Board Members


Melissa Lackman - President

Melissa Morton Lackman grew up surrounded by artists and musicians and has always loved fine art. She took a B.A. in Art fromSeattle Pacific University in 1977, before turning to a career in law. After earning her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1981, she was a full-time litigator for 11 years. She has been directly involved in nonprofit management at the board level since approximately 1995, serving a variety of organizations, both local and national. In addition to her studio practice, she has passion for children’s mental health, children’s arts education, music, language learning, and travel.

Melissa Rubin - Vice President

Melissa Rubin has been serving on the IEA Board of Directors, as Education Director and Grants Administrator, since 2013. In addition, since early 2016 she has taken on the role of Vice President.

During her tenure on the IEA Board, Melissa has developed and administered the Emerging Artist grant, the Artist Project grant, and encaustic retreat scholarships.  She created, designed and edits the new IEA digital publication, encaustiZINE© She is dedicated to creating programming that enhances member benefits and seeks out opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. 

Melissa received a B.F.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts, and an M.S. Ed. in Arts Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, both in New York City. Her education and art career has spanned over 30 years and she has taught a wide range of students and classes: from pre-school age to high school, and under-graduate and graduate level. Melissa is an exhibiting artist who lives and works in New York City.

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Michelle Robinson - Treasurer

Michelle received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1991 from Texas A&M University and continued on to study photography, video, and computer animation at Texas A&M's graduate program in Visualization. During that time she produced animated short films that were shown internationally in such venues as the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She has been an artist with Walt Disney Animation Studios for over 20 years.

In contrast to her work for Disney, her recent personal artwork is mostly analog, consisting of wet darkroom photography, collage, printmaking and encaustic. Thematically, her art seeks to find a narrative in the tension between the natural and the man-made.

Paul Kline - Secretary

Paul Kline comes from a family of artists and has a BFA and MFA in painting. Paul was a Fulbright Scholar to Poland, where he taught and finished his doctoral research in art history. He has taught both studio art and art history, worked for the federal government for seventeen years in Washington, DC, was the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Guggenheim Museum, and after retiring, focuses on his artwork as well as occasionally teaches or lectures privately.

The Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, MA, represents Paul, and his work is held in many private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe. He currently lives in Madison, NJ, and is married to Richard Maxwell, who unconditionally supports and encourages Paul’s efforts and ventures in the visual arts.

You can see Paul’s work on his website at


Wo Schiffman - Exhibitions Director 

Wo Schiffman is a full time encaustic artist in New Hampshire. She studied art in Denmark, Japan and the US and holds a BA in Philosophy. She paints on paper, wood and stone and produces encaustic monotypes in her NH studio. Her recent work is in the permanent collection of the New York Hall of Science Museum, the Encaustic Art Museum and several corporate and private collections. Wo has been exhibited in numerous juried group and solo shows in the US and abroad. Her work is currently available at the SAA Gallery in Exeter, New Hampshire; the Kat Payge Gallery in Denver; Art Up Front Street Gallery in NH; and Waterstone Art Gallery, NH. Besides founding several art co-ops and coordinating numerous art events, Wo founded and managed a contemporary art gallery in California for many years and taught at numerous locations for over 25 years including the SF Museum of Asian Art. Art New England Magazine, May 2018, characterizes Wo’s work as “Etherial… contemporary paintings inspired by dreams, landscapes, the ocean and the desert -- fluid, rich and full of color.”

Kay Burnett - Education Director and Grants Coordinator

Kay Burnett worked in the computer industry for thirty-four years. During that time, she worked as a scientific programmer, developed interactive software for children, and wrote online documentation. She’s published and presented scientific papers, been a guest artist at the CSU Summer Arts program teaching interactive creative writing, and taught several interactive multimedia workshops.

In 2013, Kay began pursuing her love of art and creative writing full-time. She's currently working on “Emails From Paris,” a digital memoir/art book that includes over thirty encaustic illustrations. She’s also writing and illustrating "A Gargoyle in Paris," a children’s picture book illustrated with encaustic sculptures. The illustrations for both of these books will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition of encaustic paintings and sculptures at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

Millie Ryan - Development Director



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