About Us

We are a fun, supportive, and skilled community that connect UX professionals to inspiring resources, events and professionals in the field.

In a few more words, UXPA Kansas City (UXPA KC) is a local chapter of the National User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). We’re a volunteer-run organization providing resources, support and educational and networking events for professionals passionate about user experience (UX), user-centered design, usability, accessibility, and human factors.

We host monthly events including speakers and panels geared for senior practitioners as well as social events engaging a wide range of interests. We offer an informal and fun way to learn and network across our local UX community over light refreshments, kick back with your peers, find a job, or meet a new client. Membership to UXPA (national) will get you in free to  local events.

As part of our programming we share industry best practices on user experience, user-centered design, usability and more; we facilitate professional development and education within the UX field and promote the value of UX, research, design, and evaluation to businesses and other entities. See our resources page for more.

We also focus on actively participating in enhancing Kansas City through relationships and activities with various organizations and companies throughout the city (e.g. collaboration with non-profits, scholarships, etc). Click below if you’d like to join.

We meet at a variety of locations around the Kansas City area and are always open to new locations and companies to host. Email us if you’d like us to meet in your space.


Meet the UXPAKC Board

Lauren Robinson

Co-Director of Communications

Lauren is currently a user experience designer at Netsmart in Kansas City and is in school for Interaction and User Experience design at KU. She attends design events in the KC area regularly and feels very passionate about how healthcare software can benefit from user-centered design.


Sarah Lanzer

Director of Sponsorship

Sarah has been on the board of UXPA for two years. Through her work she has built user experience design in healthcare, advertising, automotive and insurance. She is currently a Senior Experience designer at SelectQuote in Kansas City. She is also the leader of the Kansas City chapter of ‘Ladies, Wine and Design,’ a women’s monthly design chat.


Tom Morse-Brown

Co-Director of Communications

Tom is a designer and consultant in visual design, brand systems and user experience. He has worked with small businesses, non-profits and corporate companies in Kansas City, refining brand identity, repositioning for greater market impact, and creating strategy to drive traffic to causes or increase sales. He has led workshops on brand identity design with the Enterprise Center in Kansas City and is currently a design mentor with the AIGA KC Chapter.


James Smith

Director of Events

James is a Senior UX Designer at H&R Block helping to make online taxes simpler. He’s worked in web design in the pharmaceutical marketing industry and in UI design with Hallmark Cards and their online stores. James graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Commercial Graphics. He is on the board of the KC CARE Health Center and helps raise over $300,000 each year as the chair of The Bloom Party.


Tim Gillissen

Co-Director of Outreach

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.


Kayla Thomas

Co-Director of Outreach

Kayla is currently a senior pursuing Interactive Digital Media at Northwest Missouri State University. She plans to start her career in the user experience field after she graduates. Kayla is enthusiastic for design, creativity and usability viewpoints resulting in world-class web and social media outcomes. She wants to be that person who will provide captivating user experience design to develop brand loyalty, customer retention and conversion ratios.


Our Interim Chapter Board

Amanda Woods, Hallmark – Communications Lead
Brian Mills, Sprint – Events Lead
Jon Kohrs, Federal Reserve of Kansas City – Outreach Lead
Willem J. van Norel, Cerner Corporation – Memberships & Operations Lead


Our Founding Members

Alice Kingsolver, Sprint
Amy Schweppe, Garmin
Brandon Blattner, Sprint
Brian Oppenlander, Cerner
Corporation Bryan Kearney, Sprint
Buck Sommerkamp, Federal Reserve of Kansas City
Cale Moore, Hallmark
Cary Moody, Hallmark
Chris Wallen, VML
Christa Minks-Brown, Sprint
Dave Berck, Level Five Solutions
Eric Diebold, Netchemia
Geoff Priester, Level Five Solutions
George Brooks, Cremalab
Jeff Swartz, Level Five Solutions
John Keller, VML
Justin Peterson, Cerner Corporation
Justin Ruggieri, Garmin
Kendell Warner, Cerner Corporation
Leah Allen, Hallmark
Megan Hopkins, Level Five Solutions
Michelle Pabst, Sprint
Myron King, VML
Naomi Minnich, Waddell & Reed
Ron Schroeder, Level Five Solutions
Stephen Hassard, Garmin Steven
Hoober, 4ourth Mobile
Tyler Hilker, VML
Van Vuong, Hallmark