About Us

We are a community of UX professionals working towards Kansas City becoming known for exceptional user experience design, connecting UX designers to inspiring resources, events and practitioners in the field.

UXPA Kansas City (UXPA-KC) is a local chapter of the National User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA). We’re a volunteer-run organization resourcing professionals in user experience design (UX), user-centered design, usability, accessibility, and human factors.

We host monthly events including interactive workshops, inspiring presentations and engaging discussions. We offer an informal and fun way to learn and network across our UX community over light refreshments and inspirational events held in local businesses.

As part of our programming we promote industry best practices on user experience and user-centered design, we facilitate professional development and education within the UX field and promote the value of user centered design to businesses and other entities.

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

Lars Erickson

Co-Director of Communications

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.

Tom Morse-Brown

Co-Director of Communications

Tom is a freelance designer and brand strategist. He works with small businesses, non-profits and corporate companies in Kansas City, creating design systems, repositioning products 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.

Tim Gillissen

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.

Anita Hart

Director of Operations

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.

Jason Swartz

Director of Sponsorship

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 Lopez

Co-Director of Events

Parc Masterson

Co-Director of Events

UXPA International

The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) is an international association devoted to assisting new and established professionals in the user experience disciplines. Through networking, publications, conferences and classes, UXPA International can help you hone your skills and deepen your involvement in the UX community.

Our members are employed in a wide variety of disciplines, including product and service strategy, design, research, content and development. We are colleagues in pursuit of a common goal: better products and services, better working, and better living through usability.

Membership gets you discounts to major conferences, commonly used UX products and services, discounts to partner events and more.

Join UXPA International