Meet the AdoptUSKids directors and senior advisors

The AdoptUSKids collaboration is led by an expert team of people located across the country, all working together to provide free services to foster and adoptive families and the US states, territories, tribes, and courts that serve them.

This group of professionals represents a variety of fields and areas of expertise—from adoption and child welfare to research, data, and technology.


Kathy Ledesma, MSW
Principal investigator and national project director for AdoptUSKids

John C. Levesque, LSW
Deputy project director for AdoptUSKids

Anna Marshall
Digital media director for AdoptUSKids

Jill May, LMSW
Director of National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids

Melissa Otero
Marketing and communications director for AdoptUSKids

Senior advisors

Susan Ayers-Lopez
Social science and humanities research associate, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

Mary Boo
Executive director, North American Council on Adoptable Children

Kamilah Bunn
CEO, Adoption Exchange Association

Robert Hunner
Executive director, Northwest Resource Associates

Ruth McRoy, PhD
Research professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

Melody Roe
Senior vice president of programs, The Adoption Exchange