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Reed College Office of Admission
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97202
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
Associate Dean of Admission
Born 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.
Recruitment and application-reading territories: International students (Asia, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia/Oceania), U.S. territories
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
Alex Harris ’22
Alex 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)
Director of Admission
Lindsey 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, New York, Oregon (Portland suburbs), Washington (excluding Seattle), community-based organizations
Duncan King ’20
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission
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 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)
Assistant Dean of Admission
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
Associate 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: Arkansas, California (Orange County, Long Beach, South Bay, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, San Diego County), Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, early high-school graduates, US military bases, transfer applicants
Arielle Sherbak ’22
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
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.
Recruitment and application-reading territories: Michigan
- Zoë Ballering
Assistant Dean of Admission Communications and Special Projects
- Bridget Bimrose
Associate Dean of Admission Communications and Special Projects
- Kat Buckspan
Associate Dean to the Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid
- Rachel Cosca-Warfield
Assistant Dean of Admission Visits
- Cheryll Fernandez
- Tracy Haack
- Scott Hoback
Senior Associate Dean of Admission Operations
- Sarah Moudry
Admission Events Coordinator
- Jo Van Volkinburg
Senior Assistant Dean of Admission Operations