About Us

Openfield is a meticulously honed system of specialized UX professionals with deep domain experience in the EdTech space. We work with product teams to enable confident decision making, increased output and optimized process.

Meet Our Team

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    Annie Hensley

    UX Lead

    As UX Lead at Openfield, Annie’s focus is ensuring our clients benefit from world-class UX design and research. She knows how important it is to mind meld with product owners and engineering teams while remaining a champion for our clients’ users. Annie is a lifelong runner who enjoys helping others train for major milestones such as full and half marathons. Her passion for mentorship and social issues is evident in her leadership and involvement in organizations that support women in our industry.

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    Trevor Minton

    Vice President of Product Experience

    As Vice President of Product Experience at Openfield, Trevor collaborates closely with our clients and ensures that our team delivers world-class design thinking and execution that results in strong emotional connections between users and digital products. He is passionately enthusiastic about music, local and international soccer, automotive design and racing, and getting under the hood of his old but new-to-him BMW to keep it on the road for another couple of decades.

  • Crissie Raines

    Project Manager

    As Project Manager at Openfield, Crissie plays a critical role in helping our team focus on what they do best by hawkishly monitoring budgets, resource and time tracking and financial reporting. As a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, D.A.A.P.’s Fashion Design program, she brings a unique view of the value of design to work each day. Outside of the office, Crissie enjoys designing and sewing one-of-a-kind clothing pieces for herself and others, including five wedding dresses. She always has a jar of candy at home, at the office and in her purse, as she feels “candy is the most important food group.” Crissie is a pop culture connoisseur, and a major force of our culture here at Openfield.

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    Tanner Sotkiewicz

    UX Designer

    As a UX designer at Openfield, Tanner brings a passion for technology and creating apps that he developed at a very early age. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Interactive Media Studies with a focus in User Experience Design and a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Miami University. Outside of the office, Tanner is passionate about music, with the electronic genre currently filling his playlists. He’s an avid fan of football, college basketball and soccer, zealously following Openfield hometown favorite, FC Cincinnati, on the domestic front as well as Chelsea FC overseas. In 2014, Tanner achieved the truly impressive and often elusive goal of qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon.

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    Jayla Corley

    UX Researcher

    A career in EdTech just makes sense for Jayla. In her role as UX researcher at Openfield, she brings a blend of tech knowledge, design sensibilities and a deep empathy for learners that continues a family tradition of working in education. Along with her BS in Psychology and BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of North Carolina, her diverse experiences include serving as a cognitive coach for students with conditions such as Autism, ADHD and Tourettes and working on initiatives that help underrepresented designers gain access to preeminent industry mentorship. Outside of the office, Jayla is passionate about music and cooking. When she’s not going to concerts and festivals, you can find her in her kitchen experimenting with vegan cuisine – her favorites so far are cheesecake and honey buns. As a fashion aficionado, Jayla also curates and sells vintage clothing online.

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    Jacob Hansen

    UX Designer

    As a UX Designer at Openfield, Jacob is a highly detailed and empathetic practitioner. From an early age, he knew his dual interests in art and tech would guide his future career, so when he discovered UX design he knew it was for him. Outside of the office, Jacob is a prolific character illustrator, a passion that blends his love of design, fine art, gaming and cartooning in both traditional and digital media. He is a storyteller who is inspired by both film and its history. And when he’s not doing all that, he finds time to run road races.

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    Anushka Shetty

    UX Researcher

    In her role as UX researcher, Anushka brings a wide set of experiences and skills that complement our team at Openfield. Prior to joining the company, numerous educational and professional experiences blended to inspire her interest in EdTech. Anushka earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College before going on to earn a Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan where she also conducted UX research for the Center for Academic Innovation and gained valuable on-the-ground insights as a graduate instructor of introductory psychology. Anushka enjoys being in motion – exploring her surroundings on foot and via public transit, curating Spotify playlists for friends and baking desserts to satisfy her own sweet tooth. She is currently learning the ukulele (in order to play the SpongeBob theme song) and says she is “an expert at poorly drawn sketches.”

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    Josh Barnes

    Co-founder

    As a Co-founder of Openfield, Josh’s focus is the finance, operation and human resources systems that serve as the underlying bedrock for our team’s growth. Having completed numerous half marathons and endurance races, he is an avid runner who is always looking ahead to his next challenge. His passion for guerrilla art has earned him recognition as the Banksy of our office.

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    Brian Keenan

    Co-founder

    As a Co-founder of Openfield, Brian’s focus is helping business leaders understand how UX research and design can help them increase revenue while reducing risk and waste. He is an avid student and practitioner of wildlife and landscape photography, which pairs well with his love of road tripping and exploring vast and wild destinations.

