For Prospective Students

Milyon Trulove

Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid

Milyon 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


Born 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: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon (Portland and suburbs), Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington (excluding Seattle), Community-Based Organizations

Emily Duru

Assistant Dean of Admission


Emily 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 

Duncan King ’20

Assistant Dean of Admission 

Duncan King

Duncan 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 LaFratta

Gabri 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 (Central Coast, Central Valley, Far North, Los Angeles, Monterey County, Pasadena Area, Peninsula, Sacramento, San Fernando Valley, Santa Cruz County, South Bay), Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon (excluding Portland and suburbs), Washington (excluding Seattle), Wisconsin

Miranda Leong-Hussey ’20

Assistant Dean of Admission 


Originally from New York, Miranda came to Reed in 2017 to study political science. She enjoyed dancing, camping, hiking, and working multiple on-campus jobs during her time in college. Miranda wrote her senior thesis on early education policy and universal preschool, and looked into the process through which states adopt and change preschool policy. She has a deep interest in educational equity, and is excited to work in higher education to gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which education can be used to empower communities. Post graduation, she has enjoyed cooking with housemates, going on beautiful hikes in the PNW, and reading novels. 

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Massachusetts

Emma McNeel ’21

Assistant Dean of Admission

Emma McNeel

Emma 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.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington (Seattle)

Roja Ross

Assistant Dean of Admission

Roja Ross

Roja 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, and U.S. territories) 

Grant Sewell

Senior Assistant Dean of Admission


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, transfer applicants

Huy Trinh

Interim Director of Admission


Huy was born in Vietnam and grew up in Boston. He attended Boston College and studied history and philosophy and developed a deep interest in Greco-Roman ethics. After graduation, Huy worked at City Year Boston, serving as a teaching assistant before moving to Washington D.C. for graduate school. Despite receiving a Master's degree in international relations, Huy remains hopeless with maps and a sense of direction. He moved to Portland and enjoys the food and craft culture. In his free time, Huy wantonly pursues hobbies like Spanish, salsa dancing, and Shakespeare.

Tessa Verbal ’19

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


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.

Admission Staff