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

Daniel Jones

Co-Chair

Dan is a UX Designer for Garmin in Kansas City where he works on smartwatches and other tools for outdoor enthusiasts. Prior to that, he was a UX Designer at backstitch in Kansas City, and earlier 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 enjoys bringing an ethical and inclusive mindset to technology, and generally complaining about bad UX. In his free time you can find him running or baking.

Lisa Maione

Co-Chair

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.

Angie Brunk

Board Member

Angie Brunk (MLS, MA, MAS) is an Academic Services Librarian (Assistant Professor) at Kansas State University. With over 15 years of experience as a public services librarian at several institutions, she has been able to see how people of many backgrounds actually interact with complex technology. She has also served on multiple ADA committees. All of this experience, combined with an MAS in human factors and being born with a visual impairment has given Angie deep insight into designing technology and services that meet the needs of all humans. Angie is passionate about teaching UX and other design professionals about the needs of disabled people and designing products with accessibility in mind from the outset. In addition to her faculty appointment at Kansas State, Angie frequently speaks and consults on issues related to accessible and inclusive design.

Monica (Anh) Can

Board Member

Monica (Anh) is currently a UX design intern at Brand New Box and a design research assistant at the University of Kansas. She is interested in cross-cultural design which embraces cultural differences and translates them into product design. Monica focuses on creating meaningful experiences by conducting user research, implementing interactive prototypes, and practicing user-centered design. When she is not designing, you can find her watching true crime shows and munching on Asian snacks.

Sean Elwood

Board Member

Sean is the UX Lead at AGI Suretrack, a Lenexa-based technology platform for Agriculture. He is a native New Yorker and received his BFA from The Cooper Union. After several years as an Art Director, Sean turned his sights to UX and Product Design. A lifelong learner, Sean attended UX Bootcamp at General Assembly and is continuing his studies at Center Centre with Jared Spool.  Sean and his family relocated to Kansas City in 2012 and he loves the creative community here. In his free time, Sean enjoys DJing and spending time with his daughters.

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. 

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.

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.

Frank Myles

Board Member

Frank is Senior UX Manager at Woodruff where his current duties include creating wireframes, sitemaps, and general information architecture for website designs. He got his start in UX designing icon families and UI elements for Sizewise, a medical manufacturing company based in KC. At Sizewise, Frank tried to bring common UX patterns and interface elements to the field of medical technology to make products that were more intuitive for caregivers and felt modern. Frank’s design weapons of choice are Figma, Webflow, and an iPad covered in coffee shop stickers. When not designing, Frank can be found embracing his Sicilian heritage making pizzas and loudly insisting friends and family eat more.