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Meet Our Staff

Contact our office at: student.activities@wheaton.edu or 630.752.5181

Crystal CartwrightCrystal Cartwright

Interim Director

B.A., Wheaton College, 2008
M.B.A., Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, 2013

As the Interim Director of the Student Activities Office Crystal is passionate about opportunities to meet, interact with, learn about, and invest in student leaders. In her role, Crystal serves as advisor to Student Government and Solidarity cabinet. Crystal desires for the SAO to daily fulfill its mission and vision by providing a space where all students feel welcome and free to grow and learn.

Crystal is a Chicagoland native. As the daughter of a pastor, Crystal was privileged to grow up in a home that reinforced the importance of Christians using their lives in service to humanity. It is through the example of her parents, the working of Christ in her life, and her deep care for the development of students, that Crystal has developed her passion for student development. Crystal is inspired by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune’s challenge, “Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.”

As an alumna of Wheaton College, Crystal is excited to serve the next generation of Wheaton students. During Crystal’s time as an undergraduate student, Wheaton had a profound impact on her spiritual and educational growth. Crystal looks forward to making a return on Wheaton’s investment in her life, through her service to the Wheaton Community.

In the SAO, Crystal’s office has an open door policy and she likes to think of her space as a mid-day “oasis” for students. There are two things students can always count on: Crystal’s office will always smell good and she will gladly greet you with a hug or a snack.

crystal.cartwright@wheaton.edu | 630.752.5640

Kedisha Kelly

Interim Associate Director

M.Div. Moody Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, 2016
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wheaton College, 2018

Kedisha was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica where she experienced some of God’s best in creation: tropical temperature, unspoiled beaches, fresh flowing rivers and lush vegetations. Kedisha is deeply convicted about the importance of God’s word and his truth–all truth is God’s truth–and how it really should frame all life. For her, this conviction is the foundational and fundamental factors that frames her philosophy of Education. It is this conviction that will inform her work with students in the SAO as she seeks to come alongside them in wrestling through the complex realities of life in a manner that promotes their flourishing and reflects the supremacy of Christ in all things. Kedisha advises both College Union and Solidarity Cabinet.

Kedisha attends the Progressive Baptist Church on the Southside of Chicago. In her free time, Kedisha enjoys conversations with friends, watching movies, cooking/eating. In addition, Kedisha plays multiple sports (volleyball, tennis, netball), these are her preferred choice for maintaining physical fitness and she enjoys watching them as well.

Kedisha.kelly@wheaton.edu | 630.752.5140

Kimberly Fair - Wheaton College ILKimberley Fair

Graduate Assistant - Student Led Clubs

B.A., The University of Western Sydney, 2010

As the Graduate Assistant in charge of Student Led Clubs, Kimberley daily works alongside the club leaders as they guide their clubs experience here at Wheaton. Kimberley has a desire to connect with club members as they take on leadership roles, navigate organization and grow in new and old skills.

Kimberley is in the Masters of Higher Education and Student Development program and is excited to be able discover see how Christian Leadership is integral in Higher Education.

Before coming to Wheaton, Kimberley spent the past 12 years in Christian camping, running summer program as well as mentoring and supervising summer staff.

Kimberley was born and raised in Australia and moved to Ohio permanently 7 years ago to marry her husband Grant. Since then they have had a daughter Cleo (3) and spent the past 2 1/2 years in Texas. They’re all excited for the return to the Midwest, fall weather and being able to catch a Cleveland Indians game when they are in town.

kim.fair.01@wheaton.edu | 630.752.7830

Sam BennettSam Bennett

Office Coordinator

B.A., Wheaton College, 2018

As the Student Activities Office Coordinator,   Sam   handles the day-to-day logistics of the  office,  managing the front desk, student   workers,   and a   variety of projects in support of student organizations. She also serves as  an advisor to College Union. Her interest in student development began during her time at Wheaton while on the College Union board  as Concerts Manager. Upon graduation, Sam discovered how much she enjoys higher education through experiences  with the Wheaton in Chicago program as a program assistant and with the Leadership Development team at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Every day she is learning more about her passion for higher education and student development in different contexts. Sam is interested in graduate school further down the road and is grateful for the opportunity she has to learn from such amazing staff and students at Wheaton.

On the weekends, Sam is likely to be at a concert with friends or walking her golden retriever, Quincy, around the neighborhood. 

samantha.bennett@wheaton.edu | 630.752.5181