By American Farriers Journal Staff

The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) recently announced that Executive Director Beth Daniels has been hired full time.

The AFA initially hired Daniels to fill the position on a part-time basis in August 2014. In a letter to AFA members, President Tom Dubois says it was always the goal to make the position full time as soon as possible.

“The decision to change our staffing comes from careful evaluation of the needs of the AFA as we move into a fully functioning non-profit that is led by a full-time executive director for the first time in almost 9 years,” he says.

As a result of the move, the AFA Executive Committee voted to reorganize the staffing hours in the organization’s office. The office manager no longer will be a full-time position and now will be in the office 3 days a week. The office assistant position, which was a 3-day a week position, will now be in the office 2 days a week.

“With a full-time executive director in place,” Dubois says, “the Executive Committee feels this will create an effective management team and be fiscally responsible to the association.”

Rachel Heighton, the AFA office manager, resigned her position, Dubois announced in the same letter.

“We understand Ms. Heighton’s desire to move on,” he says, “and we wish her all the best in the future.”