Board of Directors

Katrina Brooks is the owner of Black Pearl Books, an independent Austin bookstore promoting diversity, inclusion, and representation through literature.

Krista Callaghan is the North American Market HR lead for Google and one of the Austin Site Leads. In this role, she leads a team that navigates the people issues relating to the unique needs of a region, country or office (e.g. state-specific laws or growth strategies). Krista is an attorney by background and has her JD/MPH from University of Michigan. She is proud to call Austin home and spends most of her time outside work chasing her three kids and as their personal chauffeur.

Kathy Green is the Director of Outreach and Advocacy for AARP Texas. Kathy is a long-time Austin resident, and is a member of the Women's Symphony League 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.

Katherine Kroll is the Director of ESG Research and Strategy. She is responsible for ESG integration, adoption and research across Brown Advisory’s institutional equity investment strategies. Additionally, she leads the ESG engagement strategy and supports the expansion of sustainable investment solutions at Brown Advisory. She was recognized as SRI’s “30 Under 30” sustainable investing professionals, Kayo’s “23 Women to Watch in ‘23” and was a leader of Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE). She is a graduate of the University of Vermont where she studied environmental studies and University of Texas where she received her MBA from McCombs.

Revlynn Lawson is an attorney and government relations professional with over 25 years of experience, holding notable positions such as Committee Director for the State of Texas House Committee on County Affairs and Western Region Development Director for the United Negro College Fund. A proud 5th generation Texan, Revlynn actively contributes to The Links and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Along with The Library Foundation, she serves as a Board Member for Breakthrough Central Texas and the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Social Work. She received her Juris Doctor from Washington University Law School in St. Louis. Revlynn resides in Austin with her black Labrador retriever, Zora.

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.

Benjamin Manwaring is a lifelong lover of libraries and books. He started his career as a high school English teacher through Teach for America.  Moving to Austin in 2006, Ben earned an MBA in UT Austin. His career since has spanned consulting, investments, and technology at Austin companies like Vista, Amherst, and Dell. Currently Ben is the Chief Revenue Officer at Inc-Query. Ben and his partner, Daniel, are regularly at the Central Library finding new reads or showing friends around Austin's most significant public space.

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.

Garry Merritt is the CEO of Great Springs Project, a Central Texas nonprofit working to connect a 100+ mile hike and bike trail network from Austin to San Antonio and conserve land over the Recharge Zone of the Edwards Aquifer. He is from Leakey, Texas, and a graduate of Rice University and University of Texas School of Law. Prior to the Great Springs Project, Garry served as Real County Judge, General Counsel and Legislative Director of Texas Association of Counties, and Team Counsel for the Houston Rockets. He has two young-adult children, is an active hiker and trail runner, and cannot resist a small town bookstore.

Meera Merrill, Board Secretary, is an attorney for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. She earned her BA in History and Political Science from Rice University, and her JD from the University of Texas at Austin. Meera has been a proud Austin Public Library cardholder since the age of nine, when her family moved to Austin. Meera and her husband Patrick enjoy reading (of course), crosswords, and building/playing their board game collection!

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, oversees LCRA’s Human Resources team and all of LCRA’s public-facing and advocacy functions, including Communications, Community Resources, Environmental Affairs, Public Affairs and Regulatory Affairs. Tom also advocates before the Texas Legislature on behalf of LCRA and led LCRA’s public policy team during the 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023 Texas legislative sessions. Before joining LCRA in 2014, Tom served as vice president of Regulatory Law and chief compliance officer for Vistra Energy in Dallas, Texas. Before joining Vistra Energy in 2008, Tom was a partner in the Dallas office of Hunton Andrews Kirth LLP, where his practice focused primarily on state and federal regulatory and legislative matters for Fortune 500 energy clients. Tom was born and raised in Waco, Texas, and received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Baylor University in 1996. He received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 1999. Tom currently represents LCRA on the board of directors of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Green Doors, an award-winning nonprofit benefitting homeless people in Central Texas.

Gloria Chan Packer is a mental wellness educator, TEDx speaker, experienced corporate leader, and the Principal & Founder of Recalibrate. Recalibrate is a leading workplace mental wellness provider that delivers a uniquely modern, science-backed, and realistic approach to mental wellness learning for busy professionals. Since its establishment in 2018, Recalibrate has worked with tens of thousands of employees across client organizations worldwide. Prior to Recalibrate, Gloria led an established career in management consulting as a Senior Engagement Manager specializing in technology strategy and implementation for Fortune 500 clients. Gloria founded Recalibrate after an unexpected medical battle forced her to re-examine her relationship with stress, inspiring her to improve mental health education by promoting science over stigma. Gloria's training and education includes various psychotherapy educational trainings with Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Austin, Mindfulness Teacher Training from The Mindfulness Center in Washington, D.C., Executive Education from Columbia Business School, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jackie Rangel is the creator of Read Write Austin (@readwriteaustin), and is a literary organizer and community-builder with involvement in The Library Foundation, American Short Fiction, and numerous other literary initiatives.

Natalie Seeboth has been an Austin resident since 1996, and has enjoyed being part of the thriving nonprofit community of the city since 2004. As director of development for Conspirare, Austin's own Grammy winning choral ensemble, Natalie works closely with the cultural arts organizations and funders who help our community thrive. She and her husband are parents to two teenage daughters, and can often be found riding around town on their bikes, supporting the Ann Richards School track team, and checking out many books from the Carver branch of APL!

Jena Stude, Interim Treasurer, is Vice President of Development at Good + West Residential.Prior to joining Good + West in 2021, Jena was an Investment Manager at Blueprint Local, a real estate private equity firm, overseeing direct real estate investments in Texas.Before Blueprint Local, Jena was an Associate Director at the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) from 2013-2019.Jena previously held similar positions at Ascension Health, a large non-profit hospital system based in St. Louis, Missouri and the University of Arizona Investment Office.Jena holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona.

Amy Borgstedte Wood is the Principal Consultant at Borgstedte Consulting, PLLC, providing legislative consulting services. Previously she was the General Counsel for the Legislative Budget Board. Amy came to Austin to attend the University of Texas School of Law and never left. She is a lifelong lover of books, reading, and libraries and considers passing this love on to her daughters as one of her most important parenting achievements. In her spare time she can be found chauffeuring her daughters to various activities while listening to audiobooks.

Library Foundation Staff

Tim Staley, Executive Director
Katherine Lamb, Programs Manager
Michelle Meza, Development Coordinator