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), four of whom have graduated from Christendom, with one more currently enrolled, and another coming as a freshman in Fall 2021.

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.


Miss Cecelia Gronemeyer
Associate Director of Admissions

Cecelia became Associate Director of Admissions in March of 2021 after serving the college as Admissions Counselor since 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.


Miss Basia Syski
Visit & Summer Program Coordinator

Basia Syski is an English Language and Literature major from Christendom College. During her time at Christendom, Basia served on the Student Activities Council as Club Manager and Secretary and worked as an Interlibrary Loan Assistant at St. John the Evangelist Library. Basia is the Visit & Summer Program Coordinator and is eager to help introduce prospective students to the unique and enriching Christendom experience. She is here to organize the Best Week Ever Summer Program, plan Open House events, and schedule visits for students.

Contact Basia Syski via email at basia.syski@christendom.edu or by phone by calling 540-551-9161.


Mr. Ben Marsh
Admissions Counselor

Ben joined Christendom as an Admissions Counselor in May of 2021 and hopes that you fall in love with Christendom as much as he has! Originally from Virginia and a member of the class of 2019, Ben returned with joy to the Old Dominion after serving for two years as a FOCUS missionary at a Catholic University in New England. As an undergraduate at Christendom, Ben thrived in multiple roles, from a barista at Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop to Chairman for the Chester-Belloc Debate Society. Ben cannot wait to assist prospective students and their families by answering any questions about Christendom and building personal relationships that help students find the college that best fits them.

Contact Ben Marsh via email at ben.marsh@christendom.edu or by phone by calling 540-227-7233.


Miss Elizabeth Smith
Data Specialist

Elizabeth is a recent Christendom graduate with a major in philosophy and a minor in history. During her time at Christendom she was a member of the Crusader Cross Country Team and participated in the Chamber Orchestra.  Elizabeth has experience as an administrator and has joined the Christendom Admissions team in the newly created Data Specialist position.  She is excited to help prospective students discover and appreciate the great things Christendom has to offer!

Contact Elizabeth Smith via email at elizabeth.smith@christendom.edu. 


Mrs. Clare Tapsak
Admissions Support and Homeschool Outreach Liaison

Clare Tapsak has worked as an Admissions Counselor since 2018, after she graduated from Christendom with a B.A. in Philosophy that same year. Starting as the Visit and Summer Program Coordinator, Clare changed positions after going on maternity leave in 2021 and welcoming her daughter, Olivia Marie, with her husband, Peter (Christendom Class of 2017). Currently, she works part-time from home as Admissions Support and Homeschool Outreach Liaison.  Her roles include following up with visitors, reaching out to potential students, and serving as a guide to homeschool parents and homeschool coops. Having been homeschooled herself in high school, Clare is looking forward to connecting with families who have done the same and have questions about navigating the college process in general and understanding Christendom’s distinctive differences in particular.

Contact Clare Tapsak via email at clare.tapsak@christendom.edu. 




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