February 6, 2023 – Rockville, MD-based executive search firm JDG Associates has placed Diane Swecker as the new executive director of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists Foundation (AARST). “Everyone on the committee is pleased that Ms. Swecker has accepted the offer and is going to help lead the association into the future,” said Peter Hendrick, former CEO and chair of the search committee. “We believe that her natural leadership qualities, plus her experience in working in technical organizations committed to excellence and high professional standards are going to be assets for AARST achieving its long-term goals.”
Ms. Swecker has proven successes in association and certification work as well as facilities engineering project management. She has spent her career specializing in civil engineering and infrastructure support, most recently holding the position as director of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI). Ms. Swecker has served in multiple leadership roles in membership growth, oversight of certifications, supporting standards development and facilitating the work of diverse and talented teams.
In her new position, Ms. Swecker has the primary responsibility for implementing policies and directives as set by the board of directors. Chief among these are: ensuring effective management of the organization; adherence to AARST’s mission, bylaws, policies, and procedures; and developing and implementing appropriate processes and procedures to implement the strategic plan and supporting the industry stakeholder councils. Ms. Swecker will serve as the public face and spokesperson for the association. “I intend to continue honoring AARST’s past while growing the association in line with the board’s strategic plan,” said Ms. Swecker. “improving upon the traditions that make this institution the core source of standard-setting best practices in the industry and supporting our certified technicians and members across the country.”
AARST is a non-profit, professional organization of members who are dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and the ethical performance of radon measurement, chemical vapor intrusion and soil gas mitigation, and transfer of information for the benefit of members, consumers, and the public at large. Formed in 1986 and now with approximately 1,000 individual and corporate members, AARST administers the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Board accredited National Radon Proficiency Program.
Veteran Search Consultants
JDG Associates has been providing executive recruitment services to Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state, and local governments, research and consulting firms, and defense contractors since 1973. The firm’s research-intensive process and personal approach have resulted in more than 4,000 senior-level searches across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally.
Darren DeGioia serves as president of JDG. He conducts senior-level search assignments for research and consulting organizations as well as the public sector. His areas of expertise include information technology, accounting and finance, the quantitative sciences, operations / general management, marketing, and communications. Prior to joining JDG, Mr. DeGioia spent four years in the hospitality industry with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Sheraton Hotels.
Recently Completed Search
JDG Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Latonia Craig as the first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “As one of the largest and most influential veterinary associations in the world, the AVMA has a unique opportunity to increase DEI across our profession, and that is a role and responsibility that our organization has embraced,” said Jose Arce, president. “We need a chief DEI officer who can lead, inspire and work collaboratively with key stakeholders, and Dr. Craig’s breadth of experience and extensive work with veterinary medical education make her the perfect choice.”
“I am delighted that Dr. Craig will be joining us to lead our DEI initiatives,” said Dr. Janet Donlin, the AVMA’s EVP and CEO. “Her background and record of success in advancing DEI will help veterinary medicine become a more diverse profession. Greater diversity across veterinary medicine will strengthen veterinary teams and allow us to serve an increasingly diverse clientele more effectively.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media