Our Staff

 

 

Martha Jo Atkins, PhD, LPC-S

Executive Director

Dr. Martha Jo Atkins is a death educator, professional counselor, and researcher. Founder of the Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas, author of Signposts of Dying, and TEDx speaker on deathbed phenomenon, Dr. Atkins is happiest at the bedside talking with Guests and families. Dr. Atkins received her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from UT San Antonio and is pleased to mentor masters and doctoral level interns at ABODE. 

 

Suzette O'Calliham, RN

Managing Director 

An RN for 43 years, Suzette manages the End-of-Life Navigators, visits potential Guests and their families, and tends to the day-to-day needs of our home. Suzette has a knack for bringing light to even the most difficult situations, helps tough conversations go a little more smoothly, and makes us laugh. Suzette is gifted clinician and teacher, and the perfect liaision between ABODE and the 20 hospices we work with in and around San Antonio.

 
 

Adriana Garza 

Volunteer Coordinator + Administrative Assistant

Adriana is a ray of sunshine at ABODE. A former volunteer chaplain at University Hospital, Adriana came to ABODE two years ago to help in the office. She has recently begun managing the volunteers who serve everyday at the home. When she's not answering the phone, sending notes to volunteers, helping cook lunch, or organizing something, you'll find her helping our Guests.

 

End-of-Life Navigators offer the day-to-day care of our Guests and their families. We could not function at ABODE without them. 

John Vinson 

Diana Mendez 

Krachele Walls 

Claudia Baca 

LaShandia Ramsey 

Gabby White 

 

 

ABODE has an educational relationship with UT San Antonio Department of Counseling. We are pleased to offer internship opportunities to a small number of students. The students we've had so far have all stayed for two semesters. We're glad to have them! Fall 2018 are being interviewed. 

 
 
 In early 2017, Eugene was dying and needed a place to live. He wouldn't move anywhere without his beloved pup, Sadie. That's how they both came to ABODE.  Eugene moved into the green room while Sadie explored the house, checked on other guests, and seemed to know who needed her special kind of puppy love. As Eugene's health changed, Sadie slept on the chair in his room and stood watch until he died. Eugene was worried about who would care for his best friend after he was gone. We promised him we would adopt her.   Sadie lives at ABODE full-time, with an occasional respite weekend at the home of one of our staff. She alerts us when someone is at the door. She sits with families on the couches in their rooms. She happily accepts treats. We invite you to come and meet our Sweet Sadie.

In early 2017, Eugene was dying and needed a place to live. He wouldn't move anywhere without his beloved pup, Sadie. That's how they both came to ABODE.

Eugene moved into the green room while Sadie explored the house, checked on other guests, and seemed to know who needed her special kind of puppy love. As Eugene's health changed, Sadie slept on the chair in his room and stood watch until he died. Eugene was worried about who would care for his best friend after he was gone. We promised him we would adopt her. 

Sadie lives at ABODE full-time, with an occasional respite weekend at the home of one of our staff. She alerts us when someone is at the door. She sits with families on the couches in their rooms. She happily accepts treats. We invite you to come and meet our Sweet Sadie.