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Meet the Parent Council

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Did you know that there is a special group of parents who serve the College by serving other Wheaton parents?

The Parent Council is a group of parents who help with the hospitality of parent events during Orientation and Family Weekend and serve as a resource to the College on issues unique to current parents. Most importantly, the Parent Council is on hand to serve as a resource to you.  Email us at Parents@wheaton.edu if you have questions and would like to get in touch with any members of the Parent Council, or connect directly through the links provided on their profile. 

Parent Council 2019-20

Israel Chavez 

Israel and Erica Chavez

Dubuque, IA
Student: Julia ’22
Major: Economics and Bible and Theology
Israel and Erica would love to talk with you about: Passage, the integration of faith and learning, intramurals, Zoe's Feet, and serving as a Deke (sophomore students who work with the Admissions office to host prospective students). 
Fun Fact: Israel and Erica love camping and hiking, they have been involved with Christian Camping for over 20 years, they both serve in higher education and enjoy working with college students. 
Contact Israel and Erica

Rob and Tammy Danielson

Rob and Tammy Danielson

Bettendorf, IA
Student: Lindsay '21, Sarah '23
Major: Lindsay/English, Sarah/Undecided 
Rob and Tammy would love to talk to you about: Concert Choir, the Conservatory, Wheaton's strong commitment to spiritual growth, and discipleship small groups.
Fun Fact: Rob and Tammy love travelling, photography, and Bible study.
Contact Rob and Tammy  


Mark '90 and Lisa Turnbull Davis '90

Washington D.C.
Student: Nathan '20
Major: Economics and Math
Mark and Lisa would love to talk with you about: Residence Life, Wheaton Hockey, and the value of  Wheaton's framework of faith.
Fun fact: Mark and Lisa enjoy both water-skiing and downhill skiing, as well as running and relaxing with a good book.
Contact Mark and Lisa 

Fernandes Option 2

Frank '80 and Wendy Fernandes

West Chicago, IL
Student: Jessica '20
Major: Communications and Biblical and Theological Studies
Frank and Wendy would love to talk with you about: College Union, Residence Life, Passage, intramurals, and summer study abroad programs.
Fun Fact: Frank and Wendy love good food, studying the Word of God, pro sports of all kinds and travelling.
Contact Frank and Wendy

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Irwyn and Kim Ince

Washington, D.C. 
Student: Zakiya '20  
Major: Elementary Education 
Irwyn and Kim would love to talk with you about: Women's Chorale, Passage, professor/student relationships, student-led Bible studies, and Wheaton's commitment  to intellectual and spiritual formation.
Fun fact: In addition to being a CrossFit addict, Irwyn is a self-described biblical language and theology nerd.  Kim enjoys Pure Barre classes, walking, and listening to music.
Contact Irwyn and Kim

McGill Option 2

Ken and Leslie McGill

Plano, TX
Student: Gabriel '21
 Ken and Leslie would love to talk with you about: Athletics, Residence Life, Wheaton's robust spiritual growth mindset, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Fun fact: Ken and Leslie enjoy reading, exercising, volunteering at their church, and being involved with their family-run non-profit, Marissa's House Projects.
Contact Ken and Leslie

Ryan and Jess Oliver

Ryan '91 and Jess Thomas Oliver '89

Falls Church, VA
Student: Isabelle '21
Major: English/Pre-law/Philosophy
Ryan and Jess would love to talk with you about: HNGR (Human Needs and Global Resources), Athletics, Wheaton's summer programs and the sciences at Wheaton, particularly as it relates to pre-med and the health field.
Fun Fact: Ryan and Jess met at Wheaton and were both involved in the HNGR program and Wheaton Athletics. Ryan's father taught in Wheaton's graduate school in the 1970's.
Contact Ryan and Jess


Jack and Robin Savidge

Lindenwold, NJ
Students: Jonathan '22
Majors: Undecided
Jack and Robin would love to talk with you about: The Wheaton Graduate School, study abroad, Gospel Choir, and student involvement in local churches
Fun fact: Robin is a high school teacher, and Jack works for Fox Rehabilitation.  They enjoy serving together on short term missions trips. 
Contact Jack and Robin

Parents Council 

Nathan ’95 and May Tse Stevens ’95

Colorado Springs, CO
Student: Hannah ’22
Major: Applied Health Science
Nathan and May would love to talk with you about: Athletics, Residence Life, intramurals, Passage, and working on campus. 
Fun Fact: Nathan and May enjoy traveling, taking walks, good food, and an annual medical missions trip to Guatemala. 

Contact Nathan and May

Parent Council member photo - Ziesmer

Phil '85 and Sharon Yu Ziesemer '85

West Chicago, IL
Student: Christian '20   
Phil and Sharon would love to talk with you about: Student Government, YHM, Student Alumni Board, College Union, Club lacrosse, intramural soccer, and relationships between professors and students.  
Fun fact: Phil and Sharon enjoy the beach and the mountains, as well as Duke and UNC basketball.
Contact Phil and Sharon