MD Education Program

Lead Advisors

Lead Advisors serve as medical students’ primary advising contact at Indiana University School of Medicine through all four years of medical school. Each MD student is assigned a lead advisor by his/her first-year campus, and the relationship follows the IU School of Medicine College/House structure. Students are required to meet with his/her Lead Advisor one-on-one at least three times each year.

Lead Advisors are full-time employees of IU School of Medicine, and they provide advice and guidance to ensure students are meeting milestones for graduation. Lead Advisors also meet with students who have academic or personal concerns as needed throughout the year. In the fourth year of medical school, Lead Advisors assist students with the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) for residency applications.

Jim Allen

South College, Bloomington House
Jordan Hall Room 300
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Jim Allen, MS, EdS, has more than 40 years of experience as an educator, administrator and mental health professional. Allen 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 Allen developed was recognized as an exemplar program by the state of Michigan. After earning a master’s degree in guidance counseling, Allen transitioned into a counseling role, working with students experiencing academic, emotional, behavioral and/or personal challenges.

Allen develops a coaching and mentoring relationship with students that is based on mutual trust and respect. In addition to emphasizing health and wellness activities, Allen’s experience as an educator enables him to assess student learning challenges and strengths in order to create individualized strategies for academic success. These strategies 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, 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. Borger also received a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College. Borger 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. In addition to serving as the lead advisor, she is also 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, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from 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 US Department of State international student exchange programs. She lives in Muncie and enjoys traveling overseas, kayaking and camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Kristen Heath

East College, Indianapolis House
Statewide Wellness Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Kristen Heath, MS, is an Indiana native, born in Bloomington, IN. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University in 2002 and her master’s degree in counseling from Butler University in 2006. She began her higher education career at Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington where she worked as a facilitator for students pursuing education credits through work at a cooperative preschool. She moved to Idaho in 2010 and began work at Park University, first as adjunct faculty in the social psychology department and later as the assistant campus center director at Mountain Home Air Force Base. Upon her move back to Indiana in 2014, Heath was hired by the Indiana University School of Nursing as an academic advisor. Heath enjoyed traveling across the country during her husband’s time in the United States Air Force but is happy that after more than eight years of experience in higher education she can call IU School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus home.

Heath, and her husband Kyle have one son, Ryder, who is an active Cub Scout and Tae Kwon Do aficionado. Heath is a chicken mom, an avid camper and hiker, a theater lover, and a dance fanatic. She also teaches Zumba and participates in many other dance-fitness classes. She is passionate about learning, wellness, and enjoying every moment of every day.

Lauren Henninger

North College, Indianapolis House
Statewide Orientation Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Lauren Henninger, MA, 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. Henninger has academic advising experience with a community college and professional school. Her creativity and drive have resulted in the implementation of programs in student orientation and advising. 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, daughters Gwyneth and Noleigh, and their dog Bazbeaux.

Ashley Holt

West College, Terre Haute House
Regional Wellness Coordinator
620 Chestnut Street
Holmstedt Hall 135
Terre Haute, IN 47809
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Ashley Holt, MS, was born and raised in Terre Haute. After high school, she attended Indiana State University where she studied Spanish and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2008. She completed a master’s degree 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, Holt has held several roles, all of which have allowed her to work with medical students. In her free time, Holt 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
MAP Training and Research Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Courtney Lewellen, MS, has more than 15 years of experience in student affairs and advising. Prior to her time at IU School of Medicine, Lewellen was employed at the University of South Florida in athletics, nursing, and criminology programs. In 2013, she earned the University of South Florida Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award. Lewellen has specialized in life skills coaching, at-risk advising, and career planning. She enjoys assisting students on their road to graduation.

Prior to her career in student affairs, Lewellen competed as a Division I softball student-athlete at University of South Florida. Highlights from her athletic career include being the Conference USA Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2001 and being inducted into the University of South Florida Softball Hall of Fame. She holds a bachelor and master’s degrees in criminology as well as a graduate certificate in higher education leadership. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Lewellen relocated to Indiana in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her partner, Laura, and dogs, Scooby and Molly, exploring the outdoors, wine tasting, and watching football.

Kelly Matthews

West College, Indianapolis House
Physician Mentor Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Kelly Matthews, MS, earned her master’s degree 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, Matthews worked with undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. 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.

Iyabode Okoro

Transitions and Student Success
Transitions and Student Success Coordinator
Medical Research Library
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Iyabode Okoro, EdD, joined IU School of Medicine as the lead transitions and student success advisor in 2018. One of Okoro’s primary roles is working with students who transfer to Indianapolis from another IU School of Medicine campus, meeting a need directly identified by medical students. Prior to joining the school, Okoro was a team leader and student success advisor in University College at IUPUI, where she received the Outstanding Advisor of the Year award in 2015. Okoro enjoys one-on-one mentoring and worked as a marriage counselor for 20 years before becoming a higher education advisor.

Gin Moore

East College, Fort Wayne House
Relational Effectiveness Coordinator
2101 Coliseum Blvd.E, Rm 202
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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Gin Moore, MSEd,  is a graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1989. Upon graduation, she was employed in community mental health in Fort Wayne. Moore pursued a master’s degree in mental health counseling from IPFW in 1997. She is a licensed mental health counselor and board-certified professional counselor and PTSD clinician. Moore has served as a student advisor for over 15 years. She also has provided individual and group counseling, hosted workshops in mental health, and served as administrator of professional development. Moore 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. Moore became the lead advisor at the Fort Wayne campus in May 2016 and resides in Fort Wayne with her husband and son.

Keith Powers

South College, Evansville House
MAP Assessments Coordinator
515 Walnut Street
Evansville, IN 47708
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Keith Powers, PhD, 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.

Powers received a doctorate in counseling and student development-student affairs in higher education in 2012 from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel in 2004 from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Powers presented the results of his research at the NACADA 2013 Annual Conference followed by publication in the NACADA Journal in 2014.

Linnette White

West College, West Lafayette House
Coaching Coordinator
715 Clinic Drive
Lyles-Porter Hall Room 2017
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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Linnette White, MS, has more than 20 years of advising experience. Prior to taking her position at IU School of Medicine, Linnette served as director of the 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, White 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.

White received a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and African American studies with a minor in sociology from Indiana University-Northwest, and earned a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University. She is certified in academic advising from Kansas State University. White also 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
MAP Staff Wellness Coordinator
3400 Broadway
Dunes Medical Room 1050
Gary, IN 46408
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Alison Zovko, MS, holds a bachelor’s degree 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.