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The HCDE Alumni Leadership Board (ALB) fosters an alumni and student community, builds career connections, and provides industry skill-sharing outside the academic curriculum.

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Alumni Leadership Board Officers

PRESIDENT

Ankur Agrawal

Ankur Agrawal
Second year of service

MS, 2016
Design Technologist at Intel Labs
LinkedIn

Ankur is a science geek with a passion for designing new inventive technologies that go beyond screen interactions and explores the relationship between human, machines, and physical materials. As a Design Technologist at Intel Labs, he performs early stage research to find new opportunities for creating innovative experiences. He also works with the technology teams on development by iteratively designing and building concept prototypes of the proposed experiences. He has filed a number of patents based on his work. In his spare time, you can find him in a climbing gym, hiking a peak, shooting some arrows, or just at home with his violin.
 

VICE PRESIDENT - INTERNAL AFFAIRS

Veronika

Veronika Sipeeva
Second year of service

MS, 2017
Design Researcher 2 at Microsoft
LinkedIn

Veronika currently works as Design Researcher 2 on the Office Planning & Research team at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, Veronika led research projects within the consumer and business-to-business departments at Premera Blue Cross, helped establish and champion research practices, mentored and equipped teams with tools and methods for improving the customer experience. Prior to joining the UX field, she ran an aviation magazine and oversaw private charter experience for high-net-worth customers. Veronika holds a Master's Degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington, is a co-chair for the volunteer committee for the UXPA International Conference, and is a mentor in the Seattle's chapter of Hexagon UX. In the summertime, she enjoys sailing in the Puget Sound area, hiking and camping in the mountains.
 

INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT - EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Rachael Cicero
First year of service

MS, 2020
Civic Designer at City of Seattle
LinkedIn

Rachael is the current Civic Designer for the City of Seattle's Innovation and Performance team. Prior to her transition into design, Rachael spent over six years managing design and engineering work at companies such as Twitter, and Seattle-based design consultancy, Artefact. Her decision to transition into design was prompted by her desire to not simply facilitate the development of human-centered technologies but to be on the frontlines, researching and codesigning them. Her focus now as Civic Designer is to create impact in local government by partnering with city departments, using human-centered design, to create experiences that afford equitable interactions for all Seattle residents. When she’s not thinking of the next design challenge to tackle, Rachael is most likely out hiking with her dog, Sully.

TREASURER

Alex Fromm

Alex Fromm
Second year of service

BS, 2012
Senior Design Manager at Microsoft
LinkedIn

Alex Fromm is a Senior Design Manager at Microsoft, where he leads a team of UX Designers focusing on the exciting and quickly expanding Security and Compliance product space. He works to solve complex, enterprise level problems with a keen focus on customers and strong visual design. Alex graduated from the University of Washington's Human Centered Design & Engineering department in 2012 and has been working at Microsoft for the past 8 years where he has designed experiences ranging from server management to consumer facing products. In his spare time Alex enjoys relaxing with his wife and golden retriever, playing and listening to music, and a good mezcal. Alex is always looking for opportunities to speak and give back to the local tech and design community, so reach out on LinkedIn anytime.
 

Alumni Leadership Board Members

PlaceholderDaniel Aldridge
Second year of service

BS, 2016
Senior UX Designer at Zulily
LinkedIn

Daniel is a Senior UX Designer and UX Lead and has designed product solutions for commerce and enterprise at Zulily, Getty Images, Microsoft, and Moz. Daniel has a passion for the human-centered design process and loves to teach others through collaboration and hands-on exercises. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys exercise & nutrition and playing guitar. 

Mike Arcari
First year of service

BS, 2011
Product Manager at Grade.us
LinkedIn

Dynamic, collaborative business leader with 12+ years of product marketing experience and a passion for improving the quality of other people’s lives—by shaping products that deliver on user needs and communicating the unique value propositions of those products through the power of effective marketing.

I have a diverse background with extensive working experience in development, design, copywriting, CRM administration, campaign management, and marketing operations. I also possess a formal education in human-centered design and engineering (HCDE), marketing, leadership, communications, and product management. My passion for learning has fueled both my professional and personal growth over the years. I’m happy to share insights, advice, feedback, and guidance to help you reach your goals.

