UpHoist is based in Chicago but our team is distributed around the US and Canada. We're flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of project types and client working styles. Consider us a remote extension of your team! Prefer to work in person? We'll come to you. We're only a short drive or flight away.

Chicago & Seattle

Sarah Kowalis

Principal + UX Lead

Sarah has a wide range of experience from art direction to user experience design over the last 9 years. She’s developed information architecture and led user research for higher education and marketing websites, mobile and desktop applications, and online community platforms. She enjoys the flexibility of working remotely so she can be on site with her team and clients at a moments notice.


Shankar Poncelet

Lead Developer + Online Marketing Strategist

Shankar has years of experience writing code for web applications meant to be used by thousands of people. As a result, Shankar is comfortable working with server and client-side technologies that need to be scalable and flexible. Shankar enjoys being part of a team that allows him to work at a slightly smaller scale, but at a level of perfection he has not found at mid- to large-sized agencies.


San Antonio


Sarah Shergill

UX + Content Designer

Sarah comes to UpHoist with 4 years of UX and content design for online businesses and e-commerce companies. She loves to maintain a sharp balance between logical analysis and artistic creativity and her work allows her