Meet the Team
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Head Girls Lacrosse Coach
Justine joined the VES Admissions Office in the fall of 2011 after spending four years at the Fountain Valley School of Colorado as assistant director of admission. She is a graduate of Portsmouth Abbey in Portsmouth, R.I., and a 2003 graduate of The College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where she enjoyed a successful career on the women's lacrosse and ice hockey teams. Prior to working at Fountain Valley, Justine taught and coached at Wyoming Seminary in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and spent two seasons as the head women's lacrosse coach at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Justine lives on campus with her husband, Chris Button, the associate head of school; their son, Wyatt; and their daughter, Campbell. Coach Button also runs JAB Lacrosse - www.jablacrosse.com, a local lacrosse organization for girls.
Contact Justine: 434.385.3622 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Stuart Battle
Director of International Admissions
Mary Stuart joined the Virginia Episcopal School Admissions Office in the fall of 2012. Previously at VES, she has served as a science teacher, dorm parent and advisor. Mary Stuart also taught science and served in the Admissions Office at The Collegiate School in Richmond, Va., and worked in marketing and development at The Triad School in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds both a B.A. and an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia. Mary Stuart lives on campus with her husband, Tommy, and her youngest child, Grace. Her two older children are VES graduates and currently attend university. In her spare time, Mary Stuart enjoys playing tennis, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Contact Mary Stuart: 434.385.3601 | email@example.com.
Sara Ingraham Leonard
Assistant Director of Admissions
Assistant Coach, Junior Varsity Girls Tennis Team
Sara joined the VES Admissions Office in June of 2017 after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her B.A. in political science. As the Vice President of Special Events on the Panhellenic Executive Council at UNC-Chapel Hill, Sara dedicated her time to raising awareness and money for the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Sara grew up all over the country as a daughter of a United States Marine, but considers Eastern North Carolina her home. Sara is also the assistant coach to the junior varsity girls tennis team at VES, and serves as a Wyatt dorm parent.
Contact Sara: 434.385.3604 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Director of Admissions
Assistant Coach, JV Soccer
Tripp Price joined our VES Admissions team in 2019. He comes to VES from The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, where he has served as Assistant Director of Admission for the past three years. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Tripp attended Page High School and earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. He also was a long-time camper and served for five years as a counselor at Camp Sea Gull in Arapahoe, North Carolina. Tripp will coach soccer and serve as a dorm parent on Ainslie.
Contact Tripp: 434.385.3701 | email@example.com.
Margaret Lyle Jones'95
Director of Special Events
Margaret Lyle joined the VES Advancement Office in the fall of 2005. Previously, she served for six years as the director of Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard, N.C. In her current role, she is responsible for leading VES' visibility and engagement through events with alumni and prospective students and families across the United States. After graduating from VES, Margaret Lyle attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., where she received her B.A. in Spanish and government. She lives on campus and serves as an advisor.
Contact Janice: 434.385.3602 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admissions Administrative Assistant
Janice joined the VES Admissions team in January of 2011. She brings to our team 20 years of experience in administrative support and customer service. Janice runs our office and supports Admissions events, among many of her responsibilities. Her family includes husband, John, and their daughter, Katie.
Contact Janice: 434.385.3607 | email@example.com.
Admissions Coordinator and Welcome Desk Manager
Sienna Brown joined VES in July 2018. She grew up outside of Washington, DC, and moved to Lynchburg to attend Randolph College, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Global Studies. Following graduation, Sienna worked as an admission counselor for her alma mater and now brings her skill set to support VES students, parents and prospective families. Sienna assists with Admissions communications and coordinates all on-campus visits. She looks forward to welcoming you to VES.
Contact Sienna: 434.385.3600 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Look Forward to Welcoming You to VES!
We are a team of VES students who love showing prospective families our VES. When you arrive, we are here to take you on a tour of campus, partner with you throughout the day and overnight, for those attending our Boarding Student Open House, and to help you feel comfortable while you are here.
Can't wait to meet you!
Hi, I’m Owen, a junior from Raleigh, North Carolina! I am a member of the varsity baseball and mountain biking teams and am a Junior RA (residential assistant). Junior RAs serve VES students on dorm by supporting faculty on night-time study hall during the week, and putting on fun and exciting events on Friday nights. There is an opportunity to be a leader at VES through every door, and I love serving my community here. VES is my home away from home, and I can’t wait to show you around!
