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 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.
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PEER MENTORING COORDINATOR
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 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.
Although he has lived in many different places, James has called San Antonio his home for over 20 years. James earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio in 2002.
During his 12 years as an Occupational Therapist, James saw first hand the challenges that individuals and their families experience as they journey through the healthcare system. He now uses that experience to help individuals and their families with ConnectAbility.
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.
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.
Laurel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University.
She has worked in the social services field for over ten years. Laurel has lived in seven U.S. states, five Latin American countries and in South Korea.
She has called San Antonio home since 2018 and enjoys spending time with her partner and their two cats and two dogs.