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 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.
Meg Myers received her BA from Dallas Baptist University in 2017 after being in the workforce and realizing college was the best career option. Meg previously worked in education as a reading K-2 teacher. In addition, Meg has over ten years of experience writing curriculum and directing children’s programming and has a passion for child development. Meg strives for everyone she works with to be supported in their God-given talents and abilities. Meg's love of books, children, and college makes her the perfect Project Transformation Program 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!
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.