American Foundry Society Announces 2024 Directors Class Nominees

The American Foundry Society, North America’s leading metalcasting organization, announced the nominees for the incoming Directors Class of 2024-2028, who will serve four-year terms on the Board of Directors of AFS and the Institute.

The industry professionals selected for this class are:

  • Susan Bear, Chief Technology Officer, Grede Castings (Southfield, Michigan)
  • Bob Braun, President (retired), Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry (Manitowoc, Wisconsin)
  • Kelley Kerns, Director of New Business Development, HA International (Westmont, Illinois)
  • Paul Leonard, Investment Casting and Six Sigma Expert (Emmett, Michigan)

Additionally, the slate of Executive Officers will see a change in leadership. Angela Schmeisser, the current AFS Vice President and Managing Director of St. Marys Foundry, Inc., will assume the role of AFS President for the 2024-2025 term. David Gilson, Sales and Marketing Director at SinterCast, will serve as Vice President, while Bradford Muller, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, will become Immediate Past President. Joining the Executive Officers as 2nd Vice President will be John Lancaster, Plant Director at General Motors.

AFS thanks the five industry leaders who are rotating off the Board of Directors for their exemplary service:  Adam San Solo (Adam San Solo & Associates), Jim Mancuso (Mancuso Chemical Company), Andy Renkey (Harmony Castings), Pete Satre (Allied Mineral Products), and Rob Johnson (Waupaca Foundry). 

"The AFS Board of Directors plays a strategic role in ensuring that AFS advances the success of its members and the metalcasting industry, both now and into the future,” said AFS CEO Doug Kurkul. “The Society is grateful to this exceptional group of leaders."

These nominations were previously announced in Modern Casting. The new Directors and Officers will officially begin their terms at the conclusion of Metalcasting Congress 2024, scheduled for April 23–25 at the Baird Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

AFS invites industry participants to attend Metalcasting Congress, which will feature three keynote addresses, dozens of technical and management sessions, and more than 250 exhibits. Registration can be purchased at this link

The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $50 billion metalcasting industry. AFS is the only association serving the entire industry, including all metals and processes, with a three-part focus on advocacy, education, and innovation. AFS also publishes Modern Casting and Casting Source magazines and presents Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo, the largest metalcasting trade events in North America. Founded in 1896, the organization is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. More information is available at