Admission

For Prospective Students

Milyon Trulove

Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

Milyon TruloveMilyon has held a variety of roles in higher education, including as director and dean; his enrollment experience includes his alma mater, St. Olaf, the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Hamline University, also in St. Paul. Milyon received an MA in leadership of student affairs from the University of St. Thomas. Learn more about Milyon.

Admission Counselors

Kortney Aispuro

Assistant Dean of Admission

Kortney AispuroBorn and raised in PDX, Kortney is a Portlander through and through. Graduating from Portland State in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and in 2011 with a Master’s of Science in Curriculum, Kortney has dedicated over a decade of her life to working as an educator and administrator in the K-12 school system. She is committed to educational excellence and equity. Here at Reed, she is pleased to continue that passionate work in the “ever after” of lifelong learning.

When not working, she is caring for her curious children, sweet pup, feisty cat, and friendly hamster. Kortney also loves to dance, sing, act, do photography, learn Japanese, hike, garden, visit OMSI, and publish children’s books. She embodies the Shakira song “Try Everything.”

Recruitment and application-reading territories: New York, Oregon (Portland suburbs), Washington (excluding Seattle), community-based organizations

Dev Devvrat

Senior Assistant Dean of Admission

Dev DevvratBorn in Chicago, Dev left the deep dish pizza of the Windy City during middle school. Upon arriving in Portland, Oregon, he immediately fell in love with the city’s eclectic vibes. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies at Portland State University and embarked on a career in human resources before jumping into the world of college admission. Prior to Reed, Dev worked as an Admission Counselor for Pennsylvania College of Technology and also served as the adviser to the college’s LGBTQ+ student organization. When he’s not working, you can find Dev watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, spending time with friends, hanging out at Cannon Beach, or listening to Taylor Swift on repeat.

Emily Duru

Assistant Dean of Admission

Emily DuruEmily is a Portland native and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in English. As an undergraduate, her literary interests ranged from comic books to Black feminist literature. She enjoyed writing short stories and participating in slam poetry as well. Having worked as a student tour guide and as a first-year teaching assistant, Emily decided to continue to explore the world of academia and join the Reed community in the Office of Admission. Outside of work, Emily loves to listen to music, explore new artists, and watch bad horror movies with her friends.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Wyoming 

Alex Harris ’22 

Admission Fellow

Alex-Website.pngAlex journeyed from Washington, D.C., to Reed and studied political theory. He served as a teaching consultant, political philosophy research assistant, and teaching fellow during his time at Reed. After graduation, Alex joined the Office of Admission and is excited to aid in cultivating an intellectually rigorous collective. Outside of the office, Alex loves to write and is completing a manuscript on African-American marronage to the Great Dismal Swamp.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington (Seattle)

Lindsey Hoyt

Director of Admission 

Lindsey HoytLindsey grew up primarily in Austin, Texas before attending Tulane University. She began her career in marketing and communications at a retail and consumer goods consulting firm in San Francisco and a law firm in New Orleans before entering the world of college admissions. Before joining Reed College, she worked in undergraduate admissions at Tulane University and Brandeis University. She is especially passionate about working with her admissions team to build a class full of young scholars who are curious, kind, and excited to thoughtfully engage with their campus community. Outside of work, Lindsey is an avid reader and enjoys all things food-related: reading about food and foodways, cooking, exploring new restaurants and cuisines, and even growing her own food. 

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Massachusetts 

Duncan King ’20

Assistant Dean of Admission 

Duncan KingDuncan came to Reed from Berkeley, California to study Studio Art. In addition to his classes, he also edited the Reed College Creative Review, managed the student darkroom, and was a DJ at Reed’s radio station. He received a grant to work with a local bookbinder for his thesis, which examined photography books and art about families. But it wasn’t all art––Duncan also learned to cross-country ski, and was Reed’s first German minor. Nowadays, he can be found watching Formula 1 races with his friends, drinking various teas, or seeking out new species of ducks at Portland's many ponds.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: California (East Bay, San Francisco, North Bay), Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota

Gabri LaFratta ’21

Assistant Dean of Admission

Gabri LaFrattaGabri grew up on the north shore of Kaua’i before moving to Portland in 2017 to attend Reed College where she found a home in the English department. Outside of her classes, she worked as the English Departmental Assistant and was one of the club organizers for Just Desserts, the school’s baking club. During her senior year, Gabri wrote her thesis on how science fiction, specifically Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jeanette Winterson’s FranKISStein, uses technology to reshape and broaden our understandings of gender, sexuality, embodiment, and love. Gabri spends her free time cooking, exploring Portland’s parks, and attempting to crochet so that she may one day have a bucket hat that looks like a strawberry.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: California (Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, Central Valley, Sacramento, Far North), Hawaii, Oregon (excluding Portland and suburbs)

