Meet the K.E.Y. Crew


Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have common characteristics.  They have achieved excellence in their fields of study; they are thoughtful communicators, critical thinkers, writers, researchers, mathematicians, and scientists.

Our tutors are passionate about education and about sharing knowledge with their peers.


In addition, they understand what it is like to go to college while working full or part time.  Most of our tutors have earned at least one college degree and are pursuing additional degrees, either at Ivy Tech or at 4 year institutions.

Because of their educational expertise and their experiences with subjects across the academic disciplines, our tutors are eager to help you to succeed too, in college as well as in the workplace.

Darla K. Crist

Associate Professor of English

Director, K.E.Y. Learning Center


Darla is the result of the school of life and a Masters degree in English with a specialization in Creative Writing from Indiana State University.

​When she is not in the Learning Center, she is teaching creative writing or composition in her other role as a teacher.

Darla is the founder and faculty advisor for the Ivy Tech Creative Writing Club. She is a published author whose books include The God of Small Losses (2010), Catherine Sophia's Elbow: A Love Story (2014, 2016 ), and The Book of Wishful Thinking (2017).

Office: C-106

Office Phone: 812-298-2563 

K.E.Y. Learning Center: 812-298-2363

Jessica Bell | Writing Tutor

Jessica is a 2018 graduate of Indiana State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Language Studies with a primary focus in Linguistics and TESOL/TEFL certification.


Jessica is published in Allusions: The Fine Arts Journal of Indiana State University 2015-2016 edition. She also has completed a minor in Business Administration, an Associates in Elementary Education, and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She speaks Spanish and Japanese at the intermediate and novice levels respectively.

Jessica’s goals are to travel the U.S. and the world to help people who are less fortunate than herself. She hopes to make a difference in people’s lives, even if it is just in the smallest of ways.

Raymond Bolk | Writing Tutor

Raymond Bolk graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in Spring 2018. He will be attending Indiana State University to pursue a degree in psychology.


His favorite books are The Dark Tower series, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings. He loves all things comic book related, watching soccer, and playing video games. His favorite quote comes from Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Gregory Dodd | Writing Tutor

Gregory graduated from Ivy Tech in 2017 with an AS in Software Development. He is currently a senior at Indiana State University in the Information Technology program.


He loves tinkering with computers and reading! He mostly enjoys Science Fiction and classic literature. Philip K. Dick is one of his favorite authors. He also enjoys playing music, and he plays guitar in a band called "The Great Bambino."

Matthew Fash | Writing Tutor

Matthew received his Liberal Arts A.A. degree as a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Ivy Tech where he was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Creative Writing Club, the Student Leadership Acadmy, and the All Indiana Academic Team.

He is currently pursuing his B.A. in English with a minor in Creative Writing from Indiana State University, where he has received recognition for his poetry through the Madelyn DeGaetano award and the Mary Reid McBeth award.  His poetry has also appeared in the 2017-2018 edition of Allusions: The Fine Art Journal of Indiana State University. 


Matthew's future goals include receiving an MFA and Ph.D and teaching creative writing and literature.    

Steve Huffman | Assistant Prof. of English (Retired), Writing Tutor & Adjunct Instructor

Steve is a graduate of Indiana State University for both his Bachelor's degree (Sociology) and his Master's degree (English).


Steve has been an assistant professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College for over 15 years, as an adjunct and as a full time instructor.


His past experience in social work and as the assistant editor of a law journal, combined with teaching, gives him a unique perspective in helping and working with students (much beyond the teacher-student collaboration).

Jennifer Linder-Miller | Writing Tutor

Jennifer Linder-Miller graduated from Ivy Tech in 2015 with an A.S. in Criminal Justice. As a student at Ivy Tech, she was involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Campus Activities Board, SGA, and the Creative Writing Club.


In 2017, she graduated from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College with a B.S. in Criminology with a concentration in Sociology and a B.S in Human Services, as an Honors graduate in both disciplines. She is currently working on her Masters of Social Work at IUPUI, while working full time for the State of Indiana and part time as a tutor at Ivy Tech Community College.

David Long | Writing Tutor

David is a writing tutor and a nursing student.


He started classes at Ivy Tech in 2017. After graduating from Ivy Tech, he plans to pursue his Bachelors degree at a four year university. He enjoys spending his free time reading, watching films, and playing the card game Magic. 

Jason Shearer | Writing Tutor

Jason loves to brainstorm!

Generating ideas and seeing them through to a finished product is a thrill for him.  He has attended Ivy Tech Community College and has his A.A. degree in Liberal Arts.  He is currently seeking a certificate in graphic arts at Ivy Tech to enhance the English degree he is seeking at Indiana State University. 

Jason is passionate about helping others to do the best they can with their given assignment. He believes that everyone can achieve their goals if they take the time to put forth the effort involved to make it happen.  He is here to help along the process.  If you are stuck with no idea where to go, come see Jason in the Tutoring Center.  He will help demystify the guidelines and help you get started on the correct path.

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Chris Darling | Math Tutor

Chris is a 2018 graduate of Ivy Tech as the recipient of an A.S. degree in Human Services with a specialization in Addiction Studies & Services.

He specializes in tutoring MATH 080 and MATH 123.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Chris is the proud and busy father of 2 boys and the builder of new rooms to his house.  Chris also writes inspirational haiku--the perfect combination of math and poetry. 

Justin Hawkins | Math Tutor

Justin is pursuing his General Studies Associates degree with plans to graduate in Fall 2018.  His area of tutoring expertise is MATH 080/123 (Quantitative Reasoning), but his passion and skills extend across the arts and sciences.


Justin is an avid reader who enjoys writing poetry, and he is also a Haiku Grand Master after winning the 2018 Creative Writing Club Haiku Challenge. After completing his Gen Studies degree, Justin plans on pursuing a degree in ceramics.  He would like to be a potter and write on the side.

Hans VanHorn | Math Tutor

Hans has received his General Studies A.S. from Ivy Tech and is currently working towards an A.S. in Biotechnology at Ivy Tech.  He enjoys math, science, and chemistry, and his areas of tutoring specialization include MATH 123, 023, 100, 136, and 137.


Hans also collects coins, works on cars, and is an advocate for animals and pets everywhere, including his much loved dog and cat.   

Devon Whitsit | Math Tutor

As a 2018 honors graduate of Ivy Tech with a degree in General Studies, Devon plans to attend Indiana State University to receive a degree in Mathematics.  He would also like to become a teacher.

As a tutor, Devon is experienced in helping students across the Quantitative Reasoning and STEM curriculum, which includes MATH 080, 123, 023, 100, 136, 137, and 211. 

Jerry Willard | Math Tutor, Adjunct Instructor

Jerry is what we like to call the Godfather of Math Tutoring.  He taught math in local high schools for 30 years, retired, and was hired by Ivy Tech as an adjunct instructor as well as a math tutor.

His extensive experience in and out of the math classroom allows him to help students across the math curriculum. 


Jerry's sense of humor and growth mindset work ethic also keeps everyone who knows him with smiles on their faces.

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