Meet Our Staff

Kelly Schweda, Executive Director

Kelly (she/hers) has worked at MSU since 2008 and has been at the forefront of creating and shaping prevention services at the university. Previously, Kelly was the program coordinator of MSU's Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program.

Kelly has worked with domestic and sexual violence survivor services, and prevention for most of her career. She feels strongly about engaging and empowering people to become change agents. When she is not working, she is spending time with her family and three mischievous dachshunds, and working on art projects.

Kelly graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a master's degree in women's studies.

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Matea Čaluk, Assistant Director

Matea (she/her) is a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina and relocated to the United States in the late 90s. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Matea began her journey at MSU in 2013 in the Residence Education and Housing Services department where she served in various roles prior to joining the POE team.

In POE, Matea oversees the undergraduate student prevention services initiatives and programs. Matea believes that a safe environment for all to thrive is the foundation to furthering education, ideas, and big thinking. Matea is also the co-chair of MSU's Violence Free Communities (VFC) group. She strives to create inclusive communities, free of harm and violence where students and staff can be their authentic selves.

As a first-generation college student, Matea’s passions lie is assisting students with navigating the United States higher education landscape and finding a sense of belonging. Matea has dedicated her career in lending a voice to cultivate equitable practices and create opportunity for access

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Lydia Weiss, Climate & Response Program Administrator

Lydia (she/her/hers) works on creating a university network of programs, outreach and support for all MSU employees and students. She coordinates training, supports and evaluations in response to relationship violence and sexual misconduct climate concerns or requests.

Lydia earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from MSU and a master's degree in women, gender and sexuality studies from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked at MSU since 2013. Prior to joining the POE team, she worked in the Women's Resource Center and the WorkLife Office, where her passion for educational programming blossomed. Lydia is dedicated to creating equal access to resources, services and educational opportunities for all, with a particular focus on gender justice issues.

Lydia volunteers as the content chair for the empowHER Leadership Retreat for 450 4th-9th grade girls, held in April every year. In her spare time, you can find Lydia going on walks with her sweetheart and their dog and three cats (yes, the cats come on walks), or finding and enjoying the best vegetarian cuisine in Lansing. 

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Vicki Wicks, Executive Secretary

Vicki (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Bath, Michigan.  She started with MSU in the Residence Education and Housing Services Department in December 2006 where she worked for 15 years prior to joining the POE Team as Executive Secretary providing support to the Executive Director.

Vicki obtained an Associate degree in Computer Science from Davenport University in Lansing, Michigan.  Vicki started her MSU career off as a payroll clerk and transferred to facilities in the roll of accounting clerk for the last 14 years.  Vicki also works the Men’s and Women’s home basketball games and home football games.

When not working, Vicki enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going on adventures.

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LaShondra Hemphill, Climate & Response Specialist

LaShondra, (she/her/they) is a Climate and Response Specialist in the MSU Prevention, Outreach and Education Department where she provides outreach and support in response to relationship violence and sexual misconduct. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Jacksonville State University.

LaShondra is a native of Birmingham, AL where she had worked 15+ years in prevention and intervention services, social services, and with court-involved youth. In 2016, LaShondra co-founded a non-profit organization that provided domestic violence prevention services, trainings, consultation, group therapy, and workshops across two counties. Her passion for empowering others to become their best selves laid a foundation for her career in domestic and family violence prevention, community engagement and social innovation.

LaShondra is the founder of the Initiative for Creative Arts, an organization that is committed to making cultural arts accessible to all youth and investing in their creative futures. She is an avid vinyl record collector, enjoys producing music/deejaying, traveling, napping on the beach, and admiring her collection of butterflies.

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Damaris Crocker De Ruiter, Peer Educator Coordinator

Damaris (she/her) surpervises and supports the peer educators and peer mentors in POE and works with them to deliver violence prevention programming to first and second year undergraduate students. She coordinates their training, evaluation, recruitment, hiring, and accountability processes in addition to providing ongoing support throughout the year.

Damaris has experience in student student affairs at small private colleges, community colleges, medium-sized universities, and large Big 10 universities. She has worked in various focus areas including study abroad, university identity centers, housing and residence life, and gender-based violence prevention initiatives. Damaris is a strong believer in supporting peer education as a high-impact practice, and she feels so fortunate to work with so many wonderful students who are passionate about gender-based violence prevention at MSU and beyond. She values supporting students in a holistic way, and her goal is to empower peer educators to be confident in their work with violence prevention on campus. In her role, Damaris also oversees the It's On Us planning committee, a national initiative working to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention on college campuses. She holds degrees in Intercultural Studies and Higher Education and Student Affairs.

In her free time, Damaris enjoys camping, baking, traveling, knitting, and finding new things to try!


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Sophie Walters, Faculty/Staff Specialist

Sophie (she/her/hers) oversees the prevention programs at POE for Faculty, Staff, and Graduate/Professional Students, where she provides professional development workshops on relationship violence, sexual misconduct, and Title IX.

