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Board Of Directors 2016

Executive Committee

Clayton Maxwell, President
Becky Diffen, Vice President
Maya Smart, Treasurer
Marcy Carpenter, Secretary

Members of the Board   

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie
Krupa Patel Bala
 Regina Buono
Marcy Carpenter
Becky Diffen
Zeina El-Azzi
Caroline Haley
Joyce Hunt
Ben Johnson
Toni Lambert, ex officio

Clayton Maxwell 
Bruce McCandless III
Grayson McDaniel
Tom Oney 
Carl Reynolds
Courtney Schmoker
Maya Smart
Zachary Smith
Alexandra Wettlaufer
Kristen Worrall 

Board Biographies 

Clayton Maxwell, President
Clayton Maxwell is a travel, culture, and lifestyle writer whose work can be found in publications ranging from Dwell to Conde Nast Traveler to Austin Monthly. For the last nine years, she has been the regional editor for the international photography magazine, Eyemazing. During a four-year stint in Madrid, she authored a monthly column on Spanish etiquette (you CAN eat asparagus with your hands) and was co-author of the Time Out Madrid guide. A devotee of the literary pilgrimage, she has pedaled in the footsteps of Don Quijote, run with the bulls, and, in honor of Paul Bowles, bumped her way to Marrakech on an overnight train. Now the mother of two young children, she is happy to have settled back in Austin, where she formerly lived while getting a BA in English and an MA in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas. 

Becky Diffen, Vice President 
Becky Diffen grew up in Austin and is now an attorney at Vinson & Elkins where her practice focuses on energy law with an emphasis on renewable energy. She graduated from Carleton College in 2004 and the University of Texas School of Law in 2009. Becky is a member of the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club, co-chair of the Austin chapter of Women of Wind Energy, and President of the Texas Energy Law Association.  She is a frequent writer and presenter of legal articles about wind power and a co-author of the first ever wind law treatise. Becky is married to Daniel, a native Austinite, and they have one little boy: Brydon. She enjoys cheering on the Longhorns, playing football, softball and golf, and is an avid knitter. Becky has been a lover of libraries from an early age as her parents refused to buy her books since she read them too quickly and instead encouraged regular trips to the library. 

Maya Smart, Treasurer
A recent transplant from Richmond, Virginia, Maya is a writer, book reviewer, and lover of books.  A previous business journalist, she now enjoys blogging about her life as a working mother, wife, and community activist.  In addition to serving on our board, Maya has shared her expertise with the organization as a moderator for the New Fiction Confab. 

Marcy Carpenter, Secretary
Marcy Carpenter developed her love for libraries while earning her BS and MS in anthropology at the University of Chicago.  She and her husband Jeff moved to in Austin in 1998, and they are currently raising two children. Her professional history includes working as an archeologist in Spain, teaching fitness classes, and managing complex software implementations for large institutions. She volunteers her spare time at her children's school, Acton Academy, as well as at many charities, including Austin Pets Alive, where her family recently adopted the newest member of the family, Bizzy (a Redbone Coonhound).


Gemma Marangoni Ainslie is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Austin, TX.  As well as serving in multiple leadership positions in the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Gemma has presented at international, national, regional and local professional meetings on topics such as metaphor, memory and myth; psychoanalysis and the arts, especially film and poetry; female and gender development; various aspects of the clinical encounter.  Her earliest research, while she was in training at the University of Michigan Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Child Analytic Study Program there, addressed topics of transsexuality and female psychological development at the menarche.  Gemma was inducted into the Lambda of Ohio Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year at Ohio University, where she received her BA in Psychology; she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She has received leadership and service recognition from several psychoanalytic organizations, is Board Certified by and a Fellow in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is on the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Education.  In Austin, as well as consulting to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School from 1983-2012, she has been President of the Board of All Saints Episcopal Day School, and served on the Boards of Any Baby Can and of Women and Their Work, a gallery dedicated to art by women.  Currently she is on the Boards of Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin and a member of the Tuesday Club. Gemma’s two adult children, Roberto and Gabriella, are currently both in Austin and are ongoing the source of her greatest pride and the objects of her greatest affection.

