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UNM Education Abroad Team 


Please see the Study Abroad Advisor contact information in the tabs below for specific advisor contact information. Your advisor will depend on the country or region you are interested in. 

We are happy to help and look forward to hearing from you!

Best Wishes,  

Education Abroad Team


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


Walk-in advising hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 1-3pm. Plus, additional appointment times available throughout the week via LoboAchieve. 

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.


Todd Karr

Director of Educaiton 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, focusing on how the tenure process influences campus internationalization and study abroad.

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 3rd grade teacher for Lincoln Public Schools. Todd and Pam have two children, Kyler and Sumalee, and are expecting their third child in July 2019.

Annette Mares-Duran

Faculty-Led International Program Advisor

505 277-4032

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

Study Abroad Exchange Advisor

505 277-4032

Mary is the study abroad exchange advisor. She offers advising on a walk-in basis M-Th from 1-3pm, or by appointment via LoboAchieve. 

Julia Monge

Education Abroad Student Assistant 

Julia Monge is the Education Abroad Student Assistant here at the Global Education Office. She is responsible for helping study abroad advisor, Mary Phibbs, with student exchange coordination as well as providing assistance to students throughout the application process. Julia also co-leads all social media marketing for UNM Study Abroad.

Julia is currently completing her BA in International Studies and a minor in Computer Science, with an emphasis on conflict, peace, and diplomacy in the Middle East and is interested in pursuing a career in international development. Julia is passionate about working towards bridging the gap between children, specifically young girls, and access to a quality education worldwide. Having taken an interest in Arabic and the MENA region, Julia embarked on a semester abroad in Rabat, Morocco where she studied at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie.

When she’s not at UNM, Julia loves spending time with her family and friends, taking classes at the Ninja Fitness Academy, or re-watching Jurassic Park. Julia is also a co-founder of a middle school model united nations league and is always looking for new ways to encourage younger generations to learn more about the global citizen mindset.


Lauren Kelley

Faculty-Led (Group) International Program Assistant 

Lauren Kelley is the Faculty-Led International Program Assistant in the Global Education Office at the University of New Mexico. She assists faculty and students in developing and carrying out faculty-led international programs, and focuses on ensuring they follow UNM’s health and safety policy before and during these programs. She also co-leads all social media initiatives for UNM Study Abroad and creates helpful content across these platforms for UNM’s study abroad students.

Lauren is currently working towards her BA in Media Arts at UNM and is very passionate about filmmaking and film theory. She also loves studying abroad herself and spent one semester in the United Kingdom at the University of Leeds and will spend a month in Summer 2019 at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys rock climbing, going to concerts, and playing D&D with her friends. She loves a good adventure, or just hanging out on the couch watching movies. She is a burqueña who loves New Mexico and green chile!

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 is happy to offer the general advising for the students about course registration, health insurance, housing, transcripts, and etc. Nao’s walk-in hours are scheduled M/T/TH/F (No 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 gained more than 10 years of professional experiences in Japan in fields of international higher education and hospitality industry. She wishes to continue working with diverse populations with culturally different background in the academic field.

Outside of work, Nao loves to cook at home, travel to see old friends,  do/eat/see new things or people, and hike nice trails in New Mexico. Her favorite season is autumn.