Meet the staff of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation

Executive Director/Director of Development

Danielle Johnson

My name is Danielle Johnson, and I am the Executive Director of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. I received my degree in communications from Ohio University in Athens, OH and have an MBA from Capital University in Bexley, OH. I have more than 20 years of fundraising experience from my prior two jobs at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Central Ohio and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two dogs, Dakota (mixed) and Lilly (black lab).

Assistant Executive Director

David Granstrom, DVM

Dr. David Granstrom is assistant executive vice president and chief accreditation and certification officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He received DVM and PhD degrees from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1978 and 1988, respectively. He is a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (parasitology).

Dr. Granstrom’s responsibilities include governance and administration. He sits on the AVMA Board of Directors as an invited participant and provides professional staff support to the Board Governance Committee. He also has oversight responsibility for AVMA accreditation and certification activities, the AVMA Finance and Business Services Division, and the Digital Services and Solutions Division. He also serves as a liaison to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and as co-chair of the Partners for Healthy Pets.

Data Operations Manager

Victoria DeMuro

Assistant Director, Programs and Operations

Gabriella Uresti

Programs and Operations Manager

Shanita Anderson

Hello, my name is Shanita and I am the Programs and Operations Manager for the AVMF and a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in History. I am passionate about animals, the wellbeing of animals and those who care for them. I am equally passionate about my role, primarily with the work that I do to manage student veterinary scholarships. I aspire to support the students in obtaining scholarships to make a tangible difference in the lives of veterinary students, as they strive to achieve their dreams. I am grateful for and admire the mission and values of the AVMF!

Development Coordinator/Leadership Annual Giving Officer

Melanie Kreiling

I first joined the AVMF in 2017 working for Partners for Healthy Pets and have since become the AVMF Development Coordinator and Leadership Annual Giving Officer. I am honored to now oversee the AVMF REACH Program, where I support both the veterinary community and the animals they serve.  I earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Richmond in VA and a master’ degree from the University of Toronto in Canada.

Although hailing from the UK, I find myself these days in the greater Pittsburgh area, where I live with my husband, children and ridiculously silly black German Shepherd, Twig. I am a lifelong dog owner and passionate animal lover, but have a decided soft spot for Great Danes and German Shepherds. When I’m not working, I love to spend time outdoors with family going for walks or hikes, reading about history, or listening to music.