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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


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, Hannah is essential in maintaining smooth transitions for day-to-day operations. She is additionally responsible for Development Services coordination, maintaining up to date reports, special events, the Direct Mail Program, and acts as a liaison between both supporters and vendors to PHC.

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 graduated 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.