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
Guy has been a financial adviser for may years. One of his clients introduced Guy to ABODE – and our mission and vision touched his heart. His expertise helps 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
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.
Kathryn Eggerss, RN
Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Magenta Health, H-E-B
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
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.
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
The Parting Planner, Social Advocate & Aspiring Podcaster
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.
Our Advisory Board
Rev. Judith Rhodes
Jane Marie Young