Board of Directors & Volunteers

We feel it’s important for people to know who is behind a rescue so they know who they are working with to find their new family member. All of our Directors have several years of experience with Dobermans, and have Dobermans of their own. We share a passion for the breed and it has brought us together to do what we can to help the Dobermans in need around Georgia.

Board of Directors

Suzanne Meers

President

Dr. Suzanne Meers’ passion for animals began at a very young age. She has been around a variety of pets since the age of two and always wanted to help the animals that were hurt, abused, or homeless no matter what species they were. Dr. Meers has devoted her education to animal nutrition and her career to educating animal lovers and pet owners on how to properly feed their beloved pets in order to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other preventable medical scenarios that can be brought on due to poor nutrition.

Her first Dobie was also her first rescue named Capone. Through daily exercise and a good diet he lived to be 15 years old. Since adding him to their family Suzanne and her husband have been hooked on Dobermans.  They now share their home with three rescued Dobermans and have fostered many others over the years.

Danielle Ranieri

Chief Technology Officer

Danielle’s love for Dobermans started when she was young and never faded.  Determined to have one of her own, her and her husband Joe brought home Kano, which only deepened their love affair with the breed.  Danielle had worked with several Doberman rescues before she, Suzanne and Meredith decided to start GDR.

Danielle is currently living in Seattle, WA and working for Amazon Prime as a Sr. UX Designer while her husband holds down the fort in Georgia.  With Amazon being incredibly dog friendly, Kano gets to go to work with her and is easily the favorite team member.  She has her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and helps out a number of non-profits with design needs on the side.

Allyson Harris

Secretary
Allyson was raised with Brittany Spaniels and poodles. In 2013, Allyson saw a Doberman in need of foster and while still in mourning for the previous family dog, she couldn’t say no to Jack. He was heartworm positive, severely underweight and losing hair from being on his own for so long. Jack instantly became her heart dog and there’s been no turning back ever since. Allyson got involved with GDR by adopting Jack, his partner in everything, Jill and the trouble maker of them all, Tyra.
Allyson lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, Brian, their 3 GDR dobermans, cats and their “Doberman whisperer” daughter, Elizabeth. She works for BBVA Compass as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Operations.

Meredith Pretzie

Director of Information

Meredith is a stay at home “Mom” to her 3 Dobermans Gunnar, Ronan, and Dara and two horses. She was previously employed by the University of Florida CREC as a grant administrator and by Lockheed Martin as an account analyst. She lives with her husband David near Birmingham Alabama.

Meredith has been involved in animal rescue for several years, first with the local shelter as a volunteer / advocate, and more recently in breed specific rescue as a board member, director and foster. She loves all animals but Dobermans are her passion and she loves bringing rescued Dobermans together with loving families.  With her years of experience guiding fosters and adopters through just about every scenario possible, you will be guaranteed to have a chat with her before bringing home your new family member to make sure the transition is nice and smooth.

Coordinators and Volunteers

Danielle Clark

Foster Coordinator

Biography coming soon.

Carissa Gilman

Adoption Coordinator

Carissa Gilman fell in love with Dobermans when she adopted her first all-natural girl from Cobb County Animal Control in 2004. She and her husband have owned Dobermans ever since and can’t imagine their household without them. She lives in a loft in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood of Atlanta and works at the American Cancer Society, where she is the Managing Editor of the medical journal CANCER. She also serves as the Vice President for the Council of Science Editors. In her free time, she rides and competes in hunter/jumpers with her adopted off-track Thoroughbred.

Anne-Marie Coogler

Transport Coordinator

Anne-Marie became involved with GDR back in 2016 upon hearing about a puppy mill in SC. She took in two fosters Annalee and Caroline. They soon became members of their family. Once the court case was over she ended up becoming a foster failures.

She currently lives in Anderson, SC with my husband, 6 dogs (3 Dobermans) and two cats. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Human Services with a concentration in case management and work as a Social Services Director in a skilled nursing home.