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.
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.
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.
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 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.