my path to user experience

My entry to UX came while working, of all places, at a nonprofit children's blindness prevention program. A shiny new database, custom-built for my team, was delivered to us with every feature on our wish list.

And we all disliked it.

Most of the team insisted they were personally inept and that's why it was so challenging to use. Once I observed my teammates using the database, I could see where tricky areas in the design slowed them down. 

I wanted to help, and thus began my path into user experience.

Now, as a UX designer and researcher, I've designed experiences for nonprofits, start-ups and global companies. I completed a master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction and Design from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. I love learning and talking about UX, so I am active in UX communities and was a founding member and director of UXPA Mid-Missouri. 

I'm interested in technology use in social spaces, humanitarian initiatives and designing products that help people become better. In my free time, you’ll find me tending my verdant collection of large tropical plants, watching movies with my family, or swooning over mid-century interiors.