Communities & Organizers

Michigan UXPA helps coordinate User Experience related communities, groups and events across the state by maintaining relationships with a wide variety of organizations. Some groups have a broad participation of people who are interested in the topic of UX, others focus on practitioners (people who have a “UX job”), and some tackle issues at a professional level. (See the bottom of the page for more on the types of communities.)

These Michigan UX community organizers met regularly (3rd Sunday & Monday of the month) in 2020 to:

  • Stay in touch, share information & resources, and collaborate
  • Better serve both those interested in UX and practitioners
  • Advance the profession within Michigan

Participating Communities & Contacts

CommunityTypeRepresentative(s)WebsiteMeetupOnline Hangout
Customer Experience of MichiganProfessional AssociationTom
IxDA Grand RapidsLocal ChapterChristy Ennis-KlooteIxDAGR
IxDA DetroitLocal chapterPatricia Machado
AIGA DetroitLocal ChapterDylan
IDSA DetroitLocal ChapterJody
Ladies that UX DetroitLocal ChapterJackie WolfLTUX_DETFacebook
Ladies that UX Grand RapidsLocal ChapterChristy Ennis-KlooteLadies-That-UX-Grand-Rapids
STC Michigan Great LakesLocal ChapterKatherine Baeckeroot-Pavlovic, Lynette Pryce, Peggy Frizzo, Shannon
Michigan CHILocal ChapterDave
U of M SOCHIStudent ChapterMatt
Detroit UXGeneral MeetupJodi BollaertDetroit-User-ExperienceFacebook
Lansing Experience DesignGeneral MeetupJesse Woodrufflansing.codesLansing-Experience-Design-MeetupLansing Codes Slack
Michigan Automotive & Mobility UXSpecialized MeetupMike Nunnery, Parrish HannaMichiganAutomotiveUX
Ann Arbor UX Happy HourSocialDan CooneyFacebook
WIAD Ann ArborEventMatt
Ignite UX MichiganEventJessica Beasley, Neha Singhal, Namita Nisal, Gabriel
WUD @ MSUEventSarah
College for Creative StudiesUniversity ProgramJody
U of M StampsUniversity ProgramKelly
U of M SIUniversity ProgramMustafa
MSU CXMUniversity ProgramTom
MSU XAUniversity ProgramCasey
MSU UXUniversity ProgramMichael
GVSU Visual & Media ArtsUniversity ProgramVinicius
Michigan Tech C&LSUniversity ProgramErich
Visit the websites to learn more about an organization, sign up for its mailing list, etc. Join a meetup group to get notifications of events. Some groups have a place online where you can meet people and ask questions.

We have a mailing list to help us all stay in touch. We also encourage everyone to join the UX Michigan Slack team as another tool to help us collaborate.

Other Participants

Representatives above and others who have a history of leading UX communities and events in Michigan also participate to help us continue building upon the strong legacy of UX in the state.

Michigan UXPA Volunteers

Board members and other volunteers for Michigan UXPA collaborate with the other community organizers. MiUXPA board members need to be UXPA International members (any level), but volunteers just need to be willing to donate time and energy. Contact us to learn more.

  • Mike Wojan
  • Keith Instone
  • Sarah Swierenga
  • Katie (Licht) Oeschger
  • Ali Saleh
  • Max Nicholson (MSU XA intern)
  • Jameson Staneluis
  • Jesse Bandfield
  • Tara Hasouris

Additional Communities

There are more communities that service UX practitioners or cover UX as a topic in Michigan. Contact us to tell us about more communities or to help us connect with these.

Types of Communities

  • Professional association: An organization committed to professional development, such as certification (based in Michigan)
  • Local chapter: A Michigan-based group that is part of a national or international organization
  • Student chapter: A group of students at a local university, part of a national or international organization
  • General meetup: A grassroots, independent organization for social interaction and broad, introductory education (often hosted on
  • Specialized meetup: A grassroots, independent organization with a focus, like an industry
  • Social: A group organized for social interaction (only), such as lunches and happy hours
  • Event: A regularly occurring event (usually annually), such as a conference
  • Online: A group that only hangs out online (such as a Facebook group, email list, or Slack team)
  • University program: An area of study, a source of students and academic knowledge
  • Trade association: A group of businesses organized to promote an industry