For Prospective Students

Admission Counselors

Falone Serna

Senior Associate Dean

Falone Serna

Falone was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and at the age of 10 moved to Southern California. He earned a BA in broadcast communication from the University of La Verne and an MA in communications from California State University, Fullerton. He has been in the admission profession for 11 years and at Reed since 2013. Falone serves as a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Admission Practices Committee, which oversees a set of guidelines followed by colleges and universities to ensure the ethical treatment of students during the recruitment and application processes. When he’s not working, Falone enjoys playing bass guitar, weight training, and exploring Portland's amazing restaurant scene.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Alabama, California (Central Coast, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, South Bay, San Gabrial Valley) (San Francisco, Marin County, San Mateo County, Far North), Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Wisconsin & Tennessee / transfer students

Melinda Williams ’06

Senior Associate Dean

Melinda Williams '06

Melinda grew up in Littleton, Colorado, and was the first in her family to attend college. Discovering Reed—and the generous need-based financial aid that made her academic dream possible—changed her life. Melinda majored in English literature, studied Chinese, danced tango, spent a semester in England on exchange, and graduated with an interest in education and college access. She has been a Reed admission committee member for seven years, and works with multicultural outreach. The liberal arts environment continues to challenge and inspire her. Personal interests include community-supported agriculture, social justice, backpacking, and travel on a shoestring.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania & Utah / Africa, the Middle East & Southeast Asia (except Singapore)

Abigail Anderson

Senior Assistant Dean

Abigail Anderson

Abigail grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts. After graduating from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, she attended Colby College, where she majored in sociology, served as a mentor in the Colby Cares About Kids program, worked as a head resident, and studied abroad at the London School of Economics. After graduating from Colby in 2009, Abigail spent two years working in the admission office at Emma Willard School. She came to Reed in 2011. In her free time, Abigail loves hiking, skiing, reading anything from the classics to the beach classics, looking at pictures of Australian Labradoodles, and eating nachos.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina & Vermont / Europe & the Americas

Crockett Marr ’06

Assistant Dean

Crockett Marr '06

Crockett is from New Haven, Connecticut. At the age of 14, in exchange for studying Latin, he was gifted a plane ticket to Portland, Oregon, and entrance to an Outward Bound course in Oregon's Central Cascade Range. Thus began his lifelong love of classical languages and mountains. He majored in classics at Reed, writing his thesis on Plato's ideas about Egypt, and has worked in Reed's admission office since 2008. He is also a student in Reed's MALS program, working on ancient theories of education. Personal interests include hiking and backpacking, every type of skiing, and music.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Washington DC & West Virginia / East Asia & Oceania

John Perkins

Assistant Dean

John Perkins

John grew in up Edina, Minnesota, and earned his BA in anthropology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. While at Colby, John served as the director of the Colby Volunteer Center, led outdoor trips for the Colby Outing Club, and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. After graduating in 2011, John spent two years in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado before traveling north by northwest to Portland and Reed, where he works with the multicultural outreach team. John enjoys backcountry skiing, surfing on the Oregon coast, photography, and any travel adventure that appears questionable. One day, he hopes to build a cabin on the shores of an alpine lake.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: California (Orange County, Long Beach, Inland Empire, San Diego County), Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri & Nebraska

Kati Sweaney ’06

Assistant Dean

Kati Sweaney '06

Born and raised in California wine country, Kati is a Reed graduate who still keeps her golden thesis laurels on victorious display. After majoring in literature-theatre at Reed, she attended Northwestern University, where she completed an MA in theatre, taught many undergraduate courses, served as a dorm mentor, and worked as a dramaturg in a variety of Chicago theatres. Kati is overjoyed to be in the Pacific Northwest serving her beloved alma mater. Like many of her fellow Reedies, Kati is a compulsive knowledge-seeker; topics upon which she will expound include the history of medicine and anatomical illustration, interactive theatre, Portland's unparalleled karaoke scene, her two cats, and what a "dramaturg" is.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Washington, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas

Swati Shrestha ’10

Assistant Dean

Swati Shrestha '10

Swati is from Kathmandu, Nepal, and was raised in Singapore. She graduated from the United World College of South East Asia, then traveled across the Pacific to attend Reed College, where she majored in English and found time for theatre, chorus, fencing, and the student group “Ladies' Pie Society.” She was also, at various points, a student worker for the Annual Fund, Residence Life, and the Office of Admission. Swati enjoys eating all the food, photography, reading fiction, and watching really good TV. She can be found doing all of these while doing what she loves the most: traveling the world. Swati works with international students throughout the Reed admission process.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Alaska, California (Oakland, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Sacramento, Central Valley), Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, & Wyoming / Central Asia, South Asia & Singapore

Admission Staff

Katie Chase
Data Entry Specialist
Jenny Gadda
Campus Visit Program Coordinator
Tracy Haack
Travel Coordinator
Kathy Hoblitt
Manager of Admission Operations
Dani Rollins
Senior Associate Dean,
Information Systems
Josh Shalek
Data Entry Specialist
Seamus Thompson
Data Entry Specialist
Jo Van Volkinburg
Manager of Admission Data Processing
Toni VonRuden
Campus Visit Program Assistant