The goal of AVIxD is to bring together previously informally-associated professionals into a more cohesive group- a group that crosses borders between companies, providers, customers, academia, and disciplines.  AVIxD does this by sponsoring educational and networking opportunities such as our annual Workshops, Virtual Brown Bag Seminars, the VUI Design Wiki, and “Voice Interaction Design,” our journal.

About AVIxD

Creating conversations that matter.


Meet the Board

Crispin Reedy · President

Crispin Reedy is a Voice User Experience designer and usability professional at Versay Solutions. Previously she was with eLoyalty, SpeechCycle, and InterVoice. She has over 15 years of front-line design, speech usability, and tuning experience across a variety of industries, including financial, telecommunications, health care and transportation. She is especially interested in what other disciplines can bring to Voice Interaction Design, and how we can best leverage real-world data to make good design decisions. She has frequently spoken at SpeechTEK, is a member of UXPA and IxDA, and is currently serving as President of AVIxD. She can be followed on Twitter at crispinTX.

Mark Smolensky · Vice President

Mark Smolensky is a Principle Member of Technical Staff with AT&T. He is responsible for providing user experience strategic and technical direction and leadership to clients, conducting user research on the design of speech-enabled multimodal, and graphical applications interfaces for internal AT&T and external enterprise clients, and designing speech-enabled application logic. He has been involved in voice user interface design since 1986. He is the author of Human Factors in Air Traffic Control (1998), has authored dozens of human factors papers, and in 2012 was voted on to the board of the Association of Voice Interaction Design as Vice-President. Dr. Smolensky holds a Ph.D. in Human Factors Psychology (Human Computer Interaction) and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Amy Goodwin · Treasurer

Amy Goodwin is a Senior Speech Technologist at West and a 20 year veteran in the speech industry. She has written thousands of directed dialogue grammars, provided analysis, design and deployment of natural language IVR solutions, as well as written natural language grammar solutions for several applications. With her experience in the speech industry she has often assumed the role of subject matter expert and coach to a number of clients and peers.

Deborah Rapsinski · Secretary

Deborah Rapsinski is the Director of Contact Center Strategy Services at Digital DataVoice. She has extensive experience in the design and execution of contact center strategies and user experience. Deborah played an integral part in the strategic design of large, enterprise level well multi-channel service strategies and implementations in support of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, including market leaders in the financial services, banking, health care, travel and hospitality and consumer electronics verticals.  Deborah is a linguist by education and has worked in the speech industry since 1996 with companies including SBC TRI, Nuance Communications, and BBN Avoke.

Shelley Moore · Director

Nearly 20 years IVR technology experience. Currently a Senior Engineer at Verizon Enterprise Solutions – Professional Services. Extensive experience in all facets of voice user interface design that includes; requirements gathering and analysis, dialogue and call flow design, persona definition, tuning analysis, voice talent coaching, and usability / WOZ testing. Specialties: Financial, healthcare, logistics, utilities and wireless technologies. Prior work experience includes; 8+ years Senior User Interface Designer, including 2 years as a dedicated Speech Analyst. Other IVR related positions, Business Analyst, Sales Support Manager, and Outbound Notifications Product Manager.

Kristie Goss · Director

Kristie is a Human Factors Consultant at Convergys. She holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Auburn University, where she studied human centered computing under the guidance of Dr. Juan Gilbert, a prominent member of the Speech community. Kristie has worked on speech applications for numerous clients, performed copious usability studies, and is a co-inventor on a patent, “Method and System for Creating Natural Language Understanding Grammars”. She’s been working in this industry since 2004 and has presented multiple talks at SpeechTEK conferences.

Jamey White · Director

Jamey has been involved with speech technologies and user interface design since 2006.  While focused in speech and IVR design, Jamey is also experienced in mobile, visual, and conversational IVR interactions.  He has analyzed and designed speech interfaces focusing on containment and customer satisfaction across many industry verticals, including financial, health care, retail, government, and insurance.  Currently, he is a Human Factors Consultant at Convergys and has presented and served on various panels at SpeechTEK.  He has been an active member of AVIxD since 2016 and assisted with contributing to and reviewing the design wiki.  Jamey has Master of Software Engineering degree from Auburn University with a concentration in human computer interaction.  

Helen Vanscoy · Director

Helen has been working as a user interface designer and usability engineer in the Speech and IVR industry since 1996. A linguist by education, Helen is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, with working knowledge of other European languages. She has served as the lead designer on large-scale IVR projects in a variety of dialects of English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German. She has been co-chair and contributor to the AVIxD design standards wiki since its inception in 2011. Helen is currently Director of User Experience at Performance Technology Partners in San Francisco, California.