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Terre Haute - Academic Advising Center

Amber Harnack

Amber Harnack, Director

I want to enjoy a world filled with innovative and creative educators where music comes packaged with sunny days and my cats do chores while I’m at work. 

Working in higher education for over 15 years I’ve had the opportunity to work for both Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Community College-Terre Haute. A first generation college student with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Indiana State University and a Master’s degree in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville, I am passionate about helping others find their educational and career paths. I strive to make a difference in the lives of others. 

I’m a Kentucky born girl who loves college basketball, (Louisville Cardinals), and enjoy visiting family any chance I get. I’m a Tell City High School graduate with a love for the Marksmen. My husband and I, “transplants” to Terre Haute, decided this was an amazing place to live, work and put down roots. When not at work you can find me working out, enjoying FaceTime with my nieces and nephews, or cleaning up after our cats, Rocko and Miles.

Kristy Merk

Kristy Merk
Advisor for Nursing 


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.

Emily Pipher

Emily Pipher
Advisor for Health Care Specialist, Medical Assisting, Health Care Exploratory, Medical Laboratory Tech 


I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Business Administration.  2015 was an exciting year for me with many life changes!  One of those was completing my master’s degree from Indiana State University in Student Affairs and Higher Education.

I began my career at Ivy Tech Community College in 2011 where I worked in the financial aid office.  I made the move to advising in the fall of 2013.  Advising is an exciting field for me because I enjoy helping students to plan and obtain their life, education, and career goals!  

Carly Tuttle
Transfer Advocate and Advisor for General Studies, Liberal Arts


I love higher education and helping students achieve their academic goals! Before starting this position as an advisor, I previously worked as an Admissions Counselor at Indiana State University. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Language Studies with a certificate in TEFL/TESL. I also earned a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Outside of work I spend much of my time with my dogs, Ally, Albus, Tonks, and Hagrid, and spending quite a bit of time outdoors.

I joined Ivy Tech Community College in 2018, and advise for General Studies, Liberal Arts, Chemistry, and Secondary Education. I can also assist students with their questions about transferring their credentials to a four-year school by completing many of our transfer ready degrees. I look forward to meeting you and helping you earn your degree!

Amber Taylor
Academic Advisor


 Hello! I am Amber Taylor and I am very excited to join the Academic Advising Team. I attended Indiana State University and received my Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and my Master's Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education.Before coming to Ivy Tech, I worked in the Office of Admissions at Saint Mary-of-the Woods College.I am looking foward to having the opportunity to continue working with students! In my spare time enjoy spending time with my husband( Brett), our 3 year old daughter (Lily), and our almost 4 month old baby boy (Max). 


Sonja Jordan
Diversity Committee Chair, Campus Lead for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging and Advisor for Business, Accounting, BOAT, Supply Chain, Library Science and Psychology


I am currently the advisor for The School of Business and Psychology.  I also chair the Diversity Committee as well as the Campus lead for Diversity Inclusion and Belonging.

I am an open minded, free thinking person that loves to learn anything and meet new people. Before I started at Ivy Tech, I worked for four years at Indiana State University as a Financial Aid Counselor.  I love seeing students set and achieve their goals. I want to see their life’s passion come to fruition and watch that transition into the next stage of their career or education. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana State University and a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education. I love music all types and genre. I compete in full and half marathons and am always after achieving a personal best. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story.

Kourtney Gummere
Advisor for Education, Early Childhood Education, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Care



I love to get people excited about education! I have been with Ivy Tech since 2007, while here I have served in many different areas, finally landing in the Advising Center.  With the previous experience I’ve had throughout the college I feel I’m ready to assist student in meeting their educational goals.   

I graduated with my Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary of the Woods.  I went right back to receive my Master in Organizational Leadership and Development in 2016 from St. Mary’s. Outside of work I am very focused on my family and their activities.  For my hobbies I enjoy volunteer work and spending time outdoors. 


Alex Hoffman
Advisor for Criminal Justice, Human Services, Business, Accounting, BOAT and Supply Chain Management


Welcome to Ivy Tech! My name is Alexandra Hoffman, and I recently joined the Academic Advising team in the spring of 2019. I am a graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Counseling. I advise in Criminal Justice and Human Services related areas. As well as Business, Accounting, BOAT, and Supply Chain Management areas. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and my dog Ollie.

I look forward to working with you in helping achieve your career goals!

Amy Sears
Advisor for Automotive, Agriculture, Advanced Automation and Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Tech, Engineering Tech, HVAC, Industrial Tech, Manufacturing, Database Management, Informatics, Software Development, Info Tech, Server Admin, Computer Science, and Cyber Security


I am so excited to be part of the Ivy Tech team!  I joined Ivy Tech in March of 2018 after spending nearly 20 years in non-profit operations and information technology management.  I hold a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in arts and sciences and a master’s degree in Arts Administration/Non-Profit Management from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I really enjoy working with students to help them further their education and achieve their dreams!

Terre Haute - Career Development/Disability Support Services

Jaime Frey

Jaime Frey, Director

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 Development and Disability Support 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!