Meet The Team

Olubunmi Akinkuowo

Olubunmi Akinkuowo

Executive Director - Crofton

Olubunmi oversees all Bethany’s programs in Maryland and Washington DC. As a Clinical Social Worker who has served children and families in Maryland for 15years, she firmly believes that “every child deserves a loving forever family”. She leads her team to walks side-by-side with individuals and families who desire to stand with vulnerable children from the United States and around the world. Her professional background in foster care makes her especially keen to see older children, and children with special needs, achieve permanency. Olubunmi is honored to lead and serve alongside caring Staff, supportive Board Members, and committed Donors.

Angela Solly

Angela Solly

Lead Social Worker - Crofton

Angela has her masters of Social Work and has worked with children and immigrants since 2003. She has experience working abroad with Latin American populations and experience domestically working with children and families in need. Angela is bilingual in Spanish and English and has worked with Bethany since 2012 transitioning unaccompanied minors into the community to be reunified with their families. She enjoys meeting with the families and helping them connect with services and other resources in the community to help the children thrive in their new homes.

Hilda Marfizo

Hilda Marfizo

TFC Office Manager - Crofton

Hilda Marfizo is the office manager and medical coordinator in the transitional foster care program. Previously, she helped others for more than 20 years in customer service by serving as a Spanish translator.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Foster Care Adoptions Social Worker - Crofton

Jennifer is committed to supporting and advocating for families as they embark on their unique adoption journeys. Jennifer comes to Bethany with over 14 years of experience supporting foster and adoptive parents on their journeys towards creating loving, forever families. She feels she was called to Bethany and looks forward to working side-by-side with families to provide loving homes for older children and children with special needs from the United States and around the world.

Jessica Hinton

Jessica Hinton

Teacher's Assistant - Crofton

Jessica Hinton earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and Spanish from Cedarville University. Previously, she taught Spanish at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Maryland and Michigan. Jessica also has five years of experience of living in Latin America.

Jocelyn Rivera Joya

Jocelyn Rivera Joya

UAC Worker - Crofton

Jocelyn Joya graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in sociology. Throughout her college career, she volunteered in schools and several academic programs, helping children read and write. She hopes to serve as a guide and help build a relationship between unaccompanied youth and their families.

Karen Salmeron

Karen Salmeron

UAC Worker - Crofton

Karen Salmeron joined Bethany Christian Services in 2015. She currently works with the Family Reunification Program where she provides case management services to immigrant children and youth who reunify with their families after being separated for many years. Karen received her bachelors’ degree in social work from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Previously, she volunteered for non-profit organizations serving immigrant families.

Karina Velasco Lopez

Karina Velasco Lopez

UAC Worker - Crofton

Karina Velasco currently works in the Unaccompanied Minor Post Release Services Program. She provides case management services and assessment to children and youth who are in the care of the Office of Refugee and Resettlement. Additionally, she works with survivors of human trafficking. Karina earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County while simultaneously working with at-risk immigrant families.

Kelli Kinsey

Kelli Kinsey

UAC Supervisor - Crofton

Kelli graduated with her master’s degree from Liberty University’s Counseling Program. She has had the privilege to serve in various sectors of social services such as foster care and adoption, working with homeless woman and children, servicing the developmentally disabled population, and providing mental health services to adults. In her present role, Kelli oversees the UAC Family Reunification Program, which provides intensive, short term case management and reunification services to Unaccompanied Alien Children primarily from Central America. Kelli is enjoying the opportunity with Bethany to couple her experience with her passion to help change lives.

Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin

Domestic Adoptions Social Worker, LGSW - Crofton

Melissa is a licensed social worker with over 14 years of experience working with vulnerable families and children. She has worked in a variety of settings including group homes, an independent living program, treatment foster care, and Safe Families for Children™ (SFFC). During her work with SFFC, Melissa had the opportunity to work with Bethany Christian Services of Maryland. After that interaction she had a desire to be a part of the Bethany family. In April 2013 Melissa joined the Bethany family as an adoption specialist in the domestic infant program. She is passionate about supporting families through their adoption journey and through her work within faith-based agencies she has been able to grow in her faith and witness firsthand the power of God’s love.