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Accessibility

Cory Lebson

Owner and Principal User Experience Consultant at Lebsontech LLC, Silver Spring MD USA

Cory established his small, successful UX consulting firm in 1997 and has been a UX consultant for nearly 20 years. His core client base has included a number of Federal government, commercial, non-profit, and educational organizations. Lebsontech focuses primarily on UX strategy, user research, and associated training. Cory greatly enjoys teaching topics relating to user experience and technology and frequently gives talks and workshops on UX career development, usability, user experience, information architecture, mobile UX, and accessibility. Recently, he has been a guest on a radio talk-show and published several articles on user experience. Cory has an MBA in marketing and technology management, as well as an MA in sociology and a BS in psychology. Cory is President of the User Experience Professionals’ Association (UXPA) International and is Past President of the UXPA DC Chapter. MoreMore

Kate Finn

Principal at WiserUsability Inc., Cupertino CA USA

Kate lives in Silicon Valley, comfortably close to Apple. She received her PhD in Computational Linguistics from Georgetown University. Circumstances and her interests have taken her from artificial intelligence, to speech recognition, to course development, to prototyping GUIs—back in the day—to usability evaluations. She published several papers and edited one book, Video-Mediated Communication, before leaving the world of corporate research to raise a family in 1995. For many years, she worked as a freelance usability specialist. Then, in 2011, she and Jeff Johnson formed Wiser Usability to focus on age-friendly design. MoreMore

Kate Walser

Principal Consultant and Senior User Experience Designer at CX Insights, Fairfax VA USA

Based outside Washington, DC, Kate is Principal Consultant for CX Insights, a division of Tritus Technologies, Inc. For the past 12 years, she has envisioned and designed products that make sense and engage customers—all while promoting accessibility. Kate has worked across industry, government, and non-profit organizations, including AXA/Equitable, T. Rowe Price, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Veterans Affairs, as well as for some international organizations. Kate was a member of the U.S. federal advisory committee that updated the Section 508 and Section 255 accessibility standards. She has a degree in biomedical engineering and an MBA in strategy and international business. She is VP of the Washington, DC-area UPA chapter, and a member of the UPA-Knowbility Web Accessibility Certificate advisory board. MoreMore

Laurene McCafferty

Usability Consultant at System Concepts, London UK

An experienced usability consultant at the London-based firm System Concepts, Laurene has worked with a range of clients in the financial services, media and publishing, retail, and government sectors to deliver user-centered solutions. Clients have implemented her recommendations to help streamline their online processes and ensure excellent customer experiences based on proven results. Laurene has a strong interest in social media and working to help develop social media strategies within organizations. She has a PhD in Usability Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Sociology from the University of Glasgow. MoreMore

Martin Stellar

Owner of Single Malt Copy, Salobrea Granada Spain

Martin is a copywriter and marketing consultant with a knack for getting into people’s minds. This may or may not relate to the fact that he spent 12 years in a monastery where, ironically, he mastered selling and writing. These days, Martin runs a small copywriting agency that helps people get more sales. You might enjoy his daily newsletter on sales, psychology, and persuasion, which tends to be well received. MoreMore

Nathanael Boehm

User Experience and Social Interaction Designer for the Australian Government, Canberra Australia

For more than ten years, Nathanael has been working primarily in the government sector of the Web design industry. He started off as a Web application developer before transitioning through front-end development into interaction design. His strong technical knowledge has helped him establish his credibility and act as a communication bridge between information technology and business teams within organizations. This enables him to design and implement high-quality, usable, and accessible productivity applications and information Web sites that align with both business objectives and user goals. Nathanael is also deeply involved in Government 2.0 in Australia—with particular attention to social interaction design and social-media strategy development and implementation. He is helping Australian Government agencies move toward a citizen-centric approach to service design and delivery. MoreMore

Simon White

Head of UX at voyages-sncf.com, Paris France

Born and raised in the UK, Simon has worked, since 1998, in many areas of Internet infrastructure, including Webmastering, server administration, and CMS implementation. He saw the Internet bubble burst in Morocco, where he worked in a Web consultancy and evangelized Internet development, with missions in Tunisia, Malawi, and Haiti. Since 2003, Simon has done site management, user-centered design, UX evangelism, and multivariate testing in the French online travel market with brands like lastminute.com, voyages-sncf.com, and tgv-europe.com. He believes in strong management and a multidisciplinary approach to Web site management. MoreMore

Whitney Quesenbery

Principal Consultant at Whitney Interactive Design, LLC
New York NY USA

Whitney is an expert in user research, user experience, and usability, with a passion for clear communication. As Principal Consultant at Whitney Interactive Design, she works with large and small companies to develop usable Web sites and applications. She enjoys learning about people around the world and using those insights to design products where people matter. She also works on projects with the National Cancer Institute / National Institutes of Health, IEEE, The Open University, and others. Whitney has served as President of the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA), on the Executive Council for UXnet, on the board of the Center for Plain Language, and as Director of the UPA Usability in Civic Life project. She has also served on two U.S. government advisory committees: Advisory Committee to the U.S. Access Board (TEITAC), updating the Section 508 regulations, and as Chair for Human Factors and Privacy on the Elections Assistance Commission Advisory Committee (TGDC), creating requirements for voting systems for US elections. Whitney is proud that one of her articles has won an STC Outstanding Journal Article award and that her chapter in Content and Complexity, “Dimensions of Usability,” appears on many course reading lists. She wrote about the use of stories in personas in the chapter “Storytelling and Narrative,” in The Personas Lifecycle, by Pruitt and Adlin. Recently, Rosenfeld Media published her book Storytelling in User Experience Design, which she coauthored with Kevin Brooks. MoreMore