our board

Dennis Mar

Dennis grew up in Sunnyvale, California where he considered the public library as his second home. He became active with the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library in the early 1980s when he was asked to help move boxes of books at the annual Friends used book sale. Since then, Dennis has served on the MOBAC Advisory Board, the Pacific Grove Library Advisory Board, and the Board of the Pacific Grove Public Library Foundation.

Dennis has been active in the California Library Association, the local League of Women Voters voter service committee, the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy, and the Chinese American Citizens League of Sunnyvale. Dennis is a retired statistician and computer programmer from the Naval Postgraduate School. He spends his spare time trying to catch up on his reading.

Diane Grindol

Diane Grindol has been a resident of the Monterey Peninsula since 1982 and is a professional pet sitter. She volunteered in her school libraries as a grade school and high school student and worked at both the MIIS Library and the Monterey Public Library when she arrived on the Peninsula.

Diane’s interest in libraries stems from her interest in reading and writing. She’s written bird care books and has written a column about pet birds for Bird Talk magazine since 1995. She currently concentrates on self-publishing books that combine her photography and haiku poems. Bobbie Morrison, past PG Library Director, was the first person on the Peninsula to support Diane’s books.

Gail Abeloe

Gail is the owner of Back Porch Fabrics in downtown Pacific Grove. She opened her store in 1996 and walks to works and gets to play with fabric everyday. She and her sister, Jill, grew up on a lettuce ranch near Spreckels and they both learned to sew in 4-H. 

Gail earned a B. A. in Elementary Education at the University of the Pacific, after which she taught fourth grade and was a Miller-Unruh Reading Specialist. She earned an MBA at Gonzaga University when she and her husband lived in Spokane,Washington.

She provides the meeting space for the Friends of the Library.

Judy Wills

Judy and her husband have lived in Pacific Grove for 37 years, moving here from upstate New York. She has one son, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

When Judy first moved here she worked for an ophthalmologist as a certified ophthalmic assistant. After 13 years, she decided on a career change. She received a teaching credential and was hired as a second grade teacher at Robert Down School, where she remained for almost 20 years. Her students’ first and last field trips every year were to the PG Library. 

Judy was involved in both campaigns for a parcel tax to support the Library.

Kim Bui-Burton

Kim has lived in Pacific Grove 40 years, the last 20 with her husband Steven Silveria, who was previously Pacific Grove's Director of Library and Information Services. They have four grown children who all attended PG schools. 

Kim recently retired as Monterey's Community Services Director, where she managed areas as diverse as the Monterey Conference Center, Harbor, Museums, Parking and Recreation. Prior to that she was the Monterey Public Library Director.

Kim is a published poet, with a B.A. In Literature/Creative Writing from UCSC and a Master's of Library and Information Science from SJSU.  She believes in the Library IDEA - that libraries inspire, delight and educate all. 

Peggy Hansen

Peggy grew up in Southern California and graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in English Literature. Then she moved to Northern California, and earned a General Elementary Teaching Credential from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Stanford University.

In her first career she was an elementary school teacher in the Bay Area. After moving to the Monterey Peninsula in 1979, she became the first Develop -ment Director for Planned Parenthood of Monterey County. Later she became Executive Director of The Buddy Program, similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Since retirement she has been a community volunteer, most recently with Hospice of the Central Coast for 15 years. Currently she is a Senior Peer Counselor with The Alliance on Aging and an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

She has two married daughters, and four grandchildren. Her pastimes include travel, swimming, reading, writing, Contra Dancing, live theater, walking the Rec. Trail and enjoying living in Pacific Grove.

Shirley Peake

Shirley was born and raised in the Los Angeles area.  Married to Councilmember Bill Peake, she has two grown sons, in Chico and Long Beach, California. Although Shirley and her husband have lived in Indonesia, Kuwait, Canada, and Kazakhstan, they have been Pacific Grove homeowners since 1990. They are now retired and are full-time residents.  

Shirley worked as an Administrator for Chevron Corporation and also as a Certified Paralegal.  But her passion is creating jewelry. She has taught classes to all age groups. Currently her work is at The Monterey Museum of Art, Butterfly in Pacific Grove, and Olive+ at the Crossroads in Carmel.

Shirley is a member of the Heritage Society and volunteers at the Pt. Pinos Lighthouse Gift Shop.