Pace’s background includes 20 years of marketing experience, 12 years of economic and community development with Little Dixie Community Action Agency, as well as 20-plus years as an entrepreneur. Pace has been involved in advocacy for rural communities for about 15 years on a state and federal level. Being part of the local Chamber of Commerce board for 15 years and the chamber president for three years helped her to see how important networking is in rural America. Over the past 15-plus years she has served on or been a member of numerous boards and organizations on a local, regional and state level.
In 2003, Pace was selected to be a part of the Southeast Leadership Programs and in 2011 was selected to attend Office of Rural Health Policy's (ORHP) 2012 Rural Voices Leadership and Policy Program. Pace is currently a director on the board of MyHealth Access, one of the health information exchange organizations in Oklahoma and served three years on the board of the National Cooperative of Health Networks and one year as secretary.
Pace also sits on the advisory board for the PARTNER Advisory Council whose job is to guide the Oklahoma Primary healthcare Improvement Cooperative, to help strengthen the state’s primary health care delivery system. Pace is studying health administration and health information systems at the present time and will graduate with a bachelors in health administration in the summer of 2017.
She and her husband Scott live in rural southeast Oklahoma. Scott is a district conservationist for USDA and works with the local farmers and ranchers. Both have been very involved in their community and have raised five boys and one girl who are currently finding their way in the world.