Office of Public Affairs

University Web Communications

The University Web Communications team collaboratively supports electronic communication efforts of the health science center by utilizing the integrated marketing initiative to create a common public “face” and consistent “voice” for the institution. Staff serve with efficiency and courtesy to build online resources that are innovative and attractive, yet widely accessible and user-friendly.

University Web Communications is determined to bring to the forefront the campus news, diverse facts, exceptional discoveries, changes and human-interest stories that are transforming our community, our state and our future.

Primary areas of responsibility:

  • Build and maintain the health science center’s institutional web gateways (the main public pages and the university-wide intranet, Inside UTHealth);

  • Partner with Information Technology (IT) and Facilities Operations to offer institutional applications and resources such as the People Directory, University Calendar and Campus Maps;

  • Track top-tier and university publication Web traffic and trends;

  • Facilitate creation of the health science center’s web standards and ensure those standards are implemented campus-wide;

  • Maintain responsibility for (in partnership with IT) several campus emergency communication channels, including the university emergency website, emergency Twitter channel and the AxisTV digital signage system;

  • Create and maintain responsibility for a large number of institutional, overarching campus websites.

For assistance, contact the team at 713-500-9322 (WEBB).

Jennifer Canup

Jennifer Canup

Director, University Web Communications
Phone: 713-500-3296

Jennifer Canup leads the university web communications team in the Office of Public Affairs, providing the university’s customers with a dynamically engaging, user-friendly online experience. In addition to managing the university’s online presence, she is also responsible for strategic planning and Web policy, and educates, consults and guides web publishers, web developers and application developers across campus. Because she partners closely with school Web teams and with information technology, Jennifer also reports to the university’s Chief Information Officer. Jennifer joined UTHealth in 1993; she was appointed the university’s webmaster in 2000.

Michael "Lad" Hirschfeld

Lad Hirschfeld

CMS System Administrator
Phone: 713-500-3459

Michael “Lad” Hirschfeld has extensive experience with website development, online course development, and implementation of various types of education technology. Lad discovered his interest in web development while working on an instructional design project for U.S. Army Intelligence in 2000.  He joined UTHealth in 2004 and is now system administrator for the university’s Web content management system, digital signage and the website search appliance.  Lad received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and his master's degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston.

Sophia Solis

Sophia M. Solis

Web Developer III
Phone: 713-500-3234

Sophia is an experienced web designer who began her career in web development shortly after joining the university in 1994. Her primary responsibilities include managing the quality of the university’s public websites, consulting with internal clients about design and art on their sites, technical support for web developers across campus and developing specialty websites for university-wide initiatives.

Les Matthews

Les Matthews

Web Developer III
Phone: 713-500-3367

Les has been developing web sites since 1997. Prior to joining the Web Communications team in 2012, Les was a consultant for a Houston-based software design firm serving the healthcare and energy markets. Les is experienced in web applications development, various CMS, and project planning and management.

Monekia Felder-Robinson

Monekia Felder-Robinson

Web Developer II
Phone: 713-500-3617

Monekia has worked at UTHealth since 2000 in areas ranging from Human Resources and the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs. It was during her time in Human Resources that she discovered her passion for web development and returned to school to obtain an undergraduate degree in Interactive Media and Web Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. With more than four years of web development experience in higher education she joins the University Web Communications team in the Office of Public Affairs.