Board of Directors

2021-2022 Leadership Team

Madison Jechow
President

Madison is an attorney with the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Most of his professional career has involved representing local governmental entities on transactional, governance, or human resources matters. Madison previously served on the BookSpring board during its launch from the merger of Reading Is Fundamental of Austin and Capital Area Reach Out and Read. Madison received law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas. He met his wife, Deena Perkins, a youth advisor with the Council on At-Risk Youth. Why do I serve? Literacy is a gateway to opportunity, and the gateway should be open for children regardless of their background. Involving children in reading provides future opportunities and strengthens bonds among the family members and teachers they read. BookSpring makes sharing stories possible for many young children. Favorite Children’s Book: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.

Lindsey Stuart
President-Elect

Lindsey is the Director of Resource Development in Austin ISD’s Office of Innovation and Development and the Austin Ed Fund. She was born and raised in Austin, and though she has lived in cities throughout the country — Boston, DC, New York, Berkeley — she says she’s back in Austin for good. Lindsey is passionate about creating more equitable educational opportunities and outcomes for historically marginalized children. This passion drove her to teach high school Spanish, first as a Teach for America educator in Washington, DC, and later at a high-performing public school in Lower Manhattan. Lindsey has worked at the Office of Innovation and Development and the Austin Ed Fund for eight years. They seek to increase external resources for the district’s 125 campuses and over 74,000 students. Lindsey holds a Master’s in Teaching from American University, a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their young daughter, whose favorite activity is reading!

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Risé Candelaria
Secretary

Risé is a Professor of Communication Studies, and Department Chair, at Austin Community College where she has worked for the last nine years. As an educator with 18 years of experience, and proud alumna of Texas Tech (B.A. and M.A.) and Penn State University (Ph.D.), service to her college and her community is a priority evidenced by her involvement in several professional and service organizations. Currently, she is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association (Greater Austin chapter), the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (Austin Chapter), and Impact Austin, where she also serves as an active member of the Grant Review and Strategic Planning committees. In whatever spare time remains, she is an avid reader, collector of stickers and stationery, crafter, and traveler. Her best day is one spent on an adventure with her husband Caesar, and their West Highland Terrier named North. Why I serve: I learned to read at a very early age and I was raised among shelves full of books. In fact, my first job was as a shelver at the public library! I cherish each of the books I own, and the knowledge and experience gifted from each one I read. Even today, there are piles of books waiting for my attention in many corners of my house. I want all children to experience the adventures and experiences books bring to us, especially those who might otherwise miss out on this experience due to a lack of access. Favorite Children’s Book: Curious George by H.A. and Margaret Rey

Charlie Holleman
Treasurer

Charlie was born in South Texas (Corpus Christi) and moved to Austin, TX at the age of seven, and has lived in the area since. He attended Pflugerville High School and went to college at Texas State University in San Marcos, graduating with my Master’s in Accounting. Charlie has worked in public accounting as an auditor for 12 years and is currently a Senior Audit Manager with Atchley and Associates, LLP (a local CPA firm in Austin specializing in not-for-profit entities). Why do I serve? He also served as an auditor on the BookSpring audit engagement for 2 years and got to work with Emily Cicchini and learn more about the organization during that time. Charlie has a great interest in being involved with BookSpring and assisting with the organization’s mission. Favorite Children’s Book: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Carrie Conner
Co-Chair, Nominations & Governance Committee

Carrie is the founder of TravelToolsTips, launched in 2020, and has thirty years of finance and accounting leadership experience across varied industries. She has donated her accounting and advisory services to the Building Corporation of Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta PI and Travis County Medical Alliance and Foundation. Carrie is a graduate of the University of Texas and Syracuse University. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her rescue pups, as well as traveling the globe. Favorite Children’s Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

Lydia Valdes
Co-Chair, Nominations & Governance Committee

Lydia began her professional career as a school teacher in San Antonio. She taught at a magnet high school where the students were chosen to attend through a lottery drawing. This system was developed so that any student would have the opportunity to get through the door and could then prove their abilities once they arrived. The goal at the school was to “level the playing field” for all who came to the school and to bridge the “opportunity gap” that existed for some of the students by teaching to a gifted and talented curriculum for all, with proper supports in place for those who were intimidated, or ill-prepared, for this curriculum. In her time at the school, Lydia learned that earlier interventions in reading and academic opportunities would have served many students well and could affect the most change in a student’s trajectory if there was family support. In her own family, she can see how opportunity and early exposure to books have placed her biological children on a path that is rich in vocabulary and curiosity and academic “success.” Lydia can also see how the lack of early exposure to reading and lack of opportunities for her adoptive children has left them in a position of playing “catch up,” particularly in reading and vocabulary-building. Why do I serve? She believes in Bookspring’s mission and is living, first-hand, the need for a nonprofit focused on such a fundamental need. Favorite Children’s Book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

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David Roe
Chair, Finance Committee

David is a CPA with over thirty years of leadership experience in audit, accounting, and finance. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian University, transferred to Texas a few years later with a Big Four audit firm, and now works in Austin at a financial technology company. David enjoys spending time with family, including reading with the grandchildren, and volunteers as an Academy 4 mentor working with 4th-grade students. Why do I serve? I was inspired by BookSpring’s mission of supporting literacy for children. It reminded me of fond childhood memories of reading numerous books through the local public library. Favorite Children’s Book: Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

Arthur Johnson
Chair, Development Committee

Arthur is the Associate Athletics Director for Football Operations at the University of Texas. He is a Georgia native with more than 23 years of experience as an accomplished administrator. Johnson enrolled at the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance and a Masters of Education in Business Education. While in graduate school, he began his career in Athletics while working in the Football and Event Management offices. In 2011, Johnson came to Austin to become the Associate Athletics Department Director at the University of Texas. He is responsible for the day-to-day administrative and logistical operations of the Longhorn Football Program. Why do I serve? Arthur has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations and enjoys watching young people grow and develop.

