Staff Bios

Claudia Sotomayor Hart

Director

Designated School Official (DSO), Responsible Officer (RO)

Claudia Sotomayor Hart was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She came to the United States as an international student beginning her studies at Richland College. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management both from Southern Methodist University. Claudia has been in the International Higher Education field for more than 12 years also serving NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Claudia believes that international students, professors and their families are essential to enhancing the experiences of current SMU students, professors and staff by sharing their values and cultures. She hopes all international students and professors find the opportunity to also learn the values of the United States creating a true exchange of experiences and cultural understanding as we respect our differences and embrace our similarities. It is Claudia’s goal as the Director of the ISSS Office to create an environment where all students feel they are home when they visit our office. Claudia is fluent in English and Spanish and has studied French.

Anna Marzillo

Associate Director

Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)

Anna Marzillo was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1987. Anna has raised 3 wonderful children in Dallas and has worked in the SMU International Student & Scholar Services office since 2001 serving as the SEVIS Database Manager and Associate Director. Anna always enjoys meeting and providing services to all the new students and their families every semester that come from 89 different countries!

Thomas Magee

Senior International Advisor 

Designated School Official (DSO)

Thomas Magee was born and raised in Irving, TX and moved to Dallas during his senior year at SMU, where he graduated in 2020 with his BFA in Theatre. He is proud to say he started in the ISSS Office as a student worker in 2018 and has now been a DSO and advisor to our diverse international student body for the past three years. He is an avid soccer and baseball fan, and you may even catch him in a theatre production around DFW if you keep an eye out! Thomas can say that being an advisor and being a resource for SMU students is an absolute privilege.

 

Yessica F. Carlos

International Data Coordinator 

Designated School Official (DSO)

Yessica F. Carlos is originally from Durango Mexico and moved to Dallas at the age of 16. She attended Hillcrest High School as an ESL student, and graduated with honors and a member of the National Honor Society. She was a recipient of the Rising Star Scholarship and attended Richland College as an International Student. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Yessica has been part of the ISSS team at SMU since 2010 supporting with data management and reporting for all international students in SEVIS.

Kelly L. Garcia

Assistant Director

Designated School Official (DSO), Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

Kelly Garcia was born and raised in a small town outside Dallas. She recently graduated from SMU with her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy and minor in Religious Studies. Kelly leads the coordination of ISSS’s programming efforts as well as the International Leadership Program (ILP).

Angie L. Garcia

International Services Coordinator 

Angie L. Garcia is the newest advisor in the ISSS office. Angie is deeply connected to the City of Dallas as she was born and raised in the city until she started high school in Garland, TX. After graduating from Lakeview Centennial HS with an AS from Dallas College, Angie is continuing her education at the University of North Texas at Dallas to earn her BBA in Finance with minors in Management and Spanish for the Professions. Her experience serving the international students and scholars at SMU is one of the greatest joys in her promising career.