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PhillyCHI 2017 Elections are Open

The Time Has Come… Vote For Your 2017 PhillyCHI Officers!

The polls will close on Thursday, December 8th at 12pm. The new 2017 PhillyCHI Board will be announced that evening at the Joint PhillyCHI/PANMA/PhillyPUG Holiday Party.

Good luck to all candidates!

Note: This link is being distributed via the PhillyCHI e-mail list and LinkedIn group only.

Let’s Meet the Candidates for 2017!


Candidates for Chair

Brian Crumley

Nominee: Brian Crumley

Reason for Nomination:

Brian has served on the PhillyCHI board for the last two years and feels his business is not yet finished. In the last two years, Brian has used his connections from all across the city to help sponsor events—both monetarily and as partnerships with other groups to bring fresh membership. PhillyCHI has grown tremendously under his steed. Attendance at PhillyCHI events has been better this year than in years past, and this helps the organization grow, which is a direct benefit to the professionals who attend to learn from peers as well as network. Brian is also an organizer for BarCamp Philly and the Forge Conference, and has an acute understanding of executing and maintaining logistics. Brian has brought these skills and has grown the PhillyCHI community both in quality and influence.

Brief Biography:

Brian is a Front-End Lead and UX Developer at O3 World, an Interactive Agency in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. There he works with the design and strategy teams on projects to ideate on and test the overall experience of websites. Brian is an organizer for BarCamp Philly and the UX-focused Forge Conference, frequent local event attendee, occasional snowboarder, and unapologetic foodie.


Steve Pashley

Nominee: Steve Pashley

Reason for Nomination:

Steve finds PhillyCHI to be a vital source of information and inspiration for the UX design community. As Chair of PhillyCHI he would like to focus his efforts toward more educational resources for the community especially in areas of UX management and leadership.

Brief Biography:

Steve is currently UX Lead at Elsevier Inc. where he provides design direction for a suite of eLearning software for healthcare professionals. In this role, Steve advocates for the adoption of lean, user-centered, design processes that deliver exceptional user experiences and business results. Lean UX and Design Sprints are two key tools Steve applies to deliver exceptional, focused, and usable design solutions. In addition to his role at Elsevier, Steve is the volunteer Executive Director of The Dare Two Foundation. Dare Two is dedicated to designing solutions that help individuals prevent type 2 diabetes.


Candidates for Vice-Chair

Stephanie Lin

Nominee: Stephanie Lin

Reason for Nomination:

After serving as Treasurer of PhillyCHI for the past year, Stephanie has polished her leadership skills and is ready to move up the ranks to serve as Vice Chair. Being a part of the PhillyCHI community has helped Stephanie in her career and she feels very motivated to keep giving back and helping others through career progress and career transitions.

Brief Biography:

Stephanie is a current board member of PhillyCHI, and a UI/UX Designer at Tembo, Inc. At her current role, she works alongside with product managers, data analysts, and developers to create engaging tools for school leaders, educators, and families, in hopes of making data more accessible for users to arrive at better, well-informed decicions. She is excited to be in the intersection between defining problems, understanding user needs, and designing beautiful interfaces. She is also involved in volunteering with The Humane League, a non-profit focused on farm animal advocacy work. Stephanie received a B.S. in Marketing, and minored in Graphic Design at Lehigh University.


Candidates for Treasurer

Kelsey Leljedal

Nominee: Kelsey Leljedal

Reason for Nomination:

Kelsey has been attending PhillyCHI events since she came to Philadelphia in 2012 and thinks it provides the community with excellent user experience events. She is excited to use her budgetary skills she gained from running the LadyHacks hackathon.

Brief Biography:

Kelsey has been working in the Philly tech scene since 2012 where she spent four and a half years as a content writer and editor. Currently, she is a digital strategist for TMNA Services, LLC. She attends other tech meetups including Philly Content Strategy Meetup, Philadelphia Area New Media Association (PANMA), and Girl Develop It, Philadelphia, and she serves on the planning committees for the LadyHacks hackathon and the Women in Tech Summit. For fun Kelsey likes to create graphic design and craft projects, read, travel, and attend local theatre.


Candidates for Secretary

Megan Moser

Nominee: Megan Moser

Reason for Nomination:

Megan has been a member of PhillyCHI for a year and a half. She is currently studying design at Penn and has been able to incorporate UX thinking into her work. She’s learned so much by attending PhillyCHI events, and has found it to be a welcoming and supportive community. Megan would love to contribute her program design and events management experience to PhillyCHI, and also to support the community at it continues to grow and thrive.

Brief Biography:

Megan is a Senior Associate Director in the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), where she works at the intersection of data, technology, and people to create processes and systems that support and advance the student experience and the work of the program. She partners with faculty to run the Authors@Wharton Speaker Series and Student Committee, and provides oversight for the Leadership Program’s signature events. Megan joined the Wharton School in 2011, helping to launch the Executive Coaching and Feedback Program and Authors@Wharton, along with several other initiatives. Prior to Wharton, Megan worked at an executive coaching and strategic communication consulting firm, where she was part of a team that launched a new revenue-generating practice. She also spent several years in the nonprofit sector, working in volunteer administration and behavioral health. Megan graduated summa cum laude from Chestnut Hill College with a B.A. in Human Services, and is currently studying Design through the University’s Post-Baccalaureate program, where she has taken a variety of courses including 3-d, web and digital design.

