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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. 

There is currently an opening to fill an unexpired term.  If you are interested, please fill out this application and return it to the library or any trustee.

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

Current Trustees

President:  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!

Vice President:  Matt Bucher (2021-2023) |Email Matt
Matt Bucher has lived in Wells Branch since 2006. 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 has served as WatchDOGS Coordinator, Board Member, and President of the PTA for Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy. He also serves on the Board of the International David Foster Wallace Society. Matt works as a marketing manager at Charles Schwab. He and his wife Jordan have two sons, ages 11 and 14.

Treasurer:  Ralph Simon (2021-2023) | 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.

Secretary:  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.

Trustee:  Derek Mahnke (-2022) | Email Derek
Derek Mahnke is a Michigan native and graduate of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He's lived in Texas & Wells Branch since 2008 and has been active in the neighborhood since then. He's proudly been involved with the St. Andrews food pantry for the last 7 years and is a senior volunteer and manager.