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About Cheryl

I’m a Senior User Experience Designer based in the Seattle area. I’ve always been passionate about both technology and the arts, and in UX Design I have happily found a way to apply both on a daily basis. As of August 2016, I’ve returned to Microsoft to join the Azure Design team.

From 2014-2016, I was employed by Amazon on a number of unannounced projects that will release in the coming months. From 2007 – 2014, I worked for Microsoft on a number of products, including the Connected Car project, System Center Configuration Manager 2012, Windows Intune, and the Windows Phone Cortana design team.

Prior to joining Microsoft, I spent four years in the video game industry and have shipped over half a dozen games on multiple platforms. I’ve also worked in the theme park industry: for both Sesame Place (as an entertainer) and Walt Disney World (as an interface designer). I’m an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and I also spent a year in their Entertainment Technology Center.

In the fall of 2002, I was a teaching assistant for Professor Randy Pausch’s “Building Virtual Worlds” class at Carnegie Mellon. Randy was also my mentor, grad school advisor, and the reason I ever found out about HCI as a career in the first place. To read more about my CMU story, check out “Happily Ever After” [ – Carnegie Mellon homepage]

When I’m not designing, you’ll most likely find me onstage. I am a professional musical theatre and improvisational actress, and have worked with numerous Seattle-area theatre companies. I’m a 6-year veteran ensemble member and improv instructor with Unexpected Productions, home of Seattle TheaterSports in the historic Pike Place Market. In 2009, I co-wrote and co-starred in an original MSN Movies web series, “I’d See it If…” (over 500,000 views!)

These days, I have ventured into the world of Twitch live broadcasting. Since March 2016, I’ve co-starred as “Ma1nfram3” in the weekly Twitch TV series Shadowrun: Corporate SINs on premium Twitch channel Hyper RPG. I also stream occasionally at my own channel, MuppetAphrodite.

STEM Outreach & Teaching

STEM outreach is a particular passion of mine, and over the past decade I’ve pursued a number of different vectors for getting the word out.

  • I created a 90-minute workshop entitled “Making the World Easier With Interaction Design”, which I’ve taught in various forms to hundreds of Seattle-area students from grades 6 through 12. The workshop was presented multiple years in a row at Microsoft’s DigiGirlz program in Redmond, as well as Amazon’s Girls who Code program and the University of Washington’s Dawgbytes program. Download the slides on SlideShare here.
  • For two years, I served on the executive board of Seattle-area nonprofit IGNITE (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution), a group devoted to exposing young women to the potential careers available to them in science and technology. I served as Vice-President and assisted with branding and outreach. Though no longer on the Board, I do continue to participate in IGNITE’s career panels as time allows.
  • I am always interested in opportunities to speak to girls (or students of all persuasions) regarding STEM in general or Interaction Design specifically. In 2013 I spoke at GeekGirlCon, gave the keynote at the spring Girls Unlimited conference in Redmond, and gave a followup talk at the Girls Unlimited fall session. In addition, I have participated in multiple career panels for the TEALS program.
  • In 2013 I was a featured mentor with the Huffington Post’s Girls in STEM project, and remain a blogger for that effort.

To view more information about me, including my professional resume, acting resume, and portfolio, visit my personal website at

Video Interview about working on the Alexa Voice Design Team:

Ma1nfram3 from Shadowrun: Corporate SINs

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