Lois Ruskai Melina is a writer and educator. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, she spent 20 years writing and speaking internationally about adoption, and her three books on adoption were published by HarperCollins. She was a founding director and served for 10 years on the board of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, which provides leadership on policy issues.
Melina facilitates leadership development workshops through her company, Prism Seminars, where she finds practical applications for her research interest in the intersections of performance, narrative, and identity.
Her creative nonfiction essays have been published in anthologies and in the journal Qualitative Inquiry. Her research on the experiences of women in the 1970s and their role in effecting cultural change reflecting the feminist movement has been presented as a play, at conferences, in Leadership Review, and as interpretive dance.