Staff Bios

Claudia Sotomayor Hart


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!

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

Designated School Official (DSO)

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. 

Ginger Gonzalez

International Services Coordinator 

Designated School Official (DSO)

Ginger was raised in a small town north of Houston, Texas and moved to the DFW area in 2001.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University and a Master of English with an emphasis in TESOL from Texas A&M University - Commerce.  She taught special education for many years, and in 2012, an opportunity to teach English to international students at the university level presented itself.  She fell in love with the students and higher education and feels blessed to be a part of the ISSS office at SMU.  She is passionate about helping international students achieve their academic and personal goals while here in the United States.  Ginger is married to Chris, and they have two daughters, Olivia and Emilia.  In her free time, she loves a good road trip and likes to read, go for walks, and watch movies with her family.

Ana Reyna

Programming  Coordinator

Ana Reyna is originally from Mexico but has also lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and Dallas, Texas. She graduated high school from the first International School in the World in 2020. In December 2023, she graduated from SMU with a B.A. in Earth Science and French Studies and a B.S. in Educational Studies. Ana is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working proficiency in French. She has been part of the ISSS team at SMU since 2021 when she joined the International Leadership program in her sophomore year. Then, she took on the role of Programming assistant and is now the Programming Coordinator supporting the student experience, intercultural engagement, and international programs.