Academic Advising

  • Alisa "Lisa"  Deck
    Alisa "Lisa" Deck
    Director of Academic Advising and Ivy Tech Cooperative Sites
    Academic Advising and Ivy Tech Cooperative Sites | (812) 374-5334

    I currently serve as the Director of Academic Advising and the Ivy Tech Community College Cooperative locations. Holding a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in General Studies from Indiana University. I serve as an adjunct instructor and enjoy mentoring future leaders. Prior to my current position, I was the Admissions Director. Outside of Ivy Tech, I have worked in industry for a tier 3 automotive supplier for thirteen years, holding positions in quality, supplier quality, manufacturing, and human resources; focusing on training and development. I enjoy working with our staff, faculty and especially our students. I believe education is the best life insurance policy you can invest in!
  • Christopher T.   Bolt
    Christopher T. Bolt
    Academic Advisor
    Criminal Justice, Design Technology, Industrial Technology, Engineering Technology, Mechanical Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Production & Operations | (812) 374-5177

    My passion is to help others improve upon their skills and knowledge in order to have a positive impact on both their personal and professional lives. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Science in Management. I hold instructor certifications for Situational Leadership, and Achieve Global. I am an adjunct instructor for ASA Math, IVYT, and Basic Print Reading courses. My work experience includes training and organizational development specialist, production supervisor, training supervisor, and over six years in the U.S. Army where I served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War.
  • Karen   Cool
    Karen Cool
    Academic Advising Center Assistant
    Front Desk | (812)374-5183

    Hi, welcome to Ivy Tech. What can I help you with today? I am the first person you meet when you come into the Academic Advising Center. I love my job and helping students begin their journey on the road to success. I also understand the fear and hesitation that some students feel in starting school later in life, because I was there myself not long ago. Whether you need test scores entered and explained, an appointment with a advisor, or just questions and concerns, I am here to help. Together we will figure it out. I am a mother of 4 and grandmother of 4. I am a graduate from Ivy Tech in 2012 and had the privilege of graduating with my youngest daughter. I am currently working on my Bachelors degree. I enjoy camping, gardening and spending time with my family.
  • Cheryl  Coomer
    Cheryl Coomer
    Academic Advisor
    Nursing, Practical Nursing | (812)374-5360

    I graduated from Indiana University Purdue University- Columbus in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Studies- emphasis on Education, Minor: Psychology and Organizational Leadership. I have plans to return to school to obtain my Master's Degree. I have been with the college for nearly 3 years and I am very passionate about helping students fulfill their wishes and see their dreams come true of obtaining a college degree. I love growing flowers, decorating and most especially enjoy spending time with my husband and our three girls.
  • Kevin Grider
    Jackson County Site Manager
    One-Stop Location: Admissions, Proctored Testing, Basic Financial Aid, Advising | (812) 519-2923

    I am originally from Jennings County. I am currently a senior at IUPUC getting my BA in Psychology. I have been the assistant coordinator at the Jackson County Learning Center for around 2.5 years
  • Cindy   Hashman
    Cindy Hashman
    Academic Advisor
    Business Admin, Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Office Administration, Information Security, Paralegal Studies, Computer Technology, Computer Science | (812) 374-5144

    I have been employed with Ivy Tech Community College for 10 years, serving as the Assistant to the Chancellor, Assistant Director of Career Services and Academic Advisor. Prior to joining Ivy Tech, I was employed with Eli Lilly in Indianapolis and Cummins, Inc., for 10 years. I earned an Associate of Applied Science and a Technical Certificate in Accounting from Ivy Tech. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. My Objective and Goals as an Academic Advisor are to assist students in achieving their personal, educational and career goals while becoming self-directed, life-long learners. I will develop a goal-oriented educational plan, interpret academic requirements and assist student with selecting appropriate courses. I advise students to plan for the obstacles, dodge them or change directions if necessary and learn from their mistakes. My goals are to equip the student to understand and be able to access, and utilize the services that the college has to offer. Recognize and value the importance of a higher education and career that will meet their educational goals as well as give them a sense of pride in themselves. My Advice? Take an active role in your education. Ask questions, make a plan, use resources and follow through - this is YOUR education! Essentially it is up to you to participate in your own education and we are here to serve as a guide. You are responsible for you. Open up yourself to the experience, in and outside of the classroom. You may change more than you ever thought you would!
  • Elizabeth  Koeller
    Elizabeth Koeller
    Seymour Site Manager
    One-Stop Location: Admissions, Proctored Testing, Basic Financial Aid, Advising | (812) 519-2923

    Beth Koeller is a Columbus native who has worked for four other colleges before coming to Ivy Tech in November 2012. She and her husband Neal lived in worked in Illinois for many years. They now enjoy living in Seymour with a houseful of cats and books. Beth holds a B.A in English from the University of Evansville and an M.S. in Communication Disorders from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently working toward a doctorate in Education Leadership with North central University.
  • Sarah   Lloyd
    Sarah Lloyd
    Academic Advisor
    General Studies, Undecided/Undeclared, Rad Tech/Imaging Science, Education, General Education Core Education, Early Childhood Education, Agriculture | (812) 374-5369

    Hello Everyone! I am the Academic Advisor for Agriculture, Early Childhood Education, General Studies, Imaging Science, and Undeclared. I am happy to assist students in finding the right answers and becoming successful college graduates. I also teach IVYT 101 and 120 courses and find a lot of fulfillment in seeing students grow and mature in their academics. I am an Ivy Tech Alumni, graduating in May of 2005 with my Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration. I went on to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University in August of 2008. I currently am working on my Master of Science in Human Services specializing in Executive Leadership. I am happily married with four children. Two of them have two legs and two of them have four!! :) I also teach dance to children ages 3-14. I find the most happiness in seeing how others grow and learn from what I am able to teach them.
  • Marybeth Miller
    Site Coordinator
    One-Stop Location: Admissions, Proctored Testing, Basic Financial Aid, Advising | (812) 663-9493 ext. 36

