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Abroad Staff

Student Contacts

April Turner

Study Abroad Advisor

April is the contact for:

  • Cox students
  • General questions and events

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April is the newest member of our team and we are thrilled to have her! Although April grew up in south Texas, she was born in Dallas and considers DFW her home. Before heading off to college at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, April spent a summer  in India and Malaysia, where the spark for travel and culture was ignited.  Since graduating, she has traveled to Moldova in Eastern Europe and returned to India for six months to work for a non-profit combating human trafficking. Not having studied abroad in college herself, April is passionate about helping students take advantage of the wonderful opportunities SMU Abroad offers, broadening their worldview and creating a sense of identity as it relates to the world around them. April has two dogs and is a wife and new mom. When she’s not reining in the chaos of her household, you can find her curled up with a good book at a coffee shop, pursuing the most important things in life - personal growth and coffee.


Dorrean Dyson

Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Dorrean is the contact for:

  • Dedman (Non-STEM), Meadows, Simmons, and undeclared students
  • Course petitions and semester course database

Schedule Appointment

Dorrean is originally from Nashville, TN. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she treated her desire for international experience by working and living in Daejeon, South Korea for 2 years. She has also visited Taiwan, Vietnam, China, and Italy. An extensive love for dogs and hot temperatures (She is much like a plant that requires full sun) made Dallas the perfect place to relocate after returning. A foodie through and through, she'll happily take any suggestions for restaurants in Dallas. As someone who did not study abroad in college, Dorrean is passionate about helping students overcome barriers to add this irreplaceable experience to their undergraduate journey. 


Frances Hudson

Specialist, Advising and Programs

Frances is the contact for:

  • Lyle and STEM students

Schedule Appointment
Frances grew up in Panama City, Florida, and is on a mission to explore all the best parts of Dallas (recommendations welcome)! Her desire to experience other cultures firsthand led her to major in Spanish at Berry College and to study abroad in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and Barcelona, Spain. She has also visited Austria, France, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and 43 of the 50 states. She is excited to be part of SMU Abroad and believes that before you can change the world, you have to let the world change you.




Faculty Contacts

Christie pearson

Christie Pearson

Assistant Director, Faculty-Led and Customized Programs

Christie is the contact for:

  • Faculty-led and Customized Programs
  • Marketing
  • Data and Reporting

Christie is a native Dallasite, who graduated from SMU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, French, and Political Science. During her four years at SMU, Christie studied in Paris, the south of France, and spent a semester in Washington D.C. in an international law program that traveled throughout Europe. Upon graduation, Christie was accepted into the Teaching Assistantship Program in France and spent a year living and working in Châlons-en-Champagne. She feels her international experiences have contributed exponentially to her education and perspective on life. In 2013, Christie joined the TEDxSMU team, and also worked with K-12 engineering education for the Lyle School of Engineering. In Spring 2018, she completed her Master of Liberal Studies degree with dual concentration on Global Studies and Organizational Dynamics.

 Ann Forsyth-Smith  

Ann Forsyth-Smith

Manager, Administrative Operations

Ann is the contact for:

  • Faculty-led and Customized Program logistics
  • Development and Alumni Relations

Ann joined our office in August, 2015. She is a Dallas native and 4th generation Texan. Her father and brother are SMU grads, but she chose Smith College for its Junior Year Abroad in Paris program, which she still considers to be one of the best years of her life! After college, she received her MBA from McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. In her diverse career she has worked for banks, for a French design firm, for the Hockaday School and the Dallas Zoo. She is married to a Canadian and they have a daughter studying graphic design in New York City.



 Parent Contact

Catherine Winnie

Dr. Catherine Winnie, Director

Cathy is the contact for:

  • Education Abroad Council and Faculty liaison
  • Parents
  • Program Design
  • Strategic Planning

Cathy arrived at SMU in 2013, delighted to work at a university with such a long and distinguished history of study abroad. In her career, she has helped create international programs with faculty, led fellowships and honors programs, and advocated for an individualized and networked approach to advising undergraduates. She believes that to be world-ready, undergraduates need to have direct experience in a foreign culture. She lives in Dallas with her family.