Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Be the one they count on

Ruth "Hood" Swanton 1980Ruth “Hood” Swanton ’80

Biostatistician in the pharmaceutical industry

Owner of Ruth Swanton Consulting, LLC

Mentor, volunteer 

Wheaton Fund supporter

Knows what counts: “In 2008, after my husband, Dave, died and I was laid off from a biopharmaceutical company, I started my own business. I help researchers provide evidence that a drug (or device) is effective and safe during clinical trials. I also help develop protocols and conduct statistical analysis. By working for myself I can control my time and be more involved in my 9-year-old daughter’s life.”

Values support: “My life began a second time at Wheaton. I found my voice, learned to listen to myself  and follow my passion for research and creative writing, thanks to my professors. One of them pointed out that each of us has power through knowledge and that we need to use it.”

Believes in multiplying good: “When I went to Wheaton, I received a scholarship. Now, I am able to contribute to the education of the next generation through the Wheaton Fund. Each of us who has been able to find our passion and live a fruitful life needs to give back. It is important that we view ourselves as a small part of a larger whole.”

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Join the team

Patrick B. Summers ’94

Patrick Summers '94, NEWMAC E.D.Executive director of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

Filene Center volunteer

Wheaton Fund supporter

Plays a key role. “I’ve worked in college athletics since 1996. The opportunity to work with student-athletes is one I cherish. These young men and women have qualities that allow them to excel on and off the field. They are future leaders of our country and it’s important to me that they have advocates supporting their endeavors as students and athletes.”

Values teamwork. “Wheaton gave me a great education and a chance to become friends with an amazing group of people. But most importantly the college connected me with mentors who have helped me through every significant step in my life. I owe much of my professional success to [former Filene Center associate director] Elizabeth Hallowell and [former athletic director] Chad Yowell.”

Supports winning strategies. “I believe we have a responsibility to make Wheaton better than it was when we were students. Seeing the college grow and succeed brings more pride for my alma mater. It makes me want to continue to be involved. It makes me want to make Wheaton better for every generation to come. That’s why I give to the Wheaton Fund.”

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Be a key to the future

Collyn Bradley '08Collyn Bradley ’08

Capital and real estate analyst at Covidien

Co-gift chair for Class of 2008

Wheaton Fund supporter

Opens doors:

“I manage Covidien’s real estate portfolio of over 300 locations worldwide. I am responsible for handling all real estate transactions in North and Latin America, whether it involves a property purchase or sale, renewing a lease for an existing facility, or relocating a site to a new facility. I also help track and approve capital expenditure requests for all of our businesses and locations.”

Locates opportunity:

“When I was a senior at Wheaton, I participated in “Beyond the Bubble,” a program created by the Filene Center to help prepare seniors for life after Wheaton. As part of the program, I participated in several mock interviews, one of which was with a Covidien employee. After the interview, he invited me to come to the company’s Mansfield, Mass., headquarters to meet with HR and see if they had any positions that I might be a good fit for. The opportunity led me to the position I am in now.”

Helps others find their place in the world:

“While at Wheaton, I worked in the Office of Alumnae/i Relations & Annual Giving, making phone calls to alums and parents to ask for their support for the Wheaton Fund, so I understand how critical that support is. Wheaton also taught me the necessary skills and confidence to enter the working world, and I want future students to have the same opportunities that I had. I also feel that when alums stay connected with Wheaton and give back, students have a broader and more enriched experience, because they can see the impact of a Wheaton education on its graduates firsthand.”

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Enrich lives

Sheri Brady '91Sheri Brady ’91

Senior fellow at Voices for America’s Children

Winner of the 1996 Francine Marie Diaz Memorial Award

Wheaton Fund supporter

Speaks up to improve lives.

“Voices for America’s Children is a multi-issue child advocacy organization. We have 60 members in 45 states, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. My policy portfolio focuses on child safety, with an emphasis on child welfare. I really believe in the mission, which is to improve the lives of all children, especially those most vulnerable, and their families. This is the most important goal that we as a society can have.”

Listens to her calling.

“At Commencement in 1988, [children’s rights activist] Marian Wright Edelman spoke so eloquently and passionately about her calling to work on behalf of children. I was so moved. I knew I wanted to also work to improve children’s lives. I knew that I could not rest in a world where kids go to bed hungry or on the streets. I wanted to provide a voice for children in policy debates.”

Makes a statement with her support.

“Wheaton is an important institution in my life. The college helped shape me in many ways and gave me so much. I want it to be around for a long time providing not just education, but also support and valuable lessons for future generations.”

Support Wheaton

Call 800-896-3145 (option 2) or visit wheatoncollege.edu/giving