Meet the Abrazo Staff

LEADING THE ABRAZO TEAM…

Meet the AbrazoChicks, as our alumni have fondly nicknamed us. We’re open adoption professionals with a wealth of experience in this field (personal and professional) and for our staff, adoption is not merely a job, but rather, a calling. We do it all, from counseling to casework to stork runs and diaper changes, and we love what we do, because we love the parents and children we serve.

APRIL BEATY-SAVOY, M.B.A.
Maternity Services Coordinator

April worked for Abrazo for five years while earning her Sociology degree, then joined the Army, earned her Master’s degree and saw the world as a medic before coming home to Abrazo to head up our Maternity Services. April is the proud mom of two handsome sons, and is also the birthmother of a set of twin girls who were placed through Abrazo and are now teenagers. In her spare time, April loves scuba-diving, popcorn and M&Ms and playing paintball with her kids. (April’s email is asavoy@abrazo.org.)

ELIZABETH JURENOVICH, M.S., L.C.P.A.A., L.P.C., L.M.F.T.
Executive Director/Founder

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from Trinity University, and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University (both in San Antonio). She is a Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and a Certified Professional Open Adoption Practitioner. She began her adoption career in 1987. A single mother of two sons in middle school, Elizabeth enjoys playing the piano, armchair politics, and retail therapy. (Elizabeth’s email is elizabeth@abrazo.org.)

XIMENA HUERTA MEDINA, M.A.
Counseling Services

Ximena began as a Master’s level counseling intern, and she was such a joy to have around, we made her a staff member. Ximena, who is bilingual, provides counseling and casework services for all of Abrazo’s clients and facilitates our birthparent support group, as well. A newlywed and a marathon runner, Ximena is originally from Mexico and enjoys doing arts and crafts in her free time. (Ximena’s email is xmedina@abrazo.org.)