Our Success Coaching Team

Chris Anderson

Hi! My name is Christopher Anderson, and I’m a Student Success Coach and Exploratory Advisor in the Office of Student Success. While I work with a small caseload of exploratory students in an advising capacity, much of my work focuses on facilitating personal, professional, and academic success for each student who walks through my door.

I am new to Indiana! I was born in Norfolk, Virginia, but raised for much of my childhood in Grand Blanc, Michigan. After bouncing around the country for a few years following high school, I spent much of my twenties in Chicago. I received both a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from Robert Morris University, followed by a Master of Education with an emphasis on Social and Cultural Foundations from DePaul University while in Chicago.

My time outside of work is spent watching and playing soccer. I’m a die-hard Liverpool fan and during the EPL season you will find me at home in front of the television for each game. I recently had my first child, and even he was sent home from the hospital in a Liverpool sleeper!

I look forward to meeting each and every student, both returning and new. As a Red Wolf, your support network begins in the Office of Student Success.

Hello! My name is Stacy Coffey, Student Success Coach for online students here at IU East. My focus is to provide online students a more personal college experience and to be a point of contact for navigating through the IU systems and other campus resources. I am also a resource for students in helping identify best practices in balancing school with personal issues by helping manage: study strategies, dealing with time management, or simply getting back on track. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of students’ online successes as they move towards their ultimate goal of graduation.

I have been with IU East since 2005, working in various offices such as, Student Records and primarily Financial Aid. I am very passionate in my role as an Online Student Success Coach due to the fact most of my classes in my bachelor’s degree were taken online. My master’s degree, MA, was 100% online here at IU East as well. I had the advantage of being here, on campus, every day while pursing my degrees while most online students do not have this privilege. Due to this experience, I have first-hand knowledge of what issues may arise and how to coach online students with relatable situations.

During my free time I enjoy, teaching, reading and being with my family. I have a very creative adult daughter and a son in high school who can usually be found on the golf course. My husband has two younger children of his own, a boy and a girl who are both very musically talented and are both a part of thump jumpers. We are always on the go with our children’s activities. To relax we like weekend getaways or simply we go fishing or play Disc Golf. We also have four fur-babies that are more spoiled then the children!

Please feel free to contact me; I am looking forward to working with you!

Hello! My name is Peter Davis, and I serve as the Academic Success Coach for Student-Athletes in the Office of Student Success. In my role, I meet with student-athletes to set goals and plan for their future, as well as connect them to campus resources to help them be successful in the classroom, on the playing field/court and later in life. I also, coordinator different programming for student-athletes to help prepare them for life after sport. This role will allow me to be your biggest fan and help you along your journey through IU East.

I am from small town Mondamin, Iowa. After graduating high school, I went on to earn my Bachelor of Sciences in Sociology from Creighton University in 2015. During my time spent at Creighton, I was the mascot (Billy Bluejay) for all sports teams and community outreach events. Immediately following my Bachelor’s degree, I went on to the State University of New York, University at Buffalo (UB) where I completed my Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration in 2017. Over the last 3 years, I have been providing academic support to student-athletes with time spent at UB and most recently at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Outside of work, you can find me at a sporting event or watching one on TV with my wife, Amanda. If we aren’t watching a game, we are either watching Harry Potter or the Food Network. I enjoy learning new recipes or finding a great Diner, Drive-In or Dive to try out. If you have any recommendation, please don’t be afraid to let me know. I also enjoy playing with my puggle, Billie. Lastly, although my family is 10.5 hours away they are very important to me, I try to call each of my parents and 6 siblings at least once a week.

