ARLINGTON, VA. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) shared two personnel announcements on Jan. 11.

Sarah Novak has been promoted from vice president of membership and public relations to chief operating officer. Novak has worked for the AFIA for more than 15 years.

“Sarah has been an invaluable asset to the association over her tenure and has an excellent pulse on the members’ needs and the staff’s ability to serve them,” said Constance Cullman, president and chief executive officer of the AFIA. “In the new position, she will work to put strategies in place that allow the organization to perform at optimal capacity while maximizing member service and satisfaction. I am confident that she will be a key part of taking AFIA to the next level.”

In addition to Novak’s promotion, the AFIA also announced that Marisa Crowhurst has been named its spring communications intern. Crowhurst is a recent graduate from the University of Florida and has a degree in agricultural communications.

At the AFIA, Crowhurst will support the communications team, developing multimedia content that will be distributed to members and other audiences via print and digital platforms.

Read more about personnel changes throughout the industry.