Disability Support Services

Division of Student Life

Accessibility Committee

Accessibility and inclusivity for the Reed community (students, staff, faculty, and visitors) is a campus-wide commitment. The goals of the Accessibility Committee are to raise the visibility of disability-related issues on campus and to explore opportunities to improve accessibility through education, research and information sharing.

2018-2019 Committee Members

Committee members serve as liaisons between their offices/departments and Disability Support Services. If you have a question about accessibility or an idea to make campus more inclusive and accessible, please contact a committee member from the relevant area. Members include:


  • Jessika Chi, Program Manager for Institutional Diversity - As the program manager, I oversee all initiatives, programs, and events for the office for institutional diversity. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive teaching, working, learning, and living environment for all community members at Reed. We work with offices and departments to examine policies and procedures so that we can create more equitable and inclusive practices.
  • Cypress Cohen, Human Resources Generalist - As a member of the HR team, I support Reed staff and faculty in a number of ways, including with recruiting, pay, benefits, and training and development. I am the main point of contact in the Human Resources office for staff and faculty who request a short- or long-term work accommodation. 
  • Robin Ford, Science and Scholarly Communications Librarian - I support members of the Reed community in Science, Technology, and Mathematics through resources and services at Reed Library. I am the liaison for the Library to the Accessibility Committee and the main contact point for accessibility and access issues related to Library resources and services.
  • Jess Gibson, Assistant Director of Disability Support Services - I work one-on-one with students who are interested in requesting disability-related accommodations at Reed. Through an individualized and interactive process we explore possible supports and resources, and determine accommodations that are reasonable, appropriate, and effective for each student. I also meet with students who would like to try using assistive technologies, such as dictation and speech software, alternative format texts, and note taking apps.
  • Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
  • Theresa Lowrie, Director Disability Support Services/ADA coordinator - I am the director of the Disability Support Services program at Reed. At DSS we work directly with students, faculty and staff to provide and manage the accommodations process for students at Reed. Through a number of diverse campus initiatives, staff and faculty trainings, and campus partnerships, we work to raise awareness and to address possible barriers across campus in efforts to increase accessibility for all in our community.
  • Amy Luke, Associate to the VP and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid - Part of my duties in the Admission office includes managing the visit and events programs, where we interact with prospective students and their families coming to campus. With thousands of visitors coming each year for daily campus tours, as well as the nine hosted special events, we consider the ways in which the general public encounters the Reed campus.
  • Julie Maxfield, Associate Dean of Students - As chair of the Accessibility Committee and supervisor to Disability Support Services, community members can to come to me with questions, concerns, or ideas about accessibility on campus. In addition, if a student believes that the procedures described on the DSS website have not been properly followed or feels that any action has been directed against them because of a disability or perception of a disability, they can meet with me as part of the informal resolution process.
  • Jason Parker, Associate Director of Web Support Services, CIS - As the representative from Computing & Information Services, I consult with the committee on accessibility issues ranging from classroom technology and course materials, to website design and third-party software recommendations.
  • Pepita Payne, Psychologist, Health and Counseling Services - I am a psychologist in the Health and Counseling Center and act as a liaison between Health and Counseling Services and the Accessibility Committee. My role as a mental health professional on campus and as part of the committee is to consider students who may be managing a wide variety of health and mental health concerns and to consider how their needs may be better met by the college and the Reed community. My work at the HCC is driven by a strengths based, trauma informed, social justice focus which I believe is relevant to the work of this committee.  
  • April Sams, Director of Risk Management and EHS - My role on the Accessibility Committee is to provide guidance on how to achieve accessibility compliance, identify safety challenges, and assist in consultations on ways to create a safe and healthy environment for all.  
  • Sarah Sharp, Administrative & Technical Support Specialist, Office of the Registrar - My role on the Accessibility Committee is to collect feedback and information regarding general-use classrooms, and to use that information when making annual budget recommendations for classroom improvements.
  • Clea Taylor, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations
  • Steve Yeadon, Assistant Director of Facilities Operations - My role on the Accessibility Committee is to provide mechanical, structural expertise toward physical solutions to eliminate accessibility barriers as they exist on campus. Once barriers are identified and a solution is agreed upon, the Facilities department will assist in funding and implementing these corrective changes.


  • Maeve Kolk, Student SenatorI act as a liaison between the Committee and students to share current interests and projects with both groups. I also bring up topics within Student Senate to discuss ways we can go about getting more student input.
  • L.J. Matthews
  • Gabi Stonoha


  • Sameer ud Dowla Khan, Associate Professor of LinguisticsAs the faculty member on the Accessibility Committee, I see my role as a representative from the Committee to my faculty colleagues and vice versa. As such, I hope to help broaden the faculty’s understanding of how accessibility issues affect the classroom, student life, and campus life in general, while also sharing faculty needs, questions, and concerns surrounding accessibility with the Committee.

Contact Disability Support Services


Phone: 503/517-7921
Fax: 503/517-5532
Office: Dorothy Johansen House

Theresa Lowrie
Dorothy Johansen House

Jess Gibson
Assistant Director
Dorothy Johansen House