Library Foundation Staff
Tim Staley, Executive Director
Katherine Lamb, Programs Coordinator
Kendall Graham, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Board of Directors
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!
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 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.
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 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.
Ben 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.
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 Principal & Founder of Recalibrate, a workplace mental wellness provider that partners with global client organizations like Atlassian, Salesforce, McKinsey & Co, Whole Foods Market, Humana, and others to deliver a uniquely modern, science-backed, and realistic approach to mental wellness for busy professionals. Prior to starting Recalibrate in 2018, Gloria led a career in management consulting as a Senior Engagement Manager, specializing in technology strategy and implementation for Fortune 500 clients. Gloria’s education includes Coherence Therapy Training 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.
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!
Rachel Sheriff is Global Vice President 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.
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.