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).

AVMA Assistant Executive VP

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.

Assistant Director, Programs and Operations

Gabriella Uresti

My name is Gabriella Uresti and I am the Assistant Director, Programs and Operations for the AVMF. For the past 20 years, I have worked in various roles within animal shelters including as an Executive Director, Operations Director, and Medical Clinic Director. I join the team with extensive experience in fundraising, operations, and nonprofit management. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio and my master’s degree in Nonprofit Managment from the University of Houston-Downtown. I am married, have a 9-year-old daughter, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a horse named Jasper.

Data Operations Manager

Victoria DeMuro

My name is Victoria DeMuro, and I am honored to be part of the team at American Veterinary Foundation. With my experience in accounting, I enjoy working with numbers and creating data-informed analysis. As Data Operations Manager, I handle all donations received by the Foundation, including memorial gifts, and ensure acknowledgments are sent to our dedicated supporters. I work collaboratively the team to review and optimize data management processes. Being passionate about the philanthropic mission of the Foundation to help animals, I firmly believe in the importance of developing meaningful relationships with donors and supporters of the mission. Originally from Ukraine, I have resided in the suburbs of Chicago for the last twenty years with my husband, our teenage daughter, and two cats.

Development Coordinator/Leadership Annual Giving

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.