MD Program

Lead Advisors

Jim Allen

South College, Bloomington House
Jordan Hall Room 300
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Jim Allen, MS, EdS, Lead Advisor, Bloomington, has more than forty years of experience as an educator, administrator and mental health professional. Jim began his career as an engineering and design instructor and led many student teams in winning national and international competitions. He also worked as a Career Development Coordinator. The school-to-work program that Jim developed was recognized as an exemplar program by the State of Michigan.

After earning a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling, Jim transitioned into a counseling role, working with students experiencing academic, emotional, behavioral and/or personal challenges. Jim develops a coaching and mentoring relationship with students that is based on mutual trust and respect. In addition to stressing health and wellness activities, Jim’s experience as an educator enables him to assess student learning challenges and strengths in order to create individualized strategies for academic success, which include connecting students with a variety of university and community resources.

Kristina Borger

North College, South Bend House
Raclin-Carmichael Hall
1234 Notre Dame Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617
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Kristina Borger, MA, Lead Advisor, South Bend, started at IU School of Medicine – South Bend as a Curriculum Specialist in 2012. She received an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, in Communications and Humanistic Studies. She received a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Kristina has been working in higher education and student affairs for almost 10 years. She also spent time in training and development for the corporate banking industry. Her work focuses on serving as the lead advisor to students and the staff advisor for the Student Life and Serving Learning committee at the IU School of Medicine – South Bend campus.

Hanna DelaGardelle

East College, Muncie House
E.F. Ball Medical Education Building
221 N. Celia Ave., MT 205
Muncie, IN 47306
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Hanna DelaGardelle, MA, Lead Advisor, Muncie, holds a BS in Environmental Science and a MA in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Ball State University. Upon graduation in 2013, she worked in the Office of Admissions at Ball State and then in the Center for International Development, specializing in U.S. Department of State international student exchange programs. She lives in Muncie with her husband and enjoys traveling overseas, kayaking and camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Kristen Heath

East College, Indianapolis House
Medical Research Library
975 W. Walnut St., IB 202
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Kristen Heath, MS, Lead Advisor, Indianapolis, is an Indiana native, born in Bloomington. She received her BA in psychology from Purdue University in 2002 and a MS in counseling from Butler University in 2006. Kristen has been working in higher education for more than seven years. She has spent time as both adjunct faculty and an advisor.  Kristen was the assistant campus center director for Park University on Mountain Home Air Force Base before returning to Indiana in 2014, serving at IUPUI for three years. Kristen lives on the north side of town with her husband and son Ryder, age 6. She is a chicken mom, an avid camper and hiker, and a crazy dance fanatic.

Lauren Henninger

North College, Indianapolis House
Medical Research Library
975 W.Walnut St., IB 202
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Lauren Henninger, MA, Lead Advisor, Indianapolis, grew up on the south side of Chicago. She attended Western Illinois University where she studied Communication and Graphic Communication. She attended Ball State University where she earned a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration. Chirp! Chirp! Now with more than six years of higher education experience, Lauren has worked at both a community college and now a professional school in an academic advising role. Her creativity and drive have resulted in the implementation of programs in orientation and advising at both levels. She has presented at national conferences including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), National Association for Academic Advising (NACADA), and National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). Outside of IU School of Medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband Brett, daughter Gwyneth and their dog Bazbeaux.

Ashley Holt

West College, Terre Haute House
620 Chestnut Street
Holmstedt Hall 135
Terre Haute, IN 47809
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Ashley Holt, MS, Lead Advisor, Terre Haute, was born and raised in Terre Haute. After high school, she attended Indiana State University where she studied Spanish and graduated with a BA in 2008. She completed a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2009, which she had planned to use for a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. However, after obtaining a graduate assistantship and experiencing an internship at the federal level, she realized she was better suited and more interested in a career in higher education. She has been employed at Indiana University School of Medicine–Terre Haute since September of 2012. During her years of employment at the school, Ashley has held several roles, all of which have allowed her to work with medical students. In her free time, Ashley enjoys portrait photography, going on cruises, exploring cities by foot, musical theater, and playing intramural softball with her students.

