Director of Social Justice and Community Impact (He/Him/His)
Leonard (Lenny) Breton is the director for The Centers for Social Justice and Community Impact and Religious and Spiritual Life. He joins the Wheaton community from his hometown of Queens, NY where he served St. John’s University in a large variety of capacities. Earning his bachelor’s degree in literature and communications at Pace University, Lenny was intimately introduced to the professional side of higher education, serving as a residential life administrator while also working on his master’s degree in education at Monmouth University. Putting his degrees to work, Lenny spent the next 7 years teaching high school English and coaching football and basketball at the same level. His passion for administration and desire to make greater change in the field of education led him back to the collegiate level. His commitment to education and the empowerment of underrepresented and marginalized people guide him through his professional and academic work as he is currently pursuing his doctorate in education with an aim of being a prominent higher education administrator.
Personally, Lenny deeply enjoys quality family time, movies, powerlifting, college football, and spirited/engaging dialogue. He is a hip-hop music enthusiast and a long-time, and therefore long-suffering Knicks fan.
Caleigh Grogan ’18
Interfaith Engagement Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)
Office location: Cole Memorial Chapel R014
Operating hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Caleigh Grogan is serving as the interfaith engagement coordinator at the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact. After graduating from Wheaton in 2018 with her Bachelors in Religion, she is excited to be able to do work she is passionate about. Caleigh is making plans to pursue a Master’s in Divinity and someday become a minister and advocate for social change. At Wheaton she’s passionate about advocating for students and bringing them together across religious divides to build community and make Wheaton (and the world beyond) a better place. Besides going to church, Caleigh enjoys poetry and scary books.
Mike Pratt works primarily in the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact as the LGBTQ+ Engagement Coordinator, but holds a second role with the Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (S.M.A.R.T.) as the Healthy Masculinity Coordinator. Mike works with student, staff, faculty, and community members to expand queer-focused programming, education, and general support on campus. He hopes to further this engagement and make Wheaton College a place where intentional and empowering dialogue around LGBTQ+ themes can be a permanent reality. Mike continues to oversee the creation, implementation, and expansion of the Safe Zone training program, and also advises five student groups via Pride Circle, and sits as a co-convener of The Network for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Support, and Advocacy and convener of the Healthy Masculinity Working Group. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mediated Communications with a focus on Gender & Sexuality Studies and Theatre Arts from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.
Outside of Wheaton, Mike is also a published writer and working actor. In his free time, you can probably find him listening to records, going to botanical gardens, or trying to stay blonde.
Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Member at the Attleboro YMCA (She/Her/Hers)
Phone: (860) 303-6832
Office location: Cole Memorial Chapel R017
Operating hours: Monday & Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Katherine serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA, in the Center for Social Justice and Community Impact, in connection with the Attleboro YMCA. Katherine will continue to strengthen the relationship between Wheaton and the Y by helping to maintain and expand the food security program at the YMCA that helps those in Bristol County made food insecure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Katherine graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2019 with a BA in New Media Studies, and she hopes to use it soon to go through with plans to pursue a Masters in Library Science. Katherine is excited to join the SJCI team, so she can help people really in need of it on a full-time basis. Katherine is an avid fan of old black & white movies and narrating books out loud to herself (and maybe her dog George or cat Gracie) when people aren’t looking.
Administrative Associate (She/Her/Hers)
Office location: Cole Memorial Chapel
Operating hours: Monday & Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday & Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Winnie Collins works in the Centers for Social Justice & Community Impact and Religious & Spiritual Life. Winnie has worked at Wheaton for 36 years and is the ‘go-to’ gal for administrative help and projects. She’s in the office afternoons, Monday through Thursday. She’s usually available unless she’s at a zoo playing with the gorillas, her favorite primate.