Kercida McClain


Kercida has a BA from the University of Texas. She has been in ministry professionally for 3 decades. She has worked in and with all sizes of congregations as well as being a writer and consultant for the United Methodist Publishing House. She was a part of the launch team that brought Project Transformation to Rio Texas and was chairman of the board until taking the Director position in November, 2016.
She speaks French, Church, Spanish, Children, Hebrew, Italian and Sign Language.
She is married to Reverend Jim McClain, has three children, six grands, and believes “they are all our children.” And… She rides a scooter.

Mary Flannigan

Senior Director of Operations & Impact

Mary Flannigan joined PT Rio Texas as our new Senior Director of Operations & Impact in May 2020. Mary has previously worked at San Antonio Youth Literacy where she worked with community partners and oversaw the organization’s communications and marketing efforts. She brings over fifteen years of nonprofit experience and is passionate about literacy and engaging the community. Having grown up as a struggling reader, Mary knows firsthand the impact a caring adult can make on a child. From a kid who hated to read, Mary now calls herself a reader, making it a goal to read at least twenty books each year. When not reading, Mary can be found hiking the local trails, traveling and hanging with her fur children, Mr. Wilson and Darcy.

Journey Riggs

Recruitment & Connections Director

Journey Riggs received a BA in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 2021 and is pursuing a MA in Sociology with completion in May 2023. During her academic career, Journey's desire to serve communities in need was cultivated and flourished during her time as a Project Transformation intern in 2021. She has spent her college years devoted to bringing awareness to the impacts that the social institutions of race, class, and gender have on human interaction. Her knowledge and previous experiences have equipped her with a robust toolkit for connecting with college-aged individuals. Journey believes in building authentic relationships for the advancement of vulnerable populations and strives to implement this in her everyday life. She will continue to do this as the Recruitment and Connections Director at Project Transformation Rio Texas!

Tori Frias

Communications & Development Strategist

Victoria “Tori” Frias has a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and will be the new Communications and Development Strategist for Project Transformation in the Rio Grande Valley. Tori has lived in the Rio Grande Valley her entire life and has the drive to love and serve others. With years of experience with many churches and ministries in the Valley, she carries knowledge in Marketing and Communications that she is excited to utilize with Project Transformation. Tori’s passion for helping nonprofits and giving back to communities is why she believes PT is the perfect place to do what she loves.

Jaella Mac Au

Virtual Afterschool Program Assistant

Jaella is a Human Development Family Sciences major at the University of Georgia. Jaella loves to ice skate and roller blade. She is so excited for this opportunity with Project Transformation because she has seen the powerful nature of reading. Reading breaks open imaginations!

Skanda Hebbale

Virtual Afterschool Program Assistant

Skanda is a student at University of Texas San Antonio studying Biology with plans to attend medical school. Skanda enjoys playing funky music on his saxophone! He hopes to have a positive impact on his community in the future, not only as a good doctor but also as a good father, neighbor, and person.
Skanda is excited to be a part of the PT team for the second year so he can promote literacy in children and enable volunteers to make transformative, lifelong impacts. His goal is to enable volunteers as they help kids to build their literacy and critical thinking skills so children are able to communicate their perspectives and live successful, fulfilling lives.