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Public Relations Team

Office of Public Relations
Sunshine Cottage Administration Building
New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

Office hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
(Note: the College closes at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays from October 1 - March 31).

Phone: (914) 594-4536
Fax: (914) 594-4541


Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A.‌
Vice President of Communications

‌Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A., leads all marketing and communications strategy and execution for NYMC, including College branding, public relations, integrated marketing plans, internal and external communications, print and electronic publications, the website, NYMC events as well as social networking and media relations. With over 15 years of experience in a university setting, Ms. Riekert is uniquely attuned to the communication needs of higher education and brings marketing vision and best practices to all relevant College endeavors.

Ms. Riekert began her career at Pace Law School where she served as Director of Marketing and Communications, and as Interim Assistant Vice President of University Relations for Pace University.

Ms. Riekert earned both her bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as her master of business administration degree at Albany, State University of New York, Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Riekert joined NYMC in 2014. 

Kevin R. Cummings, M.P.S., M.P.H. '00
Director of Web Communications

Kevin R. Cummings, M.P.S., M.P.H., oversees web communications and is responsible for providing useful, accessible and integrated information on the expansive site while maintaining a consistent institutional identity. In this role, Mr. Cummings develops communication strategies, policies and standards related to electronic interactions among NYMC’s affiliate hospitals, teaching affiliates, physicians and faculty, staff, students and the general public. In addition, Mr. Cummings serves on several NYMC committees including the Research Improvement Subcommittee; LCME Accreditation Resource Subcommittee, Library and Academic Support Committee, SOM Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Committee and the Commencement Committee. 

Mr. Cummings has a bachelor of science degree in Bacteriology and Health Sciences form Wagner College, a master of professional studies in Health Services Administration from The New School and a master of public health in General Public Health from New York Medical College. He joined NYMC in 1995 as Director of Research Information and Development in the Office of Research Administration prior to assuming the responsibilities of Director of Web Communications in 2000.

Julio A. Rodriguez-Rentas, M.A.
Assistant Director, Web Communications

Julio A. Rodriguez-Rentas, M.A., manages the strategic development and maintenance of—including the recent relaunch of the website—as well as integrated marketing initiatives for the department, both online and offline. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a master's degree in Media Communication and as a current professor of communications at the State University of New York–Westchester Community College and Iona College, Mr. Rodriguez-Rentas brings a 360◦ perspective to his role. Mr. Rodriguez-Rentas joined NYMC in 2014, coming to the College from Pace University, where he served first as webmaster at the Pace Law School before becoming Senior Courseware Designer for the University.   

LoriAnn Perrault
Public Information Officer

LoriAnn Perrault serves as the Public Information Officer for New York Medical College. Suggestions for story ideas are always welcome for InTouch Archive, the online newsletter of the New York Medical College community. Stories can be about research, curriculum or programs of study, unique or interesting personal achievements, growing trends or patient care with an academic angle. Please email your comments and inquiries to 

Madlena Pesheva
Executive Assistant

Madlena Pesheva serves as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Communications, bringing several years of experience in marketing, event management, and administrative duties to the role. Ms. Pesheva holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire, with a dual major in International Relations and Recreation Management and a minor in Psychology.  Prior to joining NYMC in 2015, Ms. Pesheva was the Marketing and Membership Associate for the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester. 

Marianne Hurewitz, M.S.
Communications Specialist

Ms. Hurewitz is a writer, editor and producer for content developed by the Office of Public Relations, including the Chironian magazine, website, promotional materials, news and announcements. She brings extensive experience in health care communications across a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, insurance and health tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Masters of Science in business communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Nancy Rowe
Communications Specialist

As a team writer, Ms. Rowe writes, edits and proofreads a variety of materials produced and reviewed by the Public Relations department, including InTouch items, web content and assorted campus-wide communications.  Ms. Rowe brings more than 20 years of marketing and communications experience to the role, having performed similar work across a range of industries, from health care to law to not-for-profit.  Ms. Rowe holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Colgate University.