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

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.