Meet Our Mentors

Our mentors are industry professionals with years of experience and a passion for teaching. Explore our mentors and stay connected!

Merlin Stonecypher

Merlin Stonecypher
Sr. Director of UX at Lantern

Merlin is passionate about making products delightful for consumers. She believes that design thinking and empathy can bring new approaches to business solutions. Merlin brings over 16 years of Human-Centered Design experience in various industries such as gaming, healthcare, automobile, social media to name a few.

Christian Sosa-Lanz

Christian Sosa-Lanz
Sr. UX Designer at IMDB

As a User Experience Designer, Christian aims to streamline interactions with technology so people can get the information they need without frustrations. Through the aid of tools, such as personas, scenarios, and prototyping, he helps teams visualize and iterate on solutions to craft the best "conversation" possible.

Kristin Kazamaki

Kristin Kazamaki
Interaction Designer & UX Researcher at VCA

Kristin has an infectious enthusiasm for the power of User Experience design. Kristin's diverse design background has given her a strong understanding of design thinking, empathy for user needs, an ability to adapt, and project management skills.

Noel Saw

Noel Saw
Lead UX Designer at Bailiwik

Noel is a passionate UX Designer who helped teams building great apps from both aesthetics and functional perspectives. Noel worked on successful projects for large brands, including Nissan, Red Bull, Murad, Behr, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Mattel, USC, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, and most recently Rakuten.

Ruohai Wang

Ruohai Wang
Sr. UX Designer at Symantec

Ruohai is a seasoned product designer worked on end-to-end solutions at startups, enterprises, and design agencies. He has worked in diverse industries, including education, IoT, and healthcare to name a few. Ruohai is a volunteer designer at Burning Man festival and previously held a UX Consultant position at AT&T.

JC Jubilo

JC Jubilo
UX Designer, Freelance

J.C. Jubilo is a seasoned User Experience Designer who worked for companies of various sizes, including startups, international corporations, and design agencies. She has designed high-quality digital properties, such as websites and mobile apps for companies like Toyota and mophie. She runs tech meetups and occasionally speaks at UX conferences.

Yu Su

Yu Su
Content Strategist at SapientNitro

Yu Su is an information architect and digital design strategist with over 10 years of experience. She had held professional appointments with SapientNitro, Intuit, and University of Arizona. Her extensive work has made an impact from museums and universities to Fortune 500 brands.

Om Pathipaka

Om Pathipaka
Head of Product Design at Inkling

Om is a product designer who enjoys creating elegant solutions to complex problems with informed and thoughtful design. He has been leading teams to deliver cohesive product experiences across platforms. Om worked on several top-rated apps, including Chegg app, Flashcards+, and AOL App.

May Ly

May Ly
Sr. Product Designer at Versus Systems

Passionate advocate for the user in all stages of product development, from strategy to execution and deployment. Experience in multiple research methods, including journey maps, usability testing, contextual inquiry, and surveys. Expertise in translating research findings into actionable insights and optimal design solutions.

Elaine Chu

Elaine Chu
Independent UX & Design Researcher

Provide strategic research insights that meet user needs and business requirements for physical goods, services, web, app, and services. Clients include Intuit, Sony Electronics, Kelley Blue Book, and Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.