Dennis was born at MGM Studios in Culver City, CA, where his mother worked as a makeup artist, and his father was an accomplished leathercraftsman (saddle-maker) for the movie industry. Dennis earned his Masters in Humanities & Comparative Religion from CA State University at Sacramento. He and his wife, Pat, settled in Murphys in the 70s, where they built their home by hand and raised two children (Dennis now has several grandchildren). Dennis worked for Calaveras county until he retired in 1998. He has been extensively involved in his community: he assisted with high school sports (soccer, swim team, baseball) and founded Ebbetts Pass Youth Soccer with three other families; he was a Scout Master - one of only four recipients in Northern California of the Silver Beaver Award; he has been a member of several church choirs; and he has participated in numerous community groups - including Native Sons, Murphys Community Club, and Murphys Volunteer Library. When he is not absorbed by interesting reading material, Dennis is busy raising goats on his property, and tackling home improvement projects to make a mess of his garage.

Dennis Griffin - Board President

Meet Your MVL Board!

Karen Gilmore - Board Director
Margo Mohn - Board Director
Mary Hultgren- Board Vice President
Tammy Nicholson - Board Director
Andrea Schoen - Board Secretary

Murphys Volunteer Library is always looking for interested individuals who can commit time, energy, and expertise to its Board of Directors. Please contact us at

Karen was born and raised in Modesto. She is married 25 years to Jon. They have two children with three grandchildren; eight step grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They love to travel, read and work with computers. Karen just started reading about three years ago. One of her favorite books is “Me Before You."

Mary was born and raised in San Jose, and graduated from Santa Clara University. She has been married 27 years to Mark. Mary discovered Murphys in 2012 while visiting her brother and his wife, and fell in love with the town instantly. Six months later she purchased a home here. In 2015, Mary completed the UC California Naturalist program at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Some of her hobbies are hiking, kayaking, camping, gardening, and being a good caretaker for their property in Murphys. 

Moving from Orange County where she was born and raised her family, Margo is a real 'people person.' Her career includes Juvenile Probation Officer, Personnel Administrator, Pre-school Director and Human Services Manager. Twenty years ago she became Senior Services Director for Calaveras County and a University Teacher.  Single, Margo lives in Murphys near her younger daughter and family, when not in Georgia with her eldest.  An avid reader, she recently launched "Between the Covers", Murphys Library Book Club. Her favorite author is Khaled Hosseini.

Ted Morgan - Board Treasurer

Ted was born in the Bay Area and went to school at Berkeley and San Francisco State.  He moved to Plumas County for 25 years, and then Calaveras County. Ted taught for 30 years in elementary schools.  He also worked for the Census for a year - which was very interesting.  He loves to read mysteries and thillers. A favorite book is “Trust No One,” by Paul Cleave. The main character is a writer of mysteries facing early onset dementia. The conclusion is a surprise.

Andrea joined the MVL board in August, 2014, and is currently the Secretary of the Board. She and her husband, Gary, have been coming to the Murphys area for over ten years for vacations; they moved here full time from Menlo Park in early 2014, after Andrea retired from Wells Fargo Bank. She enjoys watercolor painting, golf and theater. One of her favorite books is Inheritance” by Dani Shapiro

Tammy was born and raised in the U.K. She has been living in the California Bay Area since 2007. She bought a house and moved to Murphys in 2018 after falling in love with it after passing through on her way to Bear Valley a few years before.

Tammy has 10 years experience with being a 'C' Level Executive Assistant and an Office Manager within Silicon Valley. She holds a Paralegal Certification from UC Santa Cruz and a CA Notary Certificate.  She loves to partake in continuous educational courses as she says; "There is always something new to learn!" Now, she loves the opportunity to be able to work from home.

In her spare time she loves to travel, often back to the UK. She also loves spending time with her family; her fiance, Aaron, and 2 grown up twin daughters who both attend college.
Her favourite book is a thriller, Behind Closed Doors , written by B.A. PARIS.

Back row L-R: Ted Morgan (Treasurer); Karen Gilmore (Computer Class leader); Dennis Griffin (President); Pam Shoemaker (Emeritus); Mary Hultgren (Vice President).

​Front row L-R: Amber Rack (Webmaster); Andrea Schoen (Secretary); Margo Mohn (Book Club).​

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