Meet Our Staff

Kelly Schweda, Director

Kelly 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.

Contact Kelly: schweda@msu.edu

Jayne Schuiteman, Associate Director

Jayne received both her master's and doctoral degrees from MSU, and she has worked at the university since 1990. As a faculty member, her work focused on various aspects of sexual misconduct and the feminist study of masculinities.

More recently, Jayne served as a senior investigator in MSU's Office of Institutional Equity. She is the mother of the "two best sons in the world," and enjoys spending time with her family when she is not working. She loves playing golf, reading, and watching soccer.

 

Rae Chaloult, Prevention Specialist

Rae’s work focuses on supporting faculty, staff, graduate and professional students. She graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in arts and humanities with a minor in gender studies and concentration in sexual violence and a master's degree in student affairs administration. Rae has worked in prevention since 2015.

Rae aims to center her work in an anti-racist framework, with specific focus on the structures of power and oppression that exist in higher education. She is passionate on educating on the intersection of racial and sexual violence.

Rae is from Michigan and a 2nd generation Spartan. As an alumna of Michigan State University, Rae cares deeply about the MSU community.

Contact Rae: chaloul2@msu.edu

Lemoine Joseph, Jr., Prevention Specialist

Lemoine's work focuses on coordinating the Greeks Take the Lead (GTTL) program for Fraternity & Sorority Life organizations and developing athletic education programming.

Lemoine earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate student, he co-founded an interpersonal violence peer education organization, where he facilitated dialogue on the intersection of gender-based violence and masculinity. He is incredibly passionate about integrating topics pertaining to sexual violence prevention and gender equity into the overall narrative of men’s leadership.

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, one might spot Lemoine running along the nearest trails or exploring vintage record stores in the hopes of adding to his growing collection.

Contact Lemoine: josep116@msu.edu

Karen Lavery, Executive Secretary

Karen began her career as an inventory control specialist in the United States Navy. After three distinguished tours at the U.S. scientific facility in McMurdo Station, Antarctica, she worked in enrollment at Friends University in Wichita, KS and as a departmental administrative assistant at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Karen arrived at Michigan State University in 2013 and joined the MSU Prevention, Outreach and Education team in 2019. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Karen is originally from Florida but moved to Michigan in the Fall of 2006. Even though she misses the warmer weather year around she has found Michigan’s four seasons to be beautiful. She spends most of her free time with her husband of 24 years and their two wonderful daughters. Plus, their furry family members of one dog and three cats.

Sabrina Merz, Prevention Specialist

Sabbi oversees the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Workshops. She works with peer educators to deliver violence prevention programming to first-year students.

Sabbi graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in interpersonal communication and a master's degree in educational leadership for higher education and student affairs. While at Western Michigan, Sabbi served for five years as a nationally certified peer educator, coordinated the Bystander Intervention Program and the Sexual Health Peer Education Program.

Before joining the team at MSU, Sabbi facilitated programming about sexual violence prevention, alcohol and drugs as a prevention and education coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Sabbi is originally from Michigan, and she is excited to work with peer educators in her home state.

Contact Sabbi: merzsabr@msu.edu

Jay Miller, Online Education Specialist

Jay 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 first granddaughter, Adeline, who was born in May of this year. 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.

Contact Jay: mill3106@msu.edu

Leah Short, Prevention Specialist

Leah focuses on managing the It's On Us campaign and the Bystander Network program. She graduated from MSU in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and women & gender studies. As a student, Leah discovered a passion for ending gender-based violence through experiences as a volunteer with the MSU Sexual Assault Program, an intern with MSU Safe Place, and a peer educator with the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program.

She earned a master's degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago, and returned to Michigan where she worked as a therapist, case worker and advocate before returning to gender-based violence prevention education. Her background in victim-centered services, trauma-informed care, and advocacy has helped her to shape prevention education that advocates for survivors and addresses culture change.

Leah spends much of her free time with her son Milhouse, a rescued Australian Shepard mix. She is also a true crime fan, and she enjoys watching spooky documentaries and listening to podcasts.

Contact Leah: shortle1@msu.edu

Mariah Sloat, Prevention Specialist

Mariah oversees student-athlete education and community engagement efforts. Mariah is passionate about engaging students in conversations about sexual and relationship violence prevention.

Mariah received a bachelor's degree in community health education and a minor in rehabilitation services from the University of Maine Farmington. She also holds a master's in public health from Indiana University. During her graduate studies, Mariah worked as a health educator and facilitated programs focused on bystander intervention, alcohol, and consent. She also developed a workshop aimed at understanding the complexities of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Mariah is originally from the Portland, Maine area and enjoys spending time outdoors. She spends the majority of her free time with her two beloved shetland sheepdogs, Willow and Brew. 

Contact Mariah: sloatmar@msu.edu

Lydia Weiss, Climate & Response Specialist

Lydia's work focuses 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. 

Contact Lydia: weisslyd@msu.edu

Taylor Owens, MSW Intern

Taylor is in the advanced standing master of social work program at MSU. She is in the organization and community leadership track and is passionate about prevention, education, and advocacy at the community level. She will be assisting on the development of multiple prevention efforts, evaluating peer educators, and co-presenting on trainings. 

Taylor graduated from Ferris State University in 2018 with her bachelor's in social work as a first generation college student. Her passion toward ending gender based violence started in her undergraduate studies while interning at her local domestic violence shelter. Now Taylor is committed to ending rape culture and educating the campus and community on topics surrounding relationship violence and sexual assault. In her free time she enjoys binge watching reality tv shows and playing with her new puppy!

Kambriana Gates, Graduate Assistant

Kambriana was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. She currently works as a research assistant with POE’s climate and response specialist.

Kambriana graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2018 with a bachelor’s in Global Studies & Social Impact with a minor in African American studies. While attending GVSU, she had the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa and learn about women’s rights in connection to apartheid. Currently, Kambriana is pursuing her master’s in Urban & Regional planning at MSU. Her focus is to create affordable housing for minority and displaced communities.

Kambriana serves as a mentor to students at Baxter Community Center in Grand Rapids. In her free time, you can find Kambriana watching Boss Ross clips and Forensic files when she isn’t studying.

Ruth, Office Support Specialist

Ruth’s work focuses solely on creating a comfortable and happy office environment for other POE staff and our visitors. While she has no degree, she has been dedicated to Michigan State University since April of 2019.

You can find Ruth periodically “dancing” in her tank or exploring her Spongebob inspired pineapple house. You can see her passion for her work in many ways, notably in her excitement when anyone walks by or sits near her. Additionally, Ruth watches over some great resources and stickers available to anyone who needs them. Ruth’s “door” is always open, so stop by and say hello!

Ruth firmly believes in POE’s mission and believes that everyone should believe survivors.