Former US Chief Technology Officer
Aneesh Chopra was appointed as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States by President Obama on May 22, 2009. In this role, Aneesh worked to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals, from job creation to reducing health care costs to improving higher education.
Prior to his appointment, he served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009.
Angela Hooker is a senior accessibility specialist and editor for CTi, where she manages inclusive design programs for government clients. As a self-proclaimed “web contortionist,” she’s brought her web management, development, accessibility, and editorial and content management expertise to the private sector and government for over 16 years.
In addition to universal design, Angela is an advocate of web standards and plain language. She contributes articles on accessibility to HowTo.gov; speaks on universal design/accessibility, web standards, and plain language; and, across the web, is a frequent commenter on web management issues.
Bermon Painter is the UX Design Lead for Hendrick Automotive Group, where he works with an amazing team that crafts nifty experiences and web applications with Ruby. He’s also heavily involved in the local tech community in Charlotte and organizes the Charlotte User Experience Designer, Charlotte Front-End Developers and Charlotte Grok groups. In his free time he works with the folks at @teamsassdesign on the redesign of the Sass website. Outside of technology he enjoys languages, speaks fluent Spanish, working on Italian, plays classical piano, and enjoys visiting the beaches and mountains of Ecuador with his family.
Bryn Mawr College
Catherine Farman has been building websites for over half her life, starting with HTML cobbled together on Geocities. Since then she’s learned modern web design and has been developing higher ed sites for over 6 years. She works as the web developer/designer for Bryn Mawr College, focusing on usable interfaces, accessibility, and responsive web design. Her WordPress experience includes building custom plugins and themes and providing support to the Bryn Mawr Blogs community of over 1,400 users. Outside the ivory tower, Catherine teaches women how to code for Girl Develop It and organizes networking events with Girl Geek Dinners.
Chaz Chumley has specialized in Drupal, WordPress, Responsive Design and consulting since 1995. While managing the open source initiatives for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, Chaz is also CIO of w3Consultants, an Internet application development and hosting company. Consultation services include training on HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Fireworks, Photoshop, Drupal, WordPress and ColdFusion. Chaz is also a contributing author for Lynda.com.
David Poteet is the founder and president of NewCity, an interactive design agency with particular expertise in education, science and culture. An alumnus of Virginia Tech, David has been involved with the web since its earliest days, creating the first website for Radford University in 1994 while working as a designer there. David left to start NewCity in 1995.
David teaches regular workshops on experience design and web content. David has led strategy and user experience for clients including Virginia Tech, Imperial College London, Roanoke College, American Park Network and the University of Portsmouth.
Derek is an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web development. He is the lead of Simply Accessible Inc., a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients.
Derek has a reputation for inspiring and exciting audiences with practical demonstrations and techniques for making web sites and applications easier for everyone to use.
Erling is a digital strategist specializing in experience design and social media at Symantec. His focus is on improving the total user and customer experience. He is currently working on improving user experience through the use of social media tools.
Erling has twenty years experience in user experience research and design, designing product user interfaces, conducting field studies, facilitating usability tests, and creating user interface guidelines.
Gaurav is an IT analyst in the Office of the Vice Provost for Instruction at VCU. He designs and develops websites and web applications with an eye towards building intuitive front ends and incorporating better usability in web applications.
Virginia Historical Society
Greg Hansard joined the Virginia Historical Society in August of 2005 and has worked on video production and web projects since August 2008.
In the spring of 2011, he became the senior web resources officer at the VHS and currently oversees the society’s website, social media, digitization, and video production.
California State University San Marcos
Ian currently serves as the web development librarian at California State University San Marcos. He leads and implements technology initiatives that focus on improving the user’s research experience. At present, his projects include infusing personalization within the library’s website, integrating discovery search, and providing course-specific library data to the campus learning management system.
User Interface Engineering
A software developer and programmer, Jared founded User Interface Engineering in 1988. He has more than 15 years of experience conducting usability evaluations on a variety of products, and is an expert in low-fidelity prototyping techniques.
Jared is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute and teaches seminars on product usability. He is a member of SIGCHI, the Usability Professionals Association, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the IEEE.
Jared is a recognized authority on user interface design and human factors in computing. He can be seen at conferences for web professionals around the world including An Event Apart, UX London and UX Immersion 2012.
Jason has been at the forefront of web culture for over 18 years as a designer, writer and teacher. He is the director of user experience at Forum One, an interactive agency with clients that include the Environmental Protection Agency, The Aspen Ideas Festival, and The Half the Sky Foundation.
