My gift. My way.

Melissa 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.”

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