Library Foundation Staff
Tim Staley, Executive Director
Kerry McGuire, Development Manager
Katherine Lamb, Programs Manager
Board of Directors
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.
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 2nd Street 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!
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.
Sarah Keyton, Board Treasurer, is Associate Commissioner of Administration at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) where she is responsible for leading agency administration including financial services, human resources, information technologies, and state funding, Prior to joining the THECB, Sarah worked as the Vice Chancellor for State Relations for the Texas Tech University System and the Assistant Director of the Legislative Budget Board. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Houston and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Sarah, her husband Jeff, and their daughter Ivy all enjoy spending time at Austin libraries.
Cory Laurel is a Realtor and Luxury Home Marketing Specialist at Moreland Properties. 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 on the Board of Directors for the Austin Parks Foundation. Cory and her partner, Lydia, live in East Travis Heights with their three dogs. 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.
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.
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!
Jena Michels 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.
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.
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.
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!
Rachel Sheriff is SVP, Global Head of Customer Success at LogicMonitor. She has been in the local software scene since she moved to Austin from New York City in 2008. Rachel is a Louisiana native who drew her love of reading from Louisiana authors like Ernest Gains, Walker Percy, John Kennedy Toole and yes, she may have read an Anne Rice book or two! Rachel and her husband, Taadeh, live in West Lake Hills in a 1960’s Mid-Century Modern “fixer upper” with their three children, Alexander, Susannah and Graham and awfully cute Golden Retriever puppy, Mitty.