Our Board
Robert Soza, Board President

Robert Soza, Board President

Litigation Partner, Jackson Walker

As Litigation Partner for Jackson Walker, Robert works on resolving commercial disputes and defending companies and individuals from government enforcement actions. Drawn to ABODE by his son’s Eagle Scout project (Javier built our beautiful meditation labyrinth with the help of his Boy Scout troop), Robert helps ABODE set strategy and vision – especially with an eye toward ABODE’s growth in the future. Robert chairs the Fundraising Committee.

Benjamin Getter, D.O., Board Treasurer

Benjamin Getter, D.O., Board Treasurer

Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director Compassus Palliative and Hospice

As Medical Director for Compassus, Ben ensures compassionate and quality care for those with serious illness and those at the end of their life, while also contributing to Compassus’ Medical Director Advisory Council. He was drawn to ABODE as a natural extension to his work, yet concerned about the overwhelming and unmet care giving need that exists in San Antonio. Ben joined the Board in June 2019, is the current treasurer and chairs the Marketing Committee.

Roxanna Gonzales-Soza, Board Secretary

Roxanna Gonzales-Soza, Board Secretary

Community Leader

As a longtime community leader in San Antonio and our surrounding area, Roxanna enjoys bringing sustainable practices and consistencies to organizations to help forward their mission. Drawn to ABODE by her son’s Eagle Scout project (Javier built our beautiful meditation labyrinth with the help of his Boy Scout troop), Roxanna helps ABODE set strategy and vision. Roxanna chairs the Key Assets Committee.

Guy Acerra, CFP, CLU

Guy Acerra, CFP, CLU

Private Wealth Advisor

Named in the Financial Times’ Top 400 Advisers, Forbes’ Best in State Wealth Advisors and the Ameriprise Hall of Fame, Guy knows a thing or two about wealth management and preservation. He is a longtime co-owner of Acerra, Fox & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services. Guy’s specialties include helping clients determine and achieve their financial goals and how to prepare for the expected and unexpected moments that life offers.

One of his clients introduced Guy to ABODE – and our mission and vision touched his heart. His expertise will help guide ABODE in our short- and long-term strategies, especially as we continue to forge our path toward financial stability.

Peg Armstrong, LPC

Peg Armstrong, LPC

Grief and Bereavement Psychotherapist

Peg was drawn to ABODE’s mission 10 years ago because she knows one can live their dying and even befriend mortality – and that the process of dying is natural, safe and not a medical event. She wanted to be involved with walking home those at the end of life – a walk that can be contemplative, spiritual, natural, comfortable and dignified. Peg brings 40 years of experience working with grieving families to the board and has seen natural dying up close by volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Center for Dying in India. Peg serves on the Fundraising Committee.

Beverly Tuomala

Beverly Tuomala

Christus Hospice

Beverly comes to us with 30+ years of nursing experience. She joined Christus Hospice as an RN Case Manager after working many years in ICU/Cardiac nursing. She knew from an early age that she wanted to grow up and be a hospice nurse. Beverly ensures that her patients receive compassionate, loving care at the end of life. She believes in the team approach – everyone brings something to the table. She loves teaching and sharing her knowledge – the more we know, the better we’ll all be. Beverly has brought many Guests to ABODE and has experienced firsthand what we do. Beverly chairs the Education Committee.

Elsa Underwood

Elsa Underwood

Sourcing Manager at H-E-B

Well known in the food industry, Elsa has spent over 25 years developing business, driving innovative thinking, improving processes and increasing efficiencies. She has also helped countless small businesses craft and clarify their story to elevate their brand. All of these skills will help ABODE continue our critically important mission.

Elsa is a native Texan and a proud graduate of Texas A&M. Her deep Catholic faith and life experiences have instilled a strong belief that all people on this earth deserve compassion, love and dignity.

Our Advisory Board

Diane Datz
Arthur Dawes
June Ferguson
Chuck Gibbons
Deborah Hanus
Martin G. Martin
Petra McCann
Craig Newhouse
Liz Newhouse
Edwin Sasek
Patsy Sasek
Hal Smarkola
Rev. Judith Rhodes
Susan Ruch
Peter Szarmach
Doug Watson
Denise Miner-Williams
Jane Marie Young