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Advancement Team

Meet the Advancement Team

Tom Ziemnick

Vice President of 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.

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Janna Bowman

Janna Bowman

Senior Advancement & Donor Experience Officer
jlbowman@phc.edu 
 

As the Senior Advancement & Donor Experience Officer for Patrick Henry College, Janna Bowman brings over 25 years of expertise in creating guest experiences through event design, messaging, and branding. She focuses on building life-long relationships with new and existing supporters.

Janna brings first-hand knowledge and passion for PHC’s story to the team. From 2005-2007, she was part of the Advancement Team creating donor events in the early years and also coached PHC’s intercolligent Women’s Soccer Team. After leaving PHC, she started her own company, J. Duck Productions, an event design company working with clients such as Prison Fellowship, Family Research Council, National Bible Bee, HSLDA, and fundraising for local non-profits. Her experience ranges from The Whole Enchilada Fiesta, a local tourism and community development event, to being part of the first organization partnering with a Billy Graham Crusade in Fresno, California.

Being a native of the Southwest, Mexican food and green chile is always the first choice on the menu. Janna also enjoys gardening, running and spending time with family and friends. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism from New Mexico State University in addition to a Masters in Tourism from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Brooks Freeland

Development Officer
blfreeland@phc.edu 
 

Brooks Freeland is a PHC Economics and Business Analytics graduate of the class of 2017. As a Development Officer for PHC, he assists in the fundraising, development, and marketing efforts of the college by building and maintaining relationships with the College’s friends and supporters.

He was drawn to the Office of Advancement due to his strong belief in the mission of the school, as well as the ability to work with individuals who have given an extraordinary amount of their lives in following God’s calling to advance the mission and vision of Patrick Henry College. His time at PHC marks the most formative years of his life and through the Office of Advancement he hopes to tell supporters the impact they have had in preparing students to both lead and serve.

Brooks was born and raised in rural West Texas. During his time at PHC, he served on the campus security team and was part of a four-man startup company providing highly-targeted social media marketing to local business owners where he focused on concept development, website creation, and marketing strategy.

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Lillie Schmidt

Lillie Schmidt

Alumni Affairs Coordinator
lrschmidt@phc.edu 

 

As the Alumni Affairs Coordinator, Lillie Schmidt is responsible for supporting the Patrick Henry College’s growing alumni community and the PHC Alumni Association. She is focused on partnering with alumni in their lives and careers through communications, events, and relationship building. 

Prior to joining the Advancement team, Lillie taught for seven years in K-12 academics, writing curriculum and facilitating engaging learning activities for classes such as History and the Creative Liteary Arts. In the educational theater program, she produced and directed both plays and musicals across the grade levels. Lillie is a nationally licensed soccer coach with over a decade of experience in both travel and recreational programs. She recently finished her Master’s of Education with Ashland University. 

Lillie graduated from PHC in 2010 with a major in Literature. While a student, Lillie was a co-founder of the Student Ambassador program, a Resident Assistant, played on the women’s intercollegiate soccer team, and was a board member for PHC’s student theater group, Eden Troupe, participating in many of the productions including co-directing Peter Pan: The Musical her senior year.

Elias Gannage

Advancement Services Coordinator
emgannage@phc.edu 

 

Elias Gannage is the Advancement Services Coordinator, managing the backend of the donor database and whose responsibilities include much of the nitty-gritty that keeps the office running: handling checks, processing mailings, generating reports, etc.
 
A Patrick Henry College senior, Elias desires to reinvest into the college that has taught him so much. He believes in the mission of PHC, to raise strong men and women who represent Christ well in this fallen world. Every day he sees first-hand the impact a PHC education has on himself, his fellow students, and his alumni friends through their ability to serve the Lord, love others, and humbly impact their communities through service and leadership.
 
A History major with a Music minor, Elias strategically balances school, work, and life on campus. Along with working in Advancement, he is a member of both the PHC Chorale and Orchestra, sings bass in the college men’s acapella group, The Statesmen, and teaches swing dancing as the Vice President of the Shall We Dance Society. He is involved in PHC’s drama club, Eden Troupe, acting in and producing several plays. He most recently co-directed The Importance of Being Earnest in spring of 2018.
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