Dedicated Involved Parents

Providing an enriched education for all children through fundraising excellence

PACE stands for ‘Parents Association Colfax Elementary’. All parents of Colfax students are automatically members of our organization -- grandparents, friends, neighbors and family members are welcome, too! We welcome everyone to participate in our full slate of activities throughout the school year. You can find out about all of our fundraisers here on this site!  


Why do we fundraise?


As parents, we appreciate the outstanding educational experience our children receive at Colfax. We also recognize it as a great privilege – one that we must all work together to preserve. Delivering this extraordinary education is not possible with LAUSD funds alone. So...we FUNDRAISE!


Last year, it cost us over $500,000 to provide for the amazing classroom aides, enrichment staff, technology and programs that all Colfax students enjoy. The cost of providing these programs increases every year, so we need absolutely everyone to join us in our efforts!



Who are we?

The PACE board consists of two volunteers per position, each serving a two year term. Our board is elected in the Spring of each year. If you're interested in running for a position, please see the front office for a form or check back on this site during the nomination process.




PACE Presidents - Sonja Young & Jacey Kunka

VP Ways & Means - Stevie Cogan & Susie Kheel

VP Communications - Lisa Walco & Nicole Eber

VP Programs - Jason Howe & Alina Tsarouchas

Treasurer - Jill Bardet

Financial Secretary - Melanie Gragnani

Secretaries (shared with PTA) - Jackie Martinez & Becca Dingilian





Affiliate ProgramsLesley Cerwin

Promotes and manages our affiliate network, including Amazon, Ralph's, Stuck on You and more.    
Annual GivingParisa Stepanek

Cultivates family financial support for Colfax to help fund an enriched educational experience.
Bake SaleJane Epstein & Jenna Schwartz

Coordinates people to bake, set-up and sell goodies during various school functions.   
Best Book Forward - Sarah HuYoungJennifer Tanksley-Coss   

Takes, prints and displays the photos of students holding their favorite books featured in the hallway outside the front office.


Colfax CREW - Dan Kunka & Chris Pierce

Provides support to all committees in need of builders, movers, painters, power tools, skilled (and unskilled!) labor.
Community SponsorshipMichelle VoetbergMarshall Lewis    

Secures funds, goods and services from local businesses beginning with World Fair and continuing year-round.
Fall Fitness Fair - Susie Kheel & Michelle Voetberg

Plans, organizes and executes the Fall Fitness Fair & Turkey Trot event each November.   
FarmLeila Wells, Catherine Chittick & Sabrina Connery
Provides for the care and upkeep of our Colfax Farm and animals.       
Garden - Whitney Wade

Maintains the Colfax garden for curricular use, making it an educational and inviting space for students, teachers & parents.
Going Green / BeautificationKristin Engle

Brainstorms new green initiatives for Colfax to increase efficiency and reduce waste, as well as keeping the campus clean and beautiful.
Grant WritingAshley DeLucca & Jennifer Cowgill

Researches & requests federal and private grants to support Colfax programs.
Graphic DesignClaire Barker & Dave Cogan

Executes design projects including flyers, Spirit Wear, website graphics, fence banners and more.


Kidchella (Rockin' for Colfax)Que & Tripp Reed & Lisa Walco

Organizes the band selection process and puts on the Rockin’ for Colfax concert each Spring.      
Kids LotteryTeri Dean & Jackie Patton

Organizes a raffle for students to win tickets to a teacher-sponsored event.


Parent Social - Lisa WalcoLucina Guerrero

Plans the annual Colfax parents-only party held at an outside venue.


Party Book - Susie Kheel
Coordinates the hosts for Colfax Party Book and manages the schedule and ticket sales for all parties.

Photography - Innis Casey

Digitally documents school events for use in the yearbook, website, bulletin boards and social media.
Read-A-ThonSarah HuYoung & Aimee Grayson

Facilitates our annual Read-A-Thon and encourages students to get pledges and read as many books as possible over a 3 week period.      
Restaurant FundraisersStevie Cogan & Susie Kheel

Arranges local restaurants for special dine-out event where a percentage of all proceeds go to the school.
Running ClubPatricia and Bill Aronis

Supports program in which students can run laps before school every morning and track their progress.
School ToursJeanne Simpson

Leads a team of guides for biannual tours of Colfax given for prospective parents.
Spirit WearBree MorrisonDave Cogan

Designs, orders, promotes and sells school t-shirts and other merchandise.
Technology - Lisa Adler

Assists in the maintenance of this website.
World FairParisa Stepanek, Paula Lisbe & Sonja Young

Plans and executes PACE's largest fundraising event - our World Fair, which takes place each year in May.  This committee has dozens of different volunteer opportunities.  
World Fair Silent AuctionLisa Adler, Mike Bodkin & Julie Turner

Executes the Silent Auction component of the World Fair, including seeking and picking up donations, wrapping baskets, data input and day-of management.    
YearbookMaribel Gonzales & Linda Mathious

Creates the annual Colfax Yearbook, including curating professional and parent photos, taking additional photos, laying out pages and managing the Yearbook order process.


What does PACE fund?

Donate to PACE