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NEW MEMBER APPLICATION

The HCDE Alumni Leadership Board is soliciting members for its third cohort. We are looking for at least 10 HCDE leaders interested in supporting HCDE alumni through planning events, building content, and promoting alumni connections. Board roles are a challenge and require dedication. Board members actively represent the board and its alumni audience at a number of departmental events throughout the year as well as plan events driven by the board itself.

See our Frequently Asked Questions about the HCDE Alumni Leadership Board.

Apply by April 30, 2021

 

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 Members

Sharla Akers
Board President
Second year of service

BS, 2016
Program Manager at Microsoft
LinkedIn

Sharla is a Program Manager at Microsoft, working on the Windows Developer Platform team. She is passionate about connecting with customers and being their advocate to build the right product for them. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, games, traveling, and trying new hobbies (currently crochet and cooking).

PlaceholderDaniel Aldridge
First 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. 

Ankur AgrawalAnkur Agrawal
First 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.
 

Josh BakerJosh Baker
First 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. 

Matthew Carthum
Second year of service

MS, 2008
Product Design Manager at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Digital
LinkedIn

Matt Carthum has been working in the design realm for the past 15 years crafting and leading experiences for Alaska Airlines, Janus Capital Group, Bill Gates, SAP, Microsoft and many others. For the last four years, he has been with Disney Parks & Resorts Digital, leading the magical design for Shop Disney Parks and various commerce experiences for mobile app and web. He is currently a Product Design Manager who oversees the native mobile app platform for the Disney Parks apps.

Paula Chuchro
Second year of service

MS, 2017
Senior Product Manager at Hulu
LinkedIn

Paula is passionate about using human-centered design to build software and hardware for people. She has worked at Microsoft as a Program Manager on the Windows and Surface team and now work on creating a delightful streaming experience on phones and tablets at Hulu.

R. Jill DeMarco
First year of service

MS, 1996
Retired (formerly with Boeing)
Retired - Program Mgr., Aviation Safety & Regulatory Affairs
LinkedIn

After 37 years in the aviation sector -- both federal government (FAA) and private industry (Boeing) -- I retired in 2016. Retirement is the best job I've ever had!

Alex FrommAlex Fromm
First 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.
 

Sarah KepaSarah Kepa
First year of service

MS, 2015
Senior UX Designer at Amazon
LinkedIn

HannahHannah Nursalim
First 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
First 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.

VeronikaVeronika Sipeeva
First 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.
 

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.