About Event Services

Our team of experienced professionals will manage all the details that make for a successful conference, allowing you to focus on your program.

We offer you a “one-stop-shop” experience. Beginning with your initial phone call through final billing, your assigned event manager is your primary contact, partnering with you through each step of your event. We have only one objective – to make your vision a reality.

Susan Sjogren


Susan SjogrenSusan Sjogren joined the Event Services team in 2021. She has a strong portfolio of event planning and management here at Wheaton as well as in previous positions she’s held. Susan loves working with our clients to help them find a great fit for their special event or residential conference on our beautiful campus!


Leanne Valdes

Assistant Director

Leanne ValdesAfter a short time working with Event Services as a temporary team member, Leanne Valdes joined the team full-time in January 2023. With 15+ years of event experience, including running her own business full-time, Leanne is excited to bring her energy and excitement to this role. She loves helping our clients ensure every detail of their event goes smoothly and helping make the planning process is as enjoyable as possible.

Russell Streff

Housing Manager

RRussell Streffussell Streff joined the Event Services team in the spring of 2013.  Russ has been a member of the Wheaton College family serving in the public safety department for several years.  He has a wealth of professional experience, which he brings to his position. He handles all things related to housing.


Kristin Maagaard

Event & Harbor House Manager

Kristin SiewertKristin joined the Event Services team as Harbor House Manager in 2008 and following a 2-year hiatus, returned to the position in 2012. In addition to the Harbor House, she helps oversee summer conference groups and enjoys putting her hospitality experience to good use in these areas.  Kristin is a 2007 Wheaton grad and is so glad to still be part of this campus community.

Heidi Elliott

Summer Operations Specialist

Heidi has a wealth of experience with the Event Services team. She helps oversee details of our summer operations and manages our student staff. Heidi is a master at hospitality and problem solving.  When she is not working with Event Services you'll find her supporting the theatre program at Wheaton. 



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Have a question?

If you have questions about hosting a residential conference, special event, or meetings at Wheaton College, please contact us.

"So very appreciative of the care and love we received from Wheaton College. The work and service of all the staff we worked with were a testimony to their walk with Jesus and their commitment to his Kingdom. Thank you!"
- Our previous client