Past Board Members 2017-2018

President Emeritus


Rob Kovacs
UX Design Consultant

Statement: The NYC UX community is unique in terms of how welcoming it is to new members, and how interested we all are in seeing one another succeed.

I was the beneficiary of that generosity when I was mentored in the first round of the NYC UXPA Mentorship Program, and ever since I've tried to return the favor by helping to run that program, and by volunteering at NYC UXPA events.

As Treasurer, I would aim to keep the organization running smoothly so that everyone who makes the NYC UXPA great - the other officers, volunteers, members, and supporters - can keep doing what they do best.

Learn more about Rob at LinkedIn


Vice President Emeritus


Melissa McGrath
UX Designer, Freelance. 


Statement: I've been a member and volunteer of the NYC UXPA for nearly two years now. This fall, I'll be graduating with my M.S. in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management and I'm always keen to share and experiment what I've been learning with other UX Designers. 
I have some big ideas about how to increase engagement with the NYC UXPA community that I'm excited to collaboratively implement. While working to continue to deliver the same caliber of educational and inspiring events, I'd love to see the NYC UXPA expand into new roles. I'm specifically excited about how we might work together to elevate the profession as a whole. 
Learn more about Melissa on LinkedIn.


Treasurer Emeritus

Elaine Matthias
Experience Designer, Rosenfeld Media

Elaine MatthiasExperience: At Rosenfeld Media, my role is to bring a combination of strategic thinking and project management to developing services and products for UX professionals. I enjoy this position because I spend much of my time fostering collaboration within the UX community. Whether I am working with Rosenfeld Media authors, attendees of the Enterprise UX conference, or other UX practitioners from diverse backgrounds, I have experience with the multiple touchpoints within a diverse community and feel uniquely qualified to inject energy into the NYC UXPA community.


Vision: I envision my role with NYC UXPA as an initiator. I’ll continue Ligja’s great work by building strong speaker and sponsor relationships, as well as fostering our growing mentorship program. Additionally, I’ll explore new channels to help our members stay connected with the best local resources for UX practitioners, including email outreach, capacity building workshops, and business partnerships.

Learn more about Elaine at LinkedIn.


President Emeritus



 

Elaine Matthias

Experience Designer, Rosenfeld Media

 

Experience: At Rosenfeld Media, my role is to bring a combination of strategic thinking and project management to developing services and products for UX professionals. I enjoy this position because I spend much of my time fostering collaboration within the UX community. Whether I am working with Rosenfeld Media authors, attendees of the Enterprise UX conference, or other UX practitioners from diverse backgrounds, I have experience with the multiple touchpoints within a diverse community and feel uniquely qualified to inject energy into the NYC UXPA community.


Vision: I envision my role with NYC UXPA as an initiator. I’ll continue Ligja’s great work by building strong speaker and sponsor relationships, as well as fostering our growing mentorship program. Additionally, I’ll explore new channels to help our members stay connected with the best local resources for UX practitioners, including email outreach, capacity building workshops, and business partnerships.


Learn more about Elaine on LinkedIn.


Vice President Emeritus


Akiko Ikkai

UX Researcher, Wiley

Statement:  Since joining NYC UXPA in 2014, I’ve shown strong leadership by spearheading highly interactive events – a workshop on usability metrics, and Résumé Speed Dating – as well as reshaping our post-event attendee survey to capture members’ voices. Furthermore, as Director of Training since December 2014, I’ve streamlined the volunteer-training process by being a matchmaker – assessing needs of volunteers for developing additional skill sets, and leveraging existing talent to facilitate NYC UXPA’s event execution.

Learn more about Akiko on LinkedIn.



Treasurer Emeritus


Rob Kovacs

UX Design Consultant

Statement: The NYC UX community is unique in terms of how welcoming it is to new members, and how interested we all are in seeing one another succeed.

I was the beneficiary of that generosity when I was mentored in the first round of the NYC UXPA Mentorship Program, and ever since I've tried to return the favor by helping to run that program, and by volunteering at NYC UXPA events.

As Treasurer, I would aim to keep the organization running smoothly so that everyone who makes the NYC UXPA great - the other officers, volunteers, members, and supporters - can keep doing what they do best.

Learn more about Rob on LinkedIn.



President Emeritus

Gloria Petron

Customer Experience Lead, Corporate Internet Group at JPMorgan Chase

Gloria's LinkedIn Profile

Experience:  2012 is my fifth year volunteering with NYC UXPA and third year as President. Audience surveys indicate that the policies we've implemented around event preparation continue to pay off, with an average rating of 4.3 (out of a possible 5) in 2011, up from 3.6 in 2010. We continue to add value to our membership via networking exercises, Saturday workshops, and a talk dedicated exclusively to accessibility for the deaf. Our commitment to networking also remains strong, by providing an environment where those who are new to the industry can interact with those who are more experienced. I am also proud of our continued relationships with Blooomberg, Pace University, and Chase, plus new relationships including EuroRSCG, RAPP, and Second Market.

 

Vision:  A major focus for 2012-2013 will be on cultivating the leadership skills of our volunteers. As our chapter has increased in visibility and reputation, we now need more help managing sponsorships, accessibility, finances, and more. Our senior officers are now mentoring the next generation of volunteers, and we are defining the way a person's involvement can be best represented on a resumé. We will also be working with the national UPA to tighten the relationship between the national and local level.



Vice President Emeritus

Ruth Neighbors

Social Business Strategist at Social Edge Consulting


Ruth's LinkedIn Profile

Statement:  I've been an active volunteer for several years and served on the (formerly "NYC UPA") Advisory Board for the past 3 years. I’ve managed hospitality for events, updated the organization’s website, and written copy for event promotions. I started out as a reporter but for the past 10 years, I've focused on content management and strategy, most recently implementing a social, collaborative Intranet in a large corporation. I’ve held several leadership roles in a local chapter of Toastmasters International (most recently as president). In fact, my experience in public speaking has proven useful when I’ve assisted in reviewing NYC UXPA speaker presentations. Now that our chapter is 10 years old, I look forward to helping us define what we focus on next particularly as our profession matures.



 Treasurer Emeritus

Mary M. Michaels

User Experience Strategist and Director of Training at Human Factors International

Mary’s Bio | Mary's Webpage

Statement:   As someone with an MBA who has a fine arts degree and works as a UX strategist, I believe I bring a unique perspective to the position of Treasurer. I’ve been an active volunteer, serving as a member of the Advisory Board since 2005, and I’ve been your chapter's Treasurer for the past four years, continuing responsible stewardship over our association's finances. As our chapter expands even more, I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve as Treasurer of this vibrant user experience community!


 

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