In monthly sessions held at the Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture, Leonine Fellows are led by Catholic thought leaders from around the Chicago metropolitan area. During these sessions Leonine Fellows will grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of Catholicism and public life.
In monthly sessions held within the Loop, Leonine Fellows are led by Catholic thought leaders from around the Chicago metropolitan area. During these sessions Leonine Fellows will grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of Catholicism and public life.
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Peter is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and actor. He studied Classics at Ave Maria and Acting at Columbia University's graduate acting program. While in graduate school he met the love of his life, his wife, and founded a Catholic media company that merged with Relevant Radio in 2021. He is now founding the in-house entertainment division of Relevant Radio.
Naomi Atkinson is an educator, writer, and actress, but foremost a mother and wife, who has recently moved to the Chicago area. She studied theatre and film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she had excellent training and eventually met her remarkable husband, Peter. After a few, wonderful years as a Catholic elementary educator, she is now working at home, writing and preparing for her first child to be welcomed home.
Molly Field currently works as a child and adolescent psychiatric nurse in Madison, Wisconsin, where she has lived for the past six years. Originally from central Wisconsin, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Nursing. Still in the beginning stages of her career, she plans to return to graduate school to earn a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, specializing in psychiatry. She enjoys being active outdoors, cooking, skiing, hiking through the National Parks, and any opportunity to celebrate the Badgers!
Helping Hand Center
Vanessa is a speech-language pathologist at Helping Hand where she works with children with autism to improve their communication skills. She is originally from Lambertville, MI and recently moved to Chicago. She earned a BA in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Michigan before attending graduate school at the University of Toledo, receiving a master's degree. An avid college sports fan, she enjoying attending football games at her alma mater in addition to running.
Eimer Stahl LLP
Jordan V. Hill is a Stakeholder at Eimer Stahl LLP in Chicago. Before joining Eimer Stahl, he was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. and served as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for Judge James Ho. He is an alumnus of The George Washington University and The University of Chicago Law School. Jordan was raised in South Jersey, is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan, and has been known to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. He and his wife, Molly, have a newborn son, Lawrence.
Molly is an incoming associate in the Construction Law Group at Venable LLP. She has a B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Now, she lives in the Western suburbs with her husband, Jordan, and their son, Lawrence. In her free time, Molly enjoys antiquing, coaching her alma mater's mock trial team, and trying new IPAs.
SJS Investment Services
Tom is the Chief Investment Officer at SJS Investment Services, a boutique investment advisory firm. Before SJS, Tom managed client relationships at CBIS in Chicago and served as an international lay missioner and volunteer for the Salesian Missions in Juba, South Sudan. Tom earned his degree in Business Administration at Marquette University, where he majored in finance and accounting. Tom actively participates in Chicago’s St. Alphonsus Parish community, and serves on the Chicago Advisory Board of the Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network, as a Board Member for weDignify, as an Investment Committee Member for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, and the Finance Committee for the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife Emily, his daughter Kathleen, and soon to be second child.
Emily was born and raised in Illinois. Upon graduating from Creighton University, she worked for four years as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lurie Children's Hospital. For the last year and a half, she has been loving her new role as Stay-at-home mom to her and her husband's 18-month-old daughter and is expecting baby number two at the end of November. In her free time, she is passionate about women's healthcare, and helping to build a new non-profit, Feminae Vero, designed to educate women on wholesome, restorative, reproductive health care.
Sydney is a Product Verification & Validation Engineer for John Deere, responsible for testing new crop harvesting products in varying conditions and crops around the world. Prior to her current role, Sydney worked in current product design at the Harvester Works factory in Moline, IL addressing and anticipating issues customers experienced with John Deere combines. Sydney graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2017. She lives in Moline, IL in an adorable 1940’s craftsman bungalow, which provides plenty of projects in her spare time. Sydney is both a parishioner and CCD instructor at St. Ambrose Parish. When home between work trips she enjoys hosting friends & family, playing sports, dancing in various forms, and reading.
Willis Towers Watson
Claire is an Executive Compensation and Rewards Associate at Willis Towers Watson. Prior to moving to Chicago to work in consulting, Claire decided four years at Hamilton College necessitated a dual-degree in Art History and Classics and a semester abroad in Rome. In the ‘Eternal City,’ she embraced the philosophy of Sophia Loren: "Everything I am I owe to pasta,” with a slight addendum "...and the Catholic Mass.” If you were looking for Claire after work hours, you would probably find her volunteering at some event at St. Clement in Lincoln Park, hunting for the next best cup of black coffee, or working her way through one of Ina Garten's cookbooks. She currently resides in the Gold Coast with her Scottish terrier, Winston.
Juliana Lacouture is an equity research analyst in the DWS Liquid Real Assets - Real Estate team, where she researches and values publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts to assist in making investment decisions for the various DWS Real Estate dedicated funds. Prior to DWS, Juliana worked at PwC in their international tax practice, consulting on various international tax transactions. Juliana is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia and was raised in Wellington, Florida. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Theology.
Bearing Tree Inc.
Genevieve is the Director of Foundation Strategy at Bearing Tree, a company dedicated to making it easier for nonprofit organizations to make a difference. She originally hails from Minnesota, and moved to Chicago in July after living in California and Washington, DC. During her time in Washington, Genevieve worked at the National Taxpayers Union and participated in the Charles Koch Institute's Koch Associate Program. She graduated from Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in the liberal arts.
The Harris Poll
Amy is a researcher specializing in research for public release at The Harris Poll. She serves a variety of clients in the healthcare, government, CPG, technology, non-profit, and financial industries. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 where she double majored in marketing and sociology. After living in New York City for the past several years, Amy now calls Lakeview East home and is a parishioner at St. John Cantius. In her free time, Amy enjoys playing USTA team tennis, charcoal drawing, and immersing herself in the works of C.S. Lewis and St. Augustine.
Nufarm Americas Inc.
Tommy Ryan, born and raised in the Chicagoland area, is Associate General Counsel – North America for Nufarm Americas Inc., a global agricultural chemical company. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political philosophy, magna cum laude, from the University of Dallas and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Emory University School of Law. Tommy, his wife and three sons live in Wheaton with a fourth son due in November. He is a parishioner of St. John Cantius.
Eleanor Schneider is a stay-at-home mom, with interests in Catholic Classical Education. She earned her PhD in History at the University of Notre Dame studying English Latin schools during the Renaissance and Reformation. Since then, she has taught at a classical high school as well as at the collegiate level and worked for a non-profit coordinating seminars on the great books. She is interested in the integration of classical schooling and the Catholic tradition.
Tucker Ellis LLP
Sofia was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She received her B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Boston College, and her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School. Sofia currently works at a law firm in Chicago, where she is exploring different practice groups. Outside of work, Sofia enjoys shooting sporting clays, working on her golf game, reading, and cheering on the Irish.
Brian Smith is both a Technology Product Manager at Auth0, and an investor in public and private companies that build great products and solve persistent and challenging problems. He converted to Catholicism in 2010, and attends St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview. He grew up in Lee's Summit, MO; majored in Economics at Harvard College ('02), and received an MBA and MEM from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering ('14), respectively. He and his wife Lytle have 3 children.