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 has served on the Student Activities Council as Club Manager and Secretary and has 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.


Mrs. Clare Tapsak
Admissions Counselor and Home School 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 contacts students and families, and connects with homeschooling groups to talk about the benefits of a Christendom education.

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


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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