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Our Staff


Andie Beer

Assistant Director
(713) 743-4706

Andie serves as the Assistant Director of the Learning Abroad Office. She helps develop and lead the office's strategic goals and planning, and oversees faculty-led program development and support, university and provider partnerships, risk and emergency management, assessment, reporting, and budgeting.  

Andie joined the team in July of 2022. She has an M.Ed. in Student Development and Leadership, where she focused her studies on education abroad curriculum and development. Andie’s Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, as well as her study abroad to Greece and London, sparked her love for international education and cultural studies. She is currently working on her PhD at UH in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on International Education. Within her PhD program, Andie is studying curriculum in study abroad and domestic course work for global competency development. Furthermore, she has an interest in international education policy and student success through global perspectives. When not working or in school, she enjoys traveling, hiking, watching Dallas Star’s hockey, and playing with her two dogs, Indy, and Moody.


Allison Carruthers

Learning Abroad Senior Advisor 
(713) 743-7271

Allison advises for Incoming and Outgoing Reciprocal Exchanges (REEPs).  Citas disponibles en inglés o español.

Allison Carruthers joined the Learning Abroad team in July 2021. Allison has a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with minors in Spanish and Business Administration from Baylor University. As an undergraduate student she spent a semester abroad in Seville, Spain at Universidad Pablo de Olavide. She is fluent in Spanish and prior to joining Learning Abroad she spent two years living and working in international education in Puerto Rico. In addition, she has also travelled in Western Europe, the Caribbean, Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, and Morocco. In her free time, Allison enjoys baking, reading, and planning her next local or global adventure!


Carlos Romero

Learning Abroad Advisor 

Carlos joined the Learning Abroad team in June 2023. Carlos has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in History from Texas A&M University where he also began his career as an Academic Advisor. As a student, his first study abroad experience consisted of a week field trip to Costa Rica as well as a full semester in Italy, which gave him the opportunity to travel across western Europe. As staff member, Carlos had the opportunity to lead two learning abroad programs the first of which travelled to Portugal and the second program travelling to Panama. Carlos is also fluent in Spanish and he is from the south Texas border town of Zapata, Texas. When Carlos is not at work, he enjoys watching and playing all types of sports his favorites being football, American football, and baseball, traveling and gaming on his PS5. 


Ciara Plummer

Administrative Assistant 

Ciara joined the Learning Abroad team in March 2023. Ciara has a bachelor's of arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Multi-platform Journalism.  Although Ciara was unable to study abroad during her undergraduate experience she still has been able to travel many places in the United States, as well as internationally to Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with family and friends, going to the movies (especially if it’s anything Disney, Marvel or DCU related), dancing, trying new and interesting foods, and cuddling with her dogs Tipper and Chloe.


Lexi Denbow

Graduate Assistant

Lexi joined the Learning Abroad Team in September of 2022. She is pursuing a double  master's in social work  and Public  Policy and  moved to Houston in June 2022 to do so.  After graduation, she hopes to work with human rights groups fighting to change policy here in Texas.  Lexi has a bachelor's in social work, with minors in sociology, honors, and missions.  When studying in her  undergraduate, she studied abroad in Ávila, Spain  for a semester. While in Spain, she was able to visit  7 other countries outside of Spain, with Austria being her favorite.   Studying abroad opened her eyes to just how big the world was, an d just how much this experience can change your world view.  In her free  time,  she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, and walking her dog   Xephyra.