Linda has a BS in Animal Science from Cook College, Rutgers University. From there she went on to earn her MS in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She continued to further her education via PhD coursework in Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management at the University of Massachusetts. In the past, Linda has served as the Executive Director of two New England animal shelters, and worked for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Humane Society of the United States. Additionally, she has served on the boards of the New England Federation of Humane Societies and Valley Veg, which founded and organized the Valley Vegfest. Through these organizations, Linda worked on a wide variety of animal issues, lobbied on animal related legislation, and worked closely with other animal protection groups by providing educational resources and support. Most recently, Linda has been doing contract work for various animal protection nonprofit organizations, including The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the Companion Animal Protection Society, Protect Our Wildlife, and Citizens for Farm Animal Protection. For years Linda has volunteered for an array of organizations. Some of these organizations include Vermont Public Radio, human hospice organizations, the Tufts pet loss hotline, pet therapy, animal shelters, spay/neuter clinics, greyhound rescue, wildlife rehabilitation, environmental issues/education, and wetland protection. She currently volunteers for Farming Connections, which provides Animal Mediated Therapy to kids who face both emotional and behavioral challenges and offers sanctuary to homeless animals until appropriate placements can be found.
Lisa Lunghofer, PhD
Human-Animal Relationships Program Director
Dr. Lisa Lunghofer has 20 years of experience working successfully with public sector and nonprofit clients, helping them to create strategic plans, develop logic models, write successful grant proposals, develop evaluation plans, craft marketing materials, and identify and track outcomes. She has worked extensively in the areas of child welfare, violence prevention, child and adolescent well-being, animal welfare, and the human-animal bond. Since 2009, Lisa has served as a consultant to animal- and child-related programs throughout the country through her non-profit, Making Good Work. Examples of her work include:
- Designing and leading implementation of an innovative education initiative, based on a public health model, to prevent animal cruelty in Philadelphia
- Writing winning grant proposals for programs that promote the human-animal bond
- Conducting strategic planning with animal and child welfare organizations
- Evaluating the effects of shelter dogs on veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Conducting an analysis of the reasons for return of rescue dogs in order to develop strategies to promote pet retention
- Writing a winning grant proposal to SAMHSA for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, providing 1.6M to improve integration of primary and behavioral health care
- Managing evaluations of programs designed to improve the well-being of children and families in Fairfax County, VA
- Serving as the Principal Investigator of an evaluation of a delinquency prevention program for girls
Margo DeMello, PhD
Human-Animal Studies Program Director
Margo DeMello received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995. She is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College in the Anthrozoology Masters Program, and President of House Rabbit Society, an international nonprofit organization devoted to rabbit rescue and advocacy.
Her books include Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community (2000), Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature (2003), Low-Carb Vegetarian (2004), Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection (2007), The Encyclopedia of Body Adornment (2007), Feet and Footwear (2009), Teaching the Animal: Human Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (2010), Faces Around the World (2012), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (2012), Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (2012), Inked: Tattoos and Body Art around the World (2014), and Body Studies: An Introduction (2014). Her newest book is the edited collection titled Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death.
Daniel graduated from the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and holds a BA in Electronic Media and Film Studies from Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU he was involved with the Students for Animal Rights activist group. Daniel is a former employee of SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary. He is also involved with other animal advocacy and vegan activist groups such as VegAnnArbor and VegMichigan.