Melissa McNerney Babcock ’84

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Director of planned giving at Catholic Church Extension Society, Chicago, Ill.

Serves on several boards, including The Service Club of Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, the Guild of the Chicago History Museum and Friends of Conservation

Married to Brian Babcock Sr., mother of two

"Wheaton made a tremendous impact on my life. The environment was comfortable and supportive, yet challenging. The staff and professors encouraged me to grow, and helped me become the person I am today. Wheaton instilled in me the confidence that I could do whatever I put my mind to, not because I was a woman, not because of my race or religious affiliation, but because of who I was. This was a very empowering message that I carry with me to this day. I truly enjoyed all the different people I met, from all different backgrounds, different parts of the country and the world. It was an eye-opening experience that enhanced my education. I keep in touch with many of my friends, and my niece was a proud member of the Class of 2016. In my current position as the director of planned giving for a nonprofit, I see the incredible impact that a planned gift can make. I want to do that for Wheaton to make a difference in the lives of students."