Media Relations

Deborah Mann Lake

Deborah Mann Lake

Director, Media Relations 
Phone: 713-500-3304

Key contact for: School leadership, cardiology, cardiovascular and vascular surgery, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center, stem cell therapy, crisis and emergency communications.

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). She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a journalism degree. Deborah joined Public Affairs in May, 2006.


Amy Laukka

Senior Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3053

Key contact for: OBGYN/women's health, psychiatry, trauma, critical care, emergency medicine, surgery, orthopedics, biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences

Amy Laukka is a former TV news senior producer at a 24-hour cable station in North Carolina, where she wrote and produced the prime-time newscasts. She spent two years working with media at a public relations agency in the Tar Heel State, before joining UTHealth in August of 2018. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in journalism/electronic communication and Spanish.


Wendi Hawthorne

Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3307

Key contact for: Public health, infectious diseases, ophthalmology, head and neck surgery, radiology, Children's Learning Institute

Prior to joining UTHealth in August, 2019, Wendi  worked in public relations and marketing for an aerospace defense contractor and was responsible for internal and external communications. She has also been a newspaper freelance writer. She has a master’s degree in marketing from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University.