About Us

For over 30 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.

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 innovative solutions that assist in overcoming obstacles and barriers.

Our Impact

For 30 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


Cathy Valdez


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Dexter Moon

Chief Operations Officer

Ext 6224

Kristy Walston

Chief Development Officer

Ext 6304

Barbara Garza

Finance Manager

Ext 6232


Michael Darilek

Program Manager

Ext 6229

Alec Swierc, MPA

Development & Grant Coordinator

Cassie Guerrero

Community Engagement Coordinator

Ext. 6304

Margie Lechler

Operations Assistant

Ext 6227

David Lopez

Case Worker

Ext 6233

Eli Flores

Lead DME Specialist

Ext 6305

Kaeani Covington, DME


Carlos Gomez

Inventory Specialist

Donna Perez

Donna Perez

Warehouse Technician

Rudy Rosas

Rudy Rosas

DME Handler

Carey Quackenbush, Board Member

Carey Quackenbush


Partner & Chief Ideation Officer, GDC Marketing & Ideation

William Phillips

Vice Chair

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

Paul Wobser, Board Member

Paul Wobser


CPA, Akin, Doherty, Klein, and Fuege

Alexine Friedman

Secretary of the Board

Associate, Jackson Walker, LLP

Ana Allegretti, Ph.D, OTR, ATP

Associate Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy, UT Health San Antonio

Shelia Brown


Support Group & Peer Mentoring Coordinator

Kyle E. Buckley


LMSW; Social Worker
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio

Eduardo Di Loreto


Operations/Project Manager Parra & Co.

Jaime Fernandez


Strategic Innovation Director , USAA

Kailyn Flosi


RN; Infusion Registered Nurse Paragon Healthcare
Kenneth Houston

Kenneth Houston

Director of Supply Chain Operations

Health Trust, Methodist Specialty & Transplant Hospital

Amanda G Munoz

Amanda Munoz

WellMed Medical Management

Clinic Growth Associate

Krystal K. Nerio, PhD


President, Prosperitus Solutions

Cathy Valdez, CEO

Cathy Valdez, CEO


Project MEND


Walkers with Wheels

Shower Chairs

Power Chairs

Hospital Beds

Hoyer Lift





Tub Transfer Benches