Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected for 2-year terms, and their service is uncompensated. The Board does not manage the library, but they do hire and evaluate the library director who oversees the operations of the library. The Trustees support the staff and director, oversee finances, approve policies and strategic plans, participate in PR and fundraising, and meet regularly in public to make decisions for the library as required. Our Trustees are upstanding members of the community who believe that an excellent library is central to a strong and vibrant community. Anyone who lives within the district and is a registered voter may run for election to the Board.

David Oertel
David OertelPresident
David lives with his wife Megan and his two young children, Will and Ruby, on the west end of the Westbank Library district, near Laura’s Library where he often takes his children to storytime. David is the conductor of the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Starlight Symphony, and the Austin Flute Choir. He is also a professional photographer who is responsible for our wonderful online library tours on Google. Current term expires November 2024
Todd Crickmer
Todd CrickmerVice President
Todd joined the Board of Trustees in early 2017. He has demonstrated a commitment to this community through many years of volunteerism in booster clubs, local professional associations, Boy Scouts, the CE-Bar Fire Department, and the library. Todd was a CPA who brings accounting skills to oversight of library finances. Current term expires November 2024
Nancy Jennings
Nancy JenningsTrustee
Nancy was elected to the Board In November 2017. She brings a background in business and accounting and a life-long love of literature to her role as Trustee. She is also experienced in non-profit fundraising, major project planning, and board membership. Nancy recognizes the library as a vital resource, meeting place, and learning center for the community, and values the role of the Trustee in oversight of the library’s policies and finances. A native Texan, Nancy has many interests, including cooking, gardening, golf, games, music, and crafts. Current term expires November 2025
Sumaya Saati
Sumaya SaatiTrustee
Sumaya volunteered with us years ago as a teen, has a Masters in Public Affairs, has worked as a legislative analyst and a policy analyst, and has experience in grant writing for a museum. Her family appreciates the resources of a great neighborhood library. Current term expires November 2025
Carol Keller
Carol KellerSecretary
Carol has always found libraries integral to her life. She brings educational expertise from years as a history professor, most recently at San Antonio College where she helped develop the largest online learning program in Texas. She has also gained public policy experience serving on school advisory boards. A voracious reader. Carol also likes to hike, swim, paint, and travel. She joined the Board in late 2020. Current term expires November 2024