Our Staff

 

 

MarY Thorsby, mBA

Executive Director

Mary Thorsby is a longtime community builder and connector who has spent more than 20 years working with and advising entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. Mary produced our Summer 2019 Omega Home Network National Conference here in San Antonio. She became so drawn to ABODE that when the ED position recently opened, she jumped at the chance to contribute her skills, talents and passion to our organization.

 

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 liaison 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 to help in the office. She now 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  

Diana  

Krachele

Claudia  

LaShELL

SARAH

 

 

 

ABODE has an educational relationship with UT San Antonio Department of Counseling and St. Mary’s University. We are pleased to offer internship opportunities to a small number of students. All students we've had in the last two years have all stayed for two semesters.

 
 
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.