Vote For Your 2017 PhillyCHI Officers!


About PhillyCHI

PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.

Cast Your Vote for PhillyCHI 2015 Officers

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Follow this link to vote for your 2014 PhillyCHI officers!

The polls will close on Thursday, December 4th at 12pm. The new 2015 PhillyCHI board will be announced at the holiday social on Thursday, December 4th at the PANMA & PhillyCHI Holdiday Party.

Good luck to all candidates!

Note: This link is being distributed via the PhillyCHI e-mail list and LinkedIn group only.

Meet the candidates!


Candidates for Chair

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Nominee: Lis Pardi
Reason for nomination: Lis Pardi is a natural leader, well informed in academic and professional experiences concerning IA, UX and HCI. Lis as a current board member to PhillyCHI has brought ambition and the will to execute that ambition. She is fit for the roll as PhillyCHI 2015 Chairman and the organization will benefit from her leadership.
Brief biography: An information scientist “ready to organize everything,” Lis Pardi is User experience designer, usability researcher, information architect, librarian, speaker, oddly-good untrained stiltwalker. She devotes her literary-trickster nature to organizing, designing, and coding to make websites and software easier to use.


Candidates for Vice-Chair

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Nominee: Victor Yocco
Reason for nomination: Victor is seeking a second year as the PhillyCHI Vice Chair. He has enjoyed working with this year’s board. Together with the rest of the team, Victor accomplished a lot in the past year, continuing with many of the previous traditionally held events, and offering new opportunities such as the well received breakfast session with Jeff Gothelf. If re-elected, Victor plan to focus on increasing PhillyCHI’s transparency to membership by doing the following:

  • Implementing and enforcing a standardized process for requesting an event or to speak.
  • Facilitating the creation and distribution of a regularly scheduled (e.g. quarterly) update to our membership.
  • Cultivating a team of volunteers to serve on relevant subcommittees as needed.

He would also continue to work with the other board members to ensuring high quality events are provided to membership, and by continuing to look for new opportunities that align with PhillyCHI’s vision for the organization.
Brief biography: Victor Yocco is a researcher and strategist at Intuitive Company, a Manayunk based user focused research, design, and development firm. He is also the current PhillyCHI Vice Chair. Victor has been very active in PhillyCHI over the past year, participating in PhillyCHI events, maintaining PhillyCHI’s LinkedIn page, and attending regularly scheduled Board meetings.


Candidates for Treasurer

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Nominee: Brian Crumley
Reason for nomination:As an organizer for BarCamp Philly and the Forge Conference, Brian has an acute understanding of executing and maintaining logistics. Brian would bring these skills to helping PhillyCHI grow in both quality and influence.
Brief biography: Brian is a Front-End lead and UX Developer at O3 World, an Interactive Agency in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia. There he works with the design and strategy teams on projects to ideate on and test the overall experience of websites. Brian is an organizer for BarCamp Philly and the UX-focused Forge Conference, frequent local event attendee, occasional snowboarder, and unapologetic foodie.

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Nominee: Lauren Galanter
Reason for nomination: Lauren has been a PhillyCHI member for the past few years, and is excited at the prospect of joining its leadership. If elected, she would bring a fresh perspective as a new UX practitioner, focusing on inclusion of new/aspiring UXers and strengthening PhillyCHI’s online presence. Lauren is very active in the Philly tech scene, and would be able to leverage her network to help grow PhillyCHI.
Brief biography: Lauren Galanter is a self-described Web Polymath who calls South Philadelphia her home. She has worked at tiny startups and giant corporations, holding positions touching almost all aspects of technology and the web – content operations, visual design, development, and most recently user experience and information architecture. Active in the local tech community, Lauren has TA’d multiple classes for Girl Develop It Philadelphia. Local lore has it that she named the documentary series Developing Philly and coworking space Independents Hall. Outside of technology and design, Lauren loves to read comic books, refinish vintage furniture, and watch too many cat videos and Star Trek. Her website is laurengalanter.com.


Candidates for Secretary

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Nominee: Upma Singh
Reason for nomination: Upma ​has been involved in PhillyCHI for the past year. She has found PhillyCHI to be warm and inviting, and being part of PhillyCHI has bolstered her desire to transition into a UX career. She​ ​would like to be involved in the community in a bigger way, believing that being an officer of the PhillyCHI​ ​​Board would be a wonderful way to accomplish this goal. Additionally, Upma would like to institute more regular events, so that PhillyCHI members can expect something fun and great on a regular basis.
Brief biography: Upma Singh​ ​will be an experience designer someday. For the last 18-ish months she’s been on a self-learning journey and she is weirdly in love with everything UX. She has spent much of her professional life as a corporate video producer and editor, and​ ​holds an MFA in film and video production. She is currently​ ​an instructional technologist at Haverford College. Her other interests include cooking, traveling and chillin’ in West Philadelphia with her husband and two cats.


About PhillyCHI

PhillyCHI is the Philadelphia region’s chapter of the ACM SIGCHI, an interdisciplinary academic and professional group interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability, and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI holds monthly meetings and socials to network and discuss current topics in HCI. Learn more at phillychi.org or follow along on Twitter at @PhillyCHI.