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P.O. Box 2576 Bellaire, TX 77402

FOTBL Officers & Directors, 2018-2019

President                          Rachel Cruz

Rachel has lived in Bellaire with her husband and two children for almost five years, and is in her 2nd year of service on the Board.  A litigation attorney by training, Rachel took a break from full-time practice to be home with her young children.   When she’s not chasing after the kids, she enjoys engaging in activities at Condit Elementary School and volunteering with MD Anderson Cancer Center and local non-profit organizations.  Raachel is a native Floridian and proud graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island.

Vice President                   Pegi Newhouse

Pegi has been on the Board of the Friends of the Bellaire Library for over 4 years. As former PTO President of Condit and now as an employee of Pin Oak Middle School, Pegi has grown to love volunteering and supporting students in education. Her background includes over 20 years in Corporate Marketing and Online Writing roles with Enron, Shell, Reliant and NRG. Pegi and her husband have two children. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University.

Treasurer                           Cam Leonard



Secretary                           Charie Procter

Charie has served on the Board of the Friends of the Bellaire Library since 2014.  She, her husband, and their two sons have lived in Bellarie since 2004.  She is currently an Associate Teacher with the Houston Independent School District, and her love of the library was first noted through her volunteering for Condit Elementary’s school library.

Past President (ex officio) Alison Septimus

Ali graduated Texas State University with a degree in Accounting & has served as President of The Friends the past 3 years.  She was PTO Treasurer at Condit Elementary where she also served as PTO President.  Ali works from home as a bookkeeper & loves to run, practice taekwondo and volunteer with the family’s pet therapy golden retriever, Sonny.  Ali & husband Josh have 2 children, Noah and Mia who are avid readers and love the library!

Director                           Peggy Shallock

Peggy is a retired educator having taught from pre-school to the college level. A longtime resident of Bellaire, she feels a strong commitment to supporting her local library and community.  She has been honored to serve on the Board of the Friends of the Bellaire Library for a dozen years.

Director                          Erin Brau

Erin joined our board in 2018.  She has 3 children, Sebastian and twins Mattie and Quentin who all attend Carnegie Vanguard High School.  She loves her job as vice president for an industrial elevator company and runs one of the divisions.

Director                            Dan Riley

Dan joined our board in 2018.  He has lived in Houston for 43 years including the last 18 in Bellaire.  He is now retired after working many years owning/operating in the energy industry, healthcare industry and commercial real estate.  Dan loves to read, golf and spend time with his family including his 2 grandsons.

Director                           R.W. McKinney

Born and raised in the Bellaire/Southwest Houston area, R.W. McKinney credits local libraries, and their resources, with igniting a passion for learning about Texas and local history. Best known as the resident historian for KHOU Ch. 11’s Great Day Houston since 2008 and his classroom series, Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston, he is an active member in the historical community, serving on boards and commissions that promote local history, including the president of the Bellaire Historical Society, where he co-chaired the FOTBL-BHS funded digitization project of Bellaire newspapers from the 1940s to 1990s. In 2012 he chaired the FOTBL’s “Readers, Leaders & Realtors” Gala, honoring local female civic leaders, and has managed and provided youth volunteers to work the Fall and Spring outdoor book sales since 2001.

Director                             Jo Monday


See below for information about our bylawas and membership.


Membership Form

FOTBL SemiAnnual 2018 01 30

FOTBL Semi Annual minutes 2017 06 15

FOTBL Semi Annual minutes 2017 01 30