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Please refer to the following information to contact our staff with any questions you have.

Kris Bliss
Kristina Bliss

‪AVP of Student Success
phone: 260.287.0770
email: kmbliss@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Office 178

Although my time at Tech started in 2022, I have nearly 30 years of experience in higher education and always put students at the center of my work. My Educational Doctorate is in Higher Education – Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, I have a Masters in Education in Human Relations from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University. I am originally from South Bend, IN, but have lived in AZ, MA, and RI. In my spare time I like to spend time with my daughter, bake, read, and row crew.

 

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Angela Williams
Angela Williams

Assistant Director of Accessibility Services
phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2111
email: amwilliams@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Office 152

I started my career here at Indiana Tech in 2014. I have a Bachelor’s Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a Master’s in Management from Indiana Tech. I love working with students and helping them learn how to break down barriers and find tools to help them achieve their goals in education and life. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, crafting and being outdoors.

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Corinne Ambler
Corinne Ambler

Assistant Director of Student Success
phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 3437
email: cmambler@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

I’ve been at Indiana Tech since March of 2020. I originally started in the Registrar’s Office before making the jump to the Office of Student Success as a Student Success Advisor for the Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Sciences in November of 2021 and now serve as the Assistant Director of Student Success.  I have an associate degree in criminal justice from Ivy Tech and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University. I enjoy meeting with students and helping them achieve their goals and supporting them along the way. In my free time, you can find me hiking with my three dogs or enjoying a trail ride with my horse, Blaze. I look forward to meeting with you!

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Paige Anderson
Paige Anderson

Student Success Advisor – College of Business Online
phone: 260.215.6323
email: pmanderson@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

My journey with Indiana Tech began in 2009 when I first enrolled as a CPS Student. I was a single parent working full time with two children.  I am a strong believer that anything is possible, and that it is never too late to achieve your goals. My role as an Online Student Success Advisor is to help students succeed in their courses. I am here to encourage, motivate and work with students to develop a strategy for their academic success. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and experiencing new adventures.

I am a Student Success Advisor for the College of Business for online students and I am the point of contact for:

  • Business Administration – Management A.S.
  • Business Administration – Management B.S.

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Jenita Hurst
Jenita Hurst

Student Success Advisor – College of Art and Sciences Online
phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2468
email: jmhurst@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

My name is Jenita Hurst and I am originally from Indiana. I have a background in teaching high school juniors and seniors. I have always had a desire to work in higher education. My role as an online adviser is to connect with any student I meet by starting where they are. I am a big advocate on self-awareness and self-care. My advising truths I aspire to live by are being honest and genuine. I would not ever tell a student something I would not do myself. I strive to live a balanced life and I encourage my students too, also. I look forward to connecting with you.

I am a Student Success Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences for our online student population. I work with the following online programs:

  • Health Information Management – A.S. and B.S.
  • Medical Coding Certificate
  • Communications – Graphic Design, Journalism and Broadcasting, and Sports Media concentrations – B.A.
  • Diversity Studies Certificate
  • General Studies – A.A. and B.A.
  • Gerontology Certificate
  • Graphic Design Certificate
  • Psychology – B.S.
  • Sports Media Certificate

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Angela Stephens
Angela Stephens

Student Success Advisor – Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Sciences Online
phone: 574.318.0516
email: ASStephens@indianatech.edu
office: Remote

I started with Indiana Tech in 2019 as a part time Resource Specialist at the Mishawaka location and then moved to a full-time role as an Enrollment Assistant/Counselor in 2021. I joined the Office of Student Success as an Online Student Success Advisor in July 2023. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and worked for many years at a community college in PA before moving to Indiana. My experience in many different areas of higher education helps me understand all the factors that go into being a successful student. I love working with Indiana Tech students and feel so excited when I see them reach their goals – whatever they may be! In my free time I love to visit thrift stores, listen to Taylor Swift, and spend time with my husband and two cats.

I am the Student Success Advisor for the Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Sciences – online and support students in all degrees/programs.

