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 Tom Ziemnick


Thomas Ziemnick
Vice President for Advancement

As Vice President for Advancement, Tom Ziemnick oversees all of PHC’s fundraising, development, communications, and marketing efforts.

Tom has spent the last twenty years in professional sales, management, and development positions, including the last six at Patrick Henry College. He became the Assistant Vice President for Advancement in 2008, and accepted the appointment as Vice President in 2013.

Tom has many passions in life, including his love of aviation. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, earning a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics, and Emery Aviation College, obtaining an A.O.S. Certificate in Aviation Technology. He began his professional career as a flight instructor for Emery Aviation College in Colorado. Airplanes and aviation are still important to him, but those passions have been supplanted by an unabashed love of Christ, his family, the education of his children, and the mission and vision of Patrick Henry College.

Tom and his wife, Nancy, learned about PHC when they met Mike Farris in 2003, just after they decided to homeschool their children. Living in California, they became convinced that PHC was the right place at the right time for this country.

“We just knew, and firmly believed that God was at work at PHC. So we began to support it financially. That’s one reason it has always been easy for me to talk to donors. For the most part, they’re just like us. As I like to say, PHC is in our DNA.”

Tom grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, so he’s proud to be a Yooper. In his spare time, if he’s not on the basketball or tennis court with some of the PHC students, he’s out enjoying the traditions of hunting and firearms he grew up with back home.

Office of Development

Jon Carden
Director of Major Gifts

As Director of Major Gifts, Jonathan is responsible for managing Patrick Henry College's Major Gifts Program. The Major Gifts Program at PHC accounts for a significant portion of the College’s revenue, and is the frontline for developing and maintaining relationships with the College’s supporters.

Prior to joining PHC at the end of 2011, Jonathan worked in communications for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Retail Federation, both of which are located in Washington, D.C.

A native Texan, Jonathan studied Journalism while attending PHC. During his time at PHC, Jonathan served as Student Body President, Resident Assistant, captain of the mock trial team, editor of both on-campus journalism publications, and was a two-time national semifinalist as a competitor in moot court. Jonathan also received both the “Excellence in Leadership” and “Outstanding Orator” awards at commencement.  

Jonathan and his wife, Joanna, are newlyweds as of July 2013. Together, they enjoy travelling, cooking, and maintaining a somewhat-friendly rivalry as Dallas Cowboys (Jonathan) and Washington Redskins (Joanna) fans. 



Christina Hansley
Development Officer

As a Regional Representative and Development Officer for Patrick Henry College, Christina Hansley, a member of PHC's inaugural class, is responsible for fundraising, constituent relations, alumni relations and major gift stewardship. She and her husband Matthew live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Before attending PHC, Christina spent four years as a registered lobbyist in Tennessee working for the Tennessee Home Education Association and in coalition with other pro-family organizations. She spent two years traveling with various missions organizations from 1998 to 2000, in 1999 earning her Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certification. After graduation, during the 2004 presidential elections, Christina worked in Washington, D.C. for the Republican National Committee's Political Office. Later, she worked in Texas with Texans for School Choice. In 2008, she was listed as a member of Cambridge's Who's Who. She is very involved currently in the homeschool community.


Paul Devamithran
Development Officer


As a Development Officer for Patrick Henry College, Paul Devamithran is responsible for cultivating the College’s relationship with supporters and alumni. Paul is a native of Northern Virginia.

Prior to joining PHC staff in the Fall of 2013, Paul worked abroad. His first job abroad was in London where he worked in the advocacy department of a Christian human rights & religious liberty non-profit. Paul later worked in Colombo, Sri Lanka for 6 months as a ghostwriter and executive aid to a Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament.

Paul studied International Politics while attending PHC. During his time as an on-campus student, Paul worked for Campus Security and served as the Student Body Vice President and captain of the soccer and mock trial teams. At Commencement 2012, Paul was the recipient of the Patrick Henry College Alumni Award for Outstanding Community Service.


Hannah Olmstead
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement
Development Services Coordinator

As the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement and as Advancement Coordinator, Hannah is essential in maintaining smooth transitions for day-to-day operations and organizing, tracking, and preparing various data.  She works closely with both the Development and Communications offices.

Two of Hannah's thirteen siblings graduated from PHC before she began work at the College in 2010. Before her entire family relocated to Virginia from Minnesota in 2010, Hannah built experience as a sales and marketing assistant to the president of a machining firm, serving Fortune 500 clients. Hannah has also taught both violin and piano and has worked as a Stage Manager for the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, WI.

Hannah is currently pursuing her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

Tamara Black
Advancement Coordinator

As Advancement Coordinator, Tamara is responsible for preparing, tracking, updating, and organizing different data.  She receives and works with donations to the college and is responsible for gift thank-you letters as well.

A California native, Tamara moved to Virginia a few years ago with her family. Before working in the Development office, she worked as a barista on campus and became closely involved with the vibrant students of Patrick Henry College. She is pursuing her Bachelors degree online through Liberty University, and hopes to one day be a writer.