The story behind the people behind the desks...
Library Director: Donita Carlquist-Ward Email Donita
Donita has been with the Wells Branch Community Library since 2002, serving first as the Children's Librarian and as Director since 2004. She moved to Wells Branch in 2000 where she received her MLS from Texas Woman's University. Donita is kept busy with her 3 children- one in college, one in the marching band, and one in diapers. She enjoys quiet evenings at home with her husband, live theater, and trying new restaurants- preferably those with extensive dessert menus.
Administrative Assistant/ Bookkeeper: Karen Mustard Email Karen
Karen Mustard was born in Alamogordo, New Mexico and eventually moved to El Paso, Texas. As soon as she could (at 18) she moved to Austin where she settled down. Currently, her extended family includes 1 husband, 2 children, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses, a donkey and a goat. She received her Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. On her off time she enjoys all sorts of creative things, jewelry making, various art projects, sprinkler systems and writing computer applications for personal use. She even plays drums every now and then (never turns down a good jam session). When she's not busy with projects she can be found on the couch with a good spy novel.
Children's Librarian: Kristin Johnson Email Kristin
Kristin grew up in south Austin, and has been with the Wells Branch Community Library since 2008. She graduated from Southwestern University with a B.S. in Communication Studies, then received her Masters of Library and Information Science and Youth Librarianship Certification from the University of North Texas. Kristin loves children's literature, cookbooks, comics, and graphic novels. She loves reading, doing crafts, cooking, and spending time with with her husband and dogs.
Circulation Supervisor: Natalee Corbett Email Natalee
Natalee grew up in the wilds of West Texas. After 22 years in the desert, she had had quite enough of pump jacks and tumbleweeds, so she packed up and headed east for the deep, deep south. Natalee received her BA in History from the University of Georgia in 2005. She's happily served as Circulation Supervisor at Wells Branch Community Library since 2007. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, hanging out with her dog, and winning at Words with Friends.
Adult Program & Service Librarian: Brittany Hecker Email Brittany
Brittany was born in Waco, Texas and raised in Round Rock. Growing up, she always had her nose in a book, so no one was surprised when she announced her intention to become a librarian. She is currently working towards a Master's degree in Library Science. When not working or studying, she is usually hiking, reading fantasy, science and history books, or watching classic TV and movies.
Library Associate, Technical Services: Leah Cossette Email Leah
Leah was born and raised in Austin, and has been a volunteer at Wells Branch Library since 2010. She is currently pursuing a career in overseas missions work. When she isn't working or reading the classics, she enjoys writing and spending time with family.
Library Associate, Volunteer Services: Katrina O'Keefe Email Katrina
Katrina was born in El Paso but managed to grow up all over the world thanks to being an Army brat. In 2001 she wound up in Round Rock. In 2012 she graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in History and in 2014 got her Masters of Information Science from the University of North Texas. Katrina and her husband are often seen acting with a respected local theater troupe, teaching at Renaissance European re-enactments,or just trying out new places to eat. She loves to read sci-fi, mysteries, knitting books, and biographies of historical women. Katrina is staff for three cats and sometimes a college-aged child.
Library Associate, Adult Services: Jeff Londeree Email Jeff
A native Dallasite, Jeff spent a large part of his adolescence volunteering at the local library, reenacting the Spanish-American War and making photographs in the community college darkroom. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history and French from Roanoke College in 2009. He and his beautiful wife married in May 2013 and moved to Austin soon after. Jeff enjoys cooking, classic cocktails, swing dancing and vintage clothing of the 1920s to the 1950s.
Library Associate, Youth Services: Linda Lam Email Linda
Linda was born and raised in Austin, TX, and recently graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A. in Education. One of the most important things to know about Linda is that she loves penguins and will enjoy almost anything related to penguins! She enjoys listening to music (specifically, but not limited to, K-pop), reading children's books and manga, watching Asian dramas, random dancing, arts and crafts, knitting, a nice nap on a good day, and spending time with friends, family, and pets.
Library Assistant: Hannah Quintana Email Hannah
Hannah lived in the Corpus Christi until moving to Austin in the summer of 2009. A year later she began volunteering at the Wells Branch Library and she joined the staff in 2011. Hannah graduated from Connally High School in 2014 and is pursuing an Art degree with specialization in game art at ACC. She is also a giant video game, Manga and Greek Mythology nerd.
Library Assistant: Tatiana Alvarez Email Tati
Tati is a proud Texas native who has lived in Austin most of her life. She is currently studying Secondary Education at Concordia University in hopes of one day fulfilling her life long dream of becoming a high school English teacher. In her free time, when she is not juggling school and work, Tati enjoys reading young adult novels and spending time with the people that mean the most to her.
Library Assistant: Nathaniel Hailu Email Nathaniel
Summer Reading Assistant:Kelsey Baker Email Kelsey
Kelsey, a Dallas transplant, is in the home stretch of obtaining a B.A. in studio art at Southwestern University, with minors in education and psychology. Although her ambition is to have a career as a painter, she also enjoys teaching and working with children and her plan is to continue doing so. She is a lover of historical fiction, short stories, graphic novels and audiobooks (especially during long commutes).