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.
Roxanna Gonzales-Soza, Board Secretary
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
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
Grief and Bereavement Psychotherapist
Richard Ferguson, MD
Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Dr. Ferguson was the medical director at the creation of one of the early fellowships in hospice and palliative medicine at the San Antonio VA hospital and has been the medical director of several hospices in the city. He has lectured widely on end of life and medical ethics. His career has been animated by facilitating deeper understanding and acceptance of the end of life. ABODE has, from its earliest beginnings, generated a keen interest.
Corporate General Counsel, Cornerstone Home Lending
After moving to San Antonio, Karen was introduced to ABODE by Peg Armstrong. Although work and family commitments limited her volunteer time, she was drawn to the mission of ABODE to, among others, provide each Guest with a dignified, compassionate and caring end-of-life experience.
In 2017, Karen completed a course of study in Aging and Applied Thanatology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School. She has used this education, her training and experience gained as a hospice volunteer and her over 35 years of legal counsel skills to help friends and family navigate through various legal issues and experience a dignified and peaceful end-of-life transition.
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA San Antonio
During the past 15 years she has lived in San Antonio, her work has included leading the development and marketing department at the artist-in-residence program, Artpace; expanding and leading the nonprofit training and capacity-building program at the San Antonio Area Foundation and leading the nonprofit management training program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Beverly Tuomala, RN
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.
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
Rev. Judith Rhodes
Jane Marie Young