WASHINGTON BUREAU — John Healy has resigned effective immediately as chief executive officer of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Tom Currey, president of NAIFA, Falls Church, Va., announced Healy’s resignation today and said Susan Waters, NAIFA deputy CEO, has assumed the position of acting CEO.

Waters will serve as CEO until further notice, Currey says. No search is under way to find a successor at this time, he says.

According to sources, Healy left NAIFA headquarters in Merrifield, Va., last week.

Healy was in the middle of a 3-year contract that began when he was hired in September 2007.

“The last two years have seen a great deal of progress at NAIFA, and the association has much to be proud of,” Currey says in a statement about Healy’s departure.

“The industry’s presence on Capitol Hill and NAIFA’s position as the leading association for insurance professionals and financial advisors are stronger than ever,” Currey says.

Because of programs and initiatives now in place, “the value we offer to our members grows every day,” Currey says. “We appreciate John’s leadership and contributions to NAIFA and anticipate continuing the association’s momentum. We wish John the best in his future endeavors.”

A NAIFA official declined to comment further on Healy’s departure.

Waters has served as NAIFA’s deputy CEO since October 2007. She has more than 22 years of experience in professional association management, and she also has experience with the insurance industry and with NAIFA.

Before joining NAIFA, Waters was president of Sextant Consulting, Half Moon Bay, Calif., a consulting firm specializing in association governance, conflict management, strategic planning, leadership development, and meeting facilitation.

Waters has served as the CEO of three associations, has been a licensed insurance broker, and has served as executive vice president of an insurance agency.

She served as CEO of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Redwood City, Calif., from 2000 to 2004, and as executive director of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, from 1993 to 2000.

She also served as the executive director of the San Francisco Medical Society, San Francisco, and the Prince George’s County Medical Society, Cheverly, Md.