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.
Kaci has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on Literacy and Special Education, from the University of the Incarnate Word, and holds a teacher certification for K-6. Kaci was the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for the summer of 2016. After completing her degree and student teaching in the San Antonio ISD, she accepted this position because she believes so deeply in the mission of Project Transformation. Kaci's passion for growing healthy children, shaping young leaders, and exploring the Christian faith is apparent in her love of all things PT.
Mitchel is originally from Baton Rouge Louisiana, and he attended Louisiana State University where he earned a BS in Sport Administration. He has been a part of the Project Transformation at both the North Texas and Rio Texas chapters. At PT North Texas, he served as an elementary intern in the summer of 2013, a youth intern in the summers of 2014 and 2015, a Site Coordinator for the 2015-16 after school program and summer of 2016, and a Program Quality Coach for the summer of 2017. He also served as a Program Quality coach for PT Rio Texas in the summer of 2018. Mitchel's current calling is to assist college-age young adults in discerning their calling and understanding how they can use their gifts and knowledge base to improve their community, and PT Rio Texas is the perfect place for him to fulfill that calling.
Brittani is currently working on her BA in Communication Studies with a Public Relations Minor and TESOL Certificate from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Brittani was a College and Career Mentor for two high schools in Corpus Christi, where she was able to work directly with students to help them achieve their goals. After serving as Site Coordinator in summer 2019 with PT Rio Texas, Brittani took this job because she deeply believes in the mission and impact that Project Transformation has on its surrounding communities. Deeply rooted in the United Methodist Church, Brittani has been serving in different capacities in the UMC and believes that everyone has unique talents and abilities to share with the world. Brittani will work part time as she completes her degree. You can reach her at RGVCoordinator@riotexas.org
My name is Naika Etienne. I am an After School Program Assistant at Project Transformation Rio Texas. I’m originally from Haiti. I speak Haitian Creole and I can understand French. Right now I’m a senior at University of the Incarnate Word studying psychology with a minor in sociology. I am being called by God to be at Project Transformation to build on my leadership skills and to be a mentor to kids. I’m excited to be with Project Transformation and can’t wait to meet all of you.