About Us

Jill Calderón Program Director, Latin American Project Development

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.  Currently, Jill serves as the Program Director for Latin American Project Development, advises for South American and Guatemalan programs, and assists the Center for Latin American Studies with international initiatives in teaching, research and study programs abroad.

Advises for: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru



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.



Renee Griggs Associate Director

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.



Donella Ly Study Abroad Coordinator

Prior to working in the Office of Global Initiatives, Donella’s professional career evolved from her work in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where she garnered knowledge regarding international challenges and societal issues associated with nutrition. After completing her M.S. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona, Donella began work in the Office of Global Initiatives providing student support for East Asia and Mexico, and regional expertise for program development. Coming from a diverse cultural background, Donella is half Irish and Korean. Her husband’s family are Chinese refugees who traveled through Vietnam. Donella spends her recreational time learning Cantonese and Mandarin, hiking, camping and golfing.

Advises for: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico



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!

Rudo Moyo Sandy 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.

Advises for: Botswana, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ghana, France, Ireland, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, The Honors Trip



Katie Van Wyk Study Abroad Coordinator

Born and raised in the cheese head state, Katie attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she received her B.S. degree in Mathematics and Spanish. During her undergraduate career, she spent a semester studying in Granada, Spain and began working in the Office of International Education upon her return to help other students gain an intercultural experience. After graduation, Katie moved to Santiago, Chile where she worked as an Au Pair and Customer Service Representative for ECELA Spanish Schools. Upon completing her M.S.Ed in Student Affairs Administration, Katie was thrilled to join the SASE team in June of 2015. She serves at the Coordinator for Spain, Northern Europe, Greece and Semester at Sea. 

Advises for Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Semester at Sea



Hillary Vance Study Abroad Coordinator

Hillary was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned her B.A. at Rutgers University, double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and History with a minor in Political Science and studying abroad in France and Tunisia. After completing her M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change at Lehigh University, she moved to Cambodia to work for an education NGO. Hillary has traveled through over 20 countries and has studied French, Spanish, German, Arabic, and Khmer. Outside of work, she is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education at the UA and planning future travels with her Australian husband. Hillary enjoys helping UA students pursue their own international educational experiences in the Middle East and North Africa, South and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Advises for: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, CAPLA Abroad



Danny Vander Ploeg Study Abroad Coordinator

Before venturing out into the world, Danny grew up in Michigan.  During his time at Michigan State University, he studied abroad in Vienna, Austria where he had a transformative travel experience meeting new people, seeing different ways of living, and exploring some of the most interesting parts of Europe.  After graduating, he was looking for more adventures abroad, so he joined the Peace Corps where he taught English in a small village in southern Kazakhstan.  After returning from Kazakhstan, Danny still had the travel bug, so he spent another six months exploring Central America.  He then moved to Tucson where he worked at the Arizona State Museum while he earned an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona.  Danny loves to travel, absorb culture, explore nature, spend time with his family, and play with his very rambunctious dog. 

Advises for: Austria, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Global Engineering Education Exchange (GE3), Medieval Europe Study Tour



Job Openings

Study Abroad is currently recruiting for a Study Abroad Coordinator:


Review will begin on 9/21.