Madeline Bialecki ’82 CLAS, ’93 MA
Spanning from her time on campus as an undergraduate student, working as a coordinator at the now Charles Widger School of Law and then as graduate student, Madeline Bialecki ’82 CLAS, ’93 MA credits Villanova for introducing her to the lifelong friends that have “shaped her life.”
As a first-generation college student hailing from Detroit, Madeline says her involvement at Villanova enriched her life in a multitude of ways. International school trips instilled in her an appreciation and love of learning about other cultures, and her career in non-profit management was inspired by the Rev. T. Shawn Tracey, OSA, who served as the Director of Campus Ministry during her time on campus. “From the moment I walked on the Villanova campus, I felt I had entered holy ground, and I still feel that way,” she said. “I was nurtured and supported by Villanova with abundant generosity through scholarships, as well as work and travel opportunities,” she said.
So, when she moved back to Michigan six years ago and didn’t know many people, Madeline knew she could rely on her strong Villanova connections to ease her transition. “I reached out to the Villanova University Club of Michigan because I knew our shared experience of Villanova would provide common ground,” she said. From golf outings to game watches, to participating in the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service, her involvement with the Club has consistently grow over the years, and today she serves as the Club President.
Professionally, Madeline has had a successful career in the non-profit sector and even spent four years in voluntary service in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Over the years, she has held leadership roles including Director of Cabrini Mission Corps, Executive Director of Delaware County Literacy Council and Director of Development and Marketing at Mercy Education Project. Currently, Madeline holds the role of Executive Director of The Lake House, a cancer support center in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
In addition to the non-profits she has served, Madeline also generously and abundantly supports the University. “I support Villanova with my time and money because Villanova has enriched my life in more ways than I can imagine,” she said. “My whole life has been shaped by Villanova, and I give back however I can.”