About the PR Team

The Department of Public Relations expresses the vitality of UNMC through several avenues: informing the public, building relationships, and generating support and advocacy for the university. We create awareness and promote UNMC’s academic, research and community service missions. Our department is also an accurate, comprehensive source of health information for Nebraska and beyond. As part of this mission, we respond to media requests for experts, educated opinions and local angles to national news and look for every opportunity to tell the UNMC story. Public Relations is divided into five teams: Media Relations; Publications & Creative Services (including image/brand); Events & Community Relations; Web & Interactive Media; and Administrative.

Contact:

Director

Bill O'Neill      

Bill O'Neill
Director
402.559.9152
402.250.4839,cell

     

Media Relations

Tom O'Connor Vicky Cerino Lisa Spellman  
Tom O'Connor
Senior Associate
Director
402.559.4690
402.650.7063, cell
Vicky Cerino
Media Coordinator
402.559.5190
402.350.0898, cell
Lisa Spellman
Media Specialist
402.559.4693
402.250.6710, cell
 

Publications and Creative Services

Karen Burbach John Keenan Liz Kumru Kalani Simpson
Karen Burbach
Senior Associate
Director
402.559.7377
John Keenan
UNMC Today Editor
402.559.8329
Liz Kumru
Magazine Editor
402.559.4691
Kalani Simpson
Communications
Specialist
402.559.7847
Dawn Nevarez  Tom Waples    
Dawn Nevarez
Brand Manager
402.559.4694
Tom Waples
Graphic Designer
402.559.4277
   

Web/Interactive Media

Stacie Hamel Ryan Shaw Rich Watson 
Stacie Hamel
Associate Director
402.559.6668
402.740.3887, cell
Ryan Shaw
Web Graphic
Designer
402.559.4315
Rich Watson
Multimedia
Manager
402-559-6744

Events & Community Relations

Jessica Brummer Kacie Gerard Anna Kirshenbaum Candace Peteler
Jessica Brummer
Associate Director
402.559.6027
Kacie Gerard
Science Outreach
Programs Coordinator
402.559.4319
Anna Kirshenbaum
Special Events Associate
402.559.4318
Candace Peteler
Campus Events
Center Coordinator
402.559.5192

Administrative/Clerical Team

Julie Garfield Mary Stacy    
Julie Garfield
Office Manager
402.559.4249
Mary Stacy
Office Receptionist
402.559.4353