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Abroad Staff

Student Contacts

Frankie Hudson, Study Abroad Coordinator

Frankie is the contact for:

  • Dedman College, Simmons School of Education, and undeclared students
  • SMU-in-Switzerland applications
  • Events

Frankie 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.


Lea Sarodjo, Program Specialist

Lea is the contact for:


  • Meadows School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, and Cox School of Business students
  • SMU-in-Copenhagen and SMU-in-Australia applications
  • Maintenance of the SMU Abroad Course Database
  • SMU Abroad Application questions
  • University Curriculum requests

When Lea moved to the United States at 2003, she was already a world traveler. Born in Thailand and partially raised in Japan, exploring the globe became second nature. Lea majored in international studies at the University of North Texas (UNT)  where she had the opportunity to study Arabic in Morocco. Prior to joining the SMU Abroad team, she interned for a non-profit in Cambodia. Since then, Lea studied abroad again in Geneva, Switzerland through the SMU Dispute Resolution program from which received her master's degree in 2017. 


Cori Hill, Program Specialist

Cori is the contact for:

  • The Peer Advisor Program
  • Diversity Initiatives
  • Questions about Funding Study Abroad
  • Social Media

Cori was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but was raised in Dallas, Texas.  Not quite ready to say goodbye to the Tex-Mex and heat, she stayed close for college and graduated cum laude from SMU with a B. A. in psychology and philosophy.  Cori studied abroad in Paris and considers it the best decision she’s made so far at SMU, though joining the SMU Abroad team to help fellow Mustangs study abroad is a close second.  Since studying abroad, she has also traveled to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Morocco, and the Netherlands, and revisited France.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Counseling (at SMU, of course!).


Allison Witucki Russell, Academic Operations Coordinator

Allison is the contact for:


  • Processing of final study abroad grades and credits
  • Student Enrollment and Billing

Born and raised in Houston, TX Allison spent her college years at St. Edward’s University in Austin where she earned a B.A. in Kinesiology. During her time there, she studied abroad at the University of Canberra, in Canberra, Australia studying Sports Management.  Allison loves her job and is passionate about helping students broaden their educational experience by immersing themselves in the cultural and curriculums of partner universities.  Currently pursuing her Master’s in the SMU Dispute Resolution Program, Allison now considers herself a true Mustang!  Through her Master’s program, Allison has also traveled to Rwanda and Kenya to teach Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.  Allison has a Golden Retriever named Brisbane, and a wonderful husband; she loves photography, traveling, and the great outdoors, especially hiking and sailing.


Faculty Contacts

Christie pearson

Christie Pearson, Faculty-Led Program Specialist

Christie is the contact for:

  • SMU Abroad Faculty-led Summer Programs
  • Program Development, Assessment, and Approval

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 has 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.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Liberal Studies with dual concentration on Global Studies and Organizational Dynamics.

 Ann Forsyth-Smith  

Ann Forsyth-Smith, Operations Coordinator

Ann is the contact for:

  • SMU Abroad Faculty-led Program logistics and implementation
  • Development and Alumni Relations
  • Parents
  • Risk Management and Insurance

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 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.

Cathy is the contact for:

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