AHA welcomes new development director in central Massachusetts

Danielle Statires has joined the American Heart Association as a director of development for central Massachusetts.

“Danielle was a standout through the interview process because of her background, skillsets and engaging personality and we are very fortunate to have her join us in this role,” said Brian Shankey, the American Heart Association’s executive director for Maine, central Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

Most recently serving as the director of major gifts for Rise Against Hunger, Danielle has expertise in individual and corporate donor cultivation management, corporate and relationship management. She is a graduate of Wheelock College with dual master’s degrees in nonprofit leadership and social work and also earned an undergraduate degree in social and behavioral science from the University of Alabama.

Danielle is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for an organization that has been instrumental in her life, said Shankey. Born with congenital heart disease and having had open heart surgery in 2010, Danielle believes strongly in the mission of American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

As a mother of two, Danielle spends her downtime developing her artistic ability utilizing mostly sidewalk chalk and crayons, as well as singing countless encores of “Baby Shark.” Danielle also enjoys gardening, nature walks and cooking.

Her first day with the American Heart Association was Tuesday, Sept. 7.