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Tiffany Sorensen

Tiffany Sorensen


Office: Office of Academic Advising (Associate Director of Student Success and Retention)



Tiffany started working at ISU in 2015. Currently, she is the Associate Director of Student Success and Retention at Idaho State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the College of Idaho in 2009, and a Masters in Public Administration from ISU in 2019. She is passionate about empowering students to pursue higher education that is meaningful to them.

While not at work, Tiffany spends her free time with her family and friends, and being outdoors as much as possible. She grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, and visits as often as she can.

Abbey Hadlich

Abbey Hadlich

Vice President

Office: Office of Academic Advising (Academic Advisor)



Abbey joined ISU in 2014 and has served as an Academic Advisor for the past 7 years. She earned her Masters degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina - go Gamecocks! - and her Bachelors degree in Music at Otterbein University in central Ohio. She previously worked as an Area Coordinator in Residential Education & Housing at the University of New England, which is where she discovered her passion for academic advising and encouraging students.

Abbey enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband of 6 years, her daughter, and her pet cat. She loves road-tripping and visiting national parks. She also enjoys watching college football, especially Big 10 conference teams.

Yaritza Barrera

Yaritza Barrera


Office: Pre-Health Professions Advising (Academic Advisor)



Yaritza joined ISU in 2019 and is currently a Health Sciences Advisor for the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Idaho State University in 2019. Yaritza has enjoyed advising and working with students since previously being an advisor for the TRIO program.

Yaritza enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her family dog.

Karen Ludwig

Karen Ludwig

Communications Coordinator

Office: School of Nursing (Academic Advisor)



Karen earned a Master of Counseling in School Counseling from ISU and started her career counseling and advising students at American Falls High School. In 2017, Karen accepted a career and mental health Counselor position at the ISU College of Technology and currently works as an Academic Advisor in the School of Nursing. She loves the vibrant energy that comes from helping students find their passion and reach their goals.

Outside work, Karen spends her time with her husband and four grown sons, loves to read, garden, camp, travel, hang out with friends, and is passionate about good food and nutrition.

Nitin Srivastava

Nitin Srivastava

Professional Development Committee Liaison

Office: International Programs Office (International Academic Advisor)



Nitin joined Idaho State University in 2015 as an Academic Advisor and serves our international students. He holds a bachelor's degree in Physics (Honors), a master's degree in Physics, and a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction. While pursuing his doctoral education, he advised various student populations, including exploratory (undecided major), at-risk, mainstream, and international students. He also conducted several advising workshops, organized tutoring sessions, and taught courses like First-Year Seminar and College Student Success courses. These experiences provided him with extensive awareness of international students' challenges as they adjust to college life.

Nitin is currently a member of NACADA and also serves in the Staff Council at ISU. His interests are geared toward best practices related to teaching, advising, curriculum development, student success, retention, and persistence. He values the importance of a caring attitude and a healthy advisor-advisee relationship for students' growth and development. As a life-long learner, he continues to evolve as a higher education professional by learning more tools and practices to serve students in meaningful ways.

Aaron Todd

Aaron Todd

NACADA Member Liaison

Office: Office of Academic Advising (Associate Director)



Aaron joined Idaho State University as Associate Director in the Office of Academic Advising in October of 2020.  He received his Masters degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1999 and began his academic advising journey at his undergraduate institution Central Michigan University.  Here he served as an academic advisor in the student success center.

From there he spent 7 years at University of Tennessee as the Assistant Director of advising in the College of Arts and Sciences.  At Duke University he was an Assistant Dean in academic advising.  At both Tennessee and Duke, he worked with student-athletes and partnered with student athlete academic services.  William Peace University gave him the opportunity to work as Director of Learning Services before working with graduate students at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy.

Aaron enjoys hiking, kayaking, and concerts.  His favorite sport to watch is hockey and he roots for the Carolina Hurricanes.