Media Relations, Public Relations and Corporate Communications Team
Journalists should always work with our team first to coordinate interviews. Each team member represents several departments or specialties of medicine and is available to respond to media inquiries or interview requests in a timely manner. If you are a journalist and unsure which specialty would be most appropriate for your request, please send an inquiry to JHMedia@jhmi.edu. Thank you.
- Media Relations Phone: 410-955-6681
- Media Relations Email: JHMedia@jhmi.edu
- After Hours & Holidays: 410-955-6070. Request that they page the media relations representative on call.
Johns Hopkins Medicine Hospital Communicators and Media Representatives
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- All Children's Hospital
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
- Howard County General Hospital
- Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Suburban Hospital
Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications
As the director of public relations and corporate communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kim Hoppe, M.A. oversees strategic media interaction and integrated external institutional communications in addition to managing the public relations and corporate communications team. She is responsible for increasing awareness for Johns Hopkins Medicine, managing and monitoring issues, implementing crisis communication management and developing a system-wide proactive media communication plan.
Prior to this position, Kim spent nine years as associate director of communications and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she was managing the media relations, video production and special event coordination for the hospital. A journalist for nearly ten years, Kim was a senior news producer, medical news producer, and newsroom manager at the Baltimore CBS and ABC television affiliates and a coordinating producer at Maryland Public Television. Over the years, Kim has received several Tellys, a nomination for an Emmy and an award of merit from the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
Kim earned her master of arts degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration of study in corporate and non-profit communication. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut. She is a longstanding member of the Public Relations Society of America.
- Business of Medicine
- Corporate Communications
- Issues Management
- Research Integrity
- Third Party Releases/Branding
Audrey M. Huang, M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Marketing and Communications for Research and Education
Director, Media Relations
Audrey M. Huang, M.A., Ph.D., is a science writer and molecular geneticist by training. She joined the media relations staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2006.
Huang was a science writer and communications officer at the Genetics and Public Policy Center, part of the Berman Bioethics Institute at Hopkins, located in Washington, DC. As a freelance editor and writer, Huang has written for the National Institutes of Health, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and the Ontario Genomics Institute. She holds a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University where she currently teaches a graduate course in writing.
She has extensive research experience in developmental biology, molecular and cell biology and genetics, having studied the molecular mechanisms involved in muscle cell development at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and mammalian embryonic development at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Huang studied chromosome structure in fruitflies and yeast during her postdoctoral training at the Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Embryology. She holds a Ph.D. in genetics and a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.
Alex Bowers works with Marketing and Communications and Nursing Administration on internal communications strategy, media relations and content creation to increase the reputation and practice of nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Alex was previously the director of marketing and communications and the creative director for Take Shape for Life, a division of Medifast, where he wrote and managed corporate communications, developed brand and marketing strategies, coordinated print, video and digital materials and much more.
Prior to Take Shape for Life, Alex was the marketing and special projects manager at Hanley Wood Business Media where he oversaw the development of marketing materials and events for six magazine brands, including Architect and Architectural Lighting. Alex also served as the photography director for Stoeger Publishing and as a photography editor for U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of James Madison University, with a degree in fine arts.
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Lisa Broadhead joined the Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications team in May 2014 as a senior communications specialist. In her role, Broadhead writes for internal publications and manages media relations for patient safety and technology topics.
Broadhead first came to Johns Hopkins as a communications associate with the technology transfer office. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she advised government agencies and startup companies on media relations, marketing and communication strategies.
An alumnus of Boston College, Broadhead obtained her bachelors in communications and psychology in 2005. She is pursuing her master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
- Business of Medicine
- Partnerships and Affiliations
- Tech Transfer/New Business Ventures
Heather Dewar, M.A.
As a senior media relations specialist, Heather Dewar, M.A., covers a broad range of medical beats and works with reporters to tell compelling stories about the challenges and benefits of medical research. She joined Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications in November 2014 from the University of Maryland, where she established the media relations program at the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, the largest research center on the university’s College Park campus.
As a reporter with the Miami News, Miami Herald, Knight Ridder’s Washington, D.C., bureau and the Baltimore Sun, Heather specialized in investigative reporting and in-depth coverage of complex topics, particularly science and the environment. She shared in the Miami Herald staff’s 1993 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Andrew and has won state, regional, national and international journalism awards.
