UF Health Communications

UF Health Communications serves the Health Science Center at the University of Florida, its six professional colleges and a number of health-related research centers and institutes, UF Physicians – Gainesville, UF physicians – Jacksonville, and the Shands system of hospitals and programs throughout north central and northeast Florida.

We publicize the research, clinical and academic accomplishments of current faculty, staff and students. We create and distribute news releases and news publications about these institutions, provide support to the news media, assist with and promote internal communication through various mechanisms and provide other communication services to clients within and beyond UF Health, the Academic Health Center (such as faculty media training). We handle crisis communications and issues management. We produce a national consumer health radio program that airs on public radio affiliates in 18 states and in Washington, D.C. We also craft broadcast and multimedia packages for TV and the Web. In addition, we support the advancement communications needs of UF Health through a team dedicated to alumni and development efforts. 

Melanie Fridl Ross, M.S.J., E.L.S. Chief Communications Officer, UF AHC SVP/CCO, Shands HealthCare Contact
Kim Smith Executive Assistant Contact

UF Health Communications Teams

Creative Services Team

We provide print layout and graphic design, creative consultation, video and audio production, voiceovers, multimedia design (such as 3D animation), digital publishing and photography. We also enforce our brand and logo standards to ensure that our products share the same professional look and feel. 

Garrett Hall, M.A.M.C. Director Contact
Selena Carter Creative Director, UF Health Creative Services Contact
Chris Bilowich Videographer Contact
Louis Brems Photographer Contact
Mary Cecelia Graphic Designer Contact
Jesse Jones Photographer Contact
Kyle Walker Videographer Contact
Madelyn West Graphic Designer Contact

Marketing Team

We provide strategic marketing services for programs and services in north central Florida to support the missions and business goals of UF Health. Clinical lines of business include Shands hospitals, outpatient services and UF Physicians primary care and specialty practices. We also coordinate marketing initiatives with affiliate and joint venture partners throughout the region. Our services include marketing consultation, marketing plan development and implementation, production of advertising campaigns and marketing collateral materials, and website content development.

John Berg Director Contact
Jessica Barton Marketing Manager, Cancer Contact
Talal Elmasry Marketing Content Writer Contact
Gabrielle Massari Marketing Coordinator Contact
Ashley Strickland Marketing Manager, Pediatrics Contact
Jenna Scalfani Marketing Coordinator Contact
Sean Garrity Marketing Manager, Cancer & Women’s Services Contact
Maureen Miller Marketing Coordinator Contact
Lindy McCollum-Brounley Marketing Manager-Heart services and Primary Care Contact

Advancement Communications Team

We oversee the communications needs of the College of Medicine Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and Shands Development, as well as support the six colleges of the Health Science Center. We produce Florida Physician, the Dr. Gator newsletter and The Insider online newsletter. We provide strategic communications planning and execution for fundraising initiatives, prepare announcements and organize media coverage for private gifts, write proposals and case statements, oversee online communications and social media efforts, produce materials in support of UF Health events and provide direct communications support to the College of Medicine dean. 

Cody Hawley Director Contact
Michael McAleer Graphic Designer Contact
Emily Mavrakis Writer Contact
Styliana Resvanis Assistant Director, Communications Contact
Danielle Ivanov Communications Specialist Contact

External Communications Team

Through traditional and social media, the news team tells the remarkable stories of the people associated with the most comprehensive academic health center in the Southeast. In the process, we produce valuable content that may be leveraged for educational, promotional, development and marketing efforts. We respond to journalists by providing credible sources of information and work with faculty members to help them efficiently and comfortably respond to interview requests. The group is supported by public relations representatives for the UF research institutes, the six Health Science Center colleges, and Shands. Together, the team provides expertise in publications, editing, science writing, media training and news dissemination to stakeholders throughout UF Health.

Mickie Anderson Associate Director of External Communications Contact
Jennifer Moses Associate Director of Communications, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Marilee Griffin Assistant Director of Communications, Cancer Center Contact
Todd Taylor Assistant Director of Communications, McKnight Brain Institute Contact
Doug Bennett Science Writer, Editor Contact
Dorothy Hagmajer Science Writer, Surgery, College of Medicine Contact
Jacqueline Hart Communications Specialist, McKnight Brain Institute Contact
Michelle Koidin Jaffee Science Writer, McKnight Brain Institute Contact
Bill Levesque Science Writer, Aging, College of Medicine Contact
Anna Shavers Assistant Director of Communications, Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases Contact
Leah Buletti Communications Specialist, UF Health Cancer Center Contact

Communications & Public Affairs Team

We provide strategic communications and public relations strategy development and programming to support the vision, mission and goals of the academic health center and key units. We develop communications and advocacy strategies and implement initiatives in support of public affairs and government relations endeavors to influence public opinion. We develop and execute health promotion programming, offering seminars, screenings and health fairs, to inform, educate and engage with communities. We manage strategic, community and corporate sponsor relations to cultivate and strengthen interactions to benefit the academic health center.

