ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced on June 1 internal staffing changes. Miranda McDaniel, Paul Keppy and Allison Crompton recently received promotions. AFIA said the new roles will allow the three employees to best serve the association's membership and the media while continuing to focus on AFIA's mission--legislative and regulatory affairs.

McDaniel, who has been on staff since August 2013 as manager of communications, will now serve as AFIA's director of communications. She is the editor of the association's print publication, "AFIA Journal," member e-newsletter, "FeedGram," and several other member and media communications. She leads AFIA's media relations, video production and strategic communications efforts, and in the last year, has worked closely with Crompton to redesign AFIA's member communications materials.

McDaniel is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as Communications Chair for the Junior League of Washington. She earned a bachelor's of science in telecommunications-news from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.

Keppy was promoted from government affairs specialist to manager of government affairs. He has been with AFIA since March 2013, becoming a familiar face on Capitol Hill, leading AFIA's annual board of directors fly-in, attending legislative and regulatory meetings and hearings, and serving as a liaison for AFIA on numerous coalitions. Keppy is the AFIA contact for state issues in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S.

Keppy is a native of Iowa, where his family is involved in pork production. He has a bachelor's degrees in economics and political science from Iowa State University, and a master's degree in public service and administration from Texas A&M University.

Crompton joined AFIA in March 2014 as its graphic design and website specialist. Her new title is graphic and web design manager. Crompton serves as the designer of the organization's "AFIA Journal," meeting and event promotional materials, and AFIA's marketing resources. She ensures brand consistency and maintains the organization's three affiliate websites: www.afia.org, www.ifeeder.org and www.safefeedsafefood.org. Crompton leads design efforts for AFIA, and since her onboarding, has worked to redesign and launch AFIA's responsive website, AFIA's overall brand and "4 promises" to members.

Crompton's background is design, pre-press/production and marketing focused. She is a member of AIGA, the professional association for design, DC Web Women and the National Association of Professional Women. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor's degree in communication studies and also has an associates of arts degree from the Art Institute of Washington in graphic design.

McDaniel, Keppy and Crompton's promotions took effect in May.