Heather holds a B.A. in English literature from Harvard University and an M.A. in science writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a former John S. and James L. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where she studied biology, geology and poetry. She is a member of the D.C. Science Writers Association and the National Association of Science Writers.
Taylor Graham is a media relations coordinator with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications team. In her role, she assists with proactive media outreach and provides media relations services to doctors.
Prior to joining the media relations team in July 2014, she was an assistant associate at Warschawski, a marketing communications agency, where she aided in media relations efforts and account services.
Taylor is a graduate of Towson University and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Mark Guidera, an award-winning journalist as an editor and reporter, joined Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Marketing & Communications as a communications manager in June 2009.
Guidera, who worked as a senior editor and reporter at The Baltimore Sun and as a senior at The Tampa Tribune, has more than dozen journalism awards.
The honors include an Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Feature Reporting for a magazine story on burn victims and their recovery; a Maryland-D.C. Press Association Award for Public Service for stories which documented elder abuse in nursing homes; and the Florida Press Association Award for Investigative Reporting for his staff’s stories documenting mortgage fraud schemes. While at The Sun, Guidera covered a wide range of beats, including crime, courts, state and local government, and the healthcare and medical industries. He also served as a regional editor. At The Tampa Tribune, Guidera served as one of four senior editors responsible for overseeing and coordinating the newsroom staff’s daily and ongoing coverage for print news, television news, and online reporting.
At JHM, his responsibilities include providing media relations for the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, which oversees crisis and disaster planning for the entire Johns Hopkins institutions, the Center for Medicine and Law and a number of other JHM-based centers.
He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Marin Hedin, M.P.S.
As assistant director of media relations, Marin Hedin, M.P.S., helps lead and direct the day-to-day strategy of the media relations team. Through her relationships with media, she promotes stories that improve Johns Hopkins Medicine’s brand reputation and loyalty. With storytelling at the forefront of Marin’s work, she is dedicated to inspiring engagement through scientific innovation, medical advancements and patient care.
Prior to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Marin led the marketing and communications strategies for top science, health and technology brands at Van Eperen & Company, a public relations firm located in the Washington, D.C., region. As account supervisor, Marin guided the direction of clients’ communications efforts, mentored staff and helped build the agency’s digital division.
Marin holds a master’s of professional studies degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations and business management marketing from California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Women of Color in Communications.
- Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine
- Infectious Disease Research
- Ophthalmology/Wilmer Eye Institute
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Helen Jones joined the Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications team in January 2013. She is responsible for managing the distribution and tracking of all press releases, collecting and disseminating daily headlines and helping the team manage incoming media requests and all JHM media-related events.
Helen was previously employed at the Washington Post, where she edited opinion pieces, editorials and letters to the editor and helped keep track of daily readership trends on the Web. Before that, she worked as a copy editor and assigning editor for her hometown newspaper, the Baltimore Sun.
She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Towson University.
- Awards and Announcements
Catherine Kolf, Ph.D.
As a senior communications specialist for the media relations team, Catherine Kolf, Ph.D., is responsible for writing about basic science research and the activities of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.
She comes to us from the National Academy of Sciences where she most recently was a communications associate in the Policy and Global Affairs Division and previously worked in media relations at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences through the Mirzayan Science Policy Fellowship. Previous to that, she spent some time on the Hill and in the classroom as an adjunct professor.
She earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins doing research in the Cartilage Biology and Orthopedics Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. She also holds a B.S. in biology and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Marisol Martinez, M.A.
As a communications specialist for Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Marisol focuses on bilingual (Spanish and English) media relations and communications outreach in Latin America and the Caribbean, raising brand awareness and positioning the Johns Hopkins Health System as a destination for complex diagnosis and treatment, and a trusted resource for health information.
A seasoned writer, editor and strategic communications professional, Marisol has over 15 years of experience creating and executing marketing and communications campaigns. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Medicine International, she served as senior copywriter at Adworks Corp., a marketing and communications firm in Puerto Rico with various clients in the health care industry.
She holds a master’s degree in communications with a concentration in media writing and a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of the Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico. Marisol also earned a certificate in translation (Spanish-English/English-Spanish) from La Salle University in Philadelphia and has won several Aster Awards.
Jania Matthews, M.P.S.
