Summit Committee

The Summit Committee shown below is responsible for making this event happen every year. 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! You can also start by clicking this link and filling out the form.

  • Co-Director
  • Lanie Dixon |
  • Lanie Dixon is a User Researcher at Ubisoft Montreal on Rainbow Six Siege. Previously she worked as an indie GUR with her studio Octothorpe.
  • Co-Director
  • Jess Tompkins |
  • Jess Tompkins is a User Research Analyst at Bethesda Softworks. She has been working in AAA games user research for over a year and has four years of experience conducting social scientific research in academia.
  • Content Lead
  • Daniel Kutz |
  • Daniel Kutz currently oversees and conducts UX research on Blizzard incubation projects with a focus on gameplay and social.
  • Content Assistant
  • Bernice Wong |
  • Bernice Wong is a UX/UI Designer at Pixelberry Studios. Prior she had internships with CBS Interactive and NetEase Games. In her down time, Bernice loves playing games about anxiety and mental health.
  • Content Assistant
  • Elisabeth Whyte |
  • Elisabeth has been a part of the Bethesda Softworks User Research Team for over a year. Before joining the games industry, Elisabeth received a PhD in developmental psychology and worked in an autism research lab.
  • Logistics Lead
  • Zhuoming (Jimmy) Zhou |
  • Logistics Assistant
  • Triskal deHaven |
  • Triskal is a graduate from the University of York, where he earned his MSc and completed his dissertation on Barriers Encountered by Players with Disabilities in Virtual Reality.
  • Logistics Assistant
  • Amanda Cullen |
  • Amanda is a PhD candidate in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She is also the lead researcher of UCI's Inclusive Streaming Initiative. She is new to the GUR community and thrilled to play a part in the summit.
  • Branding Lead
  • Danielle Pelletier |
  • Danielle is a User Research Moderator at Ubisoft Toronto, and has been in the industry for over a year. She is excited to contribute to the GUR community and further refine her research skills.
  • Fundraising Lead
  • David Tisserand |
  • David was a Game User Researcher at PlayStation and Ubisoft before becoming the Accessibility Project Manager at Ubisoft. He created the first gamesUR summit in 2009 and is happy to be back for the 10th year anniversary of this beautiful baby.
  • Fundraising Asst.
  • Esther Santos |
  • Esther did her PhD in Applied Health Sciences at Brock University. Her passion for games and research gave her academic background in GUR. When not reading and writing about games, playing Super Mario World is her favourite hobby!
  • Social Event Lead
  • Jonny Dankoff |
  • Jonathan Dankoff is the Senior Manager of User Research at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc, leading the research group and working on a wide variety of interesting projects with a fantastic team.
  • A/V Lead
  • Ara Jung |
  • Ara is currently working as a research assistant at UCSD lab where she helps with the analysis of their eye-tracking intervention games. Her main goal is to open the team's eyes to a user-centric development and the importance of testing with users.
  • A/V Assistant
  • Colin Wheelock |
  • 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. As for a photo, let me know if this one works.
  • Web Lead
  • Stephanie Puri |
  • Stephanie has been leading the User Research team at Bethesda Softworks since 2012. Prior to joining Bethesda, she was a researcher and manager for Gearbox Software. Stephanie also is an adjunct professor at SMU Guildhall.
  • Web Assistant
  • Jhim Verame |
  • Jhim holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, and has been a Games User Researcher at Player Research since 2018, where he's had the pleasure of working on various gaming platforms and genres.
  • PR/Marketing Lead
  • Tom Lorusso
  • Tom Lorusso and the Xbox Research team tackle a wide variety of fascinating research questions and cover all things gaming at Microsoft. Tom has been working in the field for 17 and plays way too much Hearthstone, Halo Wars 2 and Battlefield V.
  • PR/Marketing Asst.
  • Hannah Murphy |
  • Hannah Murphy is a User Research Specialist at Microsoft Xbox on Mixer. She previously worked at Epic Games as a UX Lab Analyst.