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Library Board Candidate Information

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Meet the candidates running for the library's Board of Trustees in November!

The candidate bios below are written by the candidates themselves and listed in alphabetical order by last name.  More information about the library board and its current members can be found on our Board of Trustees page.

  • Jennifer Christmas:

    A proud native Texan, Jennifer Christmas received her Bachelor's of Business from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas in 2004.  She worked in various marketing capacities for Ford Motor Company from 2005-2016 before "retiring" as the Global Consumer Experience Manager to be a full-time stay at home mom and return to Texas.  Her favorite role working for Ford Motor was serving as the South Florida Manager of the Ford Fund, Ford's non-profit arm, which provided grants for literacy and technology programs in public schools, address food scarcity in south Florida, and provide child abuse prevention programs in the community.  Working closely with local community leaders to improve the lives of others, especially children and teachers was the most cherished season of her career, and she hopes to continue that passion in Wells Branch. As parents of two young children, Jennifer and her husband Darrell Christmas enjoy volunteering at Wells Branch Elementary School and with Round Rock Women's Soccer league, where Jennifer was a volunteer Board member.  Working with the Wells Branch Library Board of Trustees would be a wonderful opportunity to give of her time and talents to a community she is blessed to call home.

  • Abigail Swan Joffrain:

    Abigail Joffrain has an MA in Linguistics and a BA in both Linguistics and Government from UT Austin. She is parent liaison for the JLJ Library, Girl Scout leader to a fabulous group of kids from the Wells Branch community, Girl Scout liaison to the MUD scout room (where we’ve started a lending library for the Girl Scout troops that use that facility), volunteers captaining a voter information hotline, and is mother of 2 amazing kids at JLJ. Abbie grew up in libraries and remembers with pride her first little yellow library card. She has volunteered and worked in many libraries throughout her life starting with her mother’s library when her mom became an elementary school librarian. In college she worked the reserves/courtesy borrower desk in the UT PCL Library and then in grad school at the A.A.Hill Linguistics Library on campus at UT managing the desk, the collection, and cataloguing. She has been a volunteer at the Wells Branch Community Library and also at the JLJ Library since it opened. She’s been bringing her own children and nieces and nephews to the WBCL since they were born. Abbie and her husband Thierry have lived in the Austin area for more than 20 years and in Wells Branch for 13. They fell in love with this neighborhood which stands out for its beautiful library, parks, and incredible community. Both of Abbie’s brothers loved it as well and are now in the neighborhood with their families. The library is such an incredible part of our neighborhood, Abbie would like to put her years in many different libraries to good use and help support this important resource to make sure the library is able to continue to support our community, through all times of life.

  • Lindsay Martinez:

    Lindsay Martinez is a current Wells Branch Community Library trustee and volunteer. She grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas and graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Asian Studies and Business. She has lived in Wells Branch since 2011 with her husband Juan and children, Julia, Toby, and Laura. She has worked as Program Manager for Austin Diaper Bank, Paralegal at OneWest and Walmart, and is currently the Senior Paralegal and Office Manager for Suarez Law Group, PLLC. In 2019, she obtained her Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership at ACC. Martinez believes our library is the heart of this community, a place where neighbors can connect, learn, and grow. She is honored to serve on the library board and is committed to bringing her unique experiences to serve Well Branch. 

  • R. Rene Vera:

    Rene was born in Texas, both his parents were US Marines and he grew up in various locations. After his father retired, they returned to Texas and Rene went to The University of Texas at Austin, and graduated with a degree in History and English. After graduating, he went to teach American and British Literature in China for a year. He then went to Saint Edward’s University, where he graduated with an MBA. Rene has worked as a technical recruiter for the last 15 years, at several large IT companies. He has lived in Wells Branch since 2005, with his children Isabelle and Jacob and his late wife Lily. Rene and his family have been huge enthusiasts about the WBCL and are very grateful for all the incredible resources and services provided. He believes that libraries are more important than ever and that our community has a true jewel of an in institution with the WBCL. Rene and his family love the Wells Branch community and can’t think of a better place in the world to live.