As the assistant director of public relations and corporate communications, Jania Matthews, M.P.S., helps to build and protect the Johns Hopkins Medicine brand by developing and implementing strategic proactive media relations plans and products for service lines and business initiatives. She also helps manage internal and external communications for institutional reputational issues.
Jania has more than 10 years of experience in media relations, project management, writing/editing, and issues management. Most recently she was the associate director of strategic communications at the International Food Information Council and Foundation, where she led the planning, development and implementation of public outreach strategies for organization campaigns and programming initiatives.
Jania earned her master of professional studies degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University. She earned her bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America.
- Business of Medicine
- Corporate Communications
- Government Affairs
- Health Care Policy
- Issues Management
- Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
- Labor Relations
- Managed Care
- Research Integrity
Vanessa C. McMains, Ph.D.
Vanessa C. McMains, Ph.D., joined the media relations staff in June 2010 as a media relations representative and communications coordinator, and has since transitioned to a communications specialist position. Her background is in science writing and research.
Previously, she performed freelance writing and editing for the National Institutes of Health and The American Physiological Society. She was selected as an American Association for the Advancement in Science (AAAS) mass media fellow, which placed her at the Chicago Tribune reporting on science and medicine. Vanessa is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the D.C. Science Writer's Association.
Vanessa's roots are in scientific research with specialties in cell and developmental biology. She studied a protein found in amoebas that is also linked to Alzheimer's disease when mutated in people. Also, she studied the fungus that caused the North American chestnut blight. She holds a Ph.D. in biology from a joint program between the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park.
As a media relations specialist with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications team, Lauren Nelson coordinates media interviews and provides media relations services to doctors and researchers.
Lauren joined the media relations team in January 2014.
A graduate of Stevenson University, she previously worked at T. Rowe Price on the direct mail team and spent a year as a creative intern at MGH, an advertising agency.
Ekaterina Pesheva, M.A.
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As a senior communications and media relations specialist at Johns Hopkins, Ekaterina Pesheva, M.A., is responsible for publicizing clinical, translational and basic science discoveries, clinical developments and educational initiatives for the Department of Pediatrics, including more than 20 pediatric subspecialties, the Heart & Vascular Institute, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Surgery, Transplant, Nephrology and HIV/AIDS. Ekaterina also manages media relations for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and contributes editorial content to Johns Hopkins Medicine Magazine, Hopkins Children’s Magazine and Cardiovascular Report.
Before joining Johns Hopkins Medicine, Ekaterina was a columnist and medical reporter for the Suburban Journals and West End Word newspapers in St. Louis. Ekaterina has a master’s degree in journalism with focus on Strategic Health Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, where she was also an assistant editor for Global Journalist magazine, a graduate research assistant and health writer. Ekaterina has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Truman State University and has studied Linguistics and English Philology in her native country, Bulgaria, before coming to the United States. Ekaterina is a recipient of the Missouri Press Association Award for News Reporting in 2003.
Leah Ramsay joined the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in November 2011 as a science writer to manage communications and news media relations. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Washington, DC, where she worked in multimedia and nonprofit communications for more than a decade.
Most recently, Ramsay handled media and public relations for the advocacy organization DC Vote. Previously she worked on the other side of the media aisle, in documentary production for National Geographic, the Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Networks, and as a writer online for DC Style and Metromix.com.
A graduate of the Catholic University of America with a degree in Media Studies, Ramsay also worked with prominent independent filmmakers in Washington, helping to produce Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg with Aviva Kempner and interning with Charles Guggenheim on his final film, Berga: Soldiers of Another War. This independent film production experience included fundraising, skills she will use at the Berman Institute.
In addition, Ramsay will work with faculty members to share their research news internally and externally, as well as contribute to social media and Web-based communications.
Senior Communications Specialist Patrick Smith joined the media relations team in March of 2013 after six years as communications director at the People’s Community Health Centers in Baltimore, a historic nonprofit clinic specializing in health care for the underserved.
Smith has spent 20-plus years as a writer and communications professional in the Baltimore-Washington region. A senior writer and communications director at United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore/D.C. American Red Cross, Smith also has served as a press aide and speechwriter to several elected officials.
A consultant to such clients as the National Governors Association, Porter Novelli, the U.S. Telecom Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers, Smith began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Dundalk Eagle. He holds a B.S. in English from Towson University.