Originally from France, Sophie earned her law degree in Paris, and later moved to New York City where she received her master’s degree in criminal justice and law & procedures from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She started her career working at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, NY Office and transitioned to the New York Police Department (NYPD)/ Safe Horizon where she provided advocacy and support to survivors of crimes. Before relocating to Michigan, Sophie worked at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as a sexual violence prevention specialist for eight different colleges and institutions.

In her free time, Sophie enjoys entertaining and hosting big dinner parties with friends and family. Sophie is also a fitness enthusiast and loves a good HIIT or bootcamp workout. 

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Priscilla Del Rio, Office Coordinator

Priscilla (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. She started with MSU at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in January 2018 where she worked for over two years as a medical receiving assistant prior to joining the POE team. Priscilla currently provides support to student programming and maintains the front desk lobby.

Priscilla attended Ferris State University and Lansing Community College. Over the past decade, Priscilla has worked in the veterinary medical field. Started off as kennel staff and walking dogs and working her way up to a veterinary assistant prepping animals for surgery, administrating medications, and vaccinations.  

In her free time, Priscilla enjoys spending time with her two dogs June Bugg and Betsie May. She loves to travel especially to the beautiful upper peninsula. And finally she really enjoys cheering for her Spartan athletics!  

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Ulric Fuller, Prevention Specialist

Ulric (he/him/his) is a prevention specialist in the MSU Prevention, Outreach and Education Department. He works collaboratively with a diverse team of specialists to create a university network of programs to support survivors, provides educational training on relationship violence, sexual misconduct and Title IX for MSU HealthCare Inc, and works with campus and community partners on training facilitation.

Originally from San Diego, California, Ulric received his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University and master’s degree in Health Service Administration from Central Michigan University.

In his free time, Ulric enjoys traveling, sampling the great vegan restaurants in Michigan with his wife Nadine; working out at the gym, and enjoying the surf and sun at Grand Haven Beach.

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Jay Miller, Online Education Specialist

Jay (he/him/his) oversees the online education program for 3rd+ undergraduate students, graduate students, and University employees. He holds master’s degrees in counseling from Michigan State and occupational education from Ferris State Universities. He has over two decades of experience working as a high school counselor in Michigan, specializing in data driven education, prevention and comprehensive programs. He has worked with online education in Michigan since its inception. He also has worked extensively in advocacy and lobbying work in Michigan legislature with the Michigan School Counselor Professional Association.   

Jay likes to travel and spend time with his family. He is overjoyed at the arrival of their grandchildren, Adeline, Natalie and Josiah. The last two being twins born in December of 2019! He is also a life long distance runner, logging hundreds of miles per year. He has a surprisingly never imitated mantra of starting off slow then tapering off.

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Melissa Wagner, Prevention Specialist

Melissa (she/her/hers) co-coordinates the Greeks Take the Lead (GTTL) program for Fraternity & Sorority Life organizations and develops the Spartans Against Violence program for women's athletics.

Melissa earned bachelor’s degrees in social work and women’s and gender studies at Michigan State University and a master’s of social work from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate student, she served as a POE peer educator, co-president of MSU’s Women’s Council, and on the philanthropy leadership team for her panhellenic sorority. As a passionate social worker, she understands the importance of empowering members of the community to aspire to collective action through education so individuals can hold themselves, their peers, and their systems to a higher standard.

In her spare time, Melissa can be found attempting to teach herself a new artistic skill, admiring Michigan forests and beaches, or spending time with her loved ones.

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Mikaela Wallin, Prevention Specialist

Mikaela Wallin (she/her/hers) is a Prevention Specialist who oversees the first-year Sexual Assault Relationship Violence (SARV) workshop and the second-year Bystander Network programming. She also manages the Active BARstander training, heads the development of the Empowerment Series, and supervises some of the peer mentors.

Mikaela is a Spartan Alumni, having earned a master’s in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She also has a master’s in Gender Studies from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Gender and Women Studies with a minor in LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mikaela is passionate about improving justice system response to, and policy around, relationship violence. Prior to coming to POE, she worked as a sexual health program facilitator, interned with End Violent Encounters (EVE), and co-authored scholarly articles and book chapters examining the intersection of firearms and domestic violence.

In her spare time, Mikaela enjoys working on her small business, spending time with her pet chinchilla, and researching how to keep her many plants and succulents alive.

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Garrett McAlister, Prevention Specialist

Garrett (he/him) oversees men’s engagement and masculinity programming for Prevention, Outreach, and Education. His role includes co-coordinating the Greeks Take the Lead (GTTL) program for Fraternity & Sorority Life organizations, developing the Spartans Against Violence program for men's athletics, and creating engagement opportunities for masculine identified individuals at MSU.  

Garrett earned a Master of Science in Education degree from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Illinois, Springfield.  Garrett has a background in residence education, student conflict and resolution, as well as working with university initiatives regarding the retention of men of color. In his work, Garrett places an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. He is passionate about engaging in conversations and education regarding healthy masculinity and the various ways in which masculinity is intersectional.

In his spare time, Garrett enjoys traveling to new places, trying new restaurants, playing video games, watching anime, and spending time with his dog.

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