Facilities - 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.
Director - Erin Boydston has a BS and PhD in Zoology/Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, and has worked for the US Department of the Interior as a Research Ecologist, the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Dallas Zoo and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Currently she tutors elementary through college-level students in science and math, and volunteers at Robert Down Elementary. Erin believes that libraries are important community resources, especially in a small town, and she wants to support our Library’s efforts to preserve the heritage of Pacific Grove and expand the accessibility of the Library’s services. Erin and her family are avid library users, and she would enjoy increasing connections between parents of school-age children and the Friends. Most importantly, Erin explained that she "wants to be a part of the Library's central role in serving this community."
President - 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.
Director - Don Freeman has taken college library courses; has a BA and JD. Don previously served as City Attorney of Carmel and Seaside, is a long-standing member of the Rotary, and has extensive experience on boards of non-profit community organizations as well as public agencies, among them CASA, the Rotary, Monterey College of Law and Legal Aid of Monterey County. His love and appreciation for education and literacy drew him to join the Friends’ Board. Don maintains that the ability to read leads to an expansion of understanding that strengthens individuals, our societies and our world. Don "strongly believes in the importance of maintaining a free library system."
Events - Stephanie is a retired Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist who has lived in Pacific Grove for over thirty years. Stephanie grew up in Salinas, and worked throughout Monterey County.
Stephanie has an M.A. in Speech Language Pathology and a B.A. in Psychology (Counseling.) Stephanie enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Steve, and spending time with their first grandchild. Often at story time or the beach!
“I have had a lifelong love for libraries and feel the PG Library is a vital part of our community” explains Stephanie. A past Library Advisory Board member, Stephanie describes her passion for libraries as “inter generational.” Starting with fond memories of visiting the library as a child, to involving her two children in PG Library activities as they grew, and now introducing her grandchild to the wonders of books and reading.
Director - Lucy Moore grew up visiting the Pacific Grove Public Library, and is committed to “ensuring that this wonderful institution—so integral to our community, way of life, and democracy— remains a healthy one for future generations.”
Lucy moved back to PG after teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for 25 years. She has a BS in Wildlife Biology, from CSU Sacramento, and an MA in Applied English Linguistics, from CSU San Francisco. Lucy was most recently on the Boards of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir and the Friends of the Pinney Branch Library in Madison.
We are delighted to have Lucy on the Friends Board of her childhood library. As Lucy explained, “It’s fun to become involved now, because libraries everywhere are recognizing the need to evolve with the times, while also continuing a precious tradition.”
Membership - 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.
Director - Heidi McNally-Dial is the retired Redevelopment and Economic Development Manager for the city of Turlock, with a BA and MPA. She is a member of several boards, including the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, Rotary and Economic Development Corporation. An avid reader all her life, Heidi believes that libraries are essential to strong communities and should be diverse and available to all. Heidi is a "hands on" Friends volunteer and looks forward to making presentations on behalf of the Friends and assisting with membership recruitment.
Vice-President - Linda has been a PGPL patron as long as she can remember, began volunteering at the Library in the 1990s (especially with Summer Reading and the Haunted House) and was hired in 2001 as a Library Assistant. One short year later Linda became Circula- tion Supervisor, where for 14 years she welcomed patrons to the Library with a smile, usually by name. In 2011 Linda received the James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year Award from the PG Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her volunteer efforts for the community. Linda retired in 2016 and we are grateful to have her time and talents in support of the Library and Friends.
Secretary – Abby Pfeiffer and her husband have been Pacific Grove homeowners since 1991. They have two grown sons who graduated from Pacific Grove High School. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism, but has spent much of her career working in IT, primarily at the Department of Defense Manpower Data Center at Ft. Ord, where she is currently a specialist in the area of identity data management.
Abby also worked for the National Steinbeck Center as a grant writer and at Hartnell College as an instructor in English Composition. She was a grant writer for the Pacific Grove Art Center, helping to raise funds to support exhibitions, and also wrote grants to support elementary and high school projects when her youngest son was a student.
Abby has been a library patron all her life and believes strongly in the importance of libraries as vital institutions that serve all people, providing the resources to learn, connect, develop and grow as individuals and as a community.
Sandy has lived in Pacific Grove for over 50 years and has enjoyed the Library for most of those years. She brings her background in Organizational Behavior, with a BS from UCSF, and decades of experience in Product Development and as a Systems, Software and Solutions Engineer.
Sandy is a volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with iHelp and the Monterey County Elections department, and has served on the Boards of the Gathering for Women and the Monterey History and Art Association.
In her application for a Board position Sandy expressed "Now, in my retirement, I would love to join the Friends in helping to support this amazing resource to our community and ensure its long-term utilization for many generations to come."
Treasurer - 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.