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Harmony DeFazio (MS)
Harmony DeFazio
Director

Harmony attended the University of Oregon, where she earned her BA in German, with minors in Italian and Linguistics. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to study abroad in both Italy and Germany and to travel throughout Western Europe. These experiences were pivotal in shaping her personal and professional goals and she decided to continue her studies at the University of Oregon, this time pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a focus on international education. In graduate school, she returned to Germany to develop a study abroad program for US business students. After completing her studies, she worked as a Study Abroad Advisor at Central Washington University for two years. Harmony joined SASE as a Study Abroad Advisor in May 2007. She is currently serving as study abroad director for the Office of Global Initiatives.

(520) 626-6039
Renee Griggs
Renee Griggs
Associate Director & Student Services Coordinator

Renee has been with Study Abroad and Student Exchange for many years. Renee is the principal advisor for most Eller programs and is the person you'll want to see for any help with registration, posting of credits, billing questions, or financial aid.

(520) 626-7180
Jill Calderon
Jill Calderón
Program Director, Latin America

Jill completed her BA at Colorado State University in Creative Writing and her MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. After graduating with her undergraduate degree, she set out for Costa Rica where she worked at becoming fluent in Spanish while running her own business, Escuela Latina de Lenguas, S.A., a language school teaching English to Costa Ricans and offering service learning opportunities and Spanish language instruction to international visitors. While in Costa Rica, Jill had the opportunity to travel throughout Latin America. She came to Tucson from Costa Rica in 2000 to work at the UA and pursue her Master's degree. For nearly 5 years, she worked as a Project Director for the Office of International Affairs before transitioning to her current position of Program Director, Latin America, for the Office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange. Currently, Jill advises for all of the Latin America programs and assists the Center for Latin American Studies with international initiatives in teaching, research and study programs abroad.

(520) 626-4931
Kendra Corey
Kendra Corey
Study Abroad Coordinator

Originally from western New York, Kendra attended the University of Richmond in Virginia where she earned her BA in Leadership Studies, with a minor in history.  During her junior year at Richmond, she spent a semester studying Maori culture and Australian and New Zealand history at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  After graduation, she spent six months working and traveling around Australia through the working holiday visa program.  Upon her arrival back in the US, she returned to her alma mater where she worked for five years, most recently in marketing and public relations at the Robins School of Business.

Prior to coming to Arizona, Kendra spent two years traveling throughout Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Chile, and Argentina, and spent time working in Alaska, Antarctica and teaching English in Chile.  Kendra has an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona and joined the SASE team in 2011. She enjoys hiking, camping, playing tennis, and exploring Tucson with her crazy Brittany Spaniel.  Kendra advises inbound and outbound students for programs in Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands.

(520) 626-3427
Kristen Michelson
Kristen Michelson
Study Abroad Coordinator

Kristen joins Study Abroad and Student Exchange from the Midwest, where she was born and raised and lived most of her life before coming to Tucson. Kristen holds a BA in French from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH and an MA in French from the University of Minnesota. Following her studies, Kristen moved to Germany where she spent four years living in Cologne teaching English and working for a German television station while learning German. As an undergraduate, Kristen had the opportunity to study for one semester in Nantes, France, and has participated in short-term language immersion programs in Kassel, Germany and Madrid, Spain. Kristen has over twelve years experience working in the field of international education and holds a half-time position as the SASE inbound and outbound coordinator for French and German-speaking programs in Europe. In addition to her work in SASE, Kristen is pursuing a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and is currently teaching 4th semester French at the UA. Kristen is passionate about intercultural exchange, and believes it is a fundamental pathway to understanding, respect, and appreciation between and among all people. She is an avid cyclist, enjoys choral singing, and loves every genre of music that ever existed.

(520) 621-9403
Rudo Moyo
Rudo Moyo
Study Abroad Coordinator

Born in Lusaka, Zambia to Zambian and Zimbabwean parents, Rudo had early exposure to a cross cultural setting. She grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and Gaborone, Botswana. In 2000, after completing her undergraduate degree in French and English at the University of Botswana, Rudo’s family migrated to the United States. She has lived and studied in the United Kingdom where she obtained her Masters in Politics of Democracy at Oxford Brookes University. Rudo’s professional career includes working in the nonprofit sector on areas such as human rights and development. She has vast experience working with young people from diverse backgrounds. She has travelled to over 30 countries across Sub-Sahara and Northern Africa, South East Asia, Western, Northern and Central Europe. She is very passionate about inter cultural learning and believes that educational exchanges that facilitate such experiences are an integral part of personal growth. Rudo’s hobbies include writing poetry and playing tennis.

Rudo advises inbound and outbound students for programs in Africa, Middle East, United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, Canada and Semester at Sea.

(520) 626-9273
Stella Rios
Administrative Associate

Stella has been at the University of Arizona since 1991.  She joined the staff in 2001 and is responsible for managing the front office and guiding students through the application process. She has worked for the College of Humanities and Emergency Medicine at the UA.  To make an appointment with any of our staff, just call Stella!

(520) 626-9211
Ken Simonds
Ken Simonds
Study Abroad Coordinator

Ken spent his youth in the South, receiving his B.S. from Georgia Tech and his M.Ed. from the University of Georgia. Born to an American father and a Japanese mother, Ken was fortunate to have a bicultural upbringing that eventually ignited a passion for all things international. This passion has led him to travel and experience as much of the world as he possibly can. His international experiences include attending high school in Thailand, teaching English in South Korea and Japan, interpreting for a professional Japanese basketball team, living in Turkey, and traveling through China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Egypt, and Spain. In his free time, Ken is an avid sports fan and tech aficionado. Ken joined the Office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange in February 2012. He is currently advising inbound and outbound students for programs in Eastern Europe and Asia.

(520) 626-9664
Hillary Vance
Hillary Vance
Study Abroad Coordinator

Born and raised in New Jersey, Hillary completed her BA at Rutgers University, double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and History with a minor in Political Science. During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad in France and Tunisia. It was during these study abroad programs that Hillary decided she wanted to pursue a career in international education. After completing her M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change at Lehigh University, she had the opportunity to work for a non-governmental organization in Cambodia for a year and a half. In addition to her study abroad experiences, Hillary has traveled throughout Europe and South East Asia, and has studied Khmer, Arabic, German, Spanish, and French. She joined the SASE team in June 2013 and is excited to help UA students pursue their own international educational experiences. Hillary is currently advising inbound and outbound students for programs in Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.

(520) 626-0673
Jessica Whitney
Jessica Whitney
Administrative Assistant

Jessica is originally from the East coast but moved to Tucson with her family back in the late 80's. She holds a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Arizona.  Her passion for multiculturalism and strong desire to travel and experience the diversity of the world has led her to the Study Abroad and Student Exchange Office.  Jessica loves spending quality time, doing outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking and camping, with her family.

(520) 626-5390

SASE is looking for a Study Abroad Coordinator! Must apply through UA Career Track

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