- Complementary/Integrative Medicine
- Diversity Initiatives
- Community Health and Relations
Vanessa Wasta, M.B.A.
Vanessa Wasta, M.B.A, joined the Public Affairs Office for the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in September 1998. She holds a bachelor of science in biology and a master of business administration with a concentration in marketing. Previously, she worked in the Marketing and Public Relations Office for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center.
As a communications manager, Shawna Williams oversees coverage of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, the Institute for Cell Engineering and the Institute of Genetic Medicine. She joined the media relations staff in November 2012.
Previously, Williams worked as a communications officer at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, at Johns Hopkins' Genetics & Public Policy Center and at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. She also served for a year as an instructor and journal editor at West China Hospital and West China School of Medicine, and later as a freelance science writer and medical editor.
Williams earned a B.A. in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
- Basic Science Research
- Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
- Institute of Cell Engineering
- Institute of Genetic Medicine
- Stem Cell Research
- Tech Transfer/Research
Cindy Rose, M.A.
VP Marketing & Communications
Cindy Rose is the Vice President of Marketing & Community Relations at All Children's Hospital. Cindy has been Associate Vice President since 2009, with oversight of multiple departments, including Marketing, Physician Outreach, Media Relations, Creative Services, Community Education and Advocacy, Call Center, Medical Library, Continuing Medical Education, and eHealth.
Most recently, Cindy directed the marketing communications efforts tied to the integration of All Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine. She also led All Children's first consumer advertising campaign and implemented new brand management standards for the hospital.
Cindy holds Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Arts degrees in community/public health from Kent State University. Her 25 years of healthcare experience include management positions at All Children's, The Cleveland Clinic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Pediatric Health Alliance.
Sandy Reckert-Reusing, M.A.
Sandy Reckert-Reusing has been with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for 26 years in the Marketing & Communications department. For the past nine years, she has overseen and guided the communications efforts as department director. In her role, Sandy works closely with Johns Hopkins Bayview and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) leadership, department administrators, and JHM’s senior director of strategic marketing and outreach to ensure that integrated and strategic marketing and communications programs are in place. She directs daily activities related to the Medical Center, including publications writing and design, internal communications, media relations, advertising, crisis communications, Web, physician liaison activities and service line marketing.
Sandy earned her Master of Arts in Writing and Graphic Design from the University of Baltimore in 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Public Relations in 1985.
Susan Brickley Case
Director of Marketing and Communications
Susan Case directs the marketing, public relations and internal communications efforts for Howard County General Hospital and has been in the position since 2012. She previously worked for Johns Hopkins Medicine, marketing surgical services of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the Brady Urological Institute, Department of Surgery, Comprehensive Transplant Center and Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare-related marketing and non-profit communications.
Susan earned her Bachelor of Science in journalism-advertising and a minor in English from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a member and board member of the Maryland Society of Health Care Strategy and Market Development. She grew up in Howard County.
Ronna Borenstein-Levy, M.S.
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications
Ronna Borenstein-Levy is senior director of marketing and communications for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Community Division in the National Capital Region. She previously served as senior director of marketing and public affairs for Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Prior to joining Suburban 17 years ago, she held numerous positions in hospital marketing departments in the Boston area and was marketing promotion manager for Hewlett-Packard Company’s Medical Products Group for 10 years. The recipient of numerous professional awards for writing, marketing, and public relations, Ronna has a B.A. degree in marketing communications from Simmons College in Boston and an M.S. degree in public affairs from Boston University.
She has served in leadership positions on the boards of many community and professional organizations and was president of the Capital Area Healthcare Communicators for two years.
Director, Public Relations
Gary M. Stephenson, former director of media relations for Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has rejoined Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) as director of public relations for Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital, both members of JHM.
In this role, Stephenson will facilitate print, broadcast and online media coverage of Sibley and Suburban news and will help journalists tap the expertise of their respective scientific and medical experts as well as direct the other public relations activities of the two hospitals.
Before joining St. Jude, Stephenson was director of media relations and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD. At Hopkins, Stephenson was the chief spokesperson for the institution and responsible for strategic media relations planning and implementation, including corporate communications, executive leadership communications and crisis communications.
Prior to joining Hopkins in 1996, Stephenson was senior associate director of media relations and public affairs for the University of Maryland, College Park, the flagship university of the Maryland University System.