Regina Buono currently serves as the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. She grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and holds a B.A. from the University of Arkansas and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Regina rejoins the Library Foundation Board after a hiatus in London, England, to pursue a MSc in Water Science and Governance at King's College London. She is passionate about promoting engagement with books and literature, especially among children, and environmental education. She enjoys traveling, reading, and running, and she is an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks and F.C. Barcelona. 

Zeina El-Azzi is responsible for SunEdison’s newly launched global rural solar electricity microgrid business. She is focused on wind and solar renewable energy and has experience in development, origination and acquisitions. She has worked to establish wind energy ventures in Eastern Europe, Turkey and Mexico. Zeina graduated with honors from UT Austin with an MA & BA. Zeina has lived in Austin since 1994 and she is married to an amazing educator, Ken. Together, they have two children and make regular use of many of Austin's wonderful libraries.

Caroline Haley works for an Austin-based developer on multifamily projects in South Florida. She is married to Brian Haley, and they have one daughter. She loves public libraries and is thrilled to be involved with Austin Public Library Friends Foundation Board.

Joyce Hunt, a native of San Antonio, recently returned to Texas after living 45 years in the northern Virginia area. After graduating university she worked in administration for several consulting firms and schools in the D.C. area, and turned her energy toward part-time work as a fund-raiser and publicist for a number of non-profits as she and her husband, Steve, raised a family. She now calls a downtown condo “home,” and is enjoying the unique energy of the Austin community.

Ben Johnson is an attorney with Freescale Semiconductor. 

Bruce McCandless III practices administrative law as a partner in the Austin office of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. He has also written two novels, Sour Lake (2011) and Color War (2014), and is an avid runner and reader. He lives in Austin with his wife Pati and two daughters, Emma and Carson.

Grayson McDaniel is an associate at Reeves and Brightwell Attorneys at Law.  Prior to practicing law, Grayson received a Masters in English and taught and tutored high-school English.  She lives in Austin with her husband and two children. 

Tom Oney is an attorney with the Lower Colorado River Authority. 

Carl Reynolds is Senior Legal and Policy Advisor with the Council of State Governments, and has extensive experience in all three branches of Texas state government. His previous positions included Director of the Office of Court Administration, General Counsel for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, General Counsel to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice,  Executive Director of the Texas Punishment Standards Commission, General Counsel to the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, Director of the Senate's redistricting staff, and briefing attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Mr. Reynolds received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.

Courtney Schmoker is a Content Moderator for Bazaarvoice, Inc.

Zachary Smith is an attorney with Norton Rose Fulbright. 

Alexandra Wettlaufer is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as Associate Director of Plan II Honors. The author of three books and numerous articles on nineteenth-century literature, painting, gender, and representation, she was awarded a 2014-15 Guggenheim Fellowship to write “Reading George: Sand, Eliot, and the Novel in France and Britain, 1830-1900.”

Kristen Worrall is a Lead Recruiter at Google, managing a team that recruits top talent for the technology company. Her husband's job led them to relocate to Austin in July, 2014. Kristen has over 15 years of experience, mainly focused on technology and leadership recruiting. Prior to her role at Google, Kristen managed the technology recruiting organization at T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, MD for nearly 10 years. She holds a BA - English Literature from Michigan State University. Kristen is mom to two boys, Field (7) and Peter (4) and is actively involved in her local elementary PTA. She has long loved all things literary, spanning from her 6th grade championship "Battle of the Books" team to tutoring fellow students at her college's writing center. She also loves cooking, parties (both hosting and attending), live music, Spartans football and basketball, reading, writing, gardening, yoga and living a really full life. 

Library Foundation Staff   

Tim Staley, Executive Director
Cecily Sailer, Programs Director
Rachel Nguyen, Development Coordinator


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