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About Us

Our Mission & History

Any Baby Can services are provided at no cost – regardless of income – to families who have a child, birth through 21 years of age with a chronic illness, disability, developmental delay, or health risk.  The child must reside in either Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Medina, Real, Uvalde, or Wilson County.

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We believe...

The child can be saved without losing the family

The family and child are part of a dynamic system and our focus is on the needs of the family, all of which either directly or indirectly affect the child. In serving the family, we serve the child.

In a world of complex and fast pace medicine, families of children who are chronically and critically ill should have access to support

Our local complex system of health care and human services offers a wealth of assistance. Unfortunately, navigating this service system can be an overwhelming task for many families. We believe that with support, encouragement, and assistance, families can overcome any obstacles they face.

Every child deserves a chance at a better life

All children should be accepted, appreciated, and loved; receive proper nutrition, adequate health care, education, and all the things that will give him or her a chance for a healthy life.

All children can reach their full potential

Children born with a chronic illness, complex medical needs, or other special needs are entitled to a happy, full life and, given the needed resources, will reach their maximum potential.

History of Any Baby Can

Our Story

In 1982 Marian Sokol, Ph.D., a special needs teacher, saw a great need among the families she served.  With a small grant and in a trailer behind Santa Rosa Hospital, she began her mission of helping families with children who had a chronic illness, disability or developmental delay.

To her surprise she received over 500 phone calls for help within the first six months and realized there was indeed a great need in this community for case management support and information on how families could receive help in time of hardship.  Fast forward 30 years later and here Any Baby Can is today still doing much of what Dr. Sokol did but with expanded services to address the ever-growing needs in our community.

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Board of Directors

Executive Directors


Pallavi Chintapalli Nemani


Stacy Thibodeaux
Owner, Fantastic Sams – Arbor Park


Marcel Theriot
Vice President of Finance, Generations Federal Credit Union


John Luce, PE, COL. (RET) 
President, Orion Construction Co., Inc.


Tracie Bailey

Community Supporter, Boerne ISD

Elyse Bernal

President & CEO, Any Baby Can

Duane Bunce

Senior Business Group Counsel, Zachry Industrial, Inc.

Catherine Carroll

Attorney, Law Offices of Carroll and Hinojosa, PLLC

Juli Henderson

Immediate Past Chairman of the Board, Owner and Operator, JH Voice Studio

Kate Himes

Vice President of Loan Servicing, Generations Federal Credit Union

Marlee Kutzer

Business Banking Associate, Amegy Bank

Louis Labatt

Senior Manager, CPS Energy

Matthew Lawrence

Vice President, Capital Markets, Howard Energy Partners

Mari Mitchell

Relator/Broker, Mitchell Realty

Dr. Rayford

Family Practitioner and Medical Director, Atascosa Health Center

Olivia Ortiz

CEO, Burnt Nopal and COO, Cruz Ortiz Art

Kathleen O’Shea

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors

Sandra Salinas

Human Resources Coordinator Law Offices of George Salinas


K 3 Construction

President's Council

Richard M. Byrd

Community Member

Craig Donegan, Ph.D.

Manager, Donco Investments, Inc.

D’Ann Harper

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors

Gregory Hudspeth, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Department of Social Science, St. Phillips College

Craig A. Stanich

Vice President Intermediate Feedstocks & Fuel Oil Marketing, Valero

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Major Donors

Any Baby Can extends deepest appreciation to the many private and public donors who support our mission.  Without community support such as this, Any Baby Can simply could not provide services to over 5,000 individuals each year.  Thank you.

Ready to become a major donor?

To learn more please contact Veronica Jaime, our Chief Development Officer at (210) 547-3012

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Employee Directory



Elyse A. Bernal
Chief Executive Officer


Crystal Calvillo
Chief Program Officer


Ednita Galvan
Chief Grants Officer


Veronica Jaime
Chief Development Officer


Blanca Rodriguez
Chief Financial Officer


Ana Cotton

Autism Services Director

TJ McBride

Information Technology Director

Kelly Mumma

Finance/HR Director

Bianca Munoz

Prescription Service Director

Vicki Villafana

Case Management Director

Team Members

Laura Alvarez

Mission Specialist

Lauren Benavides

Development Manager

Priscilla Davila

PAP Advocate - New Braunfels

Maria De Jesus

Case Manager

Katya Finta

Austim Services Education Specialist

Ciara Gonzalez

PAP Advocate

Delia Hernandez

PAP Advocate

Desiree Holmes

Case Manager Child Infant & Care Loss

Elisa Luna

Client Enrollment Specialist

Priscilla Ornelas-Owens

Case Manager - Children's Hospital of SA

Suzanne Pekarek

Case Manager - New Braunfels

Doshie Piper

Data Specialist

Shirley Ramirez

Austim Services Administrative Assistant

Angie Ramos

Quality Assurance Case Manager - New Braunfels

Melanie Rios

Lead Case Manager

Donna Sanchez

Senior Accountant

Crystal Torres

Development Specialist

Rachel Vargas-Trevino

Autism Services Client Specialist