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Admissions Staff


Director of Student Recruitment

mspierce@phc.edu | 540.441.8113

As Director of Student Recruitment, Stephen Pierce oversees and directs recruitment strategies for the Admissions team. Stephen graduated from Patrick Henry College with a degree in Classical Liberal Arts and joined the Admissions team shortly after graduating. After years as an Admissions Counselor and Senior Admissions Counselor, he felt called by the Lord to grow the college with the right mission-fit students. Stephen brings first-hand knowledge of PHC, having experience at PHC as a Campus Safety officer, Resident Assistant, Chapel Guild leader, and Teen Leadership Camps Counselor. These opportunities have given Stephen a deep institutional knowledge and an intense love for the college.

Stephen has been a pianist, composer, and church musician for over half his life. He loves to spend time outdoors in God’s Creation, particularly in the mountains, and to enjoy the beauty that God has given to man. Because of this, he loves carpentry and woodworking. Stephen married his wonderful wife Megan in November 2016, and they have three children: Janie, Ray, and Gracie.


alyson-headshotStudent Recruitment Manager

amsothoron@phc.edu | 540.441.8125

Alyson Sothoron began her career as a Research Analyst studying health and social science policy. She loves research and has a passion for lifelong learning. She moved from the quantitative side of research to the qualitative side and worked as a Focus Group Moderator for a few years before becoming a counselor, adjunct instructor, and life coach. She joined Patrick Henry College (PHC) as Senior Admissions Counselor with the goal of helping connect the next generation of godly leaders to a learning experience that will grow them academically, emotionally, and spiritually—and, equip them to impact their respective spheres of influence with Truth and Spirit.

Alyson holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a M.Ed. from Colorado State University. She worked professionally as a whitewater rafting guide and wilderness field instructor and loves to spend time in the outdoors, marveling at the wonders of God’s Creation.



Financial Aid Officer

jjwright@phc.edu | 540.441.8142

Jennifer Wright began her career as a fifth grade teacher and upon the birth of her first child decided to focus her education experience towards her own children. For the next twenty years she home schooled her two girls until recently graduating her youngest and successfully propelling both of them into their own thriving university student careers.  She joined PHC as the Admissions Administrative Assistant in 2019 and is excited to work with families in her role as Financial Aid Officer. She has the helpful perspective of being on the other side of the admissions process. She feels blessed to have this opportunity to use her experience, talents, and passions to encourage students to join the PHC family if that is where God is leading them to be. In this role, as with every role in her life, her earnest desire is to reflect the amazing love that God has poured into her heart to everyone she meets. (Romans 5:5) 

Jenn holds a B.S in Elementary Education.  She loves reading, gardening, photography, anything involving the beauty of God's creation, and especially spending time with her family.  Jenn and her husband Christopher have been married for twenty-three years and have two beautiful girls Lillianna and Caroline. They have lived in the northern Virginia area for twenty-two years and specifically in Clarke County for the last thirteen.



Data Analyst

blalger@phc.edu | 540.441.8130

Bill Alger serves as the data analyst for Patrick Henry College's department of admissions. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Computer Science. Bill started his career as a US government contractor working in software development. After experience in that environment, Bill decided he wanted to find a Christian workplace where he could grow in his faith and be challenged to do his best for the Lord. Here at PHC, Bill is excited to help young men and women develop themselves so they can advance the kingdom of God in this country. In his free time, Bill likes to read novels, play Age of Empires, and even write his own science fiction and fantasy stories.



TerryAdministrative Assistant; Campus Visits Coordinator

tdeasteradams@phc.edu | 540.441.8111

After completing the amazing journey of home education, Terri is thrilled to begin a new chapter in life. Bringing her passion and enthusiasm for the mission of the college, Terri is honored to share in the efforts of finding the next generation of mission fit students to continue the growth and legacy of Patrick Henry College. She’s spent the last several years using her skills and talents to serve the community. Now she looks forward to welcoming students and their families to campus! Having recently experienced the college admissions process with her daughter, she offers a unique perspective to help potential students and their families to navigate the admissions process.

Terri holds a B.S. in Marketing and has experience in multiple administrative and executive positions. She enjoys photography, gardening, exploring God’s creation, spending time with family and friends, reading, and delights in serving the Lord at her church and in the community. Terri, her husband, and daughter have lived in the northern Virginia area over 20 years.


Admissions Counselor

nzinkgraf@phc.edu | 540.441.8123

Noelle Zinkgraf is a recent graduate from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Strategic Intelligence in National Security. During her time at PHC, Noelle worked as a Campus Safety Officer for three years while pursuing her degree in Strategic Intelligence. After her recent graduation in Spring of 2022, the Lord led her to join the PHC Admissions team as an Admissions Counselor, where she feels both blessed and honored to share with students and families about Patrick Henry College and assist them in discerning if this is the place where the Lord is calling them. In her free time, Noelle loves to hike with her husband, cook, bake, watch old TV shows, and read just about any book she can find!



Admissions Counselor

grbennett@phc.edu | 540.441.8126

Grace Bennett is a 2021 graduate from Patrick Henry College. She majored in Literature, served as a head Resident Assistant, and a member of the PHC chorale and chapel guild. Grace has served in PHC Teen Leadership Camps as a counselor and most recently as Co-Director. During her time as a student, she worked in the Admissions Office as a Student Ambassador starting her sophomore year and began as an Assistant Admissions Counselor at the beginning of Senior year. She hopes to one day gain a master's degree in English, drawing connections between Renaissance Drama and England's Plantagenets and the Tudor Monarchy. In Grace's spare time she enjoys exploring Northern Virginia with her husband, laughing with friends, reading anything by William Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis, drinking inordinate amounts of British tea, and seeking out the beauty and goodness of the Lord in the most unexpected places.


Admissions Counselor

tahendricks@phc.edu | 540.441.8127

Trent Hendricks has been a long-time member of the PHC community before joining the Office of Admissions as the Admissions Counselor for the southern region. Coming in as a freshman in 2014, he was one of the first students in the Economics & Business Analytics major. Trent served in PHC’s Student Life as Resident Director in the 2021-2022 school year. Before that, he spent nearly four years at a local Chick-fil-A, rising from Team Member to Front of House Director. Trent and his wife, Lillianne, live in the area and are expecting their first child shortly after Christmas. They share a passion for the PHC community and are thankful for the opportunity to give back to it.


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