Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

My gift. My way.

Melissa McNerney Babcock ’84Melissa McNerney Babcock ’84

  • 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.”

Learn how you can give for the future right now.

Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit online at giftplanning.wheatoncollege.edu.

My gift. My way.

Sara Dreier Moya ’67Sara Dreier Moya ’67

  • Arizona State University faculty associate
  • Paradise Valley, Arizona, vice mayor and council member
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Program of FEMA, Arizona, chair
  • Married to Robert Moya for 50 years; mother of two, grandmother of two

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Diane-Troderman-4Diane Leshefsky Troderman ’63

  • Philanthropist and volunteer
  • Wheaton College honorary degree recipient, 2013
  • Board member of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Leadership Institute
  • Married to Harold Grinspoon for 32 years; between them they have six children and 11 grandchildren

“At my 50th Reunion, when I received an honorary doctorate, I told the graduates that taking the time to think about one’s legacy is a wake-up call to examine how one lives. I am constantly thinking about the Jewish values that have shaped my life. One is tikkun olam (repair of the world) and the other is tzeddakah, a concept that combines charity, righteousness and justice. Infused in both of these values is the mandate to give back. We all want to live a good life. Giving back makes it a great life. As a volunteer, philanthropist and leader in the Jewish education field, I give back because I want to help those in need as an expression of where I came from. Wheaton opened me up to new ways of seeing the world. I’m indebted to the college, not only for the education I received but also for the friendships formed. I am thrilled to include Wheaton in my estate plans to help ensure the impact the college will continue to have through the generations to come. In a very real sense, we are stewarding the future, reaffirming our commitment to make a difference where it counts.”

Learn how you can give for the future right now.

Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit online at giftplanning.wheatoncollege.edu.

My gift. My way.

Nancy Fifield McConnell ’68Nancy Fifield McConnell ’68

  • Fund development consultant for nonprofit organizations
  • Certified Fundraising Professional
  • Vice president, Safe Shores, D.C.’s Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Married to Nicholas McConnell for 47 years; mother of two, grandmother of one

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