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About Us

Now in these strange times…
QoL-X began in 2008 in Seattle as a social enterprise, created to develop and support innovative methods for teaching Quality of Life Skills around the world. It is the most important and impactful work we have been part of.

Now based in San Diego, we have even more incredible opportunities to help improve Quality of Life for all those we work with.

We are creative problem solvers, working to help improve quality of life for people around the world. Our ongoing mission is to engage in opportunities that lets us share actionable and innovative solutions to better our means of mindful thought. We have extensive collection of micro-interventions, thought experiments, learning activities and materials, all focused on encouraging improved decision making and optimal thinking.

Our team
We care to support you in your ambitious goals whether it is personal, business or academic and share the best of what we’ve learned in our journeys.

  • Melissa Ganus, EdD, MBA  (aka “Dr Mel”)
    Melissa Ganus, EdD, MBA (aka “Dr Mel”)
    Founder & Director

    Dr. Mel has dedicated herself to helping reduce suffering and improve quality of life and works tirelessly to find ways to make that easier. She is best known for her enthusiasm and experience in creative problem solving, nonprofit projects, learning design, and impact assessment. Learn more about Dr. Mel’s current interests by checking out her Facebook page.
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    Social Media - Facebook - Twitter - LinkedIn - Instagram - Quora - Patreon - Meetup - LinkedIn

  • Julia Gomez, MEd  (aka “Jules”)
    Julia Gomez, MEd (aka “Jules”)
    Research & Development Engineer

    Jules is our energizer bunny, intensely focused on getting things done for every project. With a depth of research and experience in applied behavioral analysis, she is adept at helping people use tools and methods to make progress on immediate and long term goals. A world traveler and minimalist, she helps everyone see life as an adventure.
    Social Media - LinkedIn - Facebook - Instagram

  • Priya Dharshini, MSC Marketing
    Priya Dharshini, MSC Marketing
    Graphic Design & Special Projects

    Priya is leading our efforts to share QoL Experiments in India, where she is a fellow at Make a Difference. She loves graphic design and the power of good imagery to convey ideas. She completed her Masters in Marketing at the University of Wales in Singapore. Priya’s first visit to the United States has been a spectacular adventure and she looks forward to returning as often as possible.
    Social Media - LinkedIn

  • Rocco Petrongolo, BS CS  (aka “The Rocc”)
    Rocco Petrongolo, BS CS (aka “The Rocc”)
    Software Consultant & Project Manager

    Rocco is our most tenacious problem solver. He is acting as technical lead and project manager at QoL. Rocco continues to take on software consulting and development roles in the IT market. - Personal Site
    Social Media - LinkedIn

  • Susannah W
    Susannah W. Smith, PhD (aka “Zanna”)
    Research & Project Development

    Dr. Zanna has a lifetime of experiences to draw from when she works with clients, from her breadth of work in visual and performing arts and her many years advising students, administrators and healthcare professionals. She recently completed her PhD in Psychology at Walden University, with intensive research on resiliency to compassion fatigue.
    Social Media - LinkedIn

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    Drew Deppensmith
    Projects Director, HHP

    Drew spent 8 years in the Marines learning how to keep things moving forward and getting the mission accomplished. While transitioning out of the Marines he started his own Massage Therapy business over 10 years ago. He brings his ability to ensure that projects get done and meet deadlines.

    Touch of Theta Therapeutics
    Social Media - Facebook

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