Meet Our Staff
Max Goss (he/him/his)
Zakiya Rhodes (she/her/hers)
I joined Reed in June 2017 and have a BA from the University of Mount Union (formerly Mount Union College). Originally from Columbus, Ohio, I love getting to know people from all walks of life and learning their stories. I'm married to my tall and handsome husband who always makes me laugh and we have two of the cutest boys the world has ever seen. I am unapologetically passionate about equity and racial justice. I live by the words of Angela Davis: "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept." I'm most proud of chairing the HCC Equity Team, who strives to view every little thing we do through an equity lens, in turn making the space safe for everyone, particularly for those with marginalized identities.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy a fantastic glass (or 2) of wine, traveling, getting outdoors, spending time with my little family, and a good Netflix marathon.
Michelle Berry, MA, LMFT (she/her/hers)
I am very excited to be joining the Reed community as a Staff Counselor for the 2019-2020 school year. I have worked in higher education as a counselor for most of my 17 year career. I have a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University. My theoretical approach is systems-based, with primarily solution-focused and narrative techniques. I find college an exciting time and I love working with students to help them overcome challenges that may be interfering with school or preventing them from living their fullest life. I believe everyone has natural coping skills, problem solving strategies, and strengths that can be harnessed to help them reach their goals. My purpose at Reed is to work collaboratively with students to help them imagine a preferred future and to connect them with their inner resources to make that preferred future a reality. I am excited to get to know Reed students and to hear your unique “story”. On a personal note, I recently moved from Seattle, WA with my partner and our energetic twin boys. I love family bike rides, sunshine, reading, and dancing.
Rushini Jayawardena, LCSW (she/her/hers)
Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but the “about me” component of introductions still rattle me, much like the first day of class when everyone would go around the room and share something “interesting” about themselves. A master’s degree and a clinical license later, and I still don’t quite know how to answer this question.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining Reed, I worked at Malcolm X Community College in Chicago. In my career I have facilitated individual, group, family and couple’s therapy. My therapeutic orientation is relational-cultural. What this means is I understand relationships (self, familial, intimate, professional, etc) can be both a source of great happiness and stress. I believe our experiences in and with relationships, race, gender, sexuality and culture greatly shape how we show up in the world. I find that in order for individuals to feel authentically themselves they need to unlearn things that no longer serve them, while shedding light on newer truths. I enjoy utilizing art, meditation and movement (yoga, walking, etc) in therapy and am currently working towards certification in Trauma Conscious Yoga.
Home is two places for me: Sri Lanka and New York City with the hopes of adding Oregon to the mix. I am a home-body who enjoys bursts of movement. I have been told I am funny and sarcastic, which I also bring in with me to the therapeutic room. I look forward to building a relationship with and working alongside you.
Jenni Leatham, LPC, CRC, MAC (she/her/hers)
Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I am truly looking forward to being a part of the Reed community this year! I have a master’s degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. I have worked in higher education the majority of my counseling career and I am very passionate about working with students.
I consider myself to be an integrative therapist, with strong influences from Interpersonal and Emotion-Focused theories, along with an emphasis on a multicultural and feminist perspective. As a therapist my goal with each client is to have a collaborative, open, and honest therapeutic relationship that will allow them to feel accepted and safe. I am aware that each individual has a unique perspective on life, and in order to engage in effective counseling, I believe that it is important to explore the client’s values, understanding of the world, and interpretation of life experiences. In my work with clients, I draw on interventions rooted in a multitude of counseling theories including but not limited to, here-and-now feedback, mindfulness, experiential interventions, and art therapy.
While, I strive to be a well-rounded generalist, I have particular experience working with issues related to identity development, gender and sexuality, disability, addictions, and relational concerns.
Personally, I am always in pursuit of a new adventure and find fun in traveling, white-water rafting, scuba diving, skiing, biking and kayaking.
Dean "D" Seright, LMFT, MAC (they/them/theirs)
Clinical Case Manager
Johanna Workman, PsyD (she/her/hers)
Counseling Services Director
I am excited to join the Reed community! I have worked in the mental health field for over 20 years. I recently moved from South Georgia, where I was Associate Director & Clinical Services Director of the Counseling Center at Georgia Southern University. I earned my Doctoral and Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University – San Diego. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. I was born in England to a Caribbean mother and British father, and immigrated to the United States with my parents as a child, first settling in Brooklyn, New York. I have worked in a wide range of settings within the mental health field: I have served as the director of a drug & alcohol treatment program; I have been a supervisor of a behavioral health managed care company; and I have worked as a court psychologist in the family court system, conducting evaluations in juvenile delinquency cases.
I have an integrative theoretical orientation, incorporating psychodynamic, humanistic, African-centered, DBT, cognitive-behavioral, social justice, and multicultural approaches. In my free time, I like to write short stories about my travels and my social justice pursuits – maybe one day, I’ll get them published.
Sophia Kawaguchi, RN (she/her/hers)
Hello, I am overjoyed to be joining the HCC at Reed College as a Registered Nurse! I am originally from South Carolina where southern hospitality is huge and everyone says hey ya’ll! I completed my BSN at the University of South Carolina Upstate and I have a background in cardiac nursing. During my experience as a nurse, my passion for learning and cultural competence inspired me to build upon my nursing foundation by studying abroad as an international student at Soka University in Japan. I was one of 800 international students learning to co-exist with students from over 50 different countries and territories. I studied global leadership and dialogue, humanistic education, and Japanese while being there. This experience fueled my passion for using my nursing skills and knowledge to contribute to the health and wellness of young adults! I am excited to be an ally and source of hope for students as they challenge their unique circumstances at Reed College. In my free time, I am very involved with Soka Gakkai International, a non-profit organization that promotes peace, culture, and education in society and I have a new found love for hiking all of the beautiful places in Oregon!
