Martha Jo Atkins, PhD, LPC-S
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
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.
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 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.