Emma McNeel ’21

Assistant Dean of Admission

Emma McNeelEmma grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to Portland in 2017 to attend Reed. Her love for languages landed her in the Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies department. Outside of her classes, Emma found community in Reed’s poetry scene as an open mic host and a class assistant in creative writing. She developed an interest in teaching during her time as a student, mentor, and researcher, and she dedicated her senior thesis to examining the use of contemporary visions of the ancient world in Greek and Latin classrooms. In her free time, Emma enjoys exploring Portland’s wealth of record stores and cooking a variety of pastas.

Roja Ross

Assistant Dean of Admission

Roja RossRoja was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and came to the U.S. in 2015 to get her Masters in Fine Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. The Massachusetts cold sent her running back to Quito after graduation, where she taught art history and photography at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Through teaching and advising, Roja discovered her passion for guiding students who wanted to attend international universities. She then flipped it around and moved to Portland in November of 2021 to help international students come to Reed! Roja spends her free time loving art, reading about art, traveling to see art, and smooshing her dog.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: International Students (Asia, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia/Oceania), U.S. territories 

Marissa Seiler

Assistant Dean of Admission

Marissa Seiler

Marissa grew up in Oakland, California, and has lived in Portland for the last 14 years. She is assistant faculty at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, currently teaching a Leadership, Equity, and Ethics course for the Collaborative Design graduate program. She has a Masters in Facilitation and Conflict Resolution from the Process Work Institute and has worked with public and private sector organizations as a consultant and facilitator for the last seven years. Marissa spends her free time drinking hot ginger tea, seeking treasures in Portland’s thrift stores, and performing music under the moniker Good Woman.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: California (Central Coast, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Pasadena Area), Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Grant Sewell

Associate Dean of Admission

Grant Sewell

Grant grew up in Portland, graduating from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Business. As an undergraduate, he served as a Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader, helping other students successfully acclimate to collegiate life. After working in the business field for a time, Grant completed a Masters of Education degree also from Portland State and lived abroad for a year in China teaching English in public schools. After returning to the US, he worked in higher education at Concordia University, before joining the Reed Community. In his free time, Grant enjoys woodworking, hiking, and traveling - with the goal of stepping foot in all seven continents, he's more than half of the way there.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: California (Orange County, Long Beach, South Bay, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, San Diego County), early high-school graduates, US military bases, transfer applicants

Arielle Sherbak ’22

Admission Fellow

Arielle Sherbak

Arielle grew up in San Diego, California, and came to Portland to study at Reed in 2018. She majored in environmental studies with a focus in chemistry. During her time at Reed, Arielle studied air quality in Kuwait and Bahrain, analyzed an ice core from northwest Canada, and worked as a teaching assistant for an environmental studies course. Through this course, Arielle developed an interest in working with students and being able to customize each student's experience. After working in the Office of Admission for three out of her four years at Reed, she has come back to further her journey with Reed. Outside of work, Arielle loves to learn about different tropical plants, knit up a pair of socks, and watch the newest sci-fi films.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon (Portland), Rhode Island, Vermont 

Bahar Tarighi ’22

Admission Fellow

Bahar Tarighi

Born and raised in Texas, Bahar came to Reed as a transfer student and went on to pursue a degree in philosophy. Her senior thesis explored artificial intelligence and machine learning, with a special focus on the Turing Test. Bahar also hosted a radio show on KRRC, edited The Grail literary magazine, and founded the Philosophy Circle. Having worked as an intern for the Office of Admission, she decided to continue her involvement with the Reed community by joining the team full time. Outside of work, Bahar pursues research in the field of computation, hikes, DJs, and spends time with her cat Mitski.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia  

Tessa Verbal ’19

Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

Tessa Verbal

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Tessa graduated from Reed College in 2019 with a degree in political science. During her time at Reed, she worked as a program manager for SEEDS (Students for Equity, Education, and Direct Service), served as a House Adviser, and interned for Congressman Earl Blumenauer. After graduating, she spent the next two years teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. In December of 2021, Tessa returned to Portland and started in her current role at Reed—a role focused on providing additional support to prospective students and their families as they navigate the college application process. In her spare time, Tessa enjoys dancing with The Aero Space and frequent visits to Olive Garden for the unlimited breadsticks.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Michigan

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