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Office of Public Affairs

Media Relations

Deborah Mann Lake

Director, Media Relations 
Phone: 713-500-3304

Key contact for: Crisis and Emergency Communications, Reputation/Ethics/Legal, HIPAA/Patient Privacy, School Leadership, UT Physicians Leadership and Administration, UTHealth Houston Harris County Psychiatric Center and John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center, and Stem Cell Research.

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.

Jeannette Sanchez

Senior Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3042

Key contact for: School of Public Health, OB-GYN/Women’s Health, The Fetal Center, Cardiology, Children’s Learning Institute, Dermatology, UTHealth Houston Consortium on Aging, and Geriatric and Palliative Care Medicine.

Prior to joining the Media Relations Team in Public Affairs, Jeannette Sanchez spent three years working in health care communications, and one year working in public relations. She graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in May 2015 with a degree in mass communications. Jeannette joined Public Affairs as a media relations specialist in March 2020, and has served as senior media relations specialist since December 2021.

Caitlin “Caitie” Barkley

Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3081

Key contact for: UT Physicians, UTHealth Houston Neurosciences, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Endocrinology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and UTHealth Houston Institute for Stroke and Neurological Disorders.

Caitie Barkley spent three years writing for The Baton Rouge Business Report, a business magazine based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and its twice-daily e-newsletter, Daily Report, where she covered local breaking news, contributed long-form feature articles, and won two national awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. She graduated from Louisiana State University in December 2017 with a mass communication degree. Caitie joined Public Affairs in July 2021.

Halle Jones

Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3307

Key contact for: Infectious Diseases, School of Biomedical Informatics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Critical Care, and Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology.

Halle Jones spent five years as a TV news reporter and anchor for two ABC affiliates in Bryan-College Station, Texas, and Casper, Wyoming. She won best sports reporter and best news piece for 2018 from the Wyoming Broadcasters Association. She graduated from the University of Colorado in May 2017 with a double degree in journalism and political science. Halle joined Public Affairs in February 2022.

Angela Douglas

Social Media Specialist
Phone: 713-500-4041

Angela M. Douglas retired from the Houston Police Department after 24 years of service, with the last eight years in public affairs coordinating the department’s social media. She has been the keynote speaker for the Government Social Media Conference, presented at the Social Media Strategies Summit Virtual conference, and participated in a panel for the Social Media in Law Enforcement Conference. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism in Public Relations and earned a Master of Arts in Literature with a professional writing certificate from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Angela joined Public Affairs in April 2022.

For inquiries regarding the following topics, please call 713-500-3030 or email

  • Cizik School of Nursing
  • School of Dentistry
  • MD Anderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • General Pediatrics
  • Imaging (Radiology)
  • Anesthesiology
  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine