Andy Brack, Chairman:
Andy Brack is a communications strategist and publisher who produces two weekly publications - Charleston Currents, which focuses on good Lowcountry news, and Statehouse Report, a respected legislative and policy forecast about South Carolina. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and serves as chairman and president of the nonprofit Center for a Better South. A former U.S. Senate press secretary, Brack was named a White House "Champion of Change" in 2011 for leadership in developing transformational ideas for Gulf Coast recovery following a 2010 oil spill that devastated the area. A former congressional candidate, Brack is a past president of the Rotary Club of Charleston and the S.C. Wildlife Federation. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Duke University and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brack was appointed to the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2014. He and his family live in Charleston.
Steven Clem, Vice Chairman:
A finance and tax professional, Steven Clem, E.A. is the founder and president of the Clem Collaborative, a firm specializing in tax preparation, tax planning and financial planning for individuals, small businesses, estates and trusts. He was appointed to the Library's Board of Trustees in 2011. Clem found his career at an early age when he did his first tax return for a college roommate for $20 and soon found himself doing taxes for friends, classmates and faculty members. A transplanted New Englander, he moved to Charleston in 2001. He sits on the State Board of the National Association of Tax Professionals and is active in several local and national LGBT organizations. He has a bachelor's degree in finance from Fairfield University. An avid cook, oenophile, reader and traveler, Clem lives on James Island with his "furry son," Oliver.
Maya Hollinshead, Secretary:
A native of North Charleston, Maya Hollinshead is a program assistant with the Medical University of South Carolina Library where she is responsible for coordinating the university's Hands of Health-South Carolina website to provide South Carolina residents with reliable health-related information. She joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2010. Active in several civic and professional organizations, Hollinshead is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority, the American Library Association, the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in library and information studies, both from the University of South Carolina. She also has a certificate in organizational and corporate communications from the College of Charleston.
Susan Strunk, Treasurer:
Having spent her career as a librarian, Susan Strunk worked for 25 years at libraries in the suburban Chicago area before retiring as director of the Palatine Public Library in Illinois. Strunk was appointed to the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2015. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Iowa State and a master's degree in library science from Northern Illinois University. A resident of West Ashley, Strunk is a member of the Rotary Club of St. Andrews and volunteers at Stono Park and Drayton Hall elementary schools. During her free time, she enjoys reading and playing classical guitar.
A Lowcountry native, Leah Crosby operates a consulting firm that provides professional development for K-12 teachers. She has served as a Parent Teacher Organization officer at Charleston Charter School for Math and Science and the Charleston County School of the Arts Middle School Band Booster Board. Crosby is an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, where she has served on the church vestry and numerous other church committees. She was appointed to the CCPL Board of Trustees in 2017. Crosby received a bachelor's degree in American Studies and Philosophy from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, G.A., and a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C. In her free time, she enjoys numerous outdoor activities, reading, listening to audio books and music, and learning about website design.
A retiree, E.E. (Ed) Fava served for 12 years as administrator for Charleston County Government after completing a 26-year career in the U.S. Navy. He was appointed to the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2010. Fava is a former member of Charleston County Council and has served on boards for the Heritage Corridor, S.C. Aquarium, Roper Hospital, The Charleston Museum, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, the South Carolina Association of Counties, and was a member of the Council of Governments and the Rotary Club of Charleston. Fava has won numerous recognitions, including honors and awards from the military and the community along with the S.C. Order of the Palmetto. He has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Mississippi and a master's degree in financial management from the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School.
Mary Nesbitt, a native of Georgetown, S.C., is an adjunct professor of English at Charleston Southern University who relocated to Hollywood, S.C. from Upper Marlboro, M.D. in 2012. She currently serves as president of the Greater Charleston Chapter of The Drifters, Inc., a national organization of women dedicated to charitable and civic work in their respective communities. Nesbitt has also worked actively in her community through her involvement with The Urban League, Teacher Education Advisory Council, and Children's Defense Fund. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Claflin University and a master's degree in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University. Nesbitt joined the CCPL Board of Trustees in 2017. During her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, and painting with watercolors.
An expert in Latin America, Dr. Brian Norris is an assistant professor in The Citadel's Department of Criminal Justice. Norris joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2014. A resident of Latin America for five years, he has traveled professionally to the region 26 times since 1997 and worked in Bolivia, El Salvador, Paraguay, Ecuador, Panama and Argentina. The author of numerous scholarly and technical articles about Latin America, Norris also speaks often at symposiums and conferences. He currently is writing Prison Bureaucracies in Mexico, the US, India and Honduras, which is under contract for publication in 2017. Norris has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate degree in international relations from John's Hopkins/SAIS. He lives in Charleston with his wife and three daughters.
An avid reader her whole life, Margaret (Peggy) Reider is lead guide at the Drayton Hall Historic Site. She joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2009. Reider's love for reading goes back to one of her very first jobs when she helped stack books in the basement of her hometown library in Chatham, N.J. during the summer of 1952. A graduate of Bates College in Maine, Reider spent her career directing volunteer programs for various non-profit organizations, including the Girl Scouts, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Youth for Understanding's High School Exchange Program and the American Red Cross.
Originally from New York City, Troy Strother has spent his career in education and managing non-profits, ultimately leading him to his current position as director of programs for YouthBuild USA in Charleston. He joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2015. Strother started his career with the New York City Housing Authority and worked with the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps in Washington, D.C. before moving to Charleston to work for Youth Service Charleston and the Boys & Girls Club of the Trident area. He is active in numerous community organizations and committees, including: The Mayor's Commission for Children, Youth and Families; The Dropout Prevention Taskforce; The Advisory Council for the Charleston County School Health Committee; The National Association of Service and Conservation Corp; Low Country's Promise; the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and Footlight Players. He received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the College of Santa Fe and a master's degree in education from New York University. He lives in Charleston with his wife and daughter.