Wanda English Associate Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs, UF Health Contact
Alex Avelino Marketing and Communications Specialist, College of Veterinary Medicine Contact
Sarah Carey Director of Communications, College of Veterinary Medicine Contact
Kyle Chambers Communications Specialist, College of Nursing Contact
Kristina Forman Communications Specialist, Clinical & Translational Science Institute Contact
Anna Suggs Hoffman Senior Director of Development & Communications, College of Nursing Contact
Jennifer Moses Associate Director of Communications, Clinical and Translational Science Institute Contact
Marsha Mott Health Promotions Coordinator, UF Health Contact
Jill Pease Director of Communications, College of Public Health and Health Professions Contact
Karen Rhodenizer Director of Communications, College of Dentistry Contact
Rachel Rivera Communications Specialist, College of Nursing Contact
Anna Shavers Assistant Director Communications, Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases Contact
Kelly Sobers Communications Manager, College of Dentistry Contact
Matt Splett Director of Communications, College of Pharmacy Contact
Karen Tilly Project Specialist and Assistant to the AVP, UF Health Contact
Diamund Williams CTSI, Admin Assistant

Strategic Communications Team

We provide strategic communications direction and support for Gainesville-focused and system-wide programs and initiatives across UF Health. Our services include strategic communications and public relations planning and execution; internal communications and employee-focused events; corporate/business communications; public affairs and government relations/advocacy communications; and issues management and crisis response. We collaborate closely with talented colleagues across the UF Health Communications department to employ the full spectrum of multimedia communication tools and events to address the needs of our diverse internal and external audiences. 

Michelle Moore Director Contact
Caroline Lee Communications Specialist Contact
Matthew Walker Communications Coordinator Contact

UF Health Scripps

Stacey DeLoye Director of Communications Contact

UF Health Communications - Jacksonville Team

The UF Health Communications department in Jacksonville consists of three divisions: Communications and Marketing, Web Technologies, and Media Center and Media Relations.

Communications and Marketing is responsible for all internal and external communications, graphic design, branding, advertising and marketing for the hospital, UF clinics and academic units and College of Medicine–Jacksonville.

Web Technologies is responsible for content development, design and maintenance of the UF Health Jacksonville and UF Health Science Center Jacksonville websites, campus intranet site and social media efforts.

Media Center and Media Relations provides audiovisual, still photography and video production services; oversees meeting rooms for departments within the University of Florida and UF Health Jacksonville; and manages all interactions with local, state and national media. 

Dan Leveton Manager, Media Center/Media Relations Contact
Eric Lowe Manager, Web Technologies Contact
Sarah Miller Manager, Marketing
Julie Simpson AVP Marketing & Communications
Kristian Thomas Communications Coordinator Contact
Rosie Alvarado Administrative Assistant Contact
Shelby Brazeal Web Developer I
Parker Hightower Marketing Specialist Contact
Jeff Imperial Videographer Contact
Nelson Keefer Media Technician Contact
Angela Mack Marketing Specialist
Ginger Neff Intranet Developer Contact
Carmela Nelson Media Technician Contact
Donald Priest Web Developer II Contact
Wes Taff Marketing Specialist
Suzanne Wanish Public Relations Assistant Contact
Sarah Hansen Communications Specialist
Mark Valeri Graphic Designer
Alexandra Linton Social Media Coordinator
Alex Cutjar Web Developer
Steven Strait Web Multimedia Producer
Stephanie Dunlap Marketing Specialist
Cole Brown Web Multimedia Producer

UF Health Communications - Central Florida

The UF Health Communications department in Central Florida is responsible for all internal and external communications, graphic design, branding, advertising and marketing for UF Health Central Florida hospitals and clinics.

Frank Faust Executing Director, Marketing Contact
Conni Berry Special Event Coordinator Contact
Andrea Sellers Senior Comms/Media Relations Coordinator Contact
Deborah Smith Marketing and Community Relations Contact

Web Services Team

We are a full-service Web shop offering high-quality solutions for public Web-based communications needs. Our services include website design and hosting, Web application development, website refurbishment, usability testing, search engine optimization, analytics and metrics, social media consultation and email newsletters. Learn more at webservices.ufhealth.org

Carlos Morales Director Contact
Jeff Stevens Assistant Web Manager Contact
Bill Columbia Senior Web Designer Contact
Miles Hyson Web Developer Contact
Sean Jeng Senior Web Developer Contact
Kyle Tucker Web Developer Contact
Greg Turner Senior Web Developer Contact
Nina Wright Website Training and Support Contact
James Young Web Designer Contact