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 inept and that's why it was so challenging, but once I observed my teammates using the database, I could see where tricky areas slowed them down. 

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

Now, I'm a full-time UX designer currently based in Missouri. I'm working on my master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction and Design from the University of California, Irvine. I love learning and talking about UX, so I'm also building a UX community as 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 the free time I don't have until my graduation in September 2018, you won't find me tending my verdant collection of large tropical plants, watching movies with my family, or swooning over mid-century interiors.