I am excited to meet with all of you throughout the year, and can’t wait to share with you in the experience of what it means to be a Red Wolf. Please remember to schedule a meeting and visit my office, or you might get extra workouts. Feel free to call, email, or text me at any time. I look forward to working with you all.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan


Jordan Gehring portrait

Hello! My name is Jordan Gehring and I am here to help online students have the best experience possible at IU East through my role as a Student Success Coach. I have a passion for helping students navigate their college career by providing support and guidance along the way, from accessing resources to developing goals and strategies for success. It can be difficult to feel connected to campus when you are taking courses from a distance, so it is my goal to help students feel like part of the IU East family.

I am originally from Goshen, Indiana but I received both my Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Communication Studies in 2014 and my Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Leadership in 2017 from Defiance College, located in Ohio. I have three years of professional experience advising students within higher education from my previous role directing a service learning scholarship program.

I love to travel and have been to five countries (Italy, Belize, London, Tanzania, and Nicaragua) to complete research and/or service projects. I also enjoy reading, going to concerts, and playing with my goofy cat, Echo. Please feel free to call or email me! I would love to get to know you and assist you in any way possible!

Blake Gooch portrait

Hi! My name is Blake Gooch, and I’m a Student Success Coach within the Office of Student Success. Think of me as your personal compass! I’m here to guide and support you as you navigate the world which is IU East. I will be working with you to make sure that the transition into college goes as smooth as possible!

I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from THE Ohio State University in 2014. Next, I continued my journey to Dayton, Ohio to receive my Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education on April 2017!

Outside of work, I enjoy having fun with my friends as we play videogames, have board game nights, or go on random trips! I was even able to go out of the country once to Mexico, so that was a very exciting trip! Another thing to know about me is that family is important to me. I come from a big family, and they are one of the factors to my success!

I look forward to meeting all of you as we progress through the school year, so remember to come into the office and let’s create YOUR path to success! As we begin the new school year, I will leave a piece of advice my dad told me… “Do what you got to do now, so you can do what you want to do later.” See you soon and go Red Wolves!!!

Hello, my name is Jessika Griffin, the 21st Century Scholar Counselor for IU East, serving through AmeriCorps. My goal is to provide support and guidance for Red Wolves who are 21st Century Scholars. I host events for Scholars and serve as a touchstone on issues relating to financial aid, satisfactory academic progress, and appropriate credit completion to keep the scholarship. I also connect Scholars to other resources on campus as needed.

You may also recognize me as an English instructor—I have been teaching English here for over ten years, though I have also taught at Ball State and Ivy Tech. I am an IU East graduate and longtime Richmond resident. I was also a 21st Century Scholars so I am well aware of the particular challenges Scholars face as college students. I more recently earned my masters of English literature and doctorate of higher education from Ball State University.

During my free time, I enjoy napping with my dog, playing Pokémon Go with my kids, or going to renaissance festivals. My family and I also enjoy visiting local parks and museums and taking road trips—we recently visited Chicago and Washington D.C. You might also catch me roller skating on the Cardinal Greenway or coaching the local roller derby team.

I look forward to meeting all the Red Wolf Scholars--please get in touch if you need anything!

Danielle Nuss portrait

Hello! My name is Danielle Nuss and I am a Student Success Coach for online students. I am here to support and assist you in finding answers that relate to navigating the campus and its resources, and to discuss your academic goals that will attribute to your personal and professional success throughout college. As an Indiana University East alumni with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a minor in Entrepreneurship, I am excited to be serving online students at the place that has become my home away from home.

When I am not working at IU East you can find me enjoying time with my friends and family, DIY projects, live music, curling up with a good book, spending time outdoors, nabbing an apple cider slushie at the local orchard, and hanging out with my awesome dog Cloe-E.

I love being a part of the IU East Community. It is a great place to be a student, faculty and staff member. As a former student, I am grateful that I have had some key people at IU East that have taken the time to invest in my life, that have made all the difference in propelling me forward in aiming towards the future. I hope to be able to encourage all of you in this same way.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to be working with all of you this year, and cannot wait to share with you in the experience of what it means to be part of the great community of people that is Indiana University East! Please feel free to call, email, and make an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting all of you.