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Staff & Contact Information

Laura Lappe, CTC
Melanie Clevenger, CTC, CAP
Elizabeth Petersen

 Mailing Address:

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Telemedicine Department
3601 4th Street STOP 9416
Lubbock, Texas 79430-9416

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Phone: (806) 743-4440
Fax: (806) 743-4010

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Laura Lappe

Laura Lappe

Laura Lappe is the Associate Director for the Center of Telemedicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, part of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health. Laura came to Telemedicine in 2009 after spending 3 years in the TTUHSC Contracting Office and 11 years with TTUHSC Correctional Managed Health Care TTUHSC as the contract coordinator working with the department charged with the delivery of health care services in a unique West Texas environment. After serving as Clinic Coordinator for three years in the Telemedicine program, Laura became Associate Director in December 2012.

Prior to working for TTUHSC, she was a U.S. Army non-commissioned officer working as a legal NCO.  Upon discharge, Laura obtained an Associate’s degree in Legal Assistant studies from South Plains College and Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management from Lubbock Christian University.

A native of Louisiana, Laura enjoys life in Lubbock with her husband and two children who all enjoy camping, gardening, cooking, and Texas Ranger baseball. As an active member of the community, Laura serves on the Parent Advisory Council of Project C.A.S.E., a grant-based project of The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research; serves as Membership Director and Media Relations for the West Texas Running Club; and is active in her daughter’s Girl Scout troop activities.


Melanie Clevenger, CAP

Melanie began her career at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health as the Administrative Assistant for the Telemedicine program in 2005.  She is now the Analyst for the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center, a federal grant program whose mission is to improve existing and increase the number of telemedicine programs in Texas and Louisiana.  Melanie served as the Vice President for the TTUHSC Staff Senate for two years and has also been involved with the International Association for Administrative Professionals (Amarillo Chapter) where she earned the prestigious rating of Certified Administrative Professional (CAP).  Melanie has worked in an administrative/managerial capacity in various industries since 1985, but states that working in the telemedicine industry has been the most rewarding.

Melanie shares her life with her beautiful daughter and many friends.  In her “spare” time, she enjoys spending time with her family, is involved with her daughter’s Band Boosters, enjoys various crafts, and watching college football and basketball.


Elizabeth Petersen

Beth is the Administrative Assistant for Telemedicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Originally, from Savannah, Georgia, Beth relocated to Lubbock from Reno, Nevada. Her education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Master’s of Science in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, she enjoys performing in community theaters, and aspires to perform as a stand-up comic.