2021 #gamesUR Summit Committee

The #gamesUR Summit Committee is responsible for making this event happen every year. Below are the Committee Members for 2021.

This committee rotates on an annual basis, so if you are interested in getting involved, don't hesitate to reach out to anyone on the committee to figure out how you can help!

Lanie Dixon


Lanie Dixon is a User Research Team Lead at Ubisoft Montreal supporting research on Rainbow Six Siege & Assassins Creed. Previously she worked as an indie GUR with her studio Octothorpe.

Jess Tompkins


Jess Tompkins is a UX Researcher at EA, supporting dev teams at the EA Tiburon Studio. She's been working professionally in User Research since 2018.

Ara Jung

A/V Lead

Ara is currently working at UCSD Qualcomm Institute’s PoNG Center where her main goal as a UX designer and researcher is to advocate for user-centric development and testing. Her passion lies in spreading mental health awareness and dedicating time into self-education while looking at pictures of pets.

Colin Wheelock

A/V Assistant

Colin Wheelock is a User Researcher currently working for UC Santa Cruz's Games & Playable Media MS program. There, Colin helps run playtests, lab studies, and user insights for aspiring game dev students working on their thesis games. He thinks everyone should play Rez at least once.

Danielle Pelletier

Branding Lead

Danielle Pelletier is a User Researcher at Ubisoft Montreal currently on Roller Champions. Before that, she worked on a wide variety of Ubisoft titles starting in 2018. She also draws things sometimes.

Daniel Kutz

Content Lead

Daniel Kutz is a lead UX researcher at Sony PlayStation. Previously he was at Blizzard Entertainment supporting its various game franchises and the Battle.net platform.

Elisabeth Whyte

Content Assistant

Elisabeth Whyte is a member of the BethesdaUser Research team. Before joining the games industry, she received a PhD in developmental psychology and worked as an autism researcher.

Bernice Wong

Content Assistant

Bernice Wong is a Senior UX Designer at Zynga. Prior she has worked at Pixelberry Studios and NetEase Games. In her spare time she enjoys eating sushi and making cool interactive things.

Esther Santos

Fundraising Lead

Esther Santos is a User Researcher at Hothead Games and has been working in game industry for over a year. Before starting her journey as a User Researcher in the industry, Esther received a PhD in Applied Health Sciences and conducted studies focused on active videogames.

Jimmy Zhou

Logistics Lead

Jimmy Zhou is a Researcher at Riot Games working on League of Legends currently. He previously worked at Epic Games and Netease Games.

Amanda Cullen

Logistics Assistant

Amanda is a PhD Candidate in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine and a Twitch Research Fellow, writing a dissertation on gender and labor in video game live streaming.

Triskal deHaven

Logistics Assistant

Triskal is the Sr. User Experience Researcher at the AbleGamers Charity. He is also a PhD Candidate in Systems Design Engineering at the HCI Games Group. His research focuses on accessibility and remote playtesting. #SoEveryoneCanGame

Hannah Murphy

PR / Marketing Lead

Hannah Murphy is a User Researcher at Activision. She previously worked at Microsoft Xbox, Epic Games, and as an indie GUR.

Jonathan Dankoff

Social Event Lead

Jonathan Dankoff is a User Experience Researcher at Google Stadia, working on delivering the future of cloud native gaming for everyone.

Stephanie Puri

Website Lead

Stephanie Puri is the User Research Manager for Bethesda, and teaches video game production as Adjunct Faculty at SMU Guildhall.
Please reach out to her on Discord if something is broken on the website :)