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Elizabeth (Liz) Embick, Assistant Director

Transfer Advocate, Advisor for Nursing (RN & LPN) Interest, Selective Health Programs -- Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Imaging Science, Mortuary Science, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care, Surgical Tech, etc.

765-966-2656 ext 1216

Liz is Assistant Director of Academic Advising and serves students at the Richmond campus. She welcomes the chance to work with all students but, has a specific focus on those students pursuing selective healthcare programs. A graduate of Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts, she studied English Literature, Art, and Leadership.  While working on her Master of Education degree at Kent State University, she studied student affairs theory and student personnel administration. She has worked in student affairs for 15 years and appreciates the opportunities she’s had to see students reach their goals.

Linda Przybysz (SHEE-bish), Disability Services Support Coordinator

Advisor for Early Childhood Education, Education, Secondary Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Library Science, Paralegal Studies, Psychology, Undecided/Undeclared, and Disability students

765-966-2656 ext 1214

Linda has worked for Ivy Tech Community College for nearly 35 years in various departments. Today, she is an Academic Advisor! Linda is also the Disability Support Services Coordinator, and assists international students who wish to study at the College with a student visa. Linda advises those students, along with students pursuing a degree in Psychology, or those who are Undecided in a particular career program of study. She graduated from Ball State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Linda also has a Minor in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She began her journey in higher education in 1983, when she was hired as Small Business Program Chair/Admissions Coordinator at Ivy Tech. As the College changed over the years, so did her role. 

Jareb Price, Retention Specialist

Advisor for General Studies, Liberal Arts, Engineering Technology, Medical Assisting, and Health Care Specialist & Certifications: CNA, QMA, EKG Tech, Dementia Care, Home Health Aide, Outpatient Insurance Coding, Patient Care, Phlebotomy Tech, Nutrition & Wellness, etc.

765-966-2656 ext 1212

Jareb is an Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist at the Richmond Campus. Jareb began his work with Ivy Tech by becoming the first full-time Math Tutor on the campus before moving over to Academic Advising. Most recently, Jareb successfully completed certification as a Salesforce Administrator in the initial cohort of the Pathfinder Program with Ivy Tech, VetForce, Salesforce and Deloitte. Given Jareb’s broad academic background, his focus lies with Undecided students and students exploring Associate and Baccalaureate programs via General Studies. Jareb also leads several retention programs, including In-Class Registration and elements of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Process. Jareb completed a Master’s Degree in Philanthropic (Non-Profit) Studies at IUPUI and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at Miami University. Jareb’s Bachelor’s degree includes 230 credit hours earned in various programs, from Philosophy, to Marine Biology and Psychology. Jareb enjoys helping students to visualize a pathway for themselves from their current situation to their ultimate goal. “Higher education can be intimidating to a first time student, and similar to mathematics, students don’t realize that they already have the necessary skills, they just haven’t quite learned the language yet. I serve as their translator.”

Jeffrey (Jeff) Shafer, College Connection Coach

Advisor for All Technology Programs (except Engineering), Advanced Automation & Robotics, Agriculture, Automotive, Building Construction, Machine Tool, Manufacturing, HVAC, Industrial Technology, and Welding

765-966-2656 ext 1211

Jeff is an Academic Advisor/College Connection Coach/Adjunct Faculty at Ivy Tech. He has worked in Higher Education for over four years. Jeff is responsible for advising students who are interested in Technology programs such as Welding, Construction, HVAC, Manufacturing & Production, Industrial Electric, Industrial Mechanical, Automotive, Robotics, and Agriculture. He is a strong believer in education. Jeff received his Associates in Biology – Indiana University East Bachelor in Arts in Ministry - Indiana Wesleyan University, Graduate Certificate in Physical Settings of ANE - Jerusalem University College, Israel, and his Master degree in Divinity from Wesley Seminary. He also is involved in the community; he is passionate and active in area addiction recovery groups (President of A Better Life-Brianna’s Hope, Richmond Chapter) and Partnership for Drug Free Wayne County.

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Robert Lee III, Academic Advisor

Advisor for Accounting, Business Administration, Business Operations & Applications, Computing and Informatics Programs: Cyber Security, Computer Science, Database Management, Informatics, Information Tech Support, Software Development, Supply Chain Management, and Logistics

765-966-2656 ext 1208

Robert is a new Academic Advisor for the Ivy Tech Richmond campus. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Supervision at Indiana-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana and his Master’s degree in Business Management at National University in La Jolla, California.  Robert comes to Ivy Tech Community College after spending the last 25 years as a college football coach at various Universities (Earlham College, Miami University, Valparaiso University, Eastern Michigan University, and Butler University). As a football coach, he also assisted students with the advising and registration process and helped athletes successfully complete their academic degrees. Robert has a passion for helping others achieve their desire outcome in life, through education, motivation and accountability.

Christopher (Chris) Bottomley, College Connection Coach -- Connersville Site

Advisor for All Academic Programs -- Except Nursing (RN and LPN) Interest

765-825-9394 ext 6121

 Chris is an Academic Advisor/College Connection Coach at Ivy Tech In Connersville.  He has worked with high school and college students for 7 years preparing them for their careers focusing on employment, enrollment and enlistment. These are the three “E’s” that are essential for every student planning for their future.  Chris was a partner in a small business for 17 years, giving him the entrepreneurship skills needed to guide others as they plan for their academic and employment paths. He graduated from Greenville University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Chris has also coached boys’ basketball for 22 years, which keeps him active in his community as a way of giving back.  He remains passionate about helping others forge their paths as productive citizens of society that feel accomplished and successful after reaching their higher education goals.


Darryl Decker, Assistant Director of Career Development and Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator

765-966-2656 ext 1204

Darryl has been at Ivy Tech Community College – Richmond over 15 years and is currently the Assistant Director of Career Development and also the Prior Learning Coordinator. Darryl would like his students to know that Career Development is not just résumé and cover letter review, but can also help with career assessment, professional skill training for the workplace, and also interviewing and networking skills. If you are not sure which academic program to pursue because you’re not sure which career to pursue, stop by and see Darryl today.