Our Staff

 

 

Martha Jo Atkins, PhD, LPC-S

Executive Director

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

Nurse Liaison 

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. 

 

Anne Ledet

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. 

 

 

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

Lee Rodriguez

Diana Mendez

Tiffany Smith

Claudia Baca

Martha Alsbrooks

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 2017 are interns are:

Gabby White

Hailey Bingham

Renee Tierjna 

 
 
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.