Admissions & Aid

Meet Our Team

Undergraduate Enrollment & Admissions Office

Mr. Tom McFadden
Vice President, Enrollment & Student Success

Tom has been the VP for Enrollment since July 2014. He is responsible for enrollment management and retention issues, career development, accommodation services, as well as general student satisfaction and success. He served as the Director of Admissions since May 2004, and before that, he was the College’s Director of Public Relations since 2000. He holds a BA and MA in Theology from Christendom College and an MBA Essentials Certificate from Shenandoah University. He and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of eleven children (8 girls, 3 boys), three of whom have graduated from Christendom, with two more currently enrolled.

Contact Tom McFadden by email at tmcfadden@christendom.edu or by phone by calling 540-551-9220.


Mr. Sam Phillips
Director of Admissions

Sam has been the Director of Admissions since July 2014. Prior to that, he served as Director of Admissions at The Avalon School in MD, as well as a teacher, baseball coach, and extra-curricular event organizer. He is a 2008 history major graduate of Christendom College, and while a student, was active in the drama club, the baseball team, and was a counselor for the Experience Christendom Summer Program. He and his wife, Katie, are the parents to five children: 3 boys, 2 girls.

Contact Sam Phillips by email at sam.phillips@christendom.edu or by phone by calling 540-551-9185.


Mr. Michael Mazzara
Associate Director of Admissions

Michael, who graduated in May 2018 with a BA in history, became the Associate Director of Admissions in July 2018. While a student at Christendom, he served the campus in a number of leadership roles including as Chairman of the Chester-Belloc Debate Society, and also as the founder and former coach of the college’s boxing club. As the Associate Director of Admissions, Michael is responsible for attending conferences, visiting schools and homeschool groups, and arranging “Christendom 101” events around the country. Michael is originally from State College, Pennsylvania, and is the second of his family to attend Christendom.

Contact Michael by email at michael.mazzara@christendom.edu or by phone by calling 540-551-9232.



Mrs. Clare Tapsak
Admissions Counselor and Visit Program Coordinator

Clare started her position in the Admissions Office in June 2018.  Before graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College, Clare invested her time working in the Registrar’s office, as a Resident Assistant, as a member of the Student Activities Council, and playing on Christendom’s varsity soccer team.  In Admissions, Clare is here to organize the Experience Christendom Summer Program, plan Open House events, and schedule visits. She looks forward to answering your questions by either phone or email.

Contact Clare Tapsak via email at clare.tapsak@christendom.edu or by phone by calling 540-551-9187.


Miss Cecelia Gronemeyer
Admissions Counselor

Cecelia became Admissions Counselor in June of 2019. Originally from South Dakota and an alumna of Christendom, she returned  to the Shenandoah Valley from Kansas, where she held a position as marketing manager and bookkeeper at a bank. Having the experience of working in the Alumni & Donor Relations department at Christendom, Cecelia is eager to aid prospective students and their families with any questions, and to ensure that everyone receives personalized attention.

Contact Cecelia Gronemeyer via email at cecelia.gronemeyer@christendom.edu or by phone by calling 540-551-9161.


Christendom College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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