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
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 and currently volunteers at Barn Sanctuary. He is also involved with other animal advocacy and vegan advocacy groups such as VegAnnArbor and VegMichigan.