Josh BakerJosh Baker
Second year of service

MS, 2018
UX Designer at WSECU
LinkedIn

Josh is a UX Designer with WSECU, and is the primary designer and researcher for their digital banking platform and mobile app. While attending UW, Josh served on the Graduate Student Alumni board, and received the 2018 Excellence Award for Leadership & Engagement. Since 2017 he has been part of the planning committee for the Puget Sound World Usability Day conference. Before moving into user experience, Josh spent a few years as visual designer and has a BFA in graphic design from Colorado State University. Outside of work, Josh loves connecting with people, tinkering, and taking in the outdoors by hiking or kayaking. 

D'Marcus Butler
First year of service

MS, 2019
Designer 2 at Creative Circle (Expedia)
LinkedIn

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga, and have been living in Seattle for about 4 years. One of the ways I like to give back to my community is through supporting education. Looking at my life, becoming educated getting my bachelors and masters degrees has changed my life more than I could have ever imagined and I want to help others achieve the same. I also focus these efforts on underrepresented groups because too often we don't believe that this is a viable path.

 

Ginger Corley
First year of service

Multiple jobs, self employed
BS, 1980
Website

I graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 after meeting all the requirements for a degree in English Composition as well as one in Scientific and Technical Communications program as it was called then.  However, at that time the program’s degrees only showed as “General Studies.”  So, Jim Southern and Mike White advised me to simply keep the title of my degree as English Composition, assuring me that they would vouch for me to anyone who inquired that I was a highly capable Tech Writer and graduate of their program.  It was a joke that my English Comp professors said I wrote fiction with an engineer’s voice and that professors in the Tech Writing program said I wrote technical works like a novelist.  I was pleased with both descriptions as it meant I truly had reached my goal of writing in the middle ground.

I worked as a writer for various companies for roughly ten years before getting the bug that was running rampant in the local tech industry.  Everyone was doing start-ups so along with three others, we started a company that developed a product.  I still spent most of my time writing and interacting with the public but now my tasks expanded to include business plans and investor relations, along with general Marketing.  I had been studying for my MBA at night school for years and I can assure you that starting up a company and having it go belly-up two years later was far more educational than any graduate degree program.  To clear up the company’s debts, I moved into a sales job in the telecommunications niche and have been there since.

I do write sales proposals but mostly these days I write for fun about my hobby.  I’ve been breeding and showing a rare American breed of sled dogs for about thirty years so I now am a freelance writer for the dog hobby press.  It’s a lot more fun than writing manuals or trade magazine articles on things such as “The Parallel History of Voltmeters and Calibration Instrumentation from World War II to Present.”  I’ve even added some “canine Pulitzers” (from the Dog Writers Association of America) to the awards I won from the Society for Technical Communications annual competitions.

I knew I was going to be a writer when I was eight years old and through college, I took every writing class the University of Washington offered, regardless of the department sponsoring it.  I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a writer; it’s just who I am, an intrinsic part of me.  The UW HCDE program as it’s now known helped make me who I am today and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Anne de Ridder
First year of service

Managing Editor at CMD
MS, 1999
LinkedIn

A 1999 M.S. graduate of the UW HCDE (previously Technical Communication) program, Anne has dedicated her career to bridging the technical and non-technical in order to deliver value for end users and businesses. She has worked on digital products with companies across a broad range of industries in roles spanning product management, user experience and information design. She also holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Occidental College, a certification in Pragmatic Marketing (PMC-III) and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Stefania (Stefanie) Gueorguieva
First year of service

UX Designer at Microsoft
MS, 2020
LinkedIn

Stefania is a contract UX Designer at Microsoft as part of the Identity team focused on designing experiences in Azure Active Directory. Her work involves facilitating how people access resources at work and ensuring their information is protected. She is passionate about solving complex enterprise problems and delivering seamless experiences. Before moving into the field of user experience and completing her master's in HCDE, Stefania worked as a visual designer for a few years and studied Fine Art, German and International Business. Outside of work, she enjoys making art, going on long bike rides, spending time at the climbing gym and connecting with new people!

