Office of Public Affairs

University Communications

University Communications

In every area of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) - from the classrooms to the laboratories to the clinics – there are stories of innovation and ingenuity. The University Communications Team takes great pride is sharing those stories with its internal and external audiences through publications, media relations, social media and video. Members of the team also serve key roles in the marketing and branding of Houston’s Health University.

Meredith Raine

Meredith Raine

Executive Director of University Communications
Phone: 713-500-3050
Email: Meredith.Raine@uth.tmc.edu

As the executive director of University Communications, Meredith Raine leads UTHealth’s efforts to tell the stories of the university, its people and its programs. Together with her colleagues, Meredith plays key roles in internal and external communications, marketing and branding UTHealth as a premiere institution dedicated to the mission areas of education, research and clinical care.

Deborah Mann Lake

Deborah Mann Lake

Media Relations Manager
Phone: 713-500-3304
Email: Deborah.M.Lake@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: Cardiology; Cardiothoracic Surgery; Consortium on Aging; Emergency Medicine; Medical Genetics; Neurology; Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Pediatrics; Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and UT Physicians

Deborah Mann Lake spent two decades writing for Texas newspapers including the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, The Houston Post and the Houston Chronicle, where she was the correspondent for its weekly "Health/Medicine" page. She has won awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, the Houston Press Club and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Deborah joined Public Affairs in 2006.

Jenna C. Taylor

Jenna C. Taylor

Communications Manager
Phone: 713-500-3038
Email: Jenna.C.Taylor@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: UTHealth identity questions; graphic & editorial standards; strategic communications plans, emergency communications

Jenna C. Taylor is editor of internal communications and publications, including the university intranet, Inside UTHealth. Each day she seeks to shine a light on the exceptional people and programs of UTHealth and help make navigating our community just a little bit easier. Jenna creates and executes strategic internal and external communications plans, serves on the emergency communications team and is a member of the UTHealth identity council. Jenna has more than a decade of experience in communications, marketing and development.

Rob Cahill

Rob Cahill

Senior Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3042
Email: Robert.Cahill@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: Family medicine, surgery, internal medicine, genetics, bioinformatics, basic science

Rob Cahill is your contact for news about advances in medical research and patient care. He can arrange interviews with scientists in genetics, biomedical informatics and other fields of medicine. He can also put you in touch with clinicians in the areas of surgery and internal medicine. He formerly served as a daily newspaper reporter at the Laredo News and San Antonio Light. He has a master’s degree in communications and was twice named Communicator of the Year by the Houston Press Club.

Andy Heger

Andy Heger

Senior Communication Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3087
Email: Andrew.J.Heger@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: HealthLEADER, Children’s Learning Institute, UTHealth Medical School Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, social media

Andy Heger joined UTHealth in August 2011. He is editor-in-chief of HealthLEADER, the university’s award-winning online wellness magazine. Andy also helps administer university social media sites, produces videos and leads publicity efforts for education and child development at the Children’s Learning Institute as well as news for the Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the UTHealth Medical School. In addition to several years as a news reporter, Andy has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications.

Zen T.C. Zheng

Zen T.C. Zheng

Senior Communications Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3009
Email: Zen.Zheng@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: Internal communications with a focus on information technology, research and sponsored projects, safety and security; Chinese media

Zen T.C. Zheng brings to UTHealth a diverse blend of experience and skills as an award-winning journalist and communications professional. He plays multiple roles in the Office of Public Affairs as a senior writer, editor and communicator covering internal and external communications, working on marketing projects, and supporting the central administration and various university departments and schools. Zen’s career as a local and international journalist and Public Affairs professional spans more than two decades. Zen has dual B.A. degrees in the English language and literature and international journalism, and an M.A. degree in journalism and communication.

Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson

Communications Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3177
Email: Melanie.R.Thompson@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: Internal communications with a focus on students, health and wellness; university home page content

Melanie Thompson joined UTHealth in April 2012. As a communications specialist, Melanie contributes to UTHealth’s internal communications and provides communication support to members across the university. Her responsibilities include generating the weekly publication News on the Go, creating content for the UTHealth homepage, and supporting and executing strategic communications plans. Melanie gained her communications experience at a public relations agency after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin. Her background also includes special events, grant research and writing, development and social media.

Hannah Rhodes

Hannah Rhodes

Media Relations Assistant
Phone: 713-500-3053
Email: Hannah.C.RasorRhodes@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: The UTHealth School of Public Health, including the regional campuses in Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio and the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the Austin campus.  

Hannah Rhodes is the media relations contact for the UTHealth School of Public Health and can set up interviews with experts in infectious diseases, health care policy, nutrition, childhood obesity, diabetes, smoking cessation, sexual health and other public health topics. A Virginia native, Hannah previously worked at a public relations firm in Washington D.C. and has experience in radio broadcasting and video production. She joined UTHealth in October of 2013.

Edgar Veliz

Edgar Veliz

Media Relations Assistant
Phone: 713-500-3307
Email: Edgar.R.Veliz@uth.tmc.edu
Key contact for: The School of Dentistry and School of Nursing. 

Edgar Veliz joined UTHealth in October 2013. He offers a diverse understanding of the media industry. Edgar’s background includes media relations, nonprofit communications, social media, and broadcast and newspaper reporting.