About Us

For over 29 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 innovative solutions that assist in overcoming obstacles and barriers.

Our Impact

For 29 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


Ext 6223

Kristy Walston

Kristy Walston

Chief Development Officer

Ext 6304

Barbara Garza

Finance Manager

Ext 6232

Allie Rodriguez

Director of Programs

Ext 6229

Manuel Becker

Manuel Becker

DME Handler

Eli Flores

Eli Flores

Lead DME Specialist

Ext 6305

Mario Ochoa

Mario Ochoa

DME Specialist

Ext 6315

Margie Lechler

Operations Assistant

Ext 6227

Kyle Weckerly

Kyle Weckerly

Grant Writer

Ext 6234

Lee McKenna, Board Secretary

Lee McKenna


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


CPA, Akin, Doherty, Klein, and Fuege

Alexine Friedman

Secretary of the Board

Associate, Jackson Walker, LLP

Shelia Brown


Support Group & Peer Mentoring Coordinator

Kyle E. Buckley


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

Marcie Casas, Board Member

Marcie Casas


Chief Culture Officer, GDC Marketing & Ideation

Trina Cortez


AAA Assistant Director and Alamo Area Council of Governments

Eduardo Di Loreto


Operations/Project Manager Parra & Co.

Jaime Fernandez


Strategic Innovation Director , USAA

Kailyn Flosi


RN; Infusion Registered Nurse Paragon Healthcare

Hana Kapasi


Business Analyst Somerset Investments

Dexter Moon


Owner Log- Con, LLC & Business Strategy & Planning Director, USAA.

William Phillips


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

Kathy Rafferty


Retired USAA Foundation Project Manager and USAF Personnel Officer
Cathy Valdez, CEO

Cathy Valdez, CEO


Project MEND


Walkers with Wheels

Shower Chairs

Power Chairs

Hospital Beds

Hoyer Lift





Tub Transfer Benches