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!

Amber is a native Californian by way of Seattle, WA. She arrived in Murphys at the end of 2015, and quickly made the library her second home. Her favorite books are usually found in the Children’s section. She enjoys hiking and camping, and is an avid photographer of waterfalls and flowers (among other things). She also enjoys volunteering as a script editor for the Doctor Who Audio Dramas, and spending time with her bf and their fluffy cat.

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.

Pam Shoemaker - Board Director

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.

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).​

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. 

Amber Rack - Board Director

Pam was born in Fresno, CA but was reared in Whittier, California.

Jumping forward, in early 1981 she and husband Russ came to visit a friend who owned Murphys Diggins MHP at the time. They fell in love with the area and by March of '81 they had moved their business  - Stories in Stones - to this wonderful community.  As time went by, they became very involved with the Murphys Community Club and Murphys Library.  In the mid 80's budget cuts threatened the closure of Murphys Library and Russ sat on the first board of directors, and Pam soon joined as well.  Along with a number of community members they were able to establish Murphys Volunteer Library Inc., build a new facility for the library and have been involved on/off ever since.

They love this area and can't imagine living anywhere else.

Ted Morgan - Board Treasurer & Volunteer Staff
Karen Gilmore - Board Director
Margo Mohn - Board Director
Mary Hultgren- Board Vice President
Andrea Schoen - Board Secretary & Volunteer Staff

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."

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.

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