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Advising Schedule May 25-29, 2015

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Deborah Kuiken
Assistant Director
Deborah Kuiken graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Sociology.  She later served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in the Dominican Republic.  Prior to joining ISS in July 2004, she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  As Assistant Director of ISS, Deborah will answer questions regarding F-1 or J-1 status, as well as nonresident withholding tax issues on awards.
Marie Willard
Program Director, Sponsored Programs

Marie Willard has a BA in Political Science and French Literature from the University of Arizona and a MA in International Studies with a Certificate in Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver.  Her exchange year in Montpellier, France and a U.S. Department of State internship in Quebec City were pivotal experiences in determining her focus on working with international populations and immigration-related issues.  Marie joined ISS in 2005 and has worked with international student advising and programming. In her current role as the Program Director of Sponsored Programs, Marie supports students who are sponsored by their home country governments and other agencies. She also serves as liaison between sponsors and university departments.

Tom Stitt

Coordinator, Sponsored Programs
Tom Stitt earned a BA in English from Emory University in Atlanta, where he also worked as business manager for Emory’s graduate school until moving to Tucson in 1998. After pursuing a career in real estate for more than 10 years in Tucson, in 2012 he joined the UA’s ISS staff as Sponsored Programs Coordinator, working primarily in billing and related support activities for international students sponsored by governments, embassies and corporations.

Noelle Sallaz
Program Director, International Student Development

Noelle Sallaz earned her BA in American Culture from the University of Michigan and her MA in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. While pursuing her Bachelor's degree, she developed co-curricular student programs for the university. This experience, along with time spent abroad, sparked her interest in international education and international student empowerment. She co-coordinates the International Orientation, Peer Integrator program and Undergraduate Scholarship program as well as recurring social, cultural, and educational programs throughout the year. She has worked with ISS since 2006.

Lara Pfaff

International Student Advisor

Lara Pfaff received her BA from the College of Wooster with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, and a minor in Spanish, and her MA in Applied Ethics from the University of Linkoping, Sweden, and the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology.  Studying abroad in Spain, Sweden and Norway sparked her passion for international travel.  Her professional experience in refugee resettlement and as an advisory board member for the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association led her to the field of international education.  She has worked at ISS since 2010 and currently serves as an International Student Advisor.

Len Tecson

International Student Advisor

Prior to joining ISS in February 2011, Len earned her Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and worked at Pima Community College since 1999.  She brings with her over 10 years of work experience in student services and international student services as a DSO/ARO. As an international student advisor at ISS, Len works primarily with pre-arrival advising and document issuance of all new undergraduate F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors. She also co-coordinates the New International Orientation and P.I. Program.  She has two dogs named Tobasco and Duglas and is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology and Italian.

Stacey Buchman
International Student Advisor

Stacey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.  She has been dedicated to the intercultural field for 7+ years, with over 3 years spent advising international students.  At ISS, she advises F-1 and J-1 students on all aspects of immigration, as well as specializing in immigration compliance.  Stacey is originally from the East Coast, but loves the desert and enjoys being outdoors year-round in Tucson.

Rocio Ruiz
International Student Advisor

Rocio, born in Long Island, New York, spent her childhood between Arlington, VA and Cádiz, Spain.  She received her Bachelors in Law and Diploma in Business Sciences from the Universidad de Cadiz, Spain. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to study abroad at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium and to travel throughout Western Europe.  Rocio joined ISS in 2012 as an International Student Specialist.  She is currently serving as an International Student Advisor.

Rick Groleau
International Student Advisor

Rick was born and raised in New England, earning his BA in European History and an MED in Teaching English as a Second Language.  After completing his BA he spent the next 3 years backpacking/hitchiking through Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia. Rick then began a 23 year career in higher education which included work in residence life, student activities, and the last 16 years in International Admissions. This admissions role included extensive travel through Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, Morocco, Turkey, Nepal and India. Rick is an avid badminton player and you can find him serving birdies at the Rec Center on Friday nights.

