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PACT for West Central Illinois Announces New Executive Director

Camp Point - The Board of Directors of PACT for West Central Illinois is pleased to announce that Sara Mixer will be the agency’s next Executive Director, following Shanna Edison’s retirement December 2023.

Sara Mixer has been in the employ of PACT, starting as a Family Advocate in 2010 and as the Family & Community Services Coordinator in 2013. She has served on the Illinois Head Start Association Board and been involved in Head Start in our local area and beyond.

She wants the agency to succeed as she ensures that the mission, vision and philosophy of PACT will be sustained and developed. She has been an invaluable asset to parents and community agencies across our eight-county service area, in her career in social services.

“PACT has a long-standing history of providing quality services in West Central Illinois and I look forward to supporting our staff and collaborating with current and new community partners so we can continue our mission. Through teamwork and innovation, we will continue to offer comprehensive services that promote the positive development of children and personal growth in families.

“Sara is the right person to lead PACT to continue to be a leader in the Head Start program, as well as early childhood education. PACT has always been a strong community partner serving the area’s most vulnerable families with young children, and this will continue with her promotion,” said Ms. Edison, retiring Executive Director.

Early Head Start and Head Start are federally funded programs designed to promote the development and school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from limited-income families through services focusing on the child and family as a whole.  Head Start preschool programs primarily serve 3- and 4-year-old children, and Early Head Start programs serves infants, toddlers, and pregnant women.  Head Start services are delivered nationwide through 1,600 agencies which tailor the federal program to the local needs of families in their service area. 

For over 40 years, PACT for West Central Illinois has provided comprehensive services to limited income families through Head Start programs in Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott counties.  Call 217-773-3903 or go to for more information. 

Sara is the daughter of Tom and Janice Ford from Stronghurst. She and her husband Rob live in Quincy. They have 2 children-Greyson and Emmalyn. Sara is a 2004 graduate of Southern High School in Stronghurst.