Board of Directors Biographies

Abby Covert, President

Photo of Abby CovertAbby Covert is an independent information architect living and working in New York City. She specializes in delivering a collaborative information architecture process and teaching those that she works with along the way.

She speaks and writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA, focusing on sharing information architecture content with those working within the design and technology communities. She is the author of "How to Make Sense of Any Mess" a book about information architecture for everybody.

She teaches information architecture at The School of Visual Arts and General Assembly NYC.

Samuel Bowles, Incoming Director of Operations (Acting Treasurer)

Lara Federoff, Incoming Director of Communications (Acting Secretary)

David Robbins, Incoming Director of Education

David Robins is currently an Associate Professor at Kent State University, where he is on faculty in the User Experience Design concentration in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of North Texas. His research focuses on Information Architecture, credibility of information on the web, web standards, Usability and Accessibility. Much of his published work concerns users' interaction with information resources. He has developed courses in information technologies, Information Architecture, Usability, and Information and Visual Design. He have given presentations in the U.S., Mexico and Denmark.

Cassandra Moore, Strategic Planning & Projects Director

Photo of Cassandra MooreInformation Architecture is my second career. My interest in how we gather and use information began as a cognitive scientist, researching the parameters of natural thought, perception and attention. Understanding how our minds work has helped me create information systems that resonate with our natural cognitive abilities. This resonance has directed my work in IA over a decade.

I’ve worked in a range of environments – from corporate to agency to government. I am passionate about understanding the nuances of organizations so as to create strategies that meet people where they are and help them address the challenges of managing information in a rapidly changing world. Although a little pointy-headed, I’m practical when things need to be done and, on occasion, can even be amusing.

Judy Siegel, Development Director

Photo of Judy SiegelJudy is a Senior User Experience at CNN Digital, based out of CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, GA. At CNN, she provides UX support for Product Design and News Design updates – site redesigns and mobile app updates as well as new product launches and UX support for interactives and “long-form” custom multimedia stories, respectively.

Judy is relatively new to IAI, but is an active volunteer with IXDA and the Society for News Design. This year she presented her work at CNN at IXDA in Toronto. She also was asked to contribute and participate in UX 4 Good this year (, an invite-only 4-day workshop for UX designers where a particular social problem is tackled via UCD principles and design solutions proposed.

Previous jobs include fellowships at the DNC (where she designed the first mobile canvassing app and, a resource and social networking site for government employees and stints at Fiserv, VMware and the CDC.

In past professional lives, she worked in non-profits as a grant writer and researcher and on political campaigns as an organizer.

Erin Stratos, Programming & Events Director

Photo of Erin StratosErin Stratos is an Information Architect at Grand River, an e-commerce agency in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was previously employed as an Information Architect at Techstreet, a division of Thomson Reuters, and has worked with the National Science Foundation and the Chicago Office of Tourism & Culture. Erin holds a Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan School of Information and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Eastern Michigan University. While at UMSI, Erin was bestowed with the exclusive Margaret Mann award, joining the ranks of IA luminaries Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld.

Kate Wilhelm, Membership Director

Photo of KateKate is Associate Creative Director, User Experience Design at Quarry, a buyer experience agency in St. Jacobs, Ontario. She has experience in IA and UX in both corporate and consulting environments. Prior to Quarry, Kate established the IA practice at BlackBerry and helped improve the user experience for mobile developers.

Kate strongly believes in continued professional growth and improvement and the role that mentoring can play. She is an active mentor and speaker, most recently completing a UXConnect webinar for the IA Institute and Kent State and facilitating a 3 hour career growth workshop at Fluxible, a Canadian UX conference.

Kate holds an MA in Professional Writing from University of Waterloo. Outside of her professional life, Kate is a karate student and Boston Terrier aficionado.

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