About UXPA-KC

We are a volunteer-run organization of designers and creative thinkers hosting events and providing resources for a growing community of UX professionals in Kansas City. We are local chapter of UXPA International.

Meet the Board

Lars is a UX Associate at Useagility in Kansas City. He received his Masters of Interaction/ UX Design from the University of Kansas in 2019. He is interested in user experience design and the intersection of design with literature. Efficient design begins with effective communication, and effective design begins with understanding people. From an idea to its realization, he creates and uncovers solutions by understanding client/user needs, identifying problems, brainstorming possibilities, and rapidly testing them.

Lars Erickson

CO- Director of Communication

Tom is a designer and brand strategist. He consults with business and causes creating brands, repositioning products and causes for greater market impact, and creating solutions to increase traffic to causes or grow sales. He has led workshops on design and design systems with the Enterprise Center in Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute.

Tom Morse-Brown

Co-Director of Communications

Tim is an Associate Director of Experience Design at VMLY&R in Kansas City. His work focuses on creating impactful experiences based on user-insights and emotional connections to create products that matter. Tim has led and assisted innovative design solutions for a variety of platforms including mobile apps, websites, motion-based systems, and non-conventional large touchscreens. His work has provided customer value for companies like Ford Motor Company, Ford Credit, Ford Performance, FordHub, Electrolux, Frigidaire and several large national food chains.

Tim Gillissen

Director of outreach

Anita is a UX Designer at TouchNet Information Systems in Lenexa. She leads interface design for multiple web and mobile fintech applications in the higher ed space. Anita received her Masters of Interaction and User Experience Design from the University of Kansas in 2019. She finds her inspiration within people, art, music, and travel. Ask her about a recent design management conference she attended in London that touched on the hot topics of diversity and disruption in design.

Anita Hart

Director of Operations

Jason is a Technical Recruiter and Account Manager with Kansys Staffing Group (KSG). He has been in the IT industry since 2012. His main responsibility is to help local IT professionals find new opportunities and connect high level talent with companies in the Kansas City area. In his free time, Jason coaches a youth baseball team, he enjoys KC sports and loves trying new craft beers… especially from local KC breweries!

Jason Swartz

Director of Sponsorship

Jason is a product designer at H&R Block with a background in education and technology. As a facilitator he learned early on the value to understand the user’s needs and how they interact with products and a business. Jason loves creating a delightful customer experience, listening to people and asking the right questions. His passion for analytical thinking and design, lead to creating digital experiences to solve user problems.

Jason Lopez

Co-director of events

A creative at heart, Parc is Director of Innovation & Experience at Signal Theory. He’s spent over a decade in the design industry developing award-winning work for brands like Sonic Drive-In, Burger King, Dr. Pepper, Snapple and Borden Cheese. Parc helps bring brands to life in ways that go far beyond art and copy, leading staff and clients to harness the power of design thinking to create meaningful, helpful experiences for their consumers.

Parc Masterson

Co-director of events