Meet the Team

TERRE HAUTE - ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER

Amber Harnack, Director
812-298-2287
aharnack@ivytech.edu

I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana State University in Speech Communication/Public Relations and a Master’s Degree from the University of Evansville in Public Service Administration. Before beginning my work at Ivy Tech in December 2004, I recruited for the Office of Admissions at ISU, visiting high schools and managing the scholarship program. Upon arrival at Ivy Tech, I advised, recruited and planned on-campus events for prospective students in the Office of Admissions. I found advising to be a passion and immersed myself into the research and development of the Advising Center that now exists. I made the transition to the newly developed Director of Advising position in 2008. I also enjoy instructing an IVYT 120 class each semester. I’m known to some as the crazy cat lady and enjoy walking the circle around campus after work each day. 


Matthew Broussard, Assistant Director/Advisor
812-298-2428
mbroussard2@ivytech.edu

College is fun and advising should be fun too!  I’ve been very privileged to help students start their college journey.  My favorite part of the job is how rewarding it feels to see students succeed!

Since earning my Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Houston, I have stayed a life-long learner.  I’ve studied Web Design and Interactive Media, and I’m currently pursuing my Master's in Curriculum and Educational Technology.  When I’m not studying something new or helping new students, I’m probably playing guitar.

As a Texas native, I’m still getting used to Indiana’s weather, but it’s nice to have all four seasons!


Lisa Moore, Assistant Director/Advisor
812-298-2210
lmoore115@ivytech.edu

I have been with the College for 12 years and I really enjoy helping students.  I believe that if you are willing to sacrifice and work hard in school that it really can change your life.  One of my favorite parts of my job is encouraging students who are nervous or facing challenges. 

My background includes working in admissions, career services and teaching.  I especially enjoy learning more about leadership and helping students become leaders on campus and in their community.  Outside of work, I love to read and crochet.  My husband, Chris, is an Ivy Tech graduate and we met here on campus.

I look forward to working with you and helping to take the next step in reaching your goals!


Deborah Giffel, Academic Advisor
812-298-2417
dgiffel@ivytech.edu

I am a graduate of Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and minors in Women’s Studies and History.  I am currently taking courses for a Master's in Organization Leadership through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  I have been in academia for many years and love helping people pursue their dreams.  In addition to advising, I have taught IVYT 101 for the past three years.  In my spare time, I love to read, spend time with my family and travel and camp with Girl Scouts.


Linda Laffoon, ISU Transfer Advisor
812-298-2529
llaffoon_ne@ivytech.edu

Building relationships and helping students reach their goals has always been my passion. I love my work and feel I make a difference in the lives of the students I work with.

Since earning my Bachelor's and Master's of Fine Arts degrees from Indiana State University, I worked for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College as Associate Director of Distance Education before returning to ISU to the School of Graduate Studies. For the past four years, I have been the ISU Transfer Coordinator on the Ivy Tech main campus. I have the advantage of working with two great educational institutions and helping Ivy Tech students reach their goal of completing an Associate's Degree and transferring to ISU to complete their Bachelor's Degree.

Stop in and visit, and we will talk about transfer opportunities to ISU.


Kristy Merk, Health Care Support - Nursing Advisor
812-298-2472
kmerk@ivytech.edu

I am a graduate of Indiana State University and hold a bachelors degree in psychology.  I have previously worked as an admissions counselor at ISU.  I enjoy working with all of my advisees, but I particularly enjoy helping first generation college students.


Amanda Epling, Academic/Transfer Advisor
812-298-2232
acox87@ivytech.edu

I graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice with plans to start a Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education in the Fall of 2013.  I began working at Ivy Tech in the Admissions Office in 2009 as a Telecounselor and Student Affairs Assistant.  I am dedicated to helping each student reach their goal.  In my spare time, I love spending time with my child and watching Hoosier basketball.  Please come see me and get started on reaching your very own goals!


Pedro Navarrete, Advisor
812-298-2510
pnavarrete2@ivytech.edu

I just roll with the punches and go with the flow but don’t you think for moment I’m a jester. I received my Bachelors of Arts in History with minors in Sociology and Philosophy from Central Washington University.  I completed my Master of Science program at Indiana State University in Higher Education Administration.  My passions are filled with exciting hobbies as well as keeping active because life is an adventure. I moved to Indiana in 2010 from the state of Washington and have enjoyed every moment.  One way you will remember me is by my life motto, “If I put you first and you put me first then no one will ever be second.”  I look forward to working with you to achieve the goals you have to change lives!


Christie Jacob, Advisor
812-298-2437
cjacob8@ivytech.edu

I graduated from Indiana State University in 2006 in Education and received my Master’s Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education.  I have worked in higher education since 2007 in various roles.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, attending football games (Go Bears!) and continuing my education.

As an Academic Advisor, I am excited about working with students interested in the Health Professions and students who are undecided in their educational goals.  I especially enjoy working with students who have other responsibilities outside of schoolwork.  It takes a very dedicated individual to complete a degree while working and parenting, but it can be done.  I look forward to helping you obtain your degree at Ivy Tech!


