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Former Alumni Board Members

The HCDE Alumni Leadership Board (ALB) builds community between alumni current students, promotes career connections, and designs events and information aimed at continuing education.

The Department thanks those serving on our current alumni board, as well as those who have completed terms of service on the board.

Former Alumni Leadership Board Members



Veronika Sipeeva
MS, 2017
Design Researcher 2 at Microsoft

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.

Alex Fromm

Alex Fromm
BS, 2012
Senior Design Manager at Microsoft

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.

PlaceholderDaniel Aldridge
BS, 2016
Senior UX Designer at Zulily

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. 

Josh BakerJosh Baker
MS, 2018
UX Designer at WSECU

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. 

Sarah KepaSarah Kepa
MS, 2015
Senior UX Designer at Amazon

HannahHannah Nursalim
MS, 2019
User Researcher at Microsoft via HARMAN

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
MS, 2018
UX Designer at Uber ATG

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.


Sharla Akers
BS, 2016
Program Manager at Microsoft

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).

Gary J. Anderson
MS, 2016
Sr. Design Researcher at Microsoft

Gary is currently a Sr. Design Manager at Microsoft within the Artificial Intelligence and Research, Search, and Ads Studio. Throughout his years in this industry, Gary has had the opportunity to play many different roles (Designer, Researcher, UX Program Manager, Product Manager), and utilizes this broad UX experience to help others understand and execute user-centered design effectively. Gary holds a B.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Montana State University-Bozeman, an M.B.A. from Boise State University, and an M.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington. Gary has a passion for teaching and sharing the principles and philosophy of user-centered design, and takes great pride in helping organizations and individuals realize the benefits of always putting the end user first.

Kendall Avery
BS, 2016
UX Researcher at SAP Concur

Kendall is a User Experience Researcher with SAP Concur. Her role is to connect the designers and engineers to our end users so that we can develop products that truly work for our customers. She is a 2016 HCDE BS graduate. In her spare time you can find her at a concert, Seattle sports event, or planning her next trip.

Michael Berg
MS, 2009
UX Researcher at Amazon

Mike Berg is a Senior UX Researcher at Amazon. Previously, he was a Senior Project Manager with Microsoft's User Experience Central team. He is an advocate of UX education, foundational learning, and UX leadership for professionals in industry, students in education, and the general public overall. He holds a MS in Human Centered Design & Engineering and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Nathan Bilbao
BS, 2011
Senior UX Designer at Oracle

Nathan Bilbao is a Senior UX Designer at Oracle working in the ERP/FinTech enterprise space. Nathan graduated with his Bachelors from HCDE in 2011. Since then he has worked in civil engineering tooling, IT finance, cloud infrastructure, enterprise resource planning, and writing design curriculum and teaching. He has a passion for making connections, building others up, and  best-in-class products to bring pride and joy to users. All his puns are intended.

Hasani C.M. Burns
MS, 2015
UX Design Lead at Incentive Technology Group

Hasani Burns is a UX Designer and Software Engineer. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Hampton University, and a Master's of Science in HCDE from the University of Washington. He has touched many areas in his academic and professional career thus far: research publications through both Carnegie Mellon University, and Hampton University spanning robotics, artificial intelligence, and technology re-purposing for space (included competing in the first NASA Lunabotics & Mining Competition!); J.P. Morgan Chase, Accenture, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Microsoft. Currently, he is serving the D.C. area working in technology consultation, and federal contract work at Incentive Technology Group, leading UX design for multiple projects.

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

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
MS, 2017
Senior Product Manager at Hulu

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.