About the Foundation

Board of Directors

Mary Ann Whitten
Mary Ann Whitten

President - Mary Ann joined the PGPL Foundation board in 2014, and became board president in 2017.  She also served as co-chair (with the Friends president) of the 2018 Library Renewal Project Capital Campaign. Working in partnership with the City, Friends, and Library Board, Mary Ann sees this Foundation board as a key element in ensuring that PG’s historic Carnegie library will meet the information needs of the future. 

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Ann holds a BA in English and UC master’s degrees in French and library science. She spent most of her adult life overseas as a teacher, librarian, and, for two decades, diplomat. Since retiring from the U. S. Foreign Service in 2000, she has worked as an educational consultant, editor, publisher, and writer. She moved to Pacific Grove in 2014.

Marty Dunn
Marty Dunn

Vice President - After moving to Pacific Grove from her native Santa Cruz in 2018, Marty began volunteering with the Friends of PGPL.  This was a natural fit for Marty, who had volunteered in her school libraries and worked one summer for her local public library.

Marty attended San José State, earning her BA in Spanish/English minor, and then UCSB for her elementary teaching credential.  She worked in various environmental non-profits before resuming her education career as a bilingual fourth-grade teacher and later a high school Spanish ‘maestra.’  Upon retirement, her grammatical persnicketiness led her to begin Dunn Write Editing Services as well as pen a column for a local newspaper.

Besides reading and writing, Marty gardens, swims, plays bridge and stays connected with her five above-average grandies.
 

Kim Bui

Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library President - Kim has lived in Pacific Grove since 1978. She retired from local government service in 2017. Kim was the Monterey Public Library Director from 2004-2014. She and her husband, Steven Silveria, who was previously Pacific Grove's Director of Library and Information Services, have four adult children who grew up using the Pacific Grove Public Library.

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. Kim is looking forward to introducing her grandchild, the fourth generation of Pacific Grove Public Library users in her family, to the joys of reading in Pacific Grove's renewed library.

Donna Martin
Donna Martin

IT/Resources and Design - Donna is a fairly recent arrival in Pacific Grove, having retired in early 2018 from her position as Director of Pathology Resources and Development in the Pathology Department at Emory University, Atlanta. In addition to her departmental responsibilities, she was privileged to work with the Emory University School of Medicine for six years offering hands-on classes to all Emory staff for computer-based software. 

Her interests—both professionally and personally—lie in IT project development as well as photography and graphics. It is in these areas in particular that she hopes to add value to the Foundation’s work. Since joining the board in 2018, she has designed the Foundation’s 2018 and 2019 annual reports, which included her photography as well. Other projects, both print and electronic, are currently in progress.

Noreen Nance
Noreen Nance

Secretary - Noreen worked in Silicon Valley as a financial analyst and corporate trainer before retiring to Pacific Grove in 2000. She became involved with the Friends of the Library after attending an annual meeting and was later appointed their President. She led the efforts that raised $800,000 to add a community room to the Library. After a six-year hiatus in Pittsburgh, she is once again living in Pacific Grove. The Library is one of her passions, and she wants to see it continue to be a real gem in PG’s crown. She joined the Foundation Board in January 2014 and continues to support the growth of the Foundation.

In addition to her work with the Library, Noreen has served on the Advisory Board of the Monterey Salvation Army and as a volunteer at the PG Chamber of Commerce.

Dave Parker
Dave Parker

Investment Advisor - Dave is a Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Strategist in the Carmel Wells Fargo Private Bank where he manages the wealth of high-net-worth individuals and non-profit organizations. His life and career took him to Hawaii, northern and southern California, and Europe before he decided to settle permanently on the Monterey Peninsula, where his family has roots dating back to the late 1800s.

Dave has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations locally, as has his wife Patty, and he is especially interested in working with the Pacific Grove Public Library Foundation to help assure that the library remains a community centerpiece of which we can all be proud for years to come. Dave is an avid reader and also enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends. He currently resides in Pebble Beach with his wife and son, four cats and one large dog.

David Russell
David Russell

Library Renewal Liaison - David was born in San Francisco, raised in Redwood City, and then lived in Menlo Park until moving to Pacific Grove. As a part-time PG resident since 1999, full-time since 2005, he has realized what a gem the Pacific Grove Public Library is. He joined the PGPL Foundation Board in November 2016 and wants to help in any way he can to support our wonderful library.

David has a BA in history, MAT in social science and a Master’s of Public Administration. He spent his early adult life as a school teacher and administrator, and then twenty-five years working in the commercial construction business in Silicon Valley. He completed his career as CEO and partner of one of the largest commercial construction companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Linda Vogt
Linda Vogt

CFO - Linda has spent many years in the financial arena. After serving as a founding partner of a CPA firm, she moved from public accounting to the private sector as Chief Financial Officer of a company that was successfully grown and marketed to a national entity. She is currently Chief Operating Officer for a real estate investment company.

When not involved with numbers, Linda is an avid reader and watercolor artist. She is excited to be a part of the PGPLF and considers it an important and vital part of the Pacific Grove community.