Sheri Liffick, Office Assistant
812-298-2554
sliffick@ivytech.edu

Hello, how can I help you? This is the greeting you’ll get when you stop by the Academic Advising Center! I am here to help you schedule appointments with Academic Advisors, schedule classes, add/drop, change programs and answer any questions you may have.

I truly enjoy helping and meeting the students at Ivy Tech! In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with my family.


JoEllen Ornduff, Office Assistant
812-298-2301
jornduff2@ivytech.edu

Hi, I’m glad to assist you as you come to college.  I work in Academic Advising and also with Career Services and Disability Services. I am also an adjunct instructor teaching IVYT 101, Life Skills online.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Indiana State University and currently working on completing my Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development at ISU.

I am a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Phi Theta Phi Honor Society and understand how difficult it is to work full-time, have a family and go to school. I volunteer at Ivy Tech as a student mentor and also serve on the Green Committee.  I am active in my church and serve on the WBGL Radio Advisory Board.


TERRE HAUTE - CAREER SERVICES/DISABILITY SERVICES

Jaime Frey, Director
812-298-2282
jfrey@ivytech.edu

Like most of you, I was once a student at Ivy Tech Community College.  I completed an Associate of Science Degree in Human Services in 2000 and worked in mental health before joining Ivy Tech's team in 2001. Having worked in various areas of student affairs, it is here where I found my passion for helping students realize their educational goals. I finished a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2004. 

I am currently director of Career Services and Disability Services Advisor. I see myself in many students who walk through my door, and it’s my pleasure to help them on their way to success.  I have two adorable daughters who keep me busy all the time, and I am a fan of Notre Dame football through good times and bad. Please come see me for all of your job search, career planning or disability needs. I look forward to being part of your journey!


TERRE HAUTE - MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CENTER

Emily Pipher, Advisor
812-234-3446, Ext. 204
epipher@ivytech.edu

I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2005 where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business Administration. I am planning to return to school in the fall of 2013 for a Master's Degree.

I began working at Ivy Tech Community College in July of 2011 in the Financial Aid office. I am looking forward to my exciting new role as an academic advisor, where I will help students plan for their futures and reach their ultimate goal: graduation!

I love decorating, going to concerts, watching movies and hanging out with my dog, Carson.


OUTREACH

Sharon Bone, Advisor
sbone@ivytech.edu

With 28 years of experience in higher education, I enjoy working with students and advising at our Outreach sites, including Rockville, Sullivan and Linton.

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ball State University and a Master of Science in School Psychology from Butler University.


GREENCASTLE - STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER

Annette Hoopingarner, Advisor
765-653-7410, Ext. 5003
ahooping@ivytech.edu

I am a graduate of Indiana State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences and in Secondary Education. I received a Master of Arts in Human Ecology from Michigan State University.

My education has guided my professional background to include employment in various settings, including universities, business and industry. My professional career has focused on helping people make informed decisions about their education, career, well-being and the resources available in order to achieve optimal quality of life.

I began my career with Ivy Tech Community College as the Pathway to College Coordinator in Greencastle, working with high school students attending Area 30 Career Center. Today, in addition to academic advising, my role as an advisor also encompasses components of Admissions, Career Services and Veteran Affairs.

With the diverse student body, no two days are ever the same! Every student is different, and I learn something new along with students every day!


Brad Johnson, Advisor
765-653-7410, Ext. 5002
brjohnso@ivytech.edu

I am a 1987 graduate of Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. I am currently serving Ivy Tech students as Academic Advisor, Disability Services Advisor and International Student Advisor. During my 13 plus years I have been with the College, I have also served as Apprenticeship Manager and Manager of the Greencastle Instructional Site.

I am a father of two sons and proud grandfather of one granddaughter. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my granddaughter, playing golf and woodworking.


Tina Tapy, Advisor
765-653-7410, Ext. 5024
ttapy@ivytech.edu

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” (Lao Tzu) With this statement in mind, I want to help you begin your journey in education. 

I have been with Ivy Tech for 13 years as an employee, but my first encounter with Ivy Tech was as a student in 1979, then Indiana Vocational Technical College.  In 1983 I received my Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming.  Additionally, I received my Associate of Science in Business Administration in 2004 and completed my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Information Design and End User Computing, from Indiana State University in 2006. I am proof that our transfer programs work! I am planning to attend Western Governors University for my Masters in Business Administration, beginning in the fall semester of 2013. 

I especially enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.


Sherree Wright, Office Assistant/Receptionist
765-653-7410
swright38@ivytech.edu

I joined the Ivy Tech team in 2010 as Receptionist and Administrative Assistant in the Student Success Center. I enjoy being a part of the Ivy Tech family and getting to know the students in Greencastle. It is exciting to be a part of the students' journey and to share in their celebrations of success!

I grew up in Terre Haute and moved to rural Owen County with my husband 25 years ago. I am blessed to have four awesome children and five wonderful grandchildren!