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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.

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Jim Allen

South College, Bloomington House

He/him/his

Jordan Hall Room 300
Bloomington, IN 47401
812-856-2434

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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

She/her/hers

Raclin-Carmichael Hall
1234 Notre Dame Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46617
574-631-2497

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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. She also 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. In addition to serving as 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.
Olivia Fellows

Olivia Fellows

East College, Muncie House

She/her/hers

E.F. Ball Medical Education Building
221 N. Celia Ave., MT 205
Muncie, IN 47306
765-751-5105

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Olivia Fellows, MA, is a native of Paducah, Kentucky. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Louisville in 2012, and her master’s degree in applied social psychology from Ball State University in 2014. Upon graduation, Olivia directed the Ball State Guardian Scholars Program, a postsecondary support and scholarship program for students who have experienced foster care. In the Muncie community, she serves on the board of directors for the Youth Opportunity Center Foundation, Tri Kappa Delta Phi, and serves as an advisor for Muncie Young Professionals. In 2018, she was named one of Muncie’s Twenty under 40. When she is not working or volunteering, Olivia loves to cook, catch up with family and friends, and spoil her cats, Reese and Isla.

Kristen Heath

Kristen Heath

East College, Indianapolis House

She/her/hers

Statewide Wellness Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-274-7661

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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 ten years of experience in higher education she can call IU School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus home.

Heath enjoys spending her free time riding bikes with her son, Ryder, going camping, hiking, and dancing! 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

Lauren Henninger

North College, Indianapolis House

She/her/hers

Statewide Orientation Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-274-4751

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Lauren Henninger, MA, grew up on the south side of Chicago. She attended Western Illinois University where she studied communications and graphic communications. She attended Ball State University where she earned a master’s degree in student affairs administration. In addition to her experience as Lead Advisor for Indiana School Of Medicine, Henninger has academic advising experience working with a community college and professional school. Her creativity and drive have resulted in the implementation of various successful student orientation and advising programs. She has presented at several 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, her daughters, and their dog, Bazbeaux.

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Ashley Holt

West College, Terre Haute House

She/her/hers

Regional Wellness Coordinator
620 Chestnut Street
Holmstedt Hall 135
Terre Haute, IN 47809
812-237-3402

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Ashley Holt, MS, was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. 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.

Holt has been employed at Indiana University School of Medicine, Terre Haute, since September of 2012. During her years at the school, she 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

Courtney Lewellen

South College, Indianapolis House

She/her/hers

MAP Training and Research Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.274.4752

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Courtney Lewellen, MS, has more than 17 years of experience working 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 dog, Molly, exploring the outdoors, wine tasting, and watching football. 

Kelly Matthews

Kelly Matthews

West College, Indianapolis House

She/her/hers

Physician Mentor Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-274-4754

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Kelly Matthews, MSEd, is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and earned her Master of Science in Education with focus in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington. She has more than ten years of professional experience in advising. Matthews began her academic career in 2009 working with undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (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 support student success. She has been a member of the Lead Advisor team with the IU School of Medicine since 2015. Matthews received the Advisor of the Year award from the IUPUI School of Science and Friend of Advising award from IUPUI’s University College thanks to her ability to provide effective student service and successful collaboration with advisors across campus.

In addition to her experience in advising, Matthews has an interest in academic coaching and motivational interviewing, and has presented locally and nationally on this topic. She is also working toward becoming a Board-Certified Coach. In addition, Matthews serves as the coordinator for the Physician Mentor Program as well as the Family & Friends Orientation. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Charlotte and Claire, and her husband, Mike.

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Iyabode Okoro

Central College, Indianapolis House

She/her/hers

Transitions and Student Success Coordinator
Fesler Hall, Suite 115
1130 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-274-1931

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Iyabode Okoro, EdD, joined IU School of Medicine in 2018, serving as Lead Transitions and Student Success Coordinator, as well as Lead Advisor. 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 Indiana University School of Medicine, Okoro was a team leader and Student Success Advisor at University College at IUPUI, where she received the Outstanding Advisor of the Year award in 2015. Okoro enjoys one-on-one mentoring and, prior to becoming a higher education advisor, she worked as a marriage counselor for 20 years.

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Gin Moore

East College, Fort Wayne House

She/her/hers

Relational Effectiveness Coordinator
2101 Coliseum Blvd.E, Rm 202
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-481-6738

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Gin Moore, MSEd, LMHC, joined the IU School of Medicine at Fort Wayne as Lead Advisor in 2016.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Grace College in Winona Lake and her Master’s in Counselor Education from Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne. Gin has worked as a professional in mental health for over 20 years, with experience in workshop and training administration, psychotherapy, education, quality management, oversight of JCAHO/CARF accreditation activities and coordination of student internships. She is also a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Indiana. 

Gin enjoys helping others. She and her husband volunteer monthly at a local food pantry and also periodically volunteer with the Fort Wayne Rescue Ministries. She has served as a family coach for over three years and works as a volunteer with Safe Families, helping families in crisis who are seeking temporary placement for their children while trying to improve their living situation, i.e., parents living in a mission, incarcerated, unemployed, evicted, experiencing domestic violence, etc. Gin has also taught first-grade AWANA for over ten years and co-leads addiction recovery support groups.

Keith Powers

Keith Powers

South College, Evansville House

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MAP Assessments Coordinator
515 Walnut Street
Evansville, IN 47708
812-909-7225

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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. 

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Linnette White

West College, West Lafayette House

She/her/hers

Coaching Coordinator
715 Clinic Drive
Lyles-Porter Hall Room 2017
West Lafayette, IN 47907
765-496-2410

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Linnette White, (MS, Ed. D candidate) has more than 20 years of advising experience and over 5 years of coaching experience and training. Her roles at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) as lead advisor and coaching coordinator allow her the opportunity to blend experience in advising with opportunities to coach. Prior to taking her position with IUSM, 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 learning through engagement, fostering cooperative partnerships and planning and facilitating events. Prior to working at Purdue University, White was involved with academic advising, dual enrollment/early college and as an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College. She also served as Director for the Career Center at Lafayette Jefferson High School.

White received her bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and African American studies from Indiana University, and earned a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University. She is a 2021 doctoral candidate in ethical leadership at Olivet Nazarene University, and is certified in academic advising from Kansas State University. Additionally, she is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and licensed Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) facilitator. White also serves as chair of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Academic Coaching and Advising Community. She is a recipient of the 2017 Executive Journey Fellowship funded through the Eli Lilly Endowment. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, writing poetry, and volunteering with Junior Achievement.

Alison Zovko

Alison Zovko

North College, Northwest House

She/her/hers

MAP Staff Wellness Coordinator
3400 Broadway
Dunes Medical Room 1050
Gary, IN 46408
219-980-6968

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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.