The team behind MWUX15 is passionate about bringing the UX community together. Although our backgrounds and experiences differ, we share a desire to create great human experiences.
Jack Moffett Chair
Jack manages the design group at Inmedius, a Boeing company. With a BFA in Graphic Design from West Virginia University and a Masters in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon, he has been designing web, desktop, and mobile applications for over 15 years in both research and industry environments. Jack has designed software tools for Lockheed Martin, Shell, DaimlerChrysler, Eaton, and many organizations within the U.S. military, including Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Naval Reactors, and NCIS. He teaches design part-time at WVU, authored Bridging UX and Web Development, co-founded IxDA Pittsburgh, and writes about design on designaday.tumblr.com.
Ryan Cummings Co-Chair
Ryan is a ux manager for UPMC Health Plan Consumer Innovations. His passion is to serve people by understanding their stories, embracing the power of simplicity and designing aesthetically-pleasing products, systems, and services with natural interactions. Ryan holds a master’s in multimedia technology from Duquesne University and a UX master’s certification from Rutgers. He serves as an adviser for the Pittsburgh Technology Institute’s multimedia program and is a local leader for IxDA Pittsburgh.
Shelley Moertel Program
Shelley is an entrepreneur and design professional with nearly 20 years experience leading companies and product teams to create compelling product experiences. Her career has spanned tech startups, to founding and building a design and research consulting firm that was acquired, to her current position as VP of Customer Experience at Jazz, a performance recruiting SaaS company serving thousands of customers. Shelley is an advocate of human-centered design and a certified instructor with LUMA Institute. Her award-winning design work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Wired Magazine, and others. Shelley has a Master’s degree in Design from Carnegie Mellon University and serves as a guest lecturer there for the School of Design and the HCII.
Laura Scott Program
Laura is a design practitioner with experience managing the design process for clients and teammates, as well as a leading the design efforts for UX strategy, information architecture, and research. Currently, she is a Senior UX Designer at Jazz (formerly The Resumator) where she leads the design of new and improved features that support over 2,000 customers across three product plans. Laura has worked with companies including McDonald’s, Precor, Samsung, and PharMerica and her work has been featured in Apple Magazine and Engadget. Laura holds a Master of Design from Carnegie Mellon as well as a Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. Linked In | Twitter
Barbora Batokova Program
Barbora is a UX Strategist at Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), where she helps to shape SEI’s design practice. Her experience includes leading design research efforts, creating information architectures and user interfaces, improving process workflows and defining brand guidelines. Over the past five years at the SEI, Barbora has worked on cybersecurity and digital forensics solutions for federal law enforcement agencies, as well as internal and public-facing organizational websites and applications. She holds a Master of Design in Communication Planning and Information Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelors degree in Professional Communication from Chatham University. Linked In
Bill Bernstein Logistics
Bill would be a recent convert to interaction design, if he hadn’t been slowly, steadily converting over his past nine years as an industrial designer. Leaving Carnegie Mellon University with an industrial design degree, Bill joined the team at Daedalus, a multi-disciplinary consultancy packed with people who care about user experience, and more. It has really rubbed off on him. Bill spends his free time both playing and taking in live music.
Gary Minnaert Logistics
Gary has been a UX designer since earning a Master of Human Factors Psychology from Wichita State University in 1999. He worked for over 10 years at IBM’s Silicon Valley Laboratory before moving to Pittsburgh where he has worked at Confluence Technologies and Direct Energy. Gary is a low-cost usability methods, delete-the-decoration-until-it-hurts, lean, designers-should-know-how-to-code-enough-to be-dangerous sort of UX designer.
Jeremy G. Burton Social
Jeremy is a UX architect at UPMC Health Plan, where he works as a designer, storyteller, facilitator, and researcher who occasionally adds pictures of sloths to deliverables. Having journeyed into the UX community from a career in journalism, Jeremy has spent the last two years paying it forward as an organizer and volunteer for UX Pittsburgh, IA Summit 2015, Startup Weekend PGH, and now Midwest UX 2015. He still believes in the fold.
Stephanie Butler Social
Stephanie applies her background in HCI to design products that support learning in secondary and higher education. When she’s not running in-class observations and doing think alouds, Stephanie enjoys traveling, cooking, kickboxing, and writing.
Josh Aronoff Sponsors
Josh is a UI/UX Designer who combines his love of people, technology and using design to solve problems to create great experiences on things with screens. He believes that good design, communication and the web can enrich and empower everyone. Josh currently runs his own consulting firm, working with startups and other small businesses, helping them with strategy, design and user research and testing. Prior to that, he’s worked primarily in the healthcare sector.
Jacqueline McClellan Sponsors
In the 5 short years that Jacqueline has been designing professionally, she has gained diverse experience in advertising, campaigning, identity design, exhibit design, web design and development, and user interface and user experience design. She is currently a UX Designer at BRUNNER, where she focuses on creating work that’s fast, flexible, and unique. Her participation on previous projects has earned national awards such as the Hermes Creative Awards, The American Graphic Design Awards, The Marcom Awards and The Videographer Awards.
Derek Wahila Design
Derek has been building web applications since the mid-90s and is as excited about solving problems today as he was then. The amount of technological progress over that time span has been tremendous, but the core challenge of connecting people to the right — and appropriate — information, when they need it, is still the central focus of his work. Derek graduated from Carnegie Mellon with degrees in graphic design and computer science. In 2001, he started wahilacreative.com, a web design and development firm.
Lisa Hanington Design
Lisa is a communications designer with nearly 20 years of professional experience. She is a high-honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design where she served as an adjunct instructor for 10 years. Specializing in graphic design, information design, diagramming, and mapping, Lisa makes complex information easy to understand and visually appealing. For project samples of logos, invitations, books, posters, banners, and forms, see drawsmartdesign.com.
Bobby Burdette Communication
A seasoned conceptual and strategic digital professional with over 13 years of interactive experience, Bobby is currently Manager of UI and Digital Design – Ecommerce at DICK’S Sporting Goods. He’s a UX focused Designer, Strategist and Digital Creative Director type. He’s also a father, a husband, a tech geek, a golfer, a lover of beer, and a Mountaineer. Find him here: http://www.bobbyburdette.com, @bobbyburdette, and http://www.finditshareit.com
Alexa Seretti Communication
Alexa is a veteran marketing writer and content strategist. Her career path has not been linear and she likes it that way. It’s given her the chance to work with big brands, small agencies and non-profits she believes in. She is currently working at Maya Design. She is passionate about civic engagement and was named a Pennsylvania Center for Progressive Leadership Fellow in 2009 and honored as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2010. Find her @alexaseretti and check out her work at alexaseretti.com.
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Raelynn O’Leary Volunteers
Raelynn is Principal Designer and Co-Founder of Dezudio, a small design firm in Pittsburgh that provides a full range of design consulting services. Raelynn is a user researcher, interaction designer, and visual designer with a special interest in data visualization. She has conducted user research exercises with the US Army, working with soldiers in the field to understand their daily needs in a combat environment and translate these into software and robotic interfaces that help save lives. Raelynn holds a Masters in Design from Carnegie Mellon University and she is co-chair of Pittsburgh’s Interaction Design Association.
Anna Abovyan Volunteers
As a User Experience Manager at M*Modal, Anna brings order to the chaotic world of medical documentation. She leads a small but passionate team of designers through turning awkward workflows into joyful experiences. UX process improvement, cross-platform interactions and endless opportunities to improve the little things around us are among her top interests.