Sabrina Kang
First year of service

Managing Director, Head of UX Research at Charles Schwab
UCD Certificate, 2014
LinkedIn

I currently have the privilege and honor of leading a group of 40+ UX Researchers at the Financial Services firm, Charles Schwab.

My background is diverse. I worked as a broadcast journalist and in marketing before transitioning to UX Research in 2014.

I'm good at collecting data and making sense of it to help stakeholders with product direction. The messier and complex the UX Research question, the better. I also love building processes to support teams.

Sarah KepaSarah Kepa
Second year of service

MS, 2015
Senior UX Designer at Amazon
LinkedIn

Julius Magsino
First year of service

BS, 2012; MS, 2014
Senior UX Designer at 98point6
LinkedIn

Julius has been a part of the UX industry for the past 10+ years, working at various companies and groups in the Seattle area such as T-Mobile, the University of Washington, and Microsoft.  With recent events making healthcare more relevant than ever, he has shifted focus as a Senior UX Designer at 98point6 where he helps discover new and innovative ways to make primary care affordable and accessible to all.  As an advocate for helping the UX community grow, Julius often mentors new or aspiring designers/researchers through hackathons and UX-related organizations.  In his spare time, Julius enjoys exercising, going out for drives, learning new skills, and playing video games.

Jacob McCalmont
First year of service

Senior Director, Energy and Utilities at The Mosaic Company
UCD Certificate, 2011
LinkedIn

Jacob is an inclusive, collaborative learning and development leader transforming culture through engaging, high-impact learning programs that excite employees, reduce training time, and address business problems At Mosaic, he builds and leads project teams which meet learner needs and address workforce challenges by leveraging instructional design, adult learning theory, major educational technologies, and competency-based learning approaches to design high quality learning programs. Outside of work, Jacob is a passionate Seattle Sounders supporter, plays part-time mechanic to an old truck, and an avid reader.

HannahHannah Nursalim
Second year of service

MS, 2019
User Researcher at Microsoft via HARMAN
LinkedIn

Hannah is a contract User Researcher at Microsoft working on Microsoft Edge. In addition to conducting research, she coaches product managers, developers, and designers of Microsoft Edge through the UX Research process in an effort to be more customer driven. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a BS in Psychology and in 2019 with an MS in HCDE. She enjoys connecting with people and sharing her passions whether it's UX Research, traveling, baking, etc.
 

RigoRigo Ordaz
Second year of service

MS, 2018
UX Designer at Uber ATG
LinkedIn

Rigo has been working in the field of self-driving vehicles for more than three years. As a Latino working in tech, Rigo is passionate about finding ways to connect and amplify the voices of other Latinx people working in tech, particularly in UX. He currently works as a UX Designer at Uber's self-driving car unit.

Susan Stainsby
First year of service

UCD Certificate, 1999
Sr. Content Team Manager, Digital Guidance at GoDaddy
LinkedIn

Susan helps people use technology to solve problems, be more efficient, and chase their dreams. This may look like an artfully crafted UI string, engaging web content, or an intuitive site experience. She also leads projects, drives content initiatives, and builds teams. She’s currently managing a team of content professionals at GoDaddy, and she previously spent 15 years at Microsoft in the Office and Engineering Excellence groups. In her free time, Susan enjoys seeing new places, reading, hiking, and riding her bike that goes nowhere.

Jihoon Suh
First year of service

MS, 2016
Product Designer at Facebook
LinkedIn

Jihoon is currently working in video-presence platform in Facebook Messenger. He has background in Industrial Design and HCI, and is interested in tech-adoption and immersive computing. Outside of his daily job, he drives side-projects with his friends on new interesting ideas and actively mentors design portfolios.

Shiqi (Ivy) Zhang
First year of service

MS, 2020
UX designer at Cisco Webex
LinkedIn

Shiqi (Ivy) loves to switch hats between UX design and product strategy. While she's a UX designer at work, she also plays many roles in her life.

HCDE thanks those serving on our current alumni board, as well as those who have completed terms of service on the board. Find prior ALB members here.