Board Of Directors

Tom Oney, President
Frank Livaudais, Vice President
Zachary Smith, Treasurer
Meera Krishnan, Secretary
Gemma Marangoni Ainslie
Krupa Bala
Marcy Carpenter
Cami Cobb
Zeina El-Azzi
Kathy Green
Caroline Haley
Ben Johnson
Cory Laurel
Bruce McCandless III
Grayson McDaniel
Hema Mullur
Jackie Rangel
Natalie Seeboth
Maya Smart
Roosevelt Weeks, ex officio
Kellie Weir
Kristen Worrall

Library Foundation Staff

Tim Staley, Executive Director
Cecily Sailer, Programs & Events Director
Katelin Kelly, Programs Coordinator

 

 

Board of Directors Biographies

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie is a psychologist-psychoanalyst practicing in Austin. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has written and presented in local, national, and international venues on psychoanalysis and the arts (poetry and film), imagination, and play. Gemma contributed to the book Psychoanalytic Reflections on a Gender-Free Case, and she is the books editor for Psychoanalytic Review.

Krupa Bala is a Business Lead at Facebook, where she manages communications and develops business solutions for North American clients. Prior to joining Facebook in 2012, Krupa was the Student Programs Manager at National Instruments. She holds a BA in Government from The University of Texas, where she was also a Plan II Honors student, and spent a semester in Washington, DC, as an Archer Fellow. Krupa spent much of her childhood at her neighborhood library in Richardson, Texas. She and her husband want to instill the same love of libraries and books in their young son.

Marcy Carpenter developed her love for libraries while earning her BS and MS in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She and her husband, Jeff, moved to in Austin in 1998, where they're now raising their two children. Marcy's professional history includes working as an archeologist in Spain, teaching fitness classes, and managing complex software implementations. She volunteers her spare time at her children's school, Acton Academy, as well as at many charities, including Austin Pets Alive, where her family recently adopted the newest family member, Bizzy (a Redbone Coonhound).

Cami Cobb graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Public Relations and worked at Manning, Selvage & Lee in New York before moving back to Austin, where she opened a high-end clothing boutique in the 2ndStreet District. After having two very cute and energetic children, she decided to focus on her family. Now, with both kids in school, she's increased her involvement with local nonprofits. In addition to serving on the Library Foundation Board, Cami is a leadership council member for the Andy Roddick Foundation, member of Black Fret, member of Ubuntu Life, and volunteers for the Miracle Foundation. Along with her husband, Brian, the most avid audiobook listener among the clan, the whole family loves to spend time at the Central Library. The biggest challenge is limiting the number of books they check out!

Zeina El-Azzi is a self-professed energy nerd doing everything she can to change the way the world thinks about energy. She is co-founder of Brightmark Energy, which works in the development, origination, and acquisition of power generation projects. Zeina has more than 17 years of renewable energy experience. She has successfully brought solar, wind, and other generation projects to fruition in the US and Canada, as well as across the globe. Zeina graduated with honors from the University of Texas with an MA and BA. She has lived in Austin since 1994 and is married to an amazing educator, Ken. Together, they have two children and make regular use of Austin's wonderful libraries.

Kathy Green is the Texas Director for No Kid Hungry, which provides advocacy, fundraising, and awareness around child hunger. Kathy is a long-time Austin resident, and serves on the board of Generation Citizen, as well as many Austin ISD councils and working groups. Kathy spends her free time with her three teenagers, enjoying all that Austin and the Hill Country have to offer. One of her fondest childhood memories is going to story time with her mom at the Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Caroline Haley works for an Austin-based developer on multi-family projects in South Florida. She is married to Brian Haley, and they have one daughter. She loves public libraries and is thrilled to be involved with The Library Foundation Board.

Ben Johnson is an attorney with Freescale Semiconductor.

