Our Board
Robert Soza, President

Robert Soza, 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.

Beverly Tuomala RN, Vice President

Beverly Tuomala RN, Vice President

Nurse, 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.

Carol Bertsch, Secretary

Carol Bertsch, Secretary

Attorney, Law Offices of Carol Bertsch

Carol is an advocate for seniors in our community. She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. In 1996, Carol started her elder law practice in San Antonio to assists seniors and people with special needs – and their families – as they plan for the challenges surrounding aging. In 2012, she became a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) after completing rigorous testing and demonstrating her practice’s focus on elder and disability law. To maintain her CELA, Carol continues to specialize in elder law and completes continuing education credits for advanced practitioners.

When Carol’s not working, she’s trying new restaurants with her husband and visiting her mom and her siblings. She’s also a mentor for the THRU Project.

Charlie Watts, CFP®, LUTCF®, Treasurer

Charlie Watts, CFP®, LUTCF®, Treasurer

Financial Advisor

Born and raised in San Antonio, Charlie has been a financial advisor for more than a decade, focusing on comprehensive financial strategies to help his clients.

Charlie grew up playing soccer, but has always enjoyed the structure and beauty found in woodworking. He and his wife, Lee Anne, have two daughters in college. They enjoy preparing them emotionally and financially for adulthood, positioning them to be upstanding, contributing members of society when they are on their own.

Charlie is an integral part of the large projects that ABODE undertakes and is especially helpful in our short- and long-term strategies.

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.

Kathryn Eggerss, RN

Kathryn Eggerss, RN

Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Magenta Health, H-E-B

Kathryn has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years with 20 years in the oncology field. She was drawn to this specialty area as a 14-year-old volunteer at Northeast Baptist Hospital. That experience helped to her realize her passion of caring for others, especially those facing the challenges of a life-changing diagnosis.

After graduating from UTSA with a BS in Biology and completing the nursing program at the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions, Kathryn began working at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center and spent the next 15 years caring for patients in both clinical and administrative roles.

Now working with H-E-B and the Magenta clinics, Kathryn continues to help navigate patients along their healthcare journeys. Her skills and experience lend themselves perfectly to ABODE’s mission and caring for our Guests.

Richard Ferguson, MD

Richard Ferguson, MD

Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Ferguson arrived in San Antonio with his new bride to begin his medical training and never left. He discovered early that his major role was to be in relationship with his patients who, to a person, simply aged and died. His emphasis quickly changed and he became interested in assisting patients and physicians in becoming more willing to acknowledge the reality of life with its natural and inevitable end.

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.

Karen Lugar

Karen Lugar

Corporate General Counsel, Cornerstone Home Lending

Several years ago, Karen’s grandmother spent her final days in the loving and amazing care of Houston Hospice. The kindness, generous spirit and compassion of the employees and volunteers led Karen to volunteer there for several years.

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.

Rigo Montero

Rigo Montero

Social Worker, Embrace Hospice

Rigo is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), a former hospital case manager, and for the past six years, a hospice care consultant with Embrace Hospice. Through the years, Rigo has met with many family members who have experienced caregiver fatigue, recognized they were no longer able to care for their loved ones at home and made the difficult decision of seeking an alternate living situation for them. Rigo’s years of experience in the healthcare system and in the community have allowed him to establish solid relationships with various placement entities – nursing homes, assisted living facilities, personal care homes and, of course, ABODE, to better assist the families he serves.

Lynn Blanco Pérez

Lynn Blanco Pérez

The Parting Planner, Social Advocate & Aspiring Podcaster

Lynn is a social advocate for death and dying education and awareness – a personal project driven by her own grief, and the loss of many of her loved ones. A UTSA graduate with a degree in Communication, Lynn utilizes life experience and social platforms to create conversations about death to help people live more fulfilled lives.
 
Lynn is drawn to ABODE’s ability to embrace people at the end of their lives and hopes to bring the unique perspective of a “multi-faceted” griever to the board. She hopes to assist in bringing increased awareness and education to the community though ABODE’s programs and events.
Roxanna Gonzales-Soza

Roxanna Gonzales-Soza

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.

Our Advisory Board

Shavonne Conroy
Diane Datz
Arthur Dawes
June Ferguson
Chuck Gibbons
Deborah Hanus
Ray Hoese
Petra McCann
Liz Newhouse

Edwin Sasek
Patsy Sasek
Hal Smarkola
Rev. Judith Rhodes
Susan Ruch
Peter Szarmach
Denise Miner-Williams
Jane Marie Young

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