AFIA Hires New Employees; Makes Internal Staff Changes
Monday, September 8, 2014

Section: Fall 2014

The American Feed Industry Association welcomed Allison Crompton as its new graphic design and website specialist and Cassandra Kusmisz as its communication specialist this March and July, respectively. Shakera Daley, who previously served as a contract employee for AFIA, was also hired into a full-time role within the organization in the spring. The organization also made multiple internal staff changes, promoting Gina Tumbarello, Paul Keppy and Katharine Gausmann.
Crompton quickly began working on AFIA’s website redesign project and is also responsible for the association’s graphic design work including event promotional material and all AFIA-related marketing items. She will also maintain AFIA’s websites including, and
Kusmisz, whose position is a newly created role with the association, will serve as the primary lead for AFIA’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and assist in the maintenance of AFIA’s online newsroom. She will assist Miranda McDaniel, AFIA manager of communications, in content creation for the association’s newsletter, FeedGram, and The AFIA Journal, as well as writing and editing event-related communications.
Daley, who previously provided support to the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, will now work fulltime for AFIA continuing to pursue SF/SF goals in her role as the Accounting and Administrative Coordinator. Daley will also assume responsibilities in the administration of the new AFIA database as well as providing administrative support to AFIA’s human resources and accounting departments.
Tumbarello was promoted to AFIA’s director of international policy and trade. Tumbarello previously served as manager of international trade. She has been with AFIA for three years and her tasks included serving as the lead of priority import and export issues for the global feed industry. Keppy, formerly the organization’s legislative and regulatory specialist, has been promoted to government affairs specialist. Keppy’s newly created role will assist AFIA membership to meet the compliance mandates of the current and new regulations on the horizon, such as the Food Safety Modernization Act. Gausmann was promoted from AFIA’s membership and meetings coordinator position to meetings and events specialist. Gausmann will continue to assist Veronica Rovelli, AFIA’s meetings and events director, in planning the association’s networking and educational programs. 
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