Media Relations

Deborah Mann Lake

Deborah Mann Lake

Director, Media Relations 
Phone: 713-500-3304
Email: Deborah.M.Lake@uth.tmc.edu

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.

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Wendi Hawthorne

Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3307
Email: Wendi.Hawthorne@uth.tmc.edu

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.

Jeannette Sanchez

Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3042
Email: Jeannette.Sanchez@uth.tmc.edu 

Key contact for: Cizik School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, School of Biomedical Informatics, MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Discovery Science, Dermatology, Clinical and Translational Sciences, Pulmonary/Sleep, Family Medicine, Genetics, General Internal Medicine, Hematology, Nephrology and Hypertension, Anesthesiology, and Adolescent Medicine.

Alexis Shelly

Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 713-500-3081
Email: Alexis.Shelly@uth.tmc.edu