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.
Alyssa Ragsdale has a professional background in a variety of administrative, editorial and event planning roles. In this position, Alyssa works with artists and guests of the gallery to promote current and upcoming exhibitions and events as well as perform day-to-day duties. Previously, she served as administrative and editorial assistant at American Quilter’s Society, assisting with QuiltWeek events and their bi-monthly American Quilter magazine. Alyssa enjoys crafting, reading, and participating in local community events.
Board of Directors
Aida Vega, MSSW, CSW
Nikki D. May
Nikki is an artist and designer with a background in drawing, painting, jewelry and fiber arts. After an accidental ten 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.
Cody Walls was born in Paducah, graduating from Lone Oak High School. He attended Murray State University for undergrad, obtaining his Bachelor of Science with an Area of Accounting, then his Master of Business Administration.
After obtaining his MBA, Cody worked in the area as an accountant for a portable building manufacturer, handling all aspects of accounting and financial information, and obtaining his Certified Public Accountant license. He then went on to work for a Public Accounting Firm in Mayfield, preparing tax returns, completing audits, and compiling financial statements.
After working as a CPA for a time, Cody attended Southern Illinois University Law School. During his time there he worked as a Staff Member and Note Editor on the Law Journal in the process. While in law school, Cody began working at Denton Law Firm, where he is now employed as an Associate Attorney practicing estate and business law.
Teri Ray, Human Resource Management Senior Lecturer at Murray State University, earned her Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University and an MBA from Morehead State University. She also earned her SPHR and SHRM-SCP professional certifications through the National Society for Human Resource Management.
Teri helps guide the paths of many students interested in Human Resource Management at Murray State University. In 2009, the Human Resource Management Program at Murray State was audited and endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as aligning with their curriculum guidelines and providing students the necessary knowledge for success in the profession.
Teri and her husband Kelley reside in Paducah, where Kelley works as band director/jazz coordinator for McCracken County High School.
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.
With over twenty years of experience in higher education, multiple leadership opportunities have presented themselves to Kate Senn. Dr. Senn is the Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of Online Learning, Program Coordinator, and Professor in Computer and Information Technologies. Dr. Senn completed her Ph.D. in Leadership in December 2019 from the University of the Cumberlands and is also a graduate of the University of Louisville, the University of Kentucky, and Johns Hopkins University.
Tanya Gadbaw-Neitzke (b. Watertown, NY) is an artist and the Painting and FYE Assistant Professor at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Paducah School of Art and Design. She currently lives in Brookport, Illinois. Gadbaw-Neitzke received her MFA at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
She has been included in various solo, two-person, and group exhibitions nationally, as well as internationally. Gadbaw-Neitzke loves to explore and experiment with her work, as well as introduce people to the world of creating. She has been featured on the PBS show, Expressions.