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.

Contact Kelly: POE.KellySchweda@msu.edu

Matea Čaluk, Assistant Director

Matea (she/her) began her journey at MSU in 2013 in the Residence Education and Housing Services department where she worked for seven years prior to joining the POE team. Matea oversees the undergraduate student services, initiatives, and programs in POE.  

Over the past decade, Matea has worked at three higher education institutions in Michigan, primarily in residential student services where she has facilitated violence prevention programming, served in crisis response capacities, and implemented student conduct processes to assure accountability. Matea believes that a safe environment for all to thrive is the foundation to furthering education, ideas, and big thinking. She strives to create inclusive communities where students and staff can be their authentic selves to part take in dialogue and learning, free of harm and violence. As a first-generation college student herself, 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.

Matea is a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina and moved 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. In her spare time Matea enjoys traveling, learning about various cultures, and spending time with her family.

Contact Matea: POE.MateaCaluk@msu.edu

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. 

Contact Lydia: POE.LydiaWeiss@msu.edu

Damaris Crocker De Ruiter, Peer Educator Coordinator

Damaris (she/her) supervises and supports the peer educators in POE and works with them to deliver violence prevention programming to students.

Damaris holds a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Kuyper College, where she worked in campus housing, as well as refugee resettlement in Grand Rapids, MI. Damaris also holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley, she worked with gender equity and awareness programming, violence prevention programming, and student development as a graduate student. Damaris is a strong believer in the impact of peer education, especially in relation to violence prevention on campus. 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 free time, Damaris enjoys hiking and camping, knitting, and finding new vegetarian recipes to cook!

Contact Damaris: POE.DamarisCrockerDeRuiter@msu.edu

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. 

Contact Sophie: POE.SophieWalters@msu.edu

Priscilla Del Rio, Office Assistant

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!  

Contact Priscilla: POE.PriscillaDelRio@msu.edu

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.

Contact Ulric: POE.UlricFuller@msu.edu

Lemoine Joseph, Jr., Prevention Specialist

Lemoine (he/him/his) co-coordinates the Greeks Take the Lead (GTTL) program for Fraternity & Sorority Life organizations and develops the Spartans Against Violence program for men's athletics.

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: POE.LemoineJoseph@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.

Contact Karen: POE.KarenLavery@msu.edu

Sabrina Merz, Prevention Specialist

Sabbi (she/her) oversees the content for the first and second-year student workshops. This includes the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Workshop and the Bystander Network Workshops

Sabbi graduated from Western Michigan University with degrees in Interpersonal Communication and Educational Leadership for higher education and student affairs, and also has a WMU Signature in Health and Wellness. While at WMU, Sabbi served for five years as a nationally certified peer educator and coordinated the Bystander Intervention and Sexual Health Peer Education programs.

Before joining the team at MSU, Sabbi facilitated programming about sexual violence prevention and alcohol and other drugs risk reduction as the Prevention and Education Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Sabbi is originally from Michigan and is excited to back in her home state!

Contact Sabbi: POE.SabbiMerz@msu.edu

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.

Contact Jay: POE.JayMiller@msu.edu

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.

Contact Melissa: POE.MelissaWagner@msu.edu

Kambriana Gates, Graduate Assistant

Kambriana (she/her/hers) 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.

Contact Kambriana: POE.KamGates@msu.edu