  • Jacqueline S.  Newkirk
    Jacqueline S. Newkirk
    Academic Advisor
    Liberal Arts, Visual Communications, Human Services, Hospitality Administration, Environmental Design, Library Tech. Assistant | (812)314-5330

    I have a Master's Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. I was hired as an Adjunct at Ivy Tech Columbus Campus in January of 2007. Since then I have taught multiple classes within the Business, Ivy Tech Success, and ASA English Programs. For three years I was a part-time advisor in the Student Success Center in addition to my adjunct faculty duties. On April 8, 2013, I became a full-time academic advisor at the Columbus Campus. When I am not in the office, you will find me doing many things. I have five grandchildren, and I love to spend time with them. Also, I love to play co-rec volleyball and a few years back I thought I might pursue a career as a professional volleyball player. However, being 5' 2 tall and having a vertical leap of about six inches, I decided that probably was not going to happen! My favorite method of relaxation is to go motorcycle riding with my husband. On weekends and during the evenings, you will find us out and about on our Honda Gold Wing, GL 1800 motorcycle. I have a motivational sign on my wall which states: Paint with all the colors in your palette. Most of us fail to paint with all the colors in our palette. We become complacent and only use favorite colors. I would love to help you discover the other colors in your palette!
  • Stephanie  Pendleton
    Stephanie Pendleton
    Franklin Academic Advisor
    Business Admin, Accounting, Education Early Childhood Education, Office Administration Paralegal, Paramedic Science, Criminal Justice, Advanced Manufacturing | (317) 738-9489 ext. 3202

    I began my career at Ivy Tech Community College in 2009 working in the Financial Aid department. This prior knowledge has served me well in my current position as an Academic Advisor. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University, with a minor in Psychology. I'm currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Higher Education through Ashford University, which I'll complete in October, 2013. As a graduate student, I was recently inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society. In my current position as an Academic Advisor at the Franklin campus, I work with new students in their first year of college. In addition to the nineteen programs I advise, my role includes components of Admissions and Records. I also serve as the transfer coordinator for the Ivy Tech Franklin campus. I hope to begin teaching a course or two beginning in the Spring of 2014. I've always been very passionate about Higher Education and continuous learning. I truly enjoy working with students and watching them grow as they achieve their educational goals. The thing I enjoy most about my career is building relationships with my students and making a difference in the lives of others. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching sports, zumba, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends. I have a boxer named Bennett who brings a lot of joy to my life. I also enjoy getting involved in my community and volunteering when I can. I look forward to working with you as you pursue your educational goals at Ivy Tech Community College!
  • Janet  Sharp
    Janet Sharp
    Academic Advisor & Disability Services Coordinator
    Disability Services, Paramedic Science, Job Corp/Atterbury | (812)374-5324

    I have been with Ivy Tech for 8 years beginning as a work-study and now am an Academic Advisor at the Columbus campus and the Disability Services Coordinator for the Columbus/Franklin Region. I have a Technical Certificate in Accounting from Ivy Tech, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Office Administration from Ivy Tech, a Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. I also hold an EMT-B certification also obtained through Ivy Tech. I love my job because I find great satisfaction in helping others. As an advisor and also working with students with disabilities, I get to meet many different people, learn about them, help them through their challenges, and rejoice with them in their successes.
  • Janna  Shepard
    Janna Shepard
    Academic Advisor
    Computer Technology, Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Environment Design, Liberal Arts, Visual Communication, General Studies, General Education Core, Undecided/Undeclared, Library Tech. Assistant, Human Services. | (317) 738-9489 ext. 3208

  • Meghan   Whirley
    Meghan Whirley
    Franklin Academic Advisor
    Nursing, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care, Imaging Science, Physical Therapy Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Health Care Support | (317) 738-9489 ext. 3251

    Hello! I love being a part of the Columbus/Franklin advising team and working with the great students we have in our area. College can be an exciting adventure and being with you all during this (the ups AND the downs!) is a great experience. Education can be so life changing and it's great to see that transformation every single day. Ivy Tech is a great place to be for Indiana students and it is truly a privilege to be a part of growing Hoosiers in their lives and education. I grew up in Vermont and graduated from University of Vermont in 2009. My family is from Indiana and I moved here after college for a change. I'm really enjoying living in this area! I've been with Ivy Tech since 2009 but advising in Franklin just since 2011. When I'm not at work I like to spend time with friends at places and restaurants I haven't visited before, being outside, taking pictures, listening to live music, and going to new places.
  • Julie  Wylonis
    Julie Wylonis
    Academic Advisor
    Healthcare Support, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting | (812) 374-5132

    Hi Julie's my name; advising my game! Seriously, I love advising students. I have been with Ivy Tech for quite a few years. I began as an adjunct instructor and part-time advisor. Now I am a full time advisor and teach IVYT classes. I graduated from the University of Dayton many moons ago with a BA in English. 30 years later I returned to school and got a Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University. Talk about culture shock! But if I could do it, anyone can with the right advisors, great support and lots of determination! I learned firsthand how important good advising can be, so I want to do the best I can, and help students reach their academic goals and have great success! I really look forward to helping each one of my students obtain their degree at Ivy Tech!