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Betty Cruz
Betty Cruz

Student Success Advisor – College of Arts and Science Online
phone: 260.267.6951
email: BXCruz@indianatech.edu
office: Lafayette

I’ve been at Indiana Tech Since June of 2018. I have received my Associates of Science in Child Development from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. I do plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I am originally from Georgia but Indiana has been the right move for me! I enjoy working with students and being able to help lead them in the right direction to be able to achieve their educational goals.  I remember being a college student and having that one person who supported, encouraged and never left me with any doubts or concerns and that is who I aspire to be to you! That one person who you can count on for encouragement, support, and guidance during your journey with Indiana Tech. I am here to make it a great experience!

In my free time I love to cook, play volleyball and spend time with my husband, my three children and my amazing dog son Peanut.

I am a Student Success Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences for our online student population. I work with the following online programs:

  • Criminal Justice – Rehabilitation Services Concentration B.S.
  • Emergency Response Management B.S.
  • Addictions Counseling Minor
  • Addictions Counseling B.S.
  • Case Management Certificate
  • Child Development B.S.
  • Criminal Justice Minor
  • Criminal Justice A.S. and B.S.
  • Criminalistics A.S.
  • English Minor
  • Forensic Science Certificate
  • Human Services B.S.
  • Humanities Minor
  • Legal Studies Certificate
  • Policing and Corrections Certificate

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Dana Gustafson

Student Success Advisor – College of Business Online
phone: 260.267.6818
email: dlgustafson@indianatech.edu
office: Remote

I began my journey at Indiana Tech in 2021. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master’s of Science degree in Education from Indiana University. I am a proud first-generation college graduate. I enjoy working with students and supporting them in achieving their academic goals. In my free time I enjoy Pilates, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

I am a Student Success Advisor for the College of Business for our online student population. I work with the following online programs:

  • Business Administration – Business Communication B.S.
  • Business Communication Certificate
  • Business Administration – Construction Management B.S.
  • Construction Management Certificate
  • Business Administration – Entrepreneurial Studies B.S.
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Certificate
  • Business Administration – Financial Services B.S.
  • Financial Services Certificate
  • Advanced Financial Services Certificate
  • Business Administration – Human Resources B.S.
  • Human Resource Management Certificate
  • Business Administration Insurance Technology B.S.
  • Business Administration Management Info Systems B.S.
  • Business Administration Production Management A.S.
  • Production Management Certificate
  • Marketing B.S.
  • Marketing Certificate
  • Sport Management B.S.
  • Sport Management Certificate

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Kris Byndom

Student Success Advisor – College of Business Online
phone: 321.249.2634
email: kabyndom@indianatech.edu
office: Remote

I have worked at Indiana Tech since 2000. I have been exposed to many different areas of the university, and love to work with students. I have a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Tech.  In my role, I pray that I can be a part of a student’s success in making it to their goal – regardless of it the goal is a certificate or 4 year degree. In my free time, I love to read or play pickleball.

 

I am a Student Success Advisor for the College of Business for our online student population. I work with the following online programs:

  • Accounting A.S.
  • Accounting B.S.
  • Accounting Certificate
  • Advanced Accounting Certificate
  • Business Administration – Health Care Administration B.S.
  • Health Care Administration  Certificate
  • Business Administration – Risk Management B.S.
  • Risk Management Certificate
  • Business Administration – Supply Chain Management B.S.
  • Organizational Leadership B.S.
  • Organizational Leadership Certificate
  • Supply Chain Management – Data Analytics
  • Supply Chain Management – Data Analytics Certificate
  • Supply Chain Management – Quality Management
  • Supply Chain Management – Quality Management Certificate
  • Conflict Resolution Certificate

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Kary Smith

Student Success Advisor – Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Science
phone: 260.387.0129
email: kmsmith@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

With over a decade of experience in higher education, I embarked on my journey with Indiana Tech in 2024. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University and a master’s degree in Communication from the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. My passion lies in supporting students, as they are the foundation of our future. I find great joy in helping them overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Assisting students through their educational journey is not just a job for me; it’s a fulfilling experience. My interests are board games, photography, and traveling with my husband and son. I am a Student Success Advisor for the Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Science, specializing in working with traditional engineering students.

