Staff & Board

Yeiser Staff

Lexie Millikan

Lexie Millikan

Executive Director

Will Brandon

Will Brandon

Project Coordinator

After receiving a degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University in 2017, Will moved back to Paducah and got involved volunteering at the Yeiser Art Center and working with the Lower Town Arts & Music Festival. He joined the YAC full time in 2019 as the Project Coordinator and spends his days surrounded by beautiful art from around the world and serving the community that has done so much for him.

Mary Remy

Mary Remy

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Ashley R. Barnett

Ashley R. Barnett

Chair

Ashley received her BFA in sculpture and graphic design from Murray State in 2001. She is mostly known in Paducah for her large scale mixed media paintings. In recent years she has returned to sculpture and ceramics.

Originally from Henderson, KY, Ashley and her husband moved to Paducah in 2002 for the creative community that had developed due to the Artist Relocation Program. Over the years Ashely has entered many shows at the Yeiser and met countless artists and art lovers that have inspired her and encouraged her as an artist. The Yeiser was a key factor in the development of her artistic career and she wants to make sure it continues to do so for future generations.

Merle Paschedag

Merle Paschedag

Vice Chair

Cody Walls

Cody Walls

Treasurer

Teri Ray

Teri Ray

Secretary

Stefanie Graves

Stefanie Graves

Special Events + Fundraising

Stefanie Graves is a professional watercolorist with paintings in both private and corporate collections nationally. Her style is representational with elements of Impressionism to capture the spirit, movement, and feeling of her subjects. Stefanie is inspired by the natural world, and her paintings draw from nature as well as the changing seasons. Additionally, with a house in central Mexico, she is inspired by the culture of the Mexican highlands with their vibrant colors and varied landscapes. 

Stefanie is a self-taught artist, having taken various workshops throughout her career from instructors in Chicago and Indianapolis. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States in various group shows as well as in central Mexico. She is the immediate past President of the Yeiser Art Center and lives in Paducah, Kentucky where she and her husband relocated as part of the Artist Relocation Program in 2007. She is also a retired nurse with over 40 years of experience in healthcare and management with a Baccalaureate Degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University.

Melinda Vasseur

Melinda Vasseur

Volunteer Coordinator

Melinda is a teacher and assistant director at Immanuel Preschool in Paducah. After receiving her BFA in art studio with an emphasis in graphic design from the University of Kentucky, she dabbled in a variety of graphics spots until eventually landing with her favorite crowd of art makers, preschoolers. Being a member of the Yeiser Board has been a wonderful opportunity to plug in to Paducah’s fabulous art scene, meet artists from everywhere and create fiber art.

Nikki D. May

Nikki D. May

Graphic + Web Designer

Nikki is an artist and designer with a background in drawing, painting, jewelry and fiber arts. After an accidental 10 year career as a Creative Director with IBM, she moved from Atlanta to Paducah as part of the Artist Relocation Program in 2003. She spends her days designing logos and websites, drawing pretty pictures and drinking too much coffee.

Todd Blume

Todd Blume

Gallery Maintenance

Aida Vega, MSSW, CSW

Aida Vega, MSSW, CSW

Social Worker, VA Medical Center (Paducah, Mayfield)

Although not an artist herself, Aida decided to accept an invite to join the Yeiser Art Centers board because art has always been a pivotal part of her life. She loves immersing herself in the creativity of the artist, and experiencing the beautiful works of both local and international artists. When she travels, she searches for art museums as part of her experience in a new city, so she can experience the creativity of the many amazing artists around the world. Aida hopes to offer her skills to assist the YAC in introducing new community members and visitors to the amazing programs and installations offered in our very own Art Center.
Sara Simon

Sara Simon

Education + Fundraising

Sara Simon is a mixed media artist and art teacher based in Paducah, working mainly with acrylic painting and recycled fibers in her practice. When she is not doing artsy stuff, she is a homeschooling mom to a wonderful 10 year old boy, a wild spotted dog, a Red Eared Slider turtle and travels the world laughing with her life long love. Sara has been on the board at the Yeiser for 2 years. She loves how the Yeiser brings culture and creativity to our region and exhibits work of artists both local and international.

Kara Gray-Watson

Kara Gray-Watson

Fundraising

Kate Senn

Education

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