Meera Krishnan, Board Secretary, is an attorney with the Texas Legislative Council. She has been a proud Austin Public Library cardholder since the age of nine, when her family moved to Austin, and she loves being involved with The Library Foundation. She earned her B.A. from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cory Laurel is a Realtor and Luxury Home Marketing Specialist at Strub Residential. She is a native Texan and earned her BA in Molecular Biology from The University of Texas. Prior to practicing real estate, Cory was a lead chemist focusing on in-vitro diagnostics and pharmaceutical research for nearly ten years. She is a mentor with Explore Austin and co-founder of Love Thy Neighbor Refugee Fundraiser. Cory and her partner, Lydia, live in East Travis Heights with their two dogs, Quinn and Bisbee. When she's not reading, you can find Cory gardening, playing tennis, biking, enjoying Lady Bird Lake, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and loved ones.

Frank Livaudais, Board Vice President, is also Vice President of Engineering for OutboundEngine, a marketing automation software company in downtown Austin. An avid runner and reader, he has run more than 200 marathons (including races in all 50 U.S. states, six countries, and on four continents). Frank tries to read 100+ books a year. He lives in Austin with his wife Shelley and son Christopher and two very naughty vizslas.

Bruce McCandless III practices administrative law as a partner in the Austin office of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard PLLC. He has also written two novels, Sour Lake (2011) and Color War (2014), and is an avid runner and reader. He lives in Austin with his wife Pati and two daughters, Emma and Carson.

Hema Mullur is an Emmy award-winning anchor at CBS Austin News. Hema attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Plan II Honors and Broadcast Journalism.

Tom Oney, Board President, currently serves as the General Counsel for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). LCRA, overseeing LCRA’s Legal, Environmental Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, and Regulatory Compliance departments. Tom also advocates before the Texas Legislature on behalf of LCRA and led LCRA’s public policy strategy during the 2015 and 2017 Texas legislative sessions. Prior to joining LCRA, Tom served as Vice President of Regulatory Law for Energy Future Holdings in Dallas. Tom was also a partner in the Dallas office of Hunton & Williams LLP, where his practice focused on state and federal regulatory and legislative matters for Fortune 500 energy clients. Tom was born and raised in Waco, Texas, and received his BA in political science from Baylor University. He received his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law in 1999. Tom also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Green Doors, a nonprofit committed to provide housing for the homeless in Central Texas.

A native of New Orleans, Natalie Seeboth moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas, and has enjoyed the city and its amazing growth ever since. As associate director of education giving for the Austin Theatre Alliance, she works closely with education and literacy organizations, as well as the nonprofit community of Austin. Natalie and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters, and she is actively involved in both of their schools. On weekends, you can find their family on the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk, at the Alamo Drafthouse, or at the library!

Maya Smart, a transplant from Richmond, Virginia, is a writer, book reviewer, and lover of books. A previous business journalist, she now enjoys blogging about her life as a working mother, wife, and community activist. In addition to serving on The Library Foundation Board, Maya has shared her expertise with the organization as a moderator for the New Fiction Confab.

Zachary Smith, Board Treasurer, is an attorney with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Kellie Zesch Weir is a portfolio manager for Brown Advisory, where she provides individuals, families, and institutions with strategic investment solutions and advice. Prior to this role, Kellie led alternative investment research at a family office in New York. She began her career as an investment consultant at Cambridge Associates in Washington, DC. Kellie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a CFA charterholder. Kellie loves reading and enjoys visiting and attending activities with her young children at the Austin Public Library’s Howson Branch.

Kristen Worrall is a Lead Recruiter at Google, managing a team that recruits top talent for the technology company. Her husband's job led them to relocate to Austin in July 2014. Kristen has more than 15 years of experience in technology and leadership recruiting. Prior to her role at Google, Kristen managed the technology recruiting organization at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore for nearly ten years. She holds a BA in English Literature from Michigan State University. Kristen is mom to two boys, Field and Peter, and is actively involved in her local elementary PTA. She has long loved all things literary, spanning from her sixth-grade championship "Battle of the Books" team to tutoring fellow students at her college's writing center. She also loves cooking, parties, live music, Spartans football and basketball, reading, writing, gardening, yoga, and living a really full life.