Lesley Adams joined Retrieving Independence in 2011 as a volunteer to continue developing her skills with assistance dogs and supplement her prior experience in training dogs for general obedience work. She was one of the founding Board Members of Retrieving Independence.

As Program & Training Director, Lesley is responsible for the initiation of and continuing refinement of approaches, curricula and evaluations for dogs, and inmate trainers with Retrieving Independence. She provides the initial and ongoing training/coaching for recipients of RI dogs and their caregivers. She and Brenda Dew serve as the primary points of contact with Turney Center staff.