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UPMC Media Relations Department Staff

Media Relations staff are available to assist you 24/7. During non-business hours, we can be reached via pager at 412-392-7963. After dialing that number, listen for three beeps, enter the desired call-back 10-digit number followed by “#.” You will be disconnected after hearing three more beeps.

Meet our Media Relations staff or search by topic:

Paul Wood

Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Office: 412-647-6647
Cell: 412-352-2058

WoodPC@upmc.edu

Gloria Kreps

Vice President

  • Construction
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Nursing
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain
  • UPMC Mercy

Office: 412-586-9764
Cell: 412-417-2582

KrepsGA@upmc.edu

Susan Manko

Vice President

  • Community Benefits
  • Financial Reporting
  • Health Services Division - Hospital Network

Office: 412-551-0743
Cell: 412-370-3614

MankoSM@upmc.edu

Karen Beardsley

Senior Manager, Media Relations

  • UPMC Chautauqua
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Jameson
  • UPMC Kane
  • UPMC Northwest
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC St. Margaret

Office: 814-877-3917
Cell: 814-392-3362

BeardsleyPetitKL@upmc.edu

Autumn Bellan

Communication Specialist I

  • UPMC East
  • UPMC McKeesport
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC St. Margaret
  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Jameson

Office:  412-660-1651

bellanar@upmc.edu

Sarah Deist

Senior Manager, Public Relations

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Bedford
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC McKeesport
  • UPMC Somerset
  • UPMC Western Maryland

Office: 814-443-5735
Cell: 814-579-1442

sedeist@SomersetHospital.com

Amber Depew

Director, Public Relations
Central Pa. Locations

  • UPMC Carlisle
  • UPMC Community Osteopathic
  • UPMC Hanover
  • UPMC Harrisburg
  • UPMC Lititz
  • UPMC Memorial
  • UPMC West Shore 

Cell: 717-460-6699

DepewA2@upmc.edu

Ed DeWitt

Manager, Public Relations

  • UPMC Western Maryland
  • Center for Sustainability

Cell: 240-727-7071

dewittej@upmc.edu

Jackie Flanagan

Communications Specialist II, Public Relations
North Central Pa. Region

  • UPMC Cole
  • UPMC Outpatient Emergency Department in Lock Haven
  • UPMC Muncy
  • UPMC Wellsboro
  • UPMC Williamsport
  • UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence Campus

Office: 570-321-2140
Cell: 570-220-9390

FlanaganJf@UPMC.edu

Anastasia (Ana) Gorelova

Senior Manager, Science Writing

  • Brain Institute
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Ophthalmology Research
  • Pitt School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Psychiatric Research
  • Vaccine Research

Office: 412-647-9966
Cell: 412-491-9411

GorelovaA@upmc.edu

Claire Gysegem

Communications Specialist II

  • General assignment

Cell: (412) 518-5477

Gysegemcv@upmc.edu

Allison Hydzik

Director, Science and Research

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Environmental Health
  • Genetics
  • Health Policy
  • Infectious Diseases Research
  • Pitt School of Medicine
  • UPMC Enterprises

Office: 412-647-9975
Cell: 412-559-2431

HydzikAM@upmc.edu

Asher Jones

Manager, Science Writing

  • Aging Institute
  • Cancer Research
  • Immunotherapy
  • Magee-Womens Research Institute
  • Pediatric Research
  • Pitt School of Dental Medicine
  • Pitt School of Nursing
  • Pitt School of Pharmacy
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Regenerative Medicine

Cell: 412-639-6222

JonesAG@upmc.edu

Sierra Lomax

Communications Specialist I

  • General assignment

Office: 412-647-6984
Cell:
412-295-2610

lomaxst@upmc.edu

Lisa Lombardo

Director, Public Relations

  • International
  • UPMC Chautauqua
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Horizon
  • UPMC Jameson
  • UPMC Kane
  • UPMC Northwest
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC St. Margaret

Cell: 412-398-2646

LombardoLA@upmc.edu

Malini Mattler

Manager, Media Relations 
Central Pa. Region

UPMC in Central Pa. Hospitals
UPMC Children’s in Harrisburg
UPMC Heart & Vascular Institute in Central Pa.
UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers in Central Pa.
UPMC Magee-Womens in Central Pa.
Neurosciences
Telehealth
Transplant
Behavioral Health

Office: 717-231-8104
Cell: 717-418-4833

mattlerm@upmc.edu

Beth Mausteller

Manager

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Information Technology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Technology
  • Transplant
  • UPMC Mercy Burn Center

Office: 412-605-3171
Cell: 412-297-2298

MaustellerE@upmc.edu

Cyndy Patton

Director, Media Relations
  • Cancer
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology
  • UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • Urology

Office: 412-586-9773
Cell: 412-415-6085

PattonC4@upmc.edu

Rick Pietzak

Project Director, Crisis Communications

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pittsburgh Poison Center at UPMC
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma

Office: 412-864-4151
Cell: 412-523-6922

PietzakR@upmc.edu

Christine Rapp

Senior Manager, Public Relations
Central Pa. Region

  • UPMC in Central Pa. hospitals
  • Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine
  • Mission Effectiveness
  • Nursing
  • Orthopaedics
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Surgery
  • Workforce Development

Office: 717-316-7172
Cell: 717-965-9119

rappce@upmc.edu

Liz Reid

Manager

  • Endocrinology
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obesity
  • Rehabilitation

 Cell: 412-514-7866

reide@upmc.edu

Bailey Schandelmeier

Communication Specialist II

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Bedford
  • UPMC Somerset
  • UPMC Western Maryland

Cell: 814-312-5924

schandelmeierbr@upmc.edu

Ashley Trentrock

Director, Media Relations
  • Addiction
  • Aging
  • Behavioral Health
  • Geriatrics
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Psychiatry
  • Sleep Medicine
  • UPMC Senior Communities
  • UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Office: 412-586-9776
Cell: 412-529-9092

TrentrockAR@upmc.edu

Michaela Vallonio

Communications Specialist II
Central Pa. Region

  • UPMC in Central Pa. hospitals
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Primary Care and Senior Care
  • Pulmonary/Sleep Medicine
  • General Surgery

Cell: 717-941-0688

valloniom@upmc.edu

Elaine Vitone

Manager

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pitt Public Health
  • Quality

Cell: 412-925-0320

vitoneeg@upmc.edu

Tyler Wagner

Director, Public Relations
North Central Pa. Region

  • UPMC Cole
  • UPMC Outpatient Emergency Department in Lock Haven
  • UPMC Muncy
  • UPMC Wellsboro
  • UPMC Williamsport
  • UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence Campus

Office: 570-321-2858
Cell: 570-494-8330

WagnerT4@upmc.edu

Andrea Yorchuck

Senior Manager, Public Relations

  • Infertility
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Maternity Health
  • Menopause
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

Office: 412-692-6254
Cell: 412-552-7448

KunickyA@upmc.edu