Meet The Staff

The staff at the Hayden Public Library is dedicated to ensuring that our patrons’ experiences
at the library are great ones! Please contact us at any time with questions or concerns.

Ana Lash

Ana Lash stands in front of plants and pumpkins

Library Director

Ana Lash was born in Nevada, but is really an Arizona “native,” She moved to Colorado for this Library Director job! Having never seen or walked in snow, it was a life-changing decision. She began working in a public library in Casa Grande, Arizona part time and graduated from Central Arizona College, Arizona State University with a degree in Liberal Arts/English, and a post baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University after her kids got older. She was fortunate to be offered a chance to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in a newly created program called “Knowledge River” which was designed to help librarians who worked with minorities (which in Hayden, I did!). She moved to Hayden, Colorado in September of 2004. It has been wonderful living and learning about this beautiful town and state. Libraries and reading have always been her passion, and she is honored to promote them both from my heart.

Rachel May

Rachel May stands in front of flowers

Library Assistant

Rachel May enjoys living with her daughter Emily and husband Jerry in the Yampa Valley. She has lived in Colorado for ten years. She is originally from Massachusetts and has a Bachelor’s in Marketing Management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. Due to a rare genetic condition both Rachel and her daughter share a loss of hearing, but you won’t see it holding them back from living a full life. Rachel has been proud to serve the community at the Hayden Public Library for 9 years. She enjoys reading, listening to audiobooks, and crocheting in her free time.

Nikki Foust

Library Clerk

A Michigan native, Nikki found home with the Yampa Valley in 2009. When she’s not climbing mountains, rock collecting, cultivating curiosity or chasing adventure with her five-year-old son Jack, you might find her blissfully thumbing through books at the Hayden Public Library or working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She further aspires to earning a Master’s degree in an undisclosed complimentary field and currently holds a 4.13 GPA. Nikki has an affection for instilling a love of literature not only in her own child, but with the many children of the greater Hayden community. She says “the Public Library is for everyone—truly one of the few places where impartiality greets you at the door. Our Public Library is big on community, deserving to be coined the heart of Hayden itself.”

Jaime James

Library Clerk

I grew up all over the place, but have called Colorado home since I was 15.
I graduated from CU Boulder in 2006 with a degree in Chinese and Spanish. My husband and I mostly stayed in Boulder County
until last year, when our family achieved a longtime dream by finally moving up here in 2019. 
My favorite pastimes are spending time with my family (which also consists of our daughter and umbrella cockatoo), skiing, traveling, baking and, of course, reading.
Random fact: in college, I had a pet tarantula named Cupcake.

Abby Cadenhead

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Library Page

Abby has lived in Hayden since she was two years old, graduating from Hayden High School in 2017. She now attends college at CNCC in Craig as well as working part time at Hayden Public Library. She spends much of her time crafting and writing stories, and is working toward becoming a published author. She also enjoys drawing (especially with colored pencils), sculpting, and painting. Prior to working at the library, Abby volunteered at a therapeutic riding center for five years, helping mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged clients ride and enjoy horses. The most memorable lesson she learned in those years was how to respect people by meeting them at their level, whatever their level is and however it may be different.