Welcome to VES! I’m Eme, a senior from Greenville, South Carolina. At VES, I am a member of the volleyball and golf teams. Before coming to VES, I was not heavily involved in school activities. Now, I am a student-athlete and a leader for our Admissions events. I cannot imagine going to school anywhere else! My favorite place on campus is Box Plaza, and I can’t wait to show you why!
Hey there! I’m Marian, a senior from Charlottesville, Virginia. I came to VES as a sophomore, and this year, I am serving the school as a Senior Counselor. My favorite sport here is field hockey, but I also swim and play soccer! VES has really encouraged me to come out of my shell and step into leadership roles. I cannot wait to meet you, and show you why this community is so special to me.
Welcome to VES! I’m Joshua, and a senior from Stafford, Virginia. VES is a huge part of my family’s life. My older sister, Michelle, who graduated in 2014, is now a faculty member here. My older brother, Aaron, graduated this spring, and I have two younger brothers here, Joe and Danny. Service is a big part of our lives and VES is a place I can give back to my community. I am a member of the Honor Committee, Counselor Body, and the varsity lacrosse and football teams. We can’t wait to meet you!
Hi, I’m Patrick! I am a junior from Nashville, Tennessee. I am a member of the mountain biking team, and I serve the VES student body as a Junior RA. I was the first in my family to go off to school so it was definitely a big change, but the VES community did a great job of welcoming me in! Coming to VES has definitely changed my life more than anything so far. It is a really special place that has helped me mature. I live on Randolph, the junior/senior boys dorm, but you can almost always find me on Box Plaza with my friends. Since coming to VES, I have really excelled at things I never could have predicted. I have also been really humbled by the fact that everyone here is so amazing in their own way, and I enjoy seeing them grow alongside me. Becoming part of the Bishop family has had an enormous impact on me. This school is easily my favorite place to be.
Hey, this is Alida! I’m a senior from Beijing, China. Welcome to this wonderful place! At VES I serve as a senior counselor and a member of the tennis team. It is always so great to be hanging out with friends in all sorts of activities and groups that are available here. With a family-like community, we have endless possibilities of discovery and fun you will enjoy! We cannot be more excited to have you here on campus and show you all the great times we have!
你好👋 Hi, I’m Johnny Zhou. Welcome to VES! I’m a junior from Shanghai, China. I serve as a Junior RA and we, as a leadership group, try to bring joy on campus. I love to meet new people on dorms, in activities, and basically everywhere. My favorite thing about VES is that I can make friends from different cultures and backgrounds, which really broadens my horizons. I’m a member of the tennis and basketball teams and I have learned a lot about teamwork. I’m really excited to meet you and show you around the campus. I know you can discover your own place and interests at VES.
Welcome to VES! My name is Elizabeth Cox and I am a junior from Lynchburg, Virgina. This is my third year here, and I currently serve as a Junior RA (resident assistant). The Junior RAs plan fun events for the weekends and do duty once a week on a dorm to support the boarding students and dorm faculty. My favorite part about being an RA is spending Tuesday nights with the freshman girls on McCormick! I’m a member of the tennis and lacrosse teams, and I love the camaraderie I’ve built with my teammates over the years. I cannot wait to meet you and show you why this community is so special to me.
Hi, I’m David Basnight and I am from Ahoskie, North Carolina. I am a sophomore and this will be my second year at VES. While my favorite sport is baseball, I also play basketball and soccer. My favorite thing about VES is the community. VES felt like home when I visited for the first time and it still does. The community is very welcoming and caring. I am really excited to help new students get comfortable here and make this place feel like home. I hope to see you this fall.
So glad your thinking about VES! My name is Louise Sprunt and I am a sophomore from Wilmington, North Carolina. This is my second year here, and I serve on the Student Council and am also a member of the Alpha Order Club that supports Admissions. I love playing field hockey, basketball and lacrosse, and enjoy being a leader for my classmates. I would love to show you around my school so you can see why it's a perfect fit for you, too!
Hello there! I am Jack Prahinski, a local junior (Class of 2021) from Lynchburg, Virginia. I am a day student and only live about a mile down the road. I love getting the “best of both worlds” from VES—some of my closest friends are boarders and I still have a tightly knit group of day student friends. I love the competitive sport of varsity swimming, but I am also quite fond of the more leisurely junior varsity tennis. VES will encourage you to try out new things, as I did during our winter musical performance of Chicago last year. I had never performed in a musical before that, but I loved every second of Chicago. During my sophomore year at VES, I completed the rank of Eagle Scout, which has helped a great deal in serving as a Junior RA (Resident Assistant) where I perform a night of duty on dorm every week and plan fun student events for Friday nights. I can’t wait to meet you!