Danita Smith

Document Processor

Danita Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She received a Bachelor of Arts In Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies and focus in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.  During her senior year she spent a semester abroad at the University of Essex in Colchester, England. In 2008 she was selected to take part in a cultural program that allowed her to travel throughout Italy, which ignited her passion for travel and international relations. She joined the ISS team in 2012 as an International Student Specialist. She is currently serving as a Document Processor.

Andrew Conlogue International Student Specialist

Andrew Conlogue is a fifth generation Arizona native. He is the third generation and fifth member of his family to attend the University of Arizona, through which he studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He graduated with Honors there in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL). Andrew joined ISS in October 2013 and serves as an International Student Specialist with the office. His passions are international relations, history, and comedy, which he performs locally in his spare time.

Sylvia Ahanonu
International Student Specialist

Sylvia Ahanonu was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. Enthused by her father’s experiences in Tucson, she moved to the United States to attend the University of Arizona, earning a BS degree in Management of Information Systems (MIS) and post graduate studies in Business Administration.  After a career in private sector operations management, Sylvia returned to the university community in October 2013 as an International Student Specialist in the ISS office. She has always been passionate about cultural experiences, languages, travel, welcoming visitors into the Tucson community, and mentoring youth. She enjoys singing and the outdoors.

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or immigration inquiries, please email
For general inquiries, please email
For questions regarding orientation and pre-arrival, please email

Advising Hours and Appointments

International Student Services provides services to over 3,000 international students at the UA, as well as international visitors, sponsored student organizations, and prospective students and their parents. Therefore, in order to provide the best possible service and ensure that students have adequate access to meet with advisors, students will need to follow these instructions for making an appointment with ISS advisors. Our front desk staff can provide forms and schedule appointments, but immigration advice is provided by advisors during advising hours.

Office Hours: 8am-12pm; 1pm-5pm
Office Number: (520) 621-4627
Fax Number: (520) 621-4069

For immigration inquiries, please email

For general inquiries, please email

For questions regarding orientation and pre-arrival, please email


Situations that may require an appointment:

  • Applying for a change in your immigration status
  • Applying for reinstatement
  • Applying for Severe Economic Hardship Work Permission
  • Discussion of options when faced with violation of student status
  • Personal problems
  • Cultural adjustment difficulties
  • Liaison assistance with UA Departments
  • Any situation where you believe more information or personal assistance is needed

Procedures for Making an Appointment:

  • Call our office at (520) 621-4627 or come by the office in person. Ask the Office Specialist for an appointment with an International Student Advisor.
  • You may request to see a specific advisor or simply ask for the next available appointment time.
  • Be prepared to tell the Office Specialist the nature of the appointment. If your reason is confidential, simply state this to the staff.
  • Please phone the office if you are not able to keep your appointment.

Quick Advising Sessions versus Appointments:

  • Throughout the year ISS offers quick advising sessions. These sessions are limited to about 10-15 minutes per student and are based on a "first-come, first-served" basis. They are typically scheduled three to four days during the week for a two-hour block of time each day. That means if an advisor is able to stick to the 10-15-minute limit per student, he or she may be able to meet with approximately 10 - 18 students during a quick advising period.
  • Quick advising sessions are primarily for "quick" questions that do not require extensive review and analysis by an advisor. If you have an issue that requires extensive review, for example, if you are "out-of-status," then you should explain your situation to the front desk International Student Specialist, who will try and schedule an appointment for you at your earliest convenience. An emergency situation may also require explaining your situation to the International Student Specialist, who will try to have you meet with an available advisor as soon as possible.
  • If you are fairly certain that you will need more than 15 minutes with an advisor, then a quick advising session is not going to meet your needs. If your "quick question" becomes so, please make an appointment instead.

What You Need to Bring with You:

  • If this will be your first time to our office, please bring ALL of your I-20's or DS -2019's, your passport and I-94 card.
  • For all subsequent appointments, you may need to bring your documents with you depending on the nature of your visit.