The Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library is governed by the Board of Directors, a group of dedicated community leaders who serve as volunteers.
Bradd Brown is a retired Architect with 30 years of experience, specializing in designing Public Libraries and Higher Education facilities. During his career he has designed libraries throughout the Midwest and has given presentations and workshops on trends in library design at State and National conferences. Seeing the impact a library can have on a community convinced him of the importance of public libraries and the role they play in vibrant communities.
Bradd and his wife, Janan relocated to Arizona in 2018 and enjoy hiking, biking, golfing, tennis, and traveling through the southwest and abroad.
Peggy Sharp Chamberlain – Membership Chair
Peggy Sharp Chamberlain, Ph. D., a former university professor in educational technology and librarianship, has been an elementary school librarian, an educator of students becoming library professionals, and an international consultant in children’s literature. She was on the Scottsdale Library Board for six years.
Peggy has been active in the Scottsdale community since moving to Arizona in 2007. In addition to being a Scottsdale Ambassador, she is a master steward in the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy which is dedicated to protecting and promoting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and has been active in her neighborhood association. She is most interested in preserving Scottsdale as a city that provides the services and community that people love. A library is a significant part of such a community.
Carol Damaso’s career in library services spanned 28 years until her retirement as the Library Director for the Scottsdale Public Library in 2014. Her experience included library services to children, library branch management and library system administrative management. She earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN and an MALS from the University of Michigan.
Carol’s volunteer work included serving six years on the Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Board of Directors, four years as Treasurer of the AZ Library Association and seven years on the Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors, including as President. She currently serves on the Scottsdale Leadership Advisory Council. She graduated in Scottsdale Leadership’s Class XXI. More recently, Carol chaired the Capital Campaign Committee for the Scottsdale Heritage Connection that garnered $500,000 to complete the project.
During her tenure with the City of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Public Library issued Carol the Hall of Fame award, and twice she received the Scottsdale City Manager’s Award for Excellence. Carol is a staunch supporter of community libraries and continues to promote their services.
Matt Edwards – Treasurer
Matt Edwards is a fifth generation native to the Phoenix metro area. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in public accounting practice since 2005.
When Matt is not being an active father to his two children, he is volunteering his time with the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library and Executive Council Charities, as well as playing his guitar or enjoying a round of golf.
Jenny Fasolino is a supply chain software professional with over 20 years’ experience in retail buying, software consulting, product design, and global operations. She is an avid library patron visiting her local library with her two sons on a weekly basis.
In addition to volunteering at her children’s school, local scouts, and soccer league, she pursues professional growth in attending various tech conferences and pursuing speaking engagements to share valuable project experiences. She believes in continuous learning, the importance of higher education, and the value of knowledge sharing as life-long pursuits.
Trey Granger – President
Trey Granger has lived in the Phoenix area since 2007. His professional experience is in corporate cause marketing and public relations, partnering for-profit companies with cause-based organizations for mutually beneficial relationships. He also brings experience in website/content development and database management.
He also volunteers for the Museum of Science & Sustainability.
Sheila Nazari is a writer, speaker and consultant who has always had a passion for reading and storytelling. She has written for websites including Jobing.com and HRJobs.org, and is currently in the process of publishing her own book.
Sheila also has over 10 years experience in human resources and employee training. She is originally from North Dakota.
Douglas Sydnor, FAIA
Douglas Sydnor, FAIA, is the Founding Principal at Douglas Sydnor Architect + Associates, a Scottsdale-based architectural firm founded in 1993. He has practiced exclusively in Arizona for over 40 years, completed 225 commissions; and his architecture has received numerous design awards and published extensively.
Sydnor’s authored books include Images of America: Scottsdale Architecture, Plugger: The Architecture of Reginald Sydnor, and Images of America: Paradise Valley Architecture. He was a Scottsdale Republic past columnist and currently writes a bi-monthly column for Arizona Contractor & Community Magazine. Professional and civic involvement has been extensive with serving on over 200 boards, commissions, committees, and design charrettes. They have included the Friends of Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale Library Board, Scottsdale Heritage Connection, Scottsdale Development Review Board, Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission, and Scottsdale Leadership.
He currently chairs the Architectural Archives Committee for the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation/AIA Arizona. Sydnor received his Bachelor in Architecture at Arizona State University and Masters in Architecture at Harvard University. Honors have included the 2019 DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award, 2018 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, 2011 AIA Fellowship, 2010 Friends of Scottsdale Public Library “Spirit of Literacy” Inductee, 2007 Scottsdale History Hall of Fame Honoree, 1993 Scottsdale Leadership Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award, and 1992 AIA Arizona Architects Medal.