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.
Executive Director of University Communications
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
Media Relations Manager
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
Key contact for: UTHealth identity questions, graphic & editorial standards, strategic communications plans, emergency communications and internal communications for executive leadership, human resources, information technology, research and sponsored projects, safety and security
Jenna C. Taylor leads the internal communications team for 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 safety council. Jenna has more than 15 years of experience in communications, marketing and development.
Key contact for: HealthLEADER, Children’s Learning Institute, McGovern 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 McGovern Medical School. In addition to several years as a news reporter, Andy has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications.
Senior Media Relations Specialist
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.
Senior Communications Specialist
Key Contact for: Weekly universitywide newsletter Insider; Internal communications with a focus on Top News; Safety, Health, Environmental and Risk Management; Facilities, Planning and Engineering; UT Police; Emergency Communications; Employee Wellness; Human Resources; and university editorial and graphic standards
Michelle contributes to UTHealth’s internal communications and provides communication support for members across the university. Her responsibilities include editor of the weekly universitywide publication Insider, creating content for the intranet homepage, Inside UTHealth, and executing strategic communication plans.
Michelle Ray joined the Office of Public Affairs in February 2014. A Houston native, Michelle previously worked as a marketing coordinator in manufacturing and as freelancer after graduating from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. Her background also includes project management, branding, graphic design and social media.
Key contact for: Video production and editing; social media
Maricruz Kwon joined the Office of Public Affairs in 2016. She provides support to various departments across the university through the creation and execution of video, editing, photography and graphics projects and social media administration. Maricruz’s background includes multimedia experience in the oil and gas, fashion and television news industries. A native of California, Maricruz holds degrees in communications and film and video production from Fullerton College and The Art Institute of Houston.