Anne Kimberly, FNP-C (she/her/hers)
Family Nurse Practitioner
I started at Reed in 2001 and am happy to still be here as a full-time FNP. Although my professional career started in social service, it was my 2-year service in the U.S. Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, that pointed me towards nursing. I was also privileged to work for 2 ½ years in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania with humanitarian relief organizations between my basic and advance nursing programs. My FNP work started in OHSU’s ER and I still work there during school breaks; however, once I switched jobs to Reed it was clear to me that I had found my work “home.”
I’m committed to being a part of an inclusive healthcare environment for my colleagues and our student “patients.” I’m passionate about reproductive health and being a resource for students, specifically including transgender care and coordination.
My personal life is filled with my teen’s activities and as much nature as I can get. I’m proud to have completed the challenging West Coast Trail in Vancouver, B.C. this summer (ask me about it!).
Elizabeth Knight, FNP-C (she/her/hers)
Family Nurse Practitioner
I’ve been a family nurse practitioner for five years, and I love this job because I get to work with all kinds of different people. My nursing career has included everything from intensive care to mobile medical outreach to teaching. I am always working to provide safe, inclusive spaces for all, and I’m glad to be part of a place like Reed that values diversity. I’m happy to provide wellness care, illness care, health information, and a listening ear to anyone who needs it. I believe health care should be a positive and empowering experience! Before I was a nurse, I worked in LGBTQ advocacy. I’ve lived in California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, Arizona, and am now happily settled in Oregon with my partner and my goofy rescue dog. I’m a big believer in work-life balance. In my non-work hours, you’ll probably find me outside trail running, growing vegetables, perfecting vegan recipes, practicing yoga, reading, or otherwise adventuring.
Rachel Neuendorf, ND (she/her/hers)
Mental Health Provider
I am a licensed naturopathic doctor and will provide psychiatric medication management starting in the fall 2019 semester. I have served as a primary care provider in a busy clinic serving vulnerable patients since I graduated from National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 2015. Much of my work included mental health management.
I have enjoyed the rigorous and varied educational journey that included a BS in materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and a MS in materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Thereafter, I worked as a medical device engineer in Silicon Valley, designing and developing stents (I even have a few patents to my name).
Concurrent to receiving my doctorate in naturopathic medicine, I also attained another Master of Science degree; this time in integrative medicine research.
My approach to mental health is patient-centered and holistic. I am excited to be working with students to help them find the right therapeutic balance with medications, diet, and lifestyle changes. I recognize that each person needs an individualized approach that best supports their needs.
In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, playing with my dogs, and making jewelry.
Katie Occhipinti, BSN, RN (she/her/hers)
I am so thrilled to be joining the Reed College community as a registered nurse with the Health and Counseling Center! I was raised here in Portland and spent four years in Eugene pursuing a degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon before returning to study nursing at OHSU. I am passionate about health equity and health promotion. I began my nursing career in community health primary care, where I gained invaluable experience serving some of our community’s most vulnerable populations. This experience fueled my dedication to health equity, and I am excited to be joining a team whose values align with this passion. I believe in meeting students where they are by creating a safe, non-judgmental environment for them to receive healthcare. As a nurse, it is my greatest joy and privilege to partner with individuals and work together while they take a centralized role in their health.
In my free time you will find me with friends, writing, woodworking, hiking, or camping. I love the sun the most, but during the winter months I enjoy crafting and staying cozy with a good book.
Timothie Rochon, DNP, RN, CNM (she/her/hers)
Medical Services Director
I am excited and proud to be part of the Reed College community and the Health & Counseling Center’s team. I started my career in the healthcare field as a registered nurse working in Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Emergency Medicine, and Nurse Leadership. In 2013, I completed my Masters in Nursing with an emphasis on Nurse Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University. In 2018, I completed my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Executive Healthcare Leadership from George Washington University. I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to have served some of our country’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations. These experiences have cemented my passion for healthcare transformation with a focus on healthcare equity and inclusivity. I thrive in a work environment that is collaborative, trauma-informed, and patient-centered. As a medical provider, I am passionate about reproductive, preventive, and gender-affirming health.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my partner, our gaggle of children, and our two Great Danes. You’ll often find me driving kids to various practices/games, working on home improvement projects, or binge-watching the latest shows. I love heading to the coast, a good glass of wine, a great pair of shoes, and anything mid century.
Julie Steder, CMA (she/her/hers)
Certified Medical Assistant
I am relocating to Portland from Colorado where I have spent the last 10 years working as a Medical Assistant. I am very excited to be joining the Reed College Health & Counseling family for the 2020 academic year. My past experiences of working in a wide range of primary and specialty clinics have given me a solid foundation to expand on, and grow with the Reed team. Health is very important to me personally and was a big part of my decision to pursue a career in healthcare. Being a caregiver, I value treating all patients with the same level of care and genuine compassion and strive to make every encounter a positive experience. I believe in Reed’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and know it will only strengthen that passion to make a difference!