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The IxDA Board consists of six directors that serve terms of two years. Each can renew their directorship one time, and the terms are staggered such that roughly half of the board changes from year to year.
Brenda is IxDA's Executive Director. Prior to joining IxDA in May 2012, Brenda was Icograda's Managing Director for seven years. Brenda oversees operations, builds strategic partnerships that further IxDA's objectives and works closely with the Board of Directors to advance IxDA's policies and best practices.
Brenda brings extensive experience in professional, volunteer, and not-for-profit association management to IxDA.
More than 15 years as a practising designer has taken Brenda through design studios, print shops, daily newspapers, publishing companies and the advertising industry. She has been recognised nationally for her design work and for her writing on technology’s impact on the creative field.
Brenda is a certified member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).
Steve Baty, principal at Meld Studios, has over 14 years experience as a design and strategy practitioner. Steve is well-known in the area of strategy and design, contributing to public discourse on these topics through articles and conferences.
Steve serves as President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA); is a regular contributor to UXMatters.com; serves as an editor and contributor to Johnny Holland (johnnyholland.org), and is the founder of UX Book Club – a world-wide initiative bringing together user experience practitioners in over 80 locations to read, connect and discuss books on user experience design. Steve is co-Chair of UX Australia – Australia’s leading conference for User Experience practitioners; and was Chair of Interaction 12 – the annual conference of the IxDA for 2012.
Steve holds post-graduate degrees in electronic commerce (M.Ec) and business administration (MBA) from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management; and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (Applied Physical Mathematics & Applied Statistics) from UTS.
He likes to fish, but doesn't get to very often.
Principal, Meld Studios
Founder, UX Book Club
Co-Chair, UX Australia
CEO at Catalyst Group, a User Experience Design and Research firm.
Find me at: twitter.com/nickgould
Mary Jane (MJ) Broadbent is an independent design consultant whose work over the past two decades spans a diverse range of visual and interactive design applications. Her practical expertise and leadership in the UX realm has benefited organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bookspan (now DirectGroup Bertelsmann), College Board, Empire BlueCrossBlueShield, H&R Block, The McGraw-Hill Companies (including Standard & Poor's), Pfizer, Sony Electronics, Thomas Publishing, and the United Nations. MJ also teaches developmental workshops on drawing skills and is a curator for VizThink, the global community of visual thinking. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP).
MJ has been active with IxDA since 2006, moving quickly from attendee to volunteer to steering the New York City local group. In recent years she helped create and launch the IxDA Mentoring Program and co-chaired the Interaction11 conference. She joined the Board of Directors in January 2011 and currently holds the office of Treasurer.
Kim Lenox is the DIrector of User Experience at LUNAR, IxDA's Local Liaison and an IxDA Board member. She is a founding member of IxDA-SF where she was deeply involved in co-hosting the monthly speaker series and events in 2007-2008.
Kim has spent nearly two decades focused on user experience design, management and delivery of multi-platform products and services with worldwide reach and exposure. She has successfully shipped products ranging from mobile application and OS software, PC desktop software, children's handheld devices, interactive TV, DVD interfaces, interactive kiosks, websites & CD-ROMs. Her previous clients and employers include Adaptive Path, AT&T, Excite@Home, Hewlett Packard, LeapFrog, Nokia, Organic, Palm, Samsung Design America, UPC/Chello and a variety of bubble start-ups of dot-com lore.
@seamusbyrne is co-founder and Director of User Experience at Graphic Mint, an experience innovation studio based in Dublin. Séamus has more than fifteen years designing user experiences for web and mobile applications and contributes his knowledge of interaction design, multimedia and online strategy to create user-friendly online and offline experiences with people, products, services and events. Séamus also teaches a UX and Technology module at National College of Ireland.
Séamus is the Interaction Design Association's first ever European Board Member and in his role as Director of Events has helped organise IxDA Global's annual Interaction conference in Dublin, Toronto and Amsterdam, and to set up and run the Events Office. He was co-Chair for Interaction 12. He started off his IxDA journey as a Dublin local leader in 2008.
In his spare time, Séamus is a Musician and Singer in Improbability Drive – @improbdrive