Ginger Weber
Chair, Program Committee

Ginger attended the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology and an endorsement in special education. After teaching 1st, 3rd, and Special Ed at Pillow Elementary in Austin ISD for 33 years, she decided to retire. At this time, she is a mentor and plans to volunteer, travel, and spend time with her son, daughter, husband, and friends. Why do I serve? Being an educator, Ginger knows the value of early reading intervention. She understands that having books at home enhances academic performance for all children and especially benefits disadvantaged families. She is proud that Pillow makes sure that every child in the school goes home for the summer with at least 6 new books to add to their library. Now that Ginger is retired, she plans to continue to support programs that promote early literacy programs for all children. Ginger has many favorite children’s books. Favorite Children’s Book: The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series.

Michelle Bourianoff

Michelle Bourianoff, J.D.
Past President

Michelle is an experienced, responsive, and personable commercial attorney representing AT&ampT in telecommunications, technology, and outsourcing transactions, and complex service and product sales to large enterprise customers. In addition to working as an attorney, she is also an independent skincare consultant for Rodan + Fields, partnering with the doctors who created Pro-Activ. She’s a former President of the ZACH Theatre Board of Directors and was active in the United Way of Greater Austin’s Women’s Leadership Council, which supported Success by 6.

2020-2021 Board Members

Andrea Angelo

Andrea brings her public library background, nonprofit expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and years of service on education and artboards nationally and internationally to BookSpring. Her love of books began early with story hour at Martin Memorial Library in York, Pennsylvania. Fast forward many years later, her first professional position out of graduate school was Extension Librarian at this very same library. Her professional career has taken her from public and university librarianship to fundraising as Director of Development for the Nevada Museum of Art, Armstrong Community Music School, and BookSpring. In her “retirement,” Andrea is delighted to remain engaged with BookSpring as a board member. Why I Serve: Andrea imagines a world where every child has a stack of books to call his or her own with the belief that literacy is not only an essential human right but also a springboard to a life full of possibilities. Her focus is on creating sustainable cultures of engagement and support through effective communication and relationship building – the key to advancing the critical mission of BookSpring. Favorite Children’s Book: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.

Arielle Sadler

Arielle Sadler

Arielle is a Senior Technical Writer and Trainer at Texas Mutual Insurance Company, where her duties include educating hundreds of adjusters, policyholders, and agents across Texas. Arielle is a native of Houston, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Baylor University in 2008. Arielle’s love of reading began as a child when her mom (also an avid reader) introduced her to Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. She also sits on the Emerging Leaders Executive Committee for United Way and is the Chair of the 2022 LEAD Summit Committee for Austin Young Chamber. Additionally, she leads the volunteer engagement committee for Texas Mutual employees and volunteers with the Central Texas Food Bank. Arielle lives in Austin with her one-year-old daughter, Rowan Charlotte, and her husband, Chris.

Beth Hallmark

Beth Hallmark

Beth is the Communications Division Director at the Texas Department of Transportation, where she oversees Media Relations, Executive and Employee Communications, Creative Services, Conference Planning, and Public Information Offices statewide. She brings more than 25 years of experience in communications and media, including work in the public and private sectors. Beth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science degree in Information Studies, both from the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband, Gary, have two daughters who are blazing their own career path through life in accounting and finance. Why do I serve? BookSpring combines two passions of mine: reading and helping all children reach their full potential. Favorite book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

Seth Koppel

Seth has a Master of International Affairs, Economic and Political Development from Columbia University. He brings a wealth of skills and a client service-oriented perspective. Seth is a proud father of two girls (ages 10 and 15). His wife and daughter are tremendous BookSpring advocates. Things that bring joy to his life include his family, excellent coffee, music, and helping others. Favorite Children’s Book: Walt Disney’s Roquefort the Mouse Detective.

Susan Patterson

Susan graduated from Dartmouth College and worked in the investment banking and high-tech industries for 25 years before becoming a licensed real estate agent in 2007. She embraces the Austin lifestyle, lives downtown, and loves sampling all the city has to offer. Susan loves to catch local theater productions at the Austin Playhouse, exercise on a nearby hike and bike trail, and always try the latest restaurant. Susan is an avid reader that supports BookSpring’s mission. She has actively served on their Board, spending two years as President, and currently serves on the Storybook Heroes Committee. Favorite Children’s Book: Where’s Wallace? by Hillary Knight.

David Rice

David Rice

David has always lived in Texas. Born in 1964 in Weslaco, he now divides his time between Austin and the Rio Grande Valley, where he teaches and mentors high school students in creative writing. South Texas and his Mexican American culture are the inspiration for his work. He is the award-winning author of Give the Pig a Chance, Crazy Loco, and Heart-Shaped Cookies. David’s stories have been included in several other anthologies for adults and teens. As a literacy consultant, David has created teacher workshops to build and grow confident readers and writers using his flash fiction stories both in print and to be viewed in both English and Spanish on YouTube.

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