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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 their first-year campus, and the relationship follows the IU School of Medicine College/House structure. Students are required to meet with their 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.

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. 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.
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Rachel Dirig, MSEd

East College, Fort Wayne House


Lead Advisor
2101 Coliseum Blvd.E, Rm 202
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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Rachel Dirig, MSEd, holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and a masters in counselor education from Indiana University, Fort Wayne. She has been working in student counseling and advising at the secondary and post-secondary level for almost 10 years. Other past work experience includes human resources, teaching dance, and wellness coaching. Outside of work, Rachel loves spending time with family and friends, reading, hiking, and theatre.

Olivia Fellows

Olivia Fellows

East College, Muncie House


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

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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.

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Keri Good

West College, West Lafayette House


Lead Advisor
715 Clinic Drive
Lyles-Porter Hall Room 2017
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Keri L. Good, MSEd, is a transplant Hoosier, born in Florida and raised in Greencastle, IN. Good earned her Master of Science in Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton in 2018, and her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Wittenberg University in 2014. Prior to joining IU School of Medicine, Good worked in student leadership as well as housing and residence life and has experience in student affairs advising, facilitation, and program development. She is certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid from the National Council for Behavioral Health and is passionate about helping students achieve and maintain holistic personal wellness during their studies. Outside of work, Good enjoys traveling, staying up to date on the latest space science, and will never turn down a good vegetarian taco or trip to a local coffee shop.

Kristen Heath

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 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. 

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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, 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.

Mark Mach

Mark Mach

South College, Bloomington House


Health Sciences Building Room C3037
Bloomington, IN 47401

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Mark Mach, MA, MEd, has served in higher education since 1998, including his work as an Academic Advisor, Instructor in Psychology, and as Lead Advisor in the IU School of Medicine Bloomington campus. He has provided academic advising to students at the college and departmental levels at four major public universities and has served as a faculty member in psychology at three public community colleges. Mark has also worked as an academic interventionist in the secondary school system. His educational background includes graduate degrees in psychology and school counseling and he is a certified School Counselor in grades K-12. He is currently a doctoral student in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

Mark was raised in California, but has spent much of his adult life working in higher education in the Midwest and higher and secondary education in Arizona, recently moving from Arizona to Indiana after serving in his educational roles there. He is married with four children, ages 4-13 and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time outdoors with his family.

Kelly Matthews

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, 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


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

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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.

Keith Powers

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. 

Alison Zovko

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.