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.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Admission Counselors

Frankie Breedlove ’17

Associate Dean of Admission 

Frankie Breedlove

Frankie grew up in Camarillo, California and moved to Portland in 2013 to study sociology at Reed. While a student, she served as a member and co-chair of the Honor Council, co-founded the Restorative Justice Coalition, and was an intern in the Financial Aid office. She is delighted to continue to be a part of the Reed community. You can usually find Frankie riding her bike, listening to podcasts, knitting, or debating passionately fan theories of TV shows such as Insecure and Jane the Virgin.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Texas.

Kat Buckspan

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

Originally from Nashville, Kat lived and worked around the country before blissfully settling in Portland in 2009. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Kat is an avid believer in liberal arts education, having followed her degree in Studio Art and Art History with an MBA from Vanderbilt University and 10 years in business. In her free time, Kat enjoys traveling and a myriad of outdoor pursuits, including skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and surfing. She is also an expert knitter and a Certified Master Gardener.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, the city of Portland, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Lilia Cohen

Assistant Dean of Admission

Lilia Cohen

Born and raised in Seattle, Lilia moved to Walla Walla in 2014 to begin her studies at Whitman College. While at Whitman, Lilia developed a fascination with college admissions and higher education, working as an intern in the Admission Office and writing her Politics thesis on admission practices. After graduation in May 2018, Lilia hopped on her bicycle and rode across the U.S.A raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She moved to Portland in October and is thrilled to be a part of the vibrant Reed community. Lilia loves to sing anything and everything, cook for her loved ones, and she aspires to go for a walk in every single one of Portland’s 279 parks.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: New York, Southern California (Central Coast, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Pasadena Area), and Washington D.C.

Dev Devvrat

Assistant Dean of Admission

Dev Devvrat

Born in Chicago, Dev left the deep dish pizza of the Windy City while in 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 Admissions Counselor for Pennsylvania College of Technology and also served as the advisor 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.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Hawaii, suburbs of Portland, Oregon, and Southern California (Orange County, Long Beach, South Bay, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, San Diego County) and International Students (Asia, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia/Oceana, and U.S. territories).

Sarah Erickson ’19

Assistant Dean of Admission

photo of Sarah Erickson

Sarah grew up in Topeka, Kansas but craved the bustle of a bigger city, so she moved to Portland in 2015 to study Environmental Studies and Political Science at Reed. Throughout her time as a Reedie, Sarah was deeply engaged in her new community. In her free time, she would volunteer with elementary afterschool programs, engage in local environmental and political movements, and help facilitate the Queer Student Union (QSU) at Reed. You could also find Sarah trying her hand at Dungeons & Dragons, exploring Portland’s many, many coffee shops, or just playing with her two cats. Sarah joined the Office of Admission as a student intern where she developed a deeper interest in college admission and higher education. She is excited to represent (most of) the Midwest and is always happy to talk about the transition from middle America to Portland!

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Grace Fisher

Associate Dean of Admission

Grace Fisher

Grace grew up in Portland - okay, in nearby Lake Oswego - and attended the University of Chicago (AB ’12), where she studied political science and Slavic languages and literatures (Russian). Her liberal arts education led to opportunities in foreign policy, technology, and finance, but she's never been happier than in higher ed. After two years working at a college in Olympia, WA, she's returned home to Portland and to Reed. Grace is a passionate follower of E-sports tournaments, reader of science fiction, and watcher of women's soccer.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Kansas, New Mexico, Northern California (East Bay, San Francisco, North Bay), Pennsylvania, and Transfer Students.

Varik Harris ’19

Assistant Dean of Admission

Varik Harris

Varik moved to Portland in 2015, trading the famous Hot Chicken of his hometown of Nashville, Tennesse for Portland’s iconic doughnuts. In addition to studying biochemistry at Reed, he co-hosted the college’s longest running radio show, Cartoons and Cereal. He also flew to the Stanford synchrotron particle accelerator to complete his thesis using chemistry department funds. In his spare time, Varik is usually eating his way across town (he’s on the hunt for the best BBQ in Portland), baking for friends, or balancing all the science in his brain with photography.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Tim Howe

Assistant Dean of Admission

Tim Howe

Tim grew up east of the Cascade Mountains in the (once) sleepy town of Bend, Oregon. Tim started his academic career at Lewis & Clark College where he studied Rhetoric & Media. While there, he grew his interest in educational equity, and after graduating in 2012, decided to teach elementary school in rural North Carolina as a corps member with Teach For America. Tim spent the next several years working in education in the Southeast and the Northwest. He was a Nonprofit Site Coordinator, After School Program Manager, and Montessori P.E. Teacher before joining the counseling team at Reed. In Tim’s downtime, you can find him working on his graphic novel, singing “Smooth” by Santana at karaoke, or philosophising the construction of the perfect sandwich.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Idaho, Oregon (excluding the city of Portland and Portland suburbs), and Northern California (Peninsula, South Bay, Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, Central Valley, Sacramento, Far North).

Huy Trinh

Associate Dean of Admission Operations

Huy was born in Vietnam but grew up in Boston and attended Boston College. He 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.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Washington.

Shalini Uppu

Director of Admission

Shalini Uppa

Shalini grew up in Miami, Florida and has made her way westward to call Portland home. After graduating from college, she wanted to support other students in their pursuit of higher education. Her career in admission spans several institutions, including Connecticut College, the University of Chicago, and most recently, Whitman College. Shalini is an amateur magician, an even more amateur tennis player, and will point out constellations at night to anyone who will listen.

Recruitment and application-reading territories: Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

Admission Staff