Martha Jo Atkins, PhD, LPC-S
Dr. Martha Jo Atkins came to ABODE succeeding the founding Executive Director, Jane Marie Young. Dr. Atkins has been learning and teaching about grief and loss, death and dying for 25 years. She's the founder of the Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas, the author of Signposts of Dying, and a TEDx speaker on deathbed phenomenon.
Suzette O'Calliham, RN
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.
Development Director, CMP, CTA
Anne is San Antonio native and grew up going to nursing homes all over south Texas with her administrator father. Her young years greatly benefited from the lessons, compassion, friendships and nurturing to and from his nursing home communities. Anne lost her dear father to cancer in August 2015. Appreciating the need in the local community to fulfill this gap, she is honored to be a part of ABODE and cherishes the gift of life provided to our guests and they to us with their life stories.
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.
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 2017 are interns are: