Who We Are

The challenge may feel overwhelming, but you don't have to do this alone.

    ConnectAbility works to ease the burden on people with life-altering injuries and conditions as well as their families and caregivers.

Our Services

All of the the services we offer work comprehensively and holistically, addressing a multitude of issues depending on needs.

Peer Mentoring

Care Coordination

Family + Caregiver Support

Meet the team.

Dawn Dixon

Executive Director

Michelle Richardson

Executive Assistant

Sheila Brown


Ashley Longoria


Lisa Morin

Care Coordinator Team Lead

Vinerys Rodriguez

Care Coordinator

Bet Alvarez


Armando Alvarado


ConnectAbility's Board of Directors.

Helen Eversberg

Board Chair

Attorney, Retired

Ken Rector


Managing Partner R-3 Oil, LTD

Stacey Rubin

Vice Chair

Healthcare Executive and Psychoanalyst

Malcolm Hartman



Barton T. Simpson


Real Estate Developer

Rene Dominguez


Texas Research & Technology Foundation

Carl Fellbaum


CEO of Touchstone Communities

Meade Flavin


Pasadera Capital
Managing Member

Andrew McAllister


Founder and Chairman, Believe It Foundation

Francine Wilson


Former Sr. Vice President Supply Chain Management, (University Health System)

ConnectAbility is an initiative of the Warm Springs Foundation, continuing the long legacy of Warm Springs.

Warm Springs Foundation is built on a legacy of excellence in caring for people with disabilities. It started with those with polio in the 1940’s. Since 2008 when the Warm Springs Hospital System was sold, the foundation has made grants for charity rehabilitation care, research, education and in support of nonprofits that serve children and adults with disabilities.

Many Thanks to our Generous Community Partners!

...and friends like YOU!

The AACN is an alliance of community organizations in and around San Antonio, Texas and surrounding counties working together to provide seamless service. ConnectAbility is a proud member.

Dawn Dixon

executive director

Dawn has worked in the field of rehabilitation and social services for the past 25 years where she has worked in many capacities, including vocational rehabilitation counseling and program development and supervision.

Dawn worked in the capacity of President/CEO at Any Baby Can of San Antonio, Inc. for 14 years before creating ConnectAbility at Warm Springs, an initiative of the Warm Springs Foundation. 

Dawn grew up in the Houston area before relocating to San Antonio, which she has called home for the past 15 years. She is married with two children.

Michelle Richardson

Executive Assistant

Michelle has lived in San Antonio since mid-2016. It is her 2nd favorite place to live besides her beloved home state of Tennessee.

Michelle divides her time and responsibilities between ConnectAbility and The Warm Springs Foundation as the Executive Assistant to both organizations. She has a passion for service to her community and uses her administrative and organizational skills to be an asset to the team.

She is the mother of 6 children, 2 dogs, and a hedgehog.

Sheila Brown


Shelia is the Support Group and Peer Mentoring Coordinator and for ConnectAbility. She grew up moving frequently and is now proud to call San Antonio her home.

In 2002, Shelia became a quadriplegic. Not knowing much about her new disability, she quickly discovered the need for a Spinal Cord Injury support group in San Antonio. She started San Antonio’s first Spinal Cord Injury support group at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital in 2004. She coordinates many support groups and is an advocate for the disability community.

Ashley Longoria


Ashley was born and raised in Laredo but has called San Antonio her home for 16 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Mary’s University.

Ashley joined ConnectAbility in 2017 and currently serves as the Care Coordinator Supervisor. She is married and has two children.

Lisa Morin


Growing up in a small town with few resources, Lisa developed an interest in advocacy, social services, and the barriers that keep people from being able to access the services that they need.

Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from St. Edward’s University in Austin, and after living there for several years, returned to San Antonio which brought her closer to her family and her home town of Cotulla. Lisa has been a Care Coordinator with ConnectAbility since 2018 and looks forward to continuing to help connect people with the resources that they need in order to thrive.

She and her boyfriend share their home with their sweet dog and two bossy cats.

Vinerys Rodriguez


Having had the opportunity to live in many parts of the world growing up, Vinerys developed a passion for diversity. She has extensive experience working directly with families enrolled in various community-based programs, working toward improving health and preventing disparities in care.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and her Master’s Degree in Health and Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Vinerys enjoys being able to play a supportive role in assisting families in need.

San Antonio has been her home for the past 14 years. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and meeting new people.

Bet Alvarez

Care Coordinator

Originally from Southern Arizona, Bet has enjoyed building their life in San Antonio for the past 5 years.

Throughout their life, Bet has participated in social and political advocacy addressing the systemic barriers affecting the social determinants of health.  They are passionate about connecting people with needed resources and providing quality client-centered care.

Bet earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and has worked in social services and case management since 2015. On the weekends you can catch Bet hiking with their dogs and paddle boarding on the river.

Armando Alvarado

Care Coordinator

Armando is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston, and living in San Antonio for the past 13 years. Having parents who both work in public service, Armando learned from an early age the importance of serving the community and helping people who are in need.

Armando earned a Bachelor’s Degree at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

Armando has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years for such companies as Baylor College of Medicine and Baptist Health System. He has extensive experience in healthcare administration, quality reporting, and durable medical equipment manufacturing and sales, specializing in personal mobility equipment and home access and patient care equipment.

He is married with two children and enjoys baseball, football, movies, and music.