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    Adam Sonnett

    President

    As President at Openfield, Adam brings a blend of business acumen, client empathy and leadership skills to ensuring our team delivers the best process, velocity, service and quality to enable our clients’ digital products to surge ahead of the competition. Outside of work, Adam is a devoted husband, father and dog owner who is a life-long player and maniacal fan of major league and international soccer clubs. On weekends, you can find him working on various renovation projects at his historic home in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.

  • Sarah Freitag

    Sarah Freitag

    UX Research Lead

    As UX Research Lead at Openfield, Sarah draws on her background in market research, design and business to enable our clients to make solid decisions that increase user satisfaction, streamline process and reduce costs. Sarah is an avid reader and an adventurous explorer. Highlights from her favorite travels include Morocco, Peru, Italy, Denmark and France. She modestly describes herself as a “novice” baker, an understatement for someone who took on the daunting task of making her own wedding cake.

  • Chris Albert

    Chris Albert

    Design Director

    As a Design Director at Openfield, Chris is a deep thinker with a savant-like ability to untangle and simplify complex systems. Now in his 10th year with Openfield, the wisdom of his 20+ year career in design and his tireless devotion to his work and clients inspires everyone at Openfield. Out of the office, you’ll find him doing the same thing he does at work – ever advancing one of his many crafts and interests. He’s a letterpressing photographing traveling gaming car guy. Chris is our Renaissance man.

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    Autumn Gilbert

    UX Researcher

    In her role as UX Researcher Autumn adds a high degree of compassion and observational skills to our team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Kentucky University. But it was her during experience going door-to-door interviewing villagers while attending the Ethnographic Field School in Orange Walk, Belize that she found her true passion for research and learning about the world. Outside of work, Autumn enjoys knitting and crocheting scarves and hats that she donates to those in need, reading and doing puzzle books. She is a self-professed “old lady”, but the energy she brings to our team never gets old.

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    Lauren DeMarks

    UX Designer

    As a UX designer at Openfield, Lauren combines her love of helping and connecting with others with her passion for design. She holds a BFA from Miami University in Graphic Design, as well as minors in Art Entrepreneurship and Interactive Media Studies. Outside of the office, she is very serious about ultimate frisbee. Having played on both the men’s and women’s teams in college, she continues to help her alma mater introduce young women to the sport she loves so much. Lauren has a thirst for travel, having lived and studied abroad in Luxembourg and state-side in San Francisco, and is committed to supporting products and services that contribute directly to environmental and sustainability issues.

  • Kyle Bentle

    UX Designer

    Kyle’s journey to the world of UX is an uncommon one. After earning a journalism degree from Ball State University with a concentration in graphic design, he spent the next decade working in news organizations in Jacksonville and Chicago. In his previous role as designer and journalist at the Chicago Tribune, Kyle juggled the needs of many stakeholders while collaborating on multidisciplinary teams under immense deadline pressure. As a data visualization expert, he brings a rare ability to analyze and translate complex information and concepts into engaging and understandable stories. Outside of work, he enjoys time with his wife, Lee Ann, and their dog, Scooter. Among his hobbies are biking, spending time outdoors, and painting poorly (his words).

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    Alex Hiser

    UX Designer

    Alex graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Visual Communications and specializations in User Experience Design and Publication. While studying there, she found her way to a career in UX when one of her professors suggested her knowledge of design and her ability to empathize with the unarticulated needs of users would make her a great asset to any UX team (spoiler alert: she was right!). She also received a minor in Spanish while studying abroad in Toledo, Spain. Alex is an explorer at heart. She enjoys traveling to new cities, visiting cathedrals and temples, trying and cooking new foods and checking off her “Things to Do and See” lists. She continues to study the Spanish language through podcasts, movies and speaking it with friends. Alex feels a deep connection to nature. Her favorite hobbies include gardening, caring for exotic houseplants, and spending time with her pet Hedgehog, Milo.

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    Brandon Blangger

    Co-founder

    As a Co-founder of Openfield, Brandon’s focus is connecting business leaders and product owners to the power of UX research and design to realize revenue goals. Outside of work, Brandon can be found advancing his skills as a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is an ardent ground-level fan of Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team: FC Cincinnati. His latest personal project is converting his basement into a thunderdome for his daughter, Ella and son, Drake.

Five things to know about us:

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It’s always about your user, all the time. Their needs are central to every decision we make.
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We care about your business as if it were our own.
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Speed gives you the upper hand. We strive to be the fastest, most accurate teammates you’ve ever worked with.
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Our process is proven. It’s also flexible because no two clients are alike.
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We know EdTech and we love working on products that help people learn and teach better.

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