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 discounts to major conferences and commonly used products and services (see UXPA National for more info).

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

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


Jason Swartz

Director of Sponsorship


Jason Lopez

Co-Director of Events


Parc Masterson

Co-Director of Events


Past Board Members

Alice Kingsolver, VinSolutions
Amanda Woods, Hallmark
Amy Schweppe, PayIt
Brandon Blattner, Keap
Bree Walter, H&R Block
Brian Oppenlander, RareSloth
Bryan Kearney, Valorem Reply
Brian Mills, United Shore
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
Grace Brewer
James Smith
Jeff Swartz, Level Five Solutions
John Keller, VML
Jon Kohrs, Fresh Eggs
Justin Peterson, Cerner Corporation
Justin Ruggieri, Garmin
Kayla Thomas
Kendell Warner, Amazon
Leah Allen, Hallmark
Megan Hopkins
Michelle Pabst, Sprint
Myron King, VML
Naomi Minnich, Waddell & Reed
Ron Schroeder, InTouch
Stephen Hassard, Google
Steven Hoober, 4ourth Mobile
Tyler Hilker, Crema
Willem J. Van Norel, Cerner Corporation
Van Vuong, RSA Archer