NAFA’s Nominating Committee has named Sonya Girard, fleet manager and project specialist for IDEXX, to its board of directors, succeeding industry veteran Steven Saltzgiver, CAFS, Mercury Associates.
Girard has been with IDEXX, a pet healthcare company, since 1995, and her term on the Board of Directors will begin on February 20, 2020, according to NAFA.
Girard has been a NAFA Member since 2014 and is a member of NAFA's New England Chapter. She has served on the NAFA Curriculum Committee, presented at NAFA's Institute & Expo and on NAFA webinars, co-authored several white papers, and served on numerous advisory boards over the course of her career.
Saltzgiver’s extensive career in fleet includes having served as board liaison to the association's committees, presented at NAFA's I&E, and recently served as a speaker for NAFA's Department of Transportation Compliance Webinar Series.
“To me, joining the Board is about having the opportunity to provide strategic and innovative insights that will help drive positive change and forward progress for fleet managers across North America,” said Girard.
Girard was also named as Automotive Fleet’s Fleet Visionary of the Year winner in 2017. The award, sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management, is designed to recognize and celebrate new voices in fleet management
The NAFA Nominating Committee evaluated new candidate consideration forms submitted by members who wished to be considered for the highest leadership positions in NAFA.
Each committee member evaluated every candidate on ten characteristics and skills deemed desirable by NAFA’s Board of Directors. The committee also considered the candidates’ work background, involvement with NAFA, and ability to help advance NAFA’s mission, goals, and strategic plans.
Continuing to lead the Board of Directors will be Patti Earley, CAFM, Florida Power & Light, serving as president of NAFA; Ray Brisby, CAFM, Calgary Fire Department, as senior VP of NAFA; Michael Camnetar, CAFM, LeasePlan, VP of NAFA; Kathy Wellik, CAFM, Iowa State University, NAFA’s secretary/treasurer; Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, First Student, the immediate past president of NAFA; Richard Battersby, CAFM, City of Oakland; Nancy Bean, CAFM, City of Provo; Robert Mossing, STERIS Corporation; Maria Neve, Mercury Associates; Adam Seifert, CAFM, ARI; Mark A. Smith, CAFM, Trimble Inc; and David Hayward, Deloitte.