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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

Trustee Orientation

President:  Abigail Joffrain (2022-2024) | 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!

Vice President:  Matt Bucher (2023-2025) |Email Matt
Matt Bucher has served as Vice President of the Library Board since 2021. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver and began his career in New York, working in book publishing. He now works as a marketing manager at Charles Schwab. Matt also serves on the board of the Deerpark Middle School PTA, the McNeil High School Wrestling Booster Club, and the International David Foster Wallace Society. He and his wife Jordan have two sons, ages 13 and 16. They have lived in Wells Branch since 2006.

Treasurer:  Derek Mahnke (2023-2025) | Email Derek
Derek Mahnke has been a Wells Branch community member since 2008 when he moved to the area from Grand Rapids Michigan. He holds a BS from Grand Valley State University in Political Science and a minor in Foreign Relations. Since moving to the area he’s been active in a number of community outreach organizations especially as it relates to fighting hunger. He’s an energetic volunteer in 2 neighborhood food pantries. Currently he sits on St. Andrews Presbyterian Church's Mission committee which oversees the church's anti-poverty missions. From June to November of 2022 Derek sat on the Library board for trustees after being appointed to the position.

Secretary:  Jennifer Christmas (2022-2024) | 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.

Trustee:  Jane Marawar (2022-2024) | Email Jane
Jane Marawar has lived in Wells Branch nearly 25 years with her husband and daughter. She has served as a public school volunteer, church volunteer and voter registrar. As a child her trips to the local library opened her eyes to new places and cultures and spurred her current love of travel. She is hoping to serve on the library board to continue its mission to serve all members of our community.