UXPA in Kansas City

We are a volunteer-run organization of designers and creative thinkers. We host events and provide resources for a growing community of business leaders, practitioners and students – those interested in finding ways to increase innovation through design. We are a local chapter of UXPA International.

Meet the Board

Tom Morse-Brown

Executive Director

Tom is a Kansas City based designer with 25 years experience in brand strategy and design. He’s been awarded multiple times by the AIGA, GDUSA and Adobe for his work with local, national and international brands, helping them position, launch and move the needle through strategic design. A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and a mentor with the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Tom’s passion lies in helping brands discover their core raison d’etre, create exceptional experiences using design thinking and achieve the good in the world they and their audiences desire. He is a keen supporter of local business, a proponent for UX and design thinking and an advocate for emerging designers. 

Lars Erickson

Director of Operations

Lars is a UX Designer at Useagility in Kansas City. He received his Masters of Design in Interaction and UX 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 challenges, brainstorming possibilities, and rapidly testing them. 

Lyn Morse-Brown

Director of Culture & Strategy

Lyn is an Executive Leadership Coach and Accredited Enneagram Practitioner. She has built her career in culture and people development within the UK and US. With a strong flair for design and an entrepreneurial spirit, Lyn leans into questions that challenge the status quo and supports the process of breaking through glass ceilings for growth and innovation.

Conscious of best practices and rituals to create inner quiet, creative spark and fire, she believes leaders and designers of today and tomorrow are deeply self aware people who iterate through radical feedback for the good of themselves, business and humanity. 

Her favorite human is her hubby Tom. Charlie their Shi-Tszu puppy comes in close second. All others humans and everything else are held with reverence, kindness and sometimes awe and wonder!

Jason Lopez

Co-Director of Events

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.

Daniel Jones

Co-Director of Events

Dan is the UX/UI Designer for backstitch in Kansas City. Prior to that, he directed communications and design efforts at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he helped create web tools for tracking internet censorship, podcasts about autonomous vehicles, and reports about rural broadband. He has a passion for discovering user passions and pain points, delivering efficient and joyful experiences, and bringing an ethical and inclusive mindset to technology. In his free time you can find him running or baking.

Lisa Maione

Director of Continuing Education

Lisa is a designer, educator and speaker. Her work and research engages design histories, typography, and user experiences in relationship with projected, screen- and image-media. Lisa cut her teeth in New York City at various studios including 2×4, Pentagram, mgmt. design, Wolff Olins, and Metropolis magazine before starting an independent studio practice. She holds an MFA and BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a post-graduate certificate in Typeface Design from Type@Cooper NYC. Since 2008, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in design at Parsons School of Design, Queens College CUNY, Marymount Manhattan College, and Oklahoma State University. She is currently a full-time Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Kansas City Art Institute in KCMO.

Adora Yang

Director of Communications

Adora currently works as a Systems and Performance Manager at a local nonprofit organization, and also a student at the University of Kansas working on her Masters in Interaction Design. As an upcoming professional in the design industry with a background in marketing and anthropology, she aspires to bring impact through her work. During her free time, she loves to indulge in her appreciation for food by trying new foods and cooking new recipes.

Gavin Johnston

Director of Outreach

Gavin is a Lead HF Researcher at Cerner and has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, user experience research, and leading cross-disciplinary teams. He has led research and design initiatives for a broad range of products, services, and industries including consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, education, and financial services. His firmly held belief is that good design can change the world. He is a creative thinker, complex problem solver, and industry speaker who is dedicated to addressing difficult business challenges through user-centered design.