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Board of Trustees

About the Trustees

Trustees meet at the library every 4-6 weeks. All meetings are posted and open to the public.  Agendas are posted in advance of the meetings and minutes for each meeting are posted once accepted by the Board.

The Board of Trustees is governed by a set of by-laws, which are reviewed annually.  Five trustees are elected for two-year terms to oversee the District. Trustees must live within District boundaries and be registered to vote in order to serve.  Elections are managed by Travis County, who set the polling locations. 

Elections are held in November of each year.   Election information can be found here.

Current Trustees

President:  Ralph Simon (2019-2021) | Email Ralph
Ralph was born in Detroit, Michigan, but raised in the San Fernado Valley/Hollywood area of Los Angeles.  He moved to Wells Branch in 1998.  He was the first president of the Brattonwood HOA and is currently an active volunteer with the FOL and the WBNA.  He has served on the board and as an officer of many professional, educational, social and fraternal organizations.  His career was that of a buyer/ manager for many major retailers, an owner of a small chain of shoe stores and a Series 7 licensed financial advisor.  He and his wife have been traveling extensively worldwide the last few years.   He is an avid and accomplished duplicate and tournament bridge player.

Treasurer:  Abigail Joffrain (2020-2022) | Email Abbie
Abigail Joffrain grew up in libraries, both as patron and volunteer, and in college she worked for several years at the UT libraries. Abbie has a Masters in Linguistics and a Bachelors in both Linguistics and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a deep love of books, libraries and bookstores. Abbie and her husband have lived in the Austin area for more than 20 years and in Wells Branch since 2007, and Abbie has been visiting and bringing her children and her nieces and nephews to the WBCL for more than a decade now. She is incredibly grateful to the library for all the wonderful resources it provides to our community!

Secretary:  Christine Bloemsma (2019-2021) | Email Christine
Christine is a seventh-generation Texan and twenty-four year Wells Branch Resident.  Some of her earliest memories are of going to the library in San Antonio.   She admits she’s been kicked out of more libraries than bars at closing time, though in her graduate school years, the count got close.  With a Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from Austin College and Master’s in English from Texas A&M University, Christine works at a hotel downtown and teaches at Austin Community College.  Christine’s connection to WBCL goes back to the early days of residents bringing boxes of book donations we hoped would “seed” our library to a storage room loaned by a church in the Bratton Square shopping center.  Christine’s best gift in recent memory was a Little Free Library her husband and daughter built for her to curate in their front yard!

Friends of the Library Liaison:  Jennifer Christmas (2020-2022) | Email Jennifer
Jennifer Christmas was born and raised in north Texas; she received her Bachelor's of Business from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. After working 12 years with Ford Motor Company in various marketing roles, she and her family moved to Wells Branch to return to Texas and be closer to family.
Vice President:  Rene Vera (2020-2022) | Email Rene

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.