Ivy has been involved with the Animals & Society Institute (ASI) since 2015 when she began as a volunteer. Her involvement grew when she later became a Board member in 2016. Now as the Executive Director, Ivy is responsible for the mission, vision, strategy and fundraising efforts for ASI.
Ivy earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and a Masters of Public Affairs focusing on fundraising and nonprofit management. She also earned the title of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentialed by CFRE International in 2016.
Ivy has more than 10 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience and has served in key roles with the Delaware SPCA, Ocean Conservancy and National Wildlife Federation. She has a history of volunteering for animal shelters and animal protection organizations. Ivy’s research interests are animal ethics and public policy. Ivy and her husband share their home three cats, Catherine, Penelope, Winnie, and one dog, Chloe.
Lisa Lunghofer, PhD
Director, Human-Animal Programs
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
Gala Argent, PhD
Director, Human-Animal Studies
Gala Argent is a lifelong equestrienne and interdisciplinary scholar whose work concerns human-nonhuman animal intersections. She holds a PhD in Archaeology, MA and BA degrees in Communication Studies, and teaches or has taught in higher education within departments of Art, Communication Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Animal Studies.
Gala’s work focuses on the interpersonal, intersocial and intercultural relationships between humans and other animals, and on the ways these can be seen to co-create and replicate mutually interdependent selves, identities and practices within various societies, past and present. She and her husband share their social world with two parrots, Paulie and Okota, two dogs, Boris and Orion, and three horses, Bud, Shen and Della.
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 and currently volunteers at Barn Sanctuary. He is also involved with other animal advocacy and vegan advocacy groups such as VegAnnArbor and VegMichigan.