Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Contact Us

The Residence Life team is comprised of professional staff, area coordinators, and student house advisers. 

The best way to contact us is via email or phone and we will do our best to return your message within 48 hours (see right column for contact information).

Professional Staff

Kirstie Opel

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Hiya! Hello! Welcome! 

My name is Kirstie (rhymes with thirsty) Opel (She/Her/Hers) and I'm the Operations Coordinator for Residence Life! I'm originally from a bit north of Seattle and have been making my way down I-5 for the past decade or so. I graduated with a BA focused in Arts Administration & Theatre from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 2016 and have a passion for creating equitable, safe and accessible spaces for my community and beyond. 

I moved to Portland around 2017 and now comfortably and confidently call this place "home". Besides the lovely PNW weather, I fell in love with this area because of the people, the places, and the continuous calls and want for action and change. When I am not working, you'll find me singing karaoke with my friends and fiance, hanging out with my cat and dog: Captain and Sunny, and/or in my kitchen making curry or baking bread while blasting Elton John throughout the house 🕺🏻. 

I love the entire concept of community more than anything and want to do everything I can to help ours here at Reed, so please feel free to reach out via email, phone, or come visit me in the Res Life Office!


Area Coordinators

Working to assist the House Advisers in everything they do are our Area Coordinators (ACs). ACs are full-time professional staff members who work and live on campus. ACs provide support for the house advisors, are advocates for students concerns, and help students experiencing difficulties at Reed. They provide emergency on-call coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week when school is in session.

Sarahina Borgia



I’m Sarahina Borgia, you can also call me Sam (They/Them/Theirs). I am a born and raised Floridian and I also attended undergrad in Sarasota Florida (A wonderfully, beautiful little beach town) at Ringling College of Art and Design where I obtained a BFA in Motion Design. While at Ringling I was heavily involved in Student/Residence Life, which ultimately lead me to pursue a professional career in higher education. Post-graduation (2017) I moved out to Nacogdoches, Texas for a Hall Director position with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) overseeing various communities. I lived/worked there for three years while obtaining my MA in Student Affairs and Higher education and working in SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs conducting programming and community education, focused on the queer community.

My passion areas are student support, engagement, and development. I enjoy helping students find and develop their voices; giving them the tools to use those voices to navigate the world and the challenges they might face during and post-college.

When I'm not on campus I'm probably out vintage shoping with my partner all over portland, hiking around the PNW with my partner and pup, finding the next concert to attend and mosh out to, or the exact opposite of chilling on the couch to netflix/movies.

I look forward to engaging with you all, please feel free to reach out or flag me down if you see me walking about town.

Carlos Cortés


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Hi everyone!

I grew up in Lancaster, CA and am a Southern California boy at heart. I attended Chaminade University of Honolulu for undergrad where I earned my BA in Historical and Political Studies with a minor in Psychology. When I graduated, I decided to take some time to just work and live in Honolulu without worrying about school.

After about a year of this I realized Student Affairs was where I wanted to start my career and back to school I went! I did my grad work at the University of San Diego (USD) and left with a Masters in Higher Education Leadership. At USD I got my start in Res Life working with the second-year residential program. I started my life post grad school working as a Residence Life Coordinator at Wichita State University (WSU) in Wichita, Kansas overseeing one of their first-year communities. I was at WSU for about a year and a half before moving back to the west coast to work here at Reed.

I have a dachshund, Jefe, who I love to go adventuring with (he’s been on multiple road trips!). When I just need to relax, I can get lost in video games, vibing to music, or taking walks. If you see me or Jefe around campus feel free to say hello!

Jennifer Hickman

Cross Canyons/Woodstock Houses

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Hi All!

I grew up in Texas and attended college close to home at A&M-Texarkana where I majored in psychology after changing my major pretty much constantly for the first 2 years. I had zero idea what I wanted to do after graduating, and a close friend told me about an opportunity to get a Master’s in higher education for free at a school in Florida—I thought the idea of living close to the beach and not having to work 2 jobs to get through school sounded pretty sick (turns out there’s no money in higher education).

Here I am 7 years later, after working in housing in Illinois for a year, and then working with international students through orientation and programming —I have developed a passion for student support and development.

I live with my wife and our 2 fur babies Whiskey and Tanner. In my free time you can catch me playing fetch with Whiskey, hanging out with my wife, playing cornhole or pool, and vibing to 80’s music. I love puns, trying new things, pretending I like to hike, and loud shirts. I love talking to and meeting new people so if you see me around campus say hi!

Kade Peden

ODB/Anna Mann/Foster Scholz MacNaughton

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Hi y'all! My name is Kade Peden (hehim/his) and I'm excited to connect with you. I'm originally from Medford, Oregon, but I've called Portland home since 2009. I moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College, ultimately graduating with a B.A. in German studies in 2013. During my time at Lewis & Clark I worked as a resident advisor, a resident career advisor, student life intern, as a College Outdoors trip leader, and I supervised the school's sports complex.

Speaking of sports, I played football at Lewis & Clark and coached wrestling at Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School. During undergrad I spent a year studying abroad in Munich, Germany and loved every second of it (Kannst du Deutsch?). My undergraduate experience taught me the value of residential education, of curiosity, and how living on campus supports student success.

After working at Lewis & Clark, I served for three years in residence life at Portland State. Being a first-generation low-income student, I have a passion for helping students navigate the complex world of higher education and helping students find meaning in their education.

When I'm not working in res life, I'm chatting with folks about how to build a more equitable world, being queer, rock climbing, kayaking, and just how pretty it is outside. Come talk to me about your academic journey, managing your time, or if you ever need someone to hold space for you and support processing your day.


House Advisors


Your house adviser (HA) is one of the first people you will meet at Reed. These upper-division students are selected for their skills and interest in helping fellow students, and are trained in areas such as peer counseling and conflict mediation. They act as an excellent resource for questions about academics, campus life, and Portland in general. HAs also help to bring students together by organizing activities such as movie nights, pizza parties, study breaks, provocative talks, excursions around Portland, and trips to the coast or the Reed ski cabin with the students of their residence halls. At least one house adviser lives in every residence hall.


HA job description

Program Assistants (PA)

Program assistants (PAs) are programmers in first-year buildings. These first-year students provide community building and programming opportunities for residential communities on campus. Your first-year at Reed can be scary, and making friends in a new environment can be difficult. The PA's only job is to create fun activities for you! They work closely with their area coordinator and HA team to meet the programming needs of the community.