amy Moore Judy Epstein
David Mosey James & Marcia Haley
Frances O. Mosle Kai Hoke
Janice Kerrigan

Harry & Frosso Kolokouris In Memory of Sandy Gold In Honor of Jennifer Perkins
Wesley Latham Ellie Gold Daniel and Carla Haser
Larry & Arlene Laurenti In Memory of Dorothy Gilbert In Memory of Walt Popatak
Laurie Laurenti Florence Schneider Cheryl Popatak
Ralph Marchese In Honor of Margaret Hampton In Honor of Walter Reineman
Joseph & Judith Moschetta Andrew Campbell Aims Coney
Jackie Owens Nan Campbell In Memory of Emil Trellis
Kristi Ryan In Memory of Arthur Harper Florence Schneider
Kathleen Spechtold John and Bonnie Miller
Deshelle Tailor In Memory of Roger Howard Every effort has been made to accurately
Florence Schneider reflect gifts and services received between
In-Kind Gifts & Services 7/1/18 to 6/30/19.
380 Auction In Honor of Nick Kolokouris Please give Pace the opportunity to
Andy Warhol Museum Frosso Kolokouris address inadvertent omissions or errors
Bob O’Connor Golf Course In Honor of Ken and Linda Krynski by contacting Development Manager,
Carnegie Mellon James and Amy Moore Tricia Norris, at 412-342-4385 or [email protected]
School of Drama In Honor of Brad Lathom
Carnegie Science Daniel and Carla Haser
In Honor of Dr. Bernard Mallinger
Center F. Brooks Robinson
Chamber Music In Memory of Stephanie Mallinger
Elizabeth Hobbs
Pittsburgh Dr. Bernard Mallinger
Children’s Museum of In Memory of Alma A. McGowan
Pittsburgh Janice Kerrigan
Phillip Gibson In Honor of Jim Mele and
Kristen Gabrielli the entire Pace team
Heinz History Center Coleen Fedor
Deb Casini Klein
Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop
Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Segway Pittsburgh
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Shop N’Save
Jonathan Tai
University of Pittsburgh Athletics

Commemorative Gifts

In Memory of Morton Berkowitz
Barbara Kalla

In Memory of John Brownell
Nancy Brownell

In Honor of the wedding of
Nicholas and Kendra Caito
Marilan Caito

In Memory of Bernard Friedman
Florence Schneider

Thank You to
Our Community Partners

who helped to open the door to possibilities
for our students!

Habitat for Humanity

Toaster Pets
Trade Institute of Pittsburgh

Pace redefines the learning experience for Annual Report
students with special needs.
Pace School A
2432 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 E
Phone: 412-244-1900
Fax: 412-244-0100 S

Visit: www.
Email: [email protected]

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