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:

(402) 559-4353, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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
Tom Waples      
Tom Waples
Graphic Designer
402.559.4277
 
     

Web/Interactive Media

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Stacie Hamel
Senior Associate Director
402.559.6668
402.281.8554, cell
Ryan Shaw
Web Designer
402.559.4315
Aurelie Villard
Digital Media Manager
402.559.9149
402.619.6939, cell
Rich Watson
Multimedia
Manager
402.559.6744
Kent Sievers  Joy Madie Beatie    
Kent Sievers
Digital assets,
photography
402.559.7957
 
Joy Madie Beatie
Videographer II
402.559.9602
     

Events & Community Relations

Kacie Gerard KScroggin.jpg Candace Peteler  

Kacie Gerard
Events & Science
Outreach Coordinator
402.559.4319

Kelsey Scroggin
Special Events & Community Relations Associate
402.559.6027

Candace Peteler
Campus Events
Center Coordinator
402.559.5192
 

Administrative/Clerical Team

Julie Garfield      
Julie Garfield
Office Manager
402.559.4249