|Michelle Anderson||Study Abroad Coordinator||
Michelle is originally from Manila, Philippines. She is a proud alumna of the University of Arizona where she completed her BS in Accounting. She loves to travel and have visited Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son and hopes to travel with them to many more different places.
Advises for Faculty-Led Programs in: College of Humanities
|Danielle Blackfield||Study Abroad Coordinator||Coming soon!|
|Harmony DeFazio||Executive Director, UA Study Abroad||
Harmony’s interest in a career in international education began after college, but her desire to explore the world began earlier when, at age 15, she participated in a short exchange to Germany. This experience piqued a cultural curiosity that motivated her repeated return to Germany to live, work and study. Harmony attended the University of Oregon, where she earned first a BA in German with minors in Italian and Linguistics, then a Master of Public Administration with a focus on international education. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Germany and Italy and traveled extensively within Europe. In graduate school, she returned to Germany to create her first study abroad program. Since then, Harmony has had a passion for developing global opportunities for US students. As a result of her personal and professional experiences abroad, Harmony is a firm believer in the life‐changing impact of intercultural exploration and understanding. She joined UA Global in 2006.
|Lindsay Downs||Associate Director, Study Abroad Operations||
Lindsay’s connection to UA Study Abroad goes back to 2003 when she first started working in the office as a graduate student. Passionate about international education, she decided to stay on the team as a Study Abroad Coordinator until 2011 when she took a break to stay home to raise her two children. She’s excited to be back, now in a new role. focusing on study abroad course registration and curriculum integration efforts. A native of upstate New York, Lindsay graduated from Le Moyne College in Syracuse. She participated in study abroad programs to both England and Ireland and later earned her master’s degree in Higher Education from the UA— go Wildcats! When she’s not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially traveling across Arizona by RV. Currently, Lindsay serves as the Study Abroad Enrollment and Curriculum Manager.
|Federico Guajardo||Study Abroad Coordinator||Coming soon!|
|Dafne Johnson||Study Abroad Coordinator||
Dafne is a proud Tucson native and earned her Bachelor’s in History and Master’s in Secondary Education at the UA. She had the opportunity to live and work in Abu Dhabi for a couple of years during which time she traveled and explored various countries. Upon returning home, she knew she wanted to share her passion for intercultural experiences with students and inspire them to study abroad. She is eager to utilize her knowledge, skills, and values toward serving students and helping them on their life-changing journeys. Dafne loves to spend her time outdoors photographing nature and maintaining a mini-farm with her husband that consists of dogs, goats and chickens. She aspires to have an animal rescue that is surrounded by lush jungle someday.
|Bailey Lee||Study Abroad Program Manager||
Bailey completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish at the University of Mississippi and her Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Through studying abroad in Ecuador and teaching English in Spain, she developed a passion for international education and igniting an excitement within students to experience other cultures and environments. On her travel bucket list are Finland, India, Chile, Japan, and Turkey. Bailey loves spending time with her dog, being outdoors, and quilting.
|Diane Nelson||Associate Director, Faculty-Led and Exchange Programs||Coming soon!|
|Veronica Ortiz||Study Abroad Program Assistant||
Veronica has always been fascinated by different cultures and curious about countries beyond the U.S., so she is thrilled to explore the world each day in her position at UA Study Abroad. Veronica has a passion for serving others and previously worked as an elementary school teacher in the Tucson area. Her parents coveted the opportunity to come to the U.S. to raise a family and arrived here in the 1960s when her father was recruited as a machinist for a company in California. Veronica’s first language was Spanish and she recalls translating for her parents as a child. She maintains connections to Mexico and grew up appreciating both cultures. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Elementary Education and holds an Arizona Teaching Certificate with a Structured English Immersion endorsement. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and attending shows at Centennial Hall. Veronica plans to travel the world in the future and embrace every opportunity she encounters.
|Monica Reid||Program Coordinator||Coming soon!|
|Rudo Sandy||Coming soon!|
|Lisa Turker||Director, Arizona Abroad Locations||
Lisa’s interest in study abroad started with her own experience studying in Copenhagen, Denmark during her undergraduate studies. After completing her MA in Political Science in 2007, Lisa moved to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she worked at KIMEP University in the Language Center. While in Almaty, Lisa also worked on projects with USAID/CAR and the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia. In 2010, Lisa became a lecturer and international advisor at Istanbul Arel University in Turkey. She has traveled to over 20 countries throughout Europe, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Having recently returned to the States, Lisa is excited to use her experience to encourage students to engage in meaningful and enlightening adventures abroad.
|Dominique Washington||Outreach Student Worker||
Dominique was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey. She spent most of her life singing and interning for the Princeton Girl Choir, a touring choir, which piqued her interest for travel and education. She is currently attending the University of Arizona pursuing a B.S. in Education with a minor in Psychology. Dominique attended the University of Sydney in the Spring of 2018 where she continued her Education degree. This experience deepened her passion for travel, and in her work with UA Study Abroad, she uses this passion to motivate other students to go abroad.