As well as being a core contributor to Wired’s GeekDad blog, Jason has written over a dozen books and hundreds of articles, dealing with a wide range of digital media topics. His recent books include CSS3 Visual Quickstart, Fluid Web Typography, and Speaking in Styles: The Fundamentals of CSS for Web Designers. Over the last 10 years, Jason has spoken to audiences at some of the leading events in digital media, including SXSW, Voices That Matter, Macworld, WebVisions, WebDirections, NEXT, and HOW Live.
Read more about Jason on his blog jasonspeaking.com. Follow Jason on Twitter and on Facebook.
Web strategist, designer, technologist, speaker, writer, teacher, irrepressibly curious about almost everything. At Schoolyard, Jason is responsible for both creative direction and research and development of the company’s Drupal-based platform for independent school websites.
He also helps work with clients during the initial phases of contact, discovery, and discussion of integration opportunities, and a shoebox full of other things like converting all the company’s projects to an HTML5-based responsive theme so their sites look as great on a mobile device or tablet as they do on a laptop or desktop.
Jason Toth is a user experience designer at Viget, where he crafts engaging experiences that merge client needs with strong visual and interactive strategies. Jason has a range of professional experience including architecture, graphic design, and interaction design. Prior to Viget he worked in the software industry for seven years designing social collaboration solutions for enterprise customers.
Jason has led experience design efforts on projects for Lenovo, Network Solutions, MetaMetrics, Cisco, IBM, Duke University, and Volunteer Match. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Graphic Design from NC State University.
Jay Blanchard is a Texas-based web developer, designer and consultant. In addition to managing information technology and application development departments in the industry, he has published articles on content management, PHP, MySQL, jQuery and software application documentation.
He has served as technical editor for books on subjects ranging from content management systems and location-based services to using PHP and MySQL for creating e-commerce sites. His latest projects include several business specific, web-based customer provisioning and billing systems.
Jay developed a passion for efficient and effective web design well over a decade ago and has become fascinated with jQuery, having a burning desire to help others learn how to use jQuery effectively within the framework of other web technologies. He has transferred some of that fascination into his book Applied jQuery (Peachpit Press).
Jayan is part of Adobe’s technical marketing team for Web Experience Management (WEM). He has spent the past nine years at Adobe in various roles including performance tester (QA), installation expert (Professional Services) and technical marketer. He is also a macro and micro blogger who constantly tries to better his understanding of his readership through analytics.
Jeff Gothelf has been speaking about Lean UX, writing a book on it, and enthusiastically championing the practice within Agile environments like TheLadders.com.
He’s built his renowned career as a UX designer and information architect designing elegant, efficient, and sophisticated products that are used by millions of people via AOL, Webtrends, and Fidelity.
Today, he’s running Proof, a Lean UX consultancy that helps both organizational teams and independent clients get the design solutions that solve real problems and gets designers out of the deliverables business.
Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library @ Canisius College
Jeff is the library technology specialist at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, where he uses technology to make life easier for students, staff, and faculty.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY at Buffalo and an Master of Library and Information Science from Dominican University.
Virginia Historical Society
Jennifer Rohrbaugh Nesossis is the programs officer at the Virginia Historical Society. She has no idea what a programs officer is actually supposed to do so she fills her day working on print and web projects and trying to sneak more color into her workplace. She has worked at VHS since 2003, first in education and then in publications.
Jimmy Chandler collaborates with clients, colleagues, stakeholders and users to create user interfaces with great experiences that are accessible to all. He is a frequent speaker at and organizer of UX- and accessibility-related events in the Washington, DC area and elsewhere.
Jimmy has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary and currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife.
Regular Joe Consulting, LLC
For 20 years, Joe has concentrated on crafting excellent user experiences, using information architecture, interaction design, content strategy, and user research. He helps teams effectively integrate appropriate user experience into product development. Currently the principal of Regular Joe Consulting, LLC, Joe has previously held UX-oriented positions based in Boston, MA; Hamburg, Germany; Richmond, VA; Chicago, IL; and Durham, NC.
He is a co-founder of RUX (RichmondUX.com). He has served on the board of directors of the Interaction Design Association as well. Oh, he’s been a soldier, cook, radio DJ, road manager, and reporter once upon a time.
University of Richmond
John has worked as a web developer in higher ed for nine and a half years at the University of Virginia, wearing a variety of hats including webmaster, designer, and programmer. For the past two years, while working in the commercial sector as a user experience designer and Ruby on Rails developer, he has become particularly focused on the challenges of web applications requiring complex and sophisticated user interfaces.
In 2009 John helped found the edUi conference, and credits the evolution of many of his web development pursuits to the great things he learned from his peers while being involved with the conference for the past four years.
