Our Board
Beverly Tuomala, RN, President

Beverly Tuomala, RN, President

Nurse, Trinity Hospice

Beverly comes to us with 30+ years of nursing experience. She joined Trinity 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.

Kathryn Eggerss, RN, Vice President

Kathryn Eggerss, RN, Vice President

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.

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.

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.

Lynnell Burkett

Lynnell Burkett

Retired Journalist

Lynnell spent her professional life in journalism, teaching at San Antonio College and later serving as editorial page editor at the San Antonio Light and then the San Antonio Express-News. She also wrote a column on local politics for many years.

With the help of hospice, Lynnell cared for her dying father the last six weeks of his life and found the experience to be a great blessing in her life. She also walked with her husband through his final extended illness and death. Lynnell has watched ABODE grow and provide amazing care since she first heard Ed Sasek, founder, speak of his dream before its creation. More recently, she has become involved, participating in many programs and events that ABODE provides.

Justin Burton

Justin Burton

President, Alamo Area Home Care Council

Justin moved to San Antonio in 2014 starting his new career in health care in 2016. Within his time in health care, he has worked in assisted living, memory care, hospice and home dare. Justin has a versatile background in business development, operations and administration within health care.

Growing up in Gulfport, Miss., Justin comes from a large family where he’s the youngest of five siblings. He graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 where he played football, and from William Carey University in 2009 with a degree in Operations Management. Justin’s passions in life are to help others and to give back to his community.

Justin was drawn to ABODE while President of the Alamo Area Home Care Council. “I saw the amazing service that ABODE provides to Guests and their families, and I’m happy to be a part of that,” Justin says. “In addition, ABODE’s robust Education programs help so many people prepare for end of life – and to lessen their fears around death and dying.”

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.

Nancy F. May

Nancy F. May

CEO, San Antonio Humane Society

After spending 30+ years in the banking industry, Nancy retired and joined the San Antonio Humane Society as CEO in 2011. She’s still going strong – honoring her love for people and animals.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Nancy has been involved in the nonprofit world for many years, serving on many different boards in many different capacities.

Nancy’s love for people drew her to the mission of ABODE. Nancy recognizes that the transition of life can be a beautiful one. She loves that ABODE gives Guests and their families and friends the blessing of making that transition a truly beautiful one – one with dignity, comfort and spirituality.

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.

Robert Soza

Robert Soza

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.

Susan Shown Todd

Susan Shown Todd

Real Estate Entrepreneur

Born and raised in San Antonio, Susan loves her city and the diverse nature of the people who create its unique culture. Susan is a graduate of MacArthur High School and Texas A&M in College Station. Since retiring from a successful career in mortgage banking, she has designed, rehabbed and rented real estate.

Susan recalls her grandmother helping her understand the natural process of death, even saying she needed to “focus” because it was her time.

Susan’s friend Kris Bird introduced her to the concept of ABODE – and immediately she wanted to learn more and participate in ABODE’s mission. The idea of providing a beautiful and loving environment for people at the end of life is something dear to her heart.

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

Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Wonderful! Please complete our application:

ABODE Board of Directors Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in serving on the ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying Board of Directors. Please complete and submit this form so we can learn about you and your interest in serving on the board.

 

Name(Required)
Address(Required)