About Us

For over 27 years, Project MEND has a rich history rooted deep in San Antonio. Founded in 1992 by Murlin Johnson (1936-2007) and formally incorporated in 1993 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Project MEND, also known as the “Medical Equipment Network for those with Disabilities,” has been providing for the home medical equipment and assistive technology needs of persons with disabilities in San Antonio and around Texas.

Mr. Johnson was born with a rare progressive Vitamin D deficiency resulting in his inability to walk without assistance. While volunteering with the Texas Department of Human Services, Mr. Johnson observed a lack of medical equipment and knew that used medical equipment was often stored or discarded.

Seeing the need and the solution, our innovative medical equipment reuse program was born.

Our Mission

Project MEND is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and illness through the refurbishment, reuse and distribution of medical equipment and other assistive technology.

Our Vision

Believing that mobility and independence are basic human rights, Project MEND promotes the health and self-sufficiency of people living with disabilities or life-altering illness by providing innovate solutions that assist in overcoming obstacles and barriers.

Our Impact

For 27 years, Project MEND has provided medical equipment for the community’s most vulnerable people. Founded in 1992, Project MEND helps thousands of individuals in need acquire the right tools to overcome or better manage a disability.

Annual Growth

Project MEND engages in ongoing outreach and fundraising efforts to ensure program sustainability. Key to our success is developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, keeping informed of the needs of individuals living with disabilities, and strong strategic leadership through a diverse staff and board of directors. 85 cents of every donated dollar is invested back into our community.

Our Team

LEADERSHIP

Cathy Valdez

CEO

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Kate Phipps

Director of Operations

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Allie Rodriguez

Community Engagement Manager

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Franchesca Velten

Development Manager

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Freddie Zapata, Jr.

Distribution & Logistics Manager

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Barbara Garza

Bookeeper/Office Manager

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PROGRAM TEAM

Manuel Becker

DME Handler

Zophar Sifuentes

DME Handler

Alberto Colorado

DME Handler

Rick Garza

Warehouse Administrative Assistant

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Margie Lechler

Case Worker

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Mario Ochoa

DME Specialist

Gloria Travieso

Intake Specialist

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lee McKenna, Board Secretary

Lee McKenna

Chair

Senior Associate,STREAM Realty

Carey Quackenbush, Board Member

Carey Quackenbush

Vice Chair

Partner & Chief Ideation Officer, GDC Marketing & Ideation

Paul Wobser, Board Member

Paul Wobser

Treasurer

CPA, Akin, Doherty, Klein, and Fuege

Jaime Fernandez

Secretary of the Board

Executive Operational Planning Manager, USAA

Dexter Moon

Member

Owner Log- Con, LLC & Lead, Digital Product Manager, USAA

Marcie Casas, Board Member

Marcie Casas

Member

Chief Culture Officer, GDC Marketing & Ideation

Alexine Friedman

Member

Associate, Jackson Walker, LLP

Lexi Michael

Member

Senior Sales Operations Analyst, KCI

William Phillips

Member

Sr. Vice President, Chief Information Officer University Health System- Information Services

Cathy Valdez, CEO

Cathy Valdez, CEO

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