University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
John has been building websites since the late ’90s and currently serves as the webmaster for the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He enjoys graphic design, well-written movies, and the fact that he somehow found an amazing wife despite being a hopeless nerd (most of the credit goes to her for having low standards and a high tolerance for sci-fi references).
Currently a Front End Developer with Inflection in Redwood City, Calif., John was previously Director of Web and Digital Media Communications at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. There, he was involved in multiple web projects from inception to production, including the implementation of the ExpressionEngine content management system as Sewanee’s de-facto CMS. Brought up on a diet of web standards and accessibility, John hopes the web will become indispensable to institutions’ strategical development.
Bryn Mawr College
Juliana Perry came to project management and user support via a Masters in Library and Information Science, which she’s been using to organize Bryn Mawr College’s web presence for over 2 years, working towards greater usability and accessibility.
Conflict resolution training and undergraduate work in social science also help her understand and communicate effectively with users.
Her WordPress experience includes writing documentation, providing support and workshops for the Bryn Mawr Blogs community, and managing a months-long project to reduce plugins and themes to sustainable numbers and upgrade Bryn Mawr’s install from 2.7 to 3.2.
Kim Bieler is an interaction and visual designer who specializes in dense, data-heavy technical websites and applications. She ran her own consulting business, Apt Media, for 13 years and is currently UX manager at Mandiant, a leading information security company. She writes a blog, “The Pragmatic Designer,” at www.kimbieler.com.
Kristofer Layon is a product manager, web designer, and author. Kris divides his time between managing mobile product design for Capella University, doing independent design and development projects, and writing for New Riders, Peachpit, and others. He has an MFA in interactive design.
Kris has designed web sites for architects, urban planners, city governments, musicians, retailers, and a number of higher education clients. He has also taught design and typography at the University of Minnesota, and from 2008-2011 was the founding director of MinneWebCon.
Lara Swanson is the UI/UX manager at Dyn, a leader in Infrastructure-as-a-Service. She develops e-commerce and application interfaces and leads a team responsible for Dyn’s user experience.
Lorelei has grown with the IA/UX profession, with 15 years of experience working on the web. Her favorite problems are search, content strategy, operations, and customer experiences. Her favorite tools are ethnography, search analytics, call center feedback, active listening and empathy.
University of Richmond
Michael Gough is Adobe’s Vice President of Experience Design. He is also the leader of Adobe’s Experience Design Team (XD), an internal design practice focusing on the next generation of digitally enabled experiences.
A longtime advocate for quality in all digital experiences, Michael has been pushing the digital envelope for years. Previously, he was the Chief Creative Officer at Macromedia, Vice President of Brand Design at Nike, the Chief Creative Officer of Quokka Sports and the Creative Director of Construct.
He lives on a ranch in Northern California surrounded by family, horses, assorted farm animals and hills that seem to go on forever.
Rachel Nabors is a front end developer, UI engineer, and award-winning cartoonist in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has given talks and written about topics ranging from wabi-sabi to contributing to open source projects with GitHub. She spends her free time making comics, drinking tea, and tending orchids.
University of Arizona Libraries
Rebecca Blakiston was appointed as the first website product manager at the University of Arizona libraries in 2010. In this role, she chairs a website steering group and develops and manages an ongoing road map for the library website. She coordinates usability testing, conducts training sessions, and facilitates communication between stakeholders.
Rebecca has also been on the Instructional Services Team since 2008 and in this role designs and develops online tutorials, integrates information literacy into university curriculum, develops assessment measures, and manages content strategy for learning objects. She holds a Master’s in Library Science.
Stephanie Hay is a writer, project manager, and information architect with an uncanny ability to seamlessly guide users from point A to point B. She believes that understanding the online behavior of target audiences is the key to enabling positive user experiences.
Stephanie writes energizing content that compels people to buy, vote, contribute, and connect. She’s helped start-ups, non-profits, national businesses, and global companies speak genuinely to their audiences.
This co-founder of FastCustomer with an Master of Science from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University has worked with organizations like George Mason University, Viget Labs and the American Council on Education.
Whitney Hess runs a user experience strategy consultancy based in New York City. She believes empathy builds empires.
As the lead user experience strategist for The King Center Imaging Project – the digitization of more than 1 million documents and photos from Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal family archive – Whitney facilitated a product strategy workshop, conducted user research and developed personas to define the target users for the living memorial’s new website.
Her most robust research project to date was for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website redesign, the result of which was a set of eight design personas to communicate attitudes, motivations and behaviors of the institution’s key constituents, including teachers, students, family historians, academics, activists, donors and general visitors.
Whitney has a passion for elevating educational experiences and received a Master in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and HCI, both from Carnegie Mellon University.
She writes about improving the human experience on her blog, Pleasure and Pain.