What we do

QoL Enterprises is a social enterprise, focused first on how to help the most people we can. Our ongoing mission is to engage in projects that seek out and share innovative solutions for minimizing suffering and improving quality of life around the world.

We do this using current research, theory and design principles, crowdsourcing needed skills and resources, and partnering with like-minded people and organizations around the world. We have designed an extensive collection of micro-interventions, learning activities and materials, all focused on helping people improve some aspect of life.

We love to support others in their most ambitious and noble goals, and to share the best of what we’ve learned in our journeys.

If you are curious to learn more or discuss possibilities, we would love to hear from you.





We all know our choices drive our overall Quality of Life, and that good choices are easier to make when we’ve had enough time to research our options. But who has extra time? With our team’s broad academic and technological skills, we handle whatever research you want to delegate, from simple prospecting and annotated bibliographies to needs analysis and impact assessment.


Rapid iterative design and testing are at the heart of our work. With careful attention to needs analysis and customized solutions, we have developed remarkable products and services for clients across industries and academic disciplines. We have a growing collection of learning materials and activities with samples of our work at QoL-X.org, MetalearningHabits.org, and SquidMinders.org.


Our methods for measuring and improving quality of life have helped people around the world, not just in their own work and lives but in how well they are able to help others. Whether you need feedback on your ideas, more clarity on how to prioritize your time, or emotional support, we give practical advice that helps shorten the path between you and your goals.



Melissa Ganus, EdD, MBA
(aka “Dr Mel”)

Founder & Director

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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.

Julia Gomez, MEd
(aka “Jules”)

Research & Development Engineer

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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.

Priya Dharshini, MSC Marketing

Graphic Design & Special Projects

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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.

Rocco Petrongolo, BS CS
(aka “The Rocc”)

Software Consultant & Project Manager

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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.

Stan Wilson, GC

Logistics & Operations

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With more than 20 years working on environmental graphics and wayfinding projects, Stan brings his expertise in project management and design to his work with QoL Enterprises. He’s the numbers guy, making sure that all our budgets and logistics are thought through and all the checklists get completed. For more about his work, check out SLWilson Company.

Susannah W. Smith, PhD
(aka “Zanna”)

Research & Project Development

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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.


Contact Us

QoL Enterprises
San Diego, CA 92108
Email: drmel.qol-at-gmail.com
Phone: 425.466.7704
Or click here to schedule a time to talk with Dr. Mel