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Mariella Angeles

Student Success Advisor – College of Business
phone: 260.267.7851
email: mcangeles@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

My name is Mariella Angeles and my journey with Indiana Tech started in 2024. I graduated from Manchester University with a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree with a concentration in Counseling. I started my career at Huntington University’s Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy as their Program Assistant and was heavily involved from the moment a student applied, to graduation. I was with HU from 2020 to 2023 and that is where my love and passion for academia grew – I have learned that being a part of a student’s educational journey is something I am very passionate about. Seeing students accomplish their goals is one of my absolute favorite things.
I am an advocate and encourager by nature. and my goal is to ensure students are able get the most out of their education and to lead them in the direction best suited for them. I am huge on ensuring students receive accurate and timely information to ensure they are prepared for the goals they have in mind. Assisting students to their finish line is something I find deeply fulfilling and gratifying!
In my free time I enjoy trying new food, hanging out with my dog, being outside, watching sports, and reading.
I am a Student Success Advisor for the College of Business, working with the traditional students in the Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resources, and Management programs.
Shira Dial

Student Success Advisor – Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Science
phone: 260.267.6893
email: ssdial@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

My name is Shira Dial. I am born and raised in Fort Wayne. My background consists of over a decade in social service, working with high school students pursuing their goal of higher education. I have always had a desire to work in higher education, which led me to pursue an advising position at Indiana Tech. I believe that all things are possible with hard work and dedication. My desire is to assist Indiana Tech students navigate their college careers. I am a natural motivator and encourager.  I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology (Ball State University) and a master’s degree in strategic management (Indiana Wesleyan University). In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with my family. I look forward to meeting with students to encourage and motivate them through their college careers.

I am a Student Success Advisor for the Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Science, working with the traditional students in the Computer Science programs.

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Libbi Adams

Testing and Tutoring Coordinator
phone: 260.387.0120
email: EEAdams@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

I have been with Indiana Tech since February 2024. I attended Butler University and Purdue Fort Wayne where I received a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in peace and conflict studies and international studies. My academic experience was unconventional, which helps me understand the myriad of experiences that the students I work with have when they come to Tech. My professional experience includes teaching high school at an alternative school for students with mental health challenges and behavioral issues, working in the non-profit world, and marketing. I am originally from Fort Wayne, IN. The best part of my job is getting to know students and working with them to help them achieve their academic goals through the tutoring program. More importantly, I get to know these incredible, talented students and get to be a small part in helping them become well-rounded people. In my spare time, I enjoy making art, petting every dog that I can, spending time with my family, and travelling.
Shadra Smith

Student Success Advisor – College of Business
phone: 260.267.6817
email: SDSmith2@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, Lower Level

My journey at Indiana Tech began in March 2024 and I’m excited to be a Warrior! I have been a professional in higher education for over 15 years and truly enjoy serving students, working with faculty/staff and upholding the values of the institution. I earned my BA in Communications and Culture as well as my MS.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University. Prior to arriving at Indiana Tech, I’ve served in leadership positions at various colleges and universities relating to diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI), academic support, leadership development as well as residence life.

As a Student Success Advisor, I will be primarily advising students majoring in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sports Management and Supply Chain within the College of Business. My main hobbies are gardening, painting, binging tv shows. I live in the Ft Wayne area with my artistically talented son, Cairo and multiple furbabies.

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Andrew Bray

Accommodations Specialist
phone: 260.267,7194
email: awbray@indianatech.edu
office: Snyder Academic Center, 151

My journey at Indiana Tech began in 2024, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be here. I have 28 years of experience working in the Special Education field with students K-12. I look forward to collaborating with our students to help remove the barriers they face at Indiana Tech. I’ve found that everyone’s quality of life improves when we are able to interact on a level playing field.

I understand that college can be a struggle. In fact, I dropped out of Valparaiso University my freshman year. Thankfully through the support of friends, family, and the wonderful counselors at V.U., I was able to return to school, and graduate Cum Laude with a double major in English and Education. It is my goal to return that kindness and support to those who may be struggling.

I also understand the challenges that face returning students, as I went back to school in my thirties to pursue my other passion – music. I graduated Cum Laude from Elmhurst College, with a music degree, focused specifically in Jazz.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and learning about viewpoints that are outside my current experience, such as the two years I spent teaching English in Mexico and China.

I also treasure the time I spend walking my rescue Schnauzers with my wonderful wife, and cooking (mostly) delicious meals upon our return home.

 

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