Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Sir Cecil Barton

About Us

Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Lunghofer, Executive Director of Making Good Work, has 25 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. 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
  • Writing a winning grant proposal to the Department of Justice, providing $500,000 to launch a new Drug Court in Fairfax County to improve outcomes and offer alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system
  • 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

Read more about Lisa in the Town Courier.

Experience

Prior to founding Making Good Work, Lisa led a variety of national evaluation projects for which she received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Her work included national cross-site evaluations of the Systems of Care initiative, an effort to improve child welfare outcomes, and Safe Start, an initiative designed to prevent and reduce the impact of family and community violence on young children. She managed an evaluation of sexual violence and harassment prevention programs in middle schools, and served as project director for the national evaluation of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She also served as a task leader for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, the first national study to examine the characteristics of children and families in the child welfare system and the relationship among those characteristics, services received, and outcomes. At the state level, Lisa worked with the Maine and Kentucky Departments of Education to develop state-of-the-art systems for collecting youth drug use and violence data, providing school districts with information to improve prevention programs for youth. She received her Ph.D. in social policy from Case Western Reserve University and her M.A. in psychology from Boston College.

Volunteer Work

Lisa volunteers with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, D.C., serving as a member of the foster screening team and a puppy foster, and served as president of the board of directors of the Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocate (MD CASA) Association, which seeks to provide an advocate for every child in foster care who is under the protection of Maryland courts.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and  her rescue dog, watching college basketball, cooking and traveling.

Read Lisa’s resume.

Mindy Herman-Stahl, Ph.D.

Dr. Mindy Herman-Stahl, a Senior Evaluator at Making Good Work, has supported governmental agencies, tribal nations, and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years in multisector efforts to promote socio-economic well-being and health. She has led the evaluations of numerous interventions to prevent or reduce substance use, violence, and mental health symptoms and promote resilience—mostly focusing on at-risk youth.

Her expertise spans qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods and experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation designs. She is committed to research and evaluation that make a direct contribution to alleviating social problems and promote social justice and health equity. She works collaboratively with community partners to determine needs and gaps, assess readiness for change, identify or adapt proven practices that fit the local culture and context, and apply utilization-focused evaluation to inform program success. Using approachable language geared toward targeted audiences, she has effectively disseminated more than 100 briefs, reports, presentations, training materials, and articles. Mindy received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to working at Making Good Work, she was employed by RTI International, the Arizona Department of Health, and the Prevention Research Center at Arizona State University.

Experience

  • Worked with state agencies to evaluate efforts to prevent underage drinking, nonmedical use of prescription drugs, and other illicit substance use among youth and young adults
  • Conducted qualitative evaluation of community-based programs to prevent violence and increase access to trauma-informed care for at-risk youth
  • Co-led national cross-site evaluation of the Minority AIDs Initiative to reduce substance use and sexual risk behaviors among young adults
  • Worked with states to identify, measure, and map risk and protective factors for youth substance use and other risk behaviors
  • Developed and evaluated a mindfulness, stress reduction intervention for youth enrolled in a nontraditional, urban high school
  • Developed and evaluated a smoking prevention/cessation and wellness program supported by the Office of Minority Health for young mothers and adolescents residing on the Osage Reservation
  • Served as site visit leader for cross-site evaluations to improve health and social well-being of adults with substance use disorders or involved in the criminal justice system
  • Led qualitative evaluation of a national effort to improve treatment and recovery services for individuals with opioid use disorders
  • Conducted qualitative analyses and reported on findings from interviews to identify multisector approaches to promoting a culture of health for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Conducted site visits and analyzed qualitative and quantitative data on programs to improve parenting and family relationships for fathers involved with the criminal justice system.
  • Conducted formative research to tailor evidence-based strategies for special populations including racial/ethnic and sexual minority youths.

Volunteer Work

Mindy volunteers as a dog walker at her local animal protection society and contributes to racial equity work with her faith community.

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