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 a local chapter of UXPA International.

Meet the Board

Tom Morse-Brown

Executive Director

Tom is a Kansas City based design consultant with a track record of creating award-winning brands for local and national institutions, businesses and non-profit causes. He has extensive experience in brand strategy, design systems, and design leadership with cross-functional disciplines. He is passionate about the Kansas City UX design scene and serves with UXPA to curate design experiences, build community, and facilitate connections. 

Lars Erickson

Director of Operations

Lars is a UX Associate 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. 

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

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.

Parc Masterson

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.