Courtney Lewellen

South College, Indianapolis House
Medical Research Library’
975 W.Walnut St., IB 202
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Courtney Lewellen, MS, Lead Advisor, Indianapolis, has more than 13 years of experience in student affairs and advising. Prior to her time at IU School of Medicine, Courtney was employed at the University of South Florida spending time in USF Athletics, Nursing, and Criminology. In 2013, she earned the USF Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award. Courtney has specialized in life skills coaching, at-risk advising, and career planning. She enjoys assisting students on their road to graduation including their personal and professional development.

Prior to her career in student affairs, Courtney competed as a Division I softball student-athlete at USF. Highlights from her athletic career include being the Conference USA Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2001 and being inducted into the USF Softball Hall of Fame. She earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Criminology as well as a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Courtney relocated to Indianapolis in 2015 where she currently resides with her partner, Laura, and dogs, Scooby and Molly.

Kelly Matthews

West College, Indianapolis House
Medical Research Library
975 W.Walnut St., IB 202
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Kelly Matthews, MS, Lead Advisor, Indianapolis, earned her Master of Science in Education from Indiana University in Bloomington and has more than nine years of experience in advising. Prior to her position with the IU School of Medicine, Kelly worked with undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at IUPUI. In that role, she guided students from matriculation through graduation ensuring they met appropriate benchmarks along the way. She also helped initiate programs and policies to improve retention and provide a better experience for students. In addition to academic advising, she has experience in admissions, orientation and career advising.

Gin Moore

East College, Fort Wayne House
2101 Coliseum Blvd.E, Rm 202
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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Gin Moore, MSEd, Lead Advisor, Fort Wayne, is a graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1989. Upon graduation, she was employed in community mental health in Fort Wayne. Gin pursued a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from IPFW in 1997 and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and board-certified professional counselor and PTSD clinician. Gin has served as a student advisor for over 15 years. She also provided individual and group counseling, hosted workshops in mental health, and served as Administrator of Professional Development. Gin received several awards during her tenure in mental health, including the President’s Award and Vice-President’s Award for her outstanding contributions. As a side interest, she volunteers as a family coach for a child placement program that assists families in crisis. Gin is currently the Lead Advisor at the Fort Wayne campus as of May 2016 and resides in Fort Wayne with her husband and son.

Keith Powers

South College, Evansville House
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712
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Keith Powers, PhD, Lead Advisor, Evansville, worked at the University of Southern Indiana as Director of the Advising and Resource Center in the Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education prior to his role at IU School of Medicine. He was at Kansas State University from 2004 to 2014 as the Senior Academic Advisor in the College of Education. Before advising he was a teacher with the Ponca City Public Schools in Ponca City, OK. His degrees include a PhD in Counseling and Student Development – Student Affairs in Higher Education, 2012, from Kansas State University and a MS in Counseling and Student Personnel, 2004, from Oklahoma State University. His undergrad was in Music Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Keith was also able to present the results of his research at the NACADA 2013 Annual Conference. This was followed by publication in the NACADA Journal in 2014.

Linnette White

West College, West Lafayette House
715 Clinic Drive
Lyles-Porter Hall Room 2017
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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Linnette White, MS, Lead Advisor, West Lafayette, has more than 20 years of advising experience. Prior to taking her position at IU School of Medicine, Linnette served as Director, Office of Multicultural Programs, College of Pharmacy; Assistant Director of the Science Diversity Office; and as an academic counselor in the School of Technology — all at Purdue University. She is particularly proud of finding creative ways to connect youth with mentoring opportunities and engaging them in hands-on activities focused in STEM-related areas. Prior to working at Purdue University, Linnette was involved with academic advising and dual enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College and served as Director for the Career Center at Lafayette Jefferson High School.

Linnette received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication and African American Studies with a minor in Sociology from Indiana University-Northwest, and she earned a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University. She is certified in academic advising from Kansas State University. Linnette serves as the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Interest Group Chair on Coaching and Academic Advising.  She is a recipient of the 2017 Executive Journey Fellowship funded through the Eli Lilly Endowment.

Alison Zovko

North College, Northwest House
3400 Broadway
Dunes Medical Room 1050
Gary, IN 46408
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Alison Zovko, MS, Lead Advisor, Northwest – Gary, holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph and a Master of Science in technology management from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her background includes PC instruction, academic advising and coordination of undergraduate academic operations. She was born and raised on the Southeast Side of Chicago. She enjoys traveling, playing sports and spending time with family and friends.