Mitsi Pair Willard Named New Director Of Family Strengths Network

Mitsi Pair Willard has been named the new director of Family Strengths Network. She will take over from Carie Fanning who retires June 30. Photo Courtesy FSN


FSN announces new Executive Director

Family Strengths Network (FSN) is excited to introduce to the community the new Executive Director, Dr. Mitsi Pair Willard! She will succeed Carie Fanning, who will retire on June 30.

Mitsi received her MA and PhD in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas – Austin. She has worn many hats in her professional life. These include teaching (Spanish and Reading to kids ages 3 to 8th grade, and Secondary Education at the college level), other educational roles, coaching basketball, and directing children’s programs at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, all in various Texas cities.

Mitsi and her family, which includes four children, moved to Los Alamos from Abilene, Texas two years ago. Since moving here, she’s worked as an educator at Pajarito Environmental Education Center in capacities that have allowed her to get to know many families of the area.

Mitsi was drawn to FSN and the Executive Director position because as a relatively new resident of Los Alamos, she knows the importance and challenges of establishing personal connections. This position pulls together her background in education, her interest in working with families, and her desire to make a difference in the community. Mitsi looks forward to collaborating with the staff, Board, and other organizations to continue the mission of FSN. Says Mitsi, “The services, classes, and opportunities provided through the Family Strengths Network are an invaluable resource for our diverse and ever-changing population. I am honored and excited to serve the Los Alamos community through my work at FSN.”

Mitsi and her family enjoy traveling (these days, road trips and National Parks), hiking, skiing, and camping. She also has a musical side – she is relearning to play guitar and recently played the role as Mrs. Phelps in LALO’s Matilda the Musical.

Mitsi will officially start as new director on July 1, 2023.

FSN is a United Way partner.