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UNM Education Abroad Team 

We are happy to support your education abroad experience!

Global Education Office

Global Education Office (GEO)
2120 Mesa Vista Hall
MSC06 3850, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-4032, Fax: (505) 277-1867

Physical address for GPS/Deliveries:

302 Cornell Dr NE

The University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87106

Global Education Office Reception is located on the 2nd floor of Mesa Vista Hall at the south end of the building, room 2120. We are located above the ethnic centers.


We are located on the second floor of Mesa Vista Hall.

Please make advising appointments through LoboAchieve. You can find our schedule HERE

Please contact the Global Education Office at 505-277-4032 or via virtual chat to set-up a remote "walk-in" meeting with an advisor. Students who have already started a study abroad application, or are currently abroad, may contact their advisor directly through email or make an appointment via LoboAchieve. Please note that all appointments will be conducted via email, phone, Skype, or Zoom.


Todd Karr

Director of Education Abroad

505 277-4032

Todd has served in various international education roles at Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Indiana University, and Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies. Throughout his career in education abroad, Todd has focused on program development, institutional exchange partnerships, managing site-specific programs, student recruitment and advising, and facilitating faculty advising and training programs. He also has experience working in ISSS and international student recruitment and admissions. Todd is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

As a student, Todd was an exchange student at Sapporo University in Japan; participated in the Salzburg Seminar short-term program in Austria; and a graduate intern at the University of Otago in New Zealand. As a professional, Todd has participated in numerous education abroad site visits in Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. Todd also has experience recruiting students in Asia to study in the U.S.

In his spare time, Todd enjoys cycling, movies, experiencing new restaurants and local cultural events, traveling, and spending time with his family. His wife Pam has her Master’s in Elementary Education and is a English laguage tutor. Todd and Pam have three children, Kyler, Sumalee, and Aluna.

Annette Mares-Duran

Faculty-Led International Program Advisor

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Annette Mares-Duran is the Faculty-Led International Program Coordinator in the Global Education Office at the University of New Mexico. In this role, she collaborates with academic departments to develop group study abroad programs to destinations all over the world. Annette specializes in promoting health and safety abroad, and serves on a campus-wide committee to review policies pertaining to international travel for students. As a group leader, Annette has also accompanied student groups to Ecuador and Peru. Prior to this role, she coordinated international programs with institutions in Latin America and Spain.

Annette received her MA in Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies, and her BS in Education, at the University of New Mexico. As a student, she studied abroad in Spain and Nicaragua before serving as a Student Affairs Intern at Casa Xalteva in Nicaragua.

In her free time she enjoys listening to podcasts, spending time with family, designing jewelry, and eating bean burritos! Born and raised in New Mexico, Annette is a passionate ambassador for international education in the state. 

Mary Phibbs


Mary Phibbs began working with the Global Education Office as the passport center coordinator. She later transitioned to a study abroad advisor and found that she is passionate about assisting students with their international education goals. Mary graduated from UNM with her degree in political science and history. She is currently pursuing her MA in the OILS program at UNM. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with her two dogs.


Study Abroad Advisor

505 277-4032


Sara Gutierrez

Study Abroad Advisor

505 277-4032

Sara Gutierrez is a study abroad advisor and previously the passport center coordinator for GEO. Sara is a native New Mexican and UNM alumnus. After graduating from Manzano High School in  she attended UNM, earning two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Philosophy, along with a certificate in Peace Studies. Recently, she attained a Master’s of Public Administration. As evidenced by her academic accomplishments, she has a passion for international diplomacy and global issues. As a student, she studied abroad in Thailand for a semester, gaining a lifelong appreciation for Southeast Asian culture and cuisine. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies, she participated in Faculty-Led programs to Italy, Canada, Panama, and Spain, both as a participant and a group leader. In her free time, she loves to try new foods, dabble in photography, and travel (22 countries on 5 continents!)

Nao Fukami

Incoming Exchange Program Graduate Assistant

Nao is the Incoming Exchange Program Graduate Assistant in the Global Education Office at the University of New Mexico. She assists incoming exchange students and partner institutions to fulfil their needs in application and the student life at UNM. Nao offers incoming international exchange students the general advising about course registration, health insurance, housing, transcripts, and etc. Nao’s walk-in hours are scheduled M/T/TH/F (Except Wednesdays) at 1-3pm or available by appointment at

Nao is currently working on her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the UNM. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management from University of Houston, TX. Nao is fluent in Japanese and English, and she earned professional skills and experiences in the field of International Education including Student Exchange, Student Recruiting and Admissions, International Student and Scholar's Services, at a higher education insitution in Japan. She wishes to continue working with diverse populations with culturally different background in the academic field.

Outside of work, Nao loves to travel around the world to see her friends and family, cook at home, try someting new she never done before (like riding a hot air baloon in Albuquerque!), and road trip with her husband during vacation.