Kendra Abel | Library Manager | 928-368-6688 x4
Born in Show Low, Kendra has been employed by Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library since 2003, when she began her library career as a Circulation Clerk. She was promoted to Technical Assistant in 2004, and became the Library Manager at the beginning of 2015. Kendra graduated from Show Low High School in 1999 (go Cougars!), where she was named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist in 1998 and Finalist in 1999. She attended the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records’ Summer Library Institute from 2006 – 2008, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University in December 2015. She will complete her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December of 2017, and is looking forward to having more time to sleep, read, and spoil her cats.
Nancy Downing | Library Clerk | 928-368-6688 x1
Nancy Downing joined the staff of Pinetop-Lakeside Library as a part-time Library Clerk in July 2015. She is a native Californian but has lived in Arizona most of the last 40 years, where she has worked in a variety of libraries. Nancy graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Medieval Studies, but has spent her entire career in library work. Nancy moved up to The Mountain with her husband Mike and dog Dash just before starting work at PLPL.
Blake Hutzler | Library Clerk | 928-368-6688 x1
Blake graduated from Blue Ridge High School and is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. While he works here at the library, Blake is a mild-mannered, quiet, and friendly individual.
Mark Meyer | Technical Assistant | 928-368-6688 x3
Mark has been employed by Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library since November 2014. Originally from New Jersey, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion before serving in the U.S. Army for 3 years at Fort Carson, Colorado. He then spent 30 years in the computer field working for multiple defense contractors. His experience included designing and writing software for multiple government projects, as well as managing and troubleshooting government/military computer systems at field sites in Japan (5 years) and Hawaii (11 years). Mark and his wife, Jean, moved to Arizona in 2006 after taking an early retirement. He worked at several jobs before settling in the White Mountains in 2011. His interests include fishing and hiking. Mark is grateful for the opportunity to serve his local community at the library.
Kathy Villa | Library Clerk | 928-368-6688 x1
Kathy has been employed by Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library since November 2014. A native Arizonan originally from Tucson, Kathy has lived with her family in Pinetop-Lakeside for over 15 years and has also lived in New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with two degrees in elementary education and has spent the last five years substitute teaching at Blue Ridge Unified School District. Kathy is an amateur furniture builder, loves reading and gardening, and spending time with her five grandchildren.
Jennifer Volkert | Programs Librarian | 928-368-6688 x2
Jennifer was born in upstate New York, but has lived in Arizona since 1979; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Phoenix. She spent the last twelve years working at the Kearny and Superior public libraries, and currently lives in Vernon with her husband, Karl, and their youngest daughter.
Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library is a great place to work. Our staff loves to help our community use library resources and services. As a department of the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, full-time employees receive all of the benefits of Town employment, including insurance (medical, dental, vision, and life), leave (vacation, sick, and holiday) and retirement (Arizona State Retirement System). Our part-time employees work limited hours and do not receive insurance or retirement benefits.
All Town positions, including any available at the library, are posted on the Town’s website. If you have any questions regarding open positions, please contact Town Clerk Remy Miller at 928-368-8696 x 223.