24/7 support via PAVSA at 218-726-1931

Gender Equity and Anti-Violence Allies (GEVA) Team


GEVA team members hold semi-confidential status at The College of St. Scholastica. For more information on this status, please visit our Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct Policy page 15. 

Team Members:

Kelly Mullan, Communication, Theater, Arts Faculty - Tower 4403 (218) 723-6701

Michelle Ruszat, VIP Coordinator - Tower 2128 (218) 733-2227

Kara Thoemke, Biology Faculty - Science 2129 (218) 723-7081

GEVAs can be contacted via email at


The GEVA Team is an inclusive group comprised of staff and faculty. GEVA team members have completed 40 hours of sexual assault victim advocacy training and are able to assist students, staff, and faculty understand resources, procedures, and options available to survivors of sexual and gender based violence, on and off campus. GEVAs have an in-depth knowledge regarding sexual and gender based misconduct and clarify options for students, staff, and faculty. For those wanting more information regarding reporting, support, and services, GEVAs are a great option. 

GEVAs can help the campus community gain access, understanding, and advocacy of navigation to the following:

  • On & Off Campus Counseling & Mental Health Services including Support Groups
  • On & Off Campus Medical Services including SANE
  • On & Off Campus Reporting Mechanisms
  • General Victim Advocacy within Campus, Civil, & Criminal Processes
  • Legal Advocacy including OFPs, HROs, No Contacts, DANCOs
  • Accomodations to Academic, Living, Transportation and/or Working Arrangements
  • Psychoeducational Offerings

GEVAs and VIP work to provide more information on the issues, how to get involved, supporting loved ones, program coordination, etc.

GEVAs can be reached individually by contacting them via their office, email, or phone.

Additionally we have many other resources, including off campus advocates at PAVSA and Safe Haven (in Duluth) and connections to other resources in communities near our extended sites.

For more information about those, please visit our Community Resources for All Campuses page.

Contact Us:

Michelle Ruszat
Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator
GEVA Member
Tower 2128
(218) 733-2227