In monthly sessions held at the USC Caruso Catholic Center, Leonine Fellows are led by Catholic thought leaders from around the greater Los Angeles 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 at the USC Caruso Catholic Center, Leonine Fellows are led by Catholic thought leaders from around the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. During these sessions Leonine Fellows will grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of Catholicism and public life.

Join over 500+ Leonine Fellows across the country 

Become part of a larger community of leaders committed to integrating the teachings of the Church within their professional and civic lives.

Applications for the May 2021 – May 2022 cohort will close on Friday, April 16.
We will keep applicants informed of all relevant details.  Please contact us with any questions.

2019-2020 LOS ANGELES


Martha Antonio
Veterans Administration - Greater Los Angeles

Martha is a Southern California native and currently works for the VA West Medical Center of Greater Los Angeles serving veterans with cancer. She graduated nursing school at UCLA in 2014 and then worked for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Department at UCLA for lung disease clinical trials. While at UCLA, she served as an officer for the Pro-Life club and for a student group that promoted liberal arts learning on campus. She is interested in geriatric care and wholistic approaches to healthcare. She enjoy the outdoors, a good story, and the night hike up to Griffith Observatory.
Alyson Barker
Drybar Holdings LLC

Alyson is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Drybar Holdings LLC and manages the legal affairs of the company. Prior to joining Drybar, Alyson was General Counsel at Lucky Brand Dungarees, LLC where she built the legal department and helped facilitate the Company’s transition from a public-company subsidiary to a privately-held company. Alyson also served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at The Wet Seal, Inc. (a publicly held corporation). Prior to that Alyson practiced law at Jones Day. Outside of the law, Alyson is involved in numerous community initiatives and serves on the Board of Directors and the Governance Committee for Working Wardrobes and The Salvation Army – Orange County. Alyson holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law.
César Barroso
Meraki Management, Inc.

Cesar is a Venezuelan-American entrepreneur working in the apparel industry and moonlighting a variety of creative projects.
Francie Broghammer
UC Irvine Medical Center

Francie Broghammer, MD, is the Chief Psychiatry Resident at the University of California, Irvine. Her main interests lie in spirituality, ethics, education, and human flourishing. She currently serves as a Leadership Fellow for the American Psychiatric Association and is an active participant of UC Irvine's Medical Ethics Committee. Francie played Division I Women’s Lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Science Pre-Professional Studies and Portuguese Language & Brazilian Studies. She attended the University of California, Irvine for medical school and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. She resides in Long Beach, California with her husband (a former Notre Dame Men’s Basketball player) and their 5-year-old son.
Isabel Cacho
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

She heard: "Beauty will save the world," and she went out to be a part of creating the kind of beauty that could save the world. As the Project Manager of the Digital Team at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Isabel Cacho is part of a ministry dedicated to the work of the New Evangelization through the beautiful art of storytelling. A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and a John Jay Institute Fellow, Isabel has always been interested in how truth and goodness are revealed in beauty. Isabel taught about this connection in Slovakia as she led a course on the integration of Christianity and Culture. It is this same passion for truth, goodness, and beauty that now that brings her to the Leonine Forum where she looks forward learning more about key teachings of the Catholic Church. When Isabel is not stuck in LA traffic or working, Isabel can be found enjoying dinner parties with friends or seeking the beauty of nature traveling with her ever-trusty camera in hand.
Robert Coleman
The Busch Firm

Rob Coleman is a lawyer who practices transactional law in the areas of corporate and nonprofit governance, real estate finance, and estate planning. He grew up in Orange County, and is the youngest of nine. He studied History and Philosophy at UC Berkeley. Rob met his wife Erin at Pepperdine School of Law.
Pierre de Malliard

Pierre de Malliard is a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer working for a Healthcare company focused on Patient monitoring. Pierre holds a Masters degree from Columbia University in Management Science & Engineering and from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (Paris, France) where he studied Applied Mathematics. Previously, he worked as a Consultant for a leading Technology Consulting Company based out of New York. Pierre was born in France, has lived in Germany and China prior to moving to the US. He is passionate about ethical questions related to modern technologies.
Arvin Dicioco
Panda Restaurant Group

Arvin Dicioco was born and raised in the Philippines but has lived in Los Angeles, CA for the last 13 years. In 2016, he received his BS in Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. Arvin's love for food has led him to his current job as a Food Technologist at Panda Restaurant Group, and to pursue a Master's Degree in Food Science. During his free time, he enjoys cooking, running, and traveling throughout the world.
Rebecca Doyle

Rebecca Doyle is a producer and director in the entertainment sphere. A member of the Producers Guild of America, she has produced two independent feature films as well as multiple A.I. experiences and over 450 pieces of episodic digital content amassing over 300 million views for entities including Nintendo, FOX, Kellogg’s, Ubisoft, T-Mobile, SyFy Channel, the NFL, Wendy’s, Samsung, Netflix, Facebook Watch, Lionsgate, CBS, New Form Digital, and Viacom. In addition to freelance work, she is an in-house Creative Producer at imperson, a creative studio for conversational artificial intelligence.
Brenda Garcia

Brenda Lorena García is a stuntwoman, actress, and award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Brenda has always had a passion and love for faith, service, film-making, action and performance. Brenda has always had a heart for humanity. She works and gives herself as a philanthropist, public speaker and host, serving underrepresented populations in her free time. She actively volunteers at many panels while reaching out and helping underprivileged communities, in which she uses skills learned from her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology to assist those in more need of guidance, compassion, faith, encouragement and inspiration. Brenda is incredibly grateful to be able to use her faith, zest for life, talents and abilities wherever she goes to help others in need and inspire them to chase their dreams, as she lives hers. Her message to everyone is to know that they are loved, valued, and cherished because "no effort based on love is ever wasted."
James Holt
Trammell Crow Company (CBRE)

James is a Senior Associate for Development and Investment at Trammell Crow Company, where he focuses on all Los Angeles-based development activity for the company’s multifamily subsidiary, High Street Residential. Previously, he worked at the Walt Disney Company, where he advised senior corporate leadership on growth strategy, M&A transactions, and minority investments. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in government. James is a parishioner of St. Monica’s and serves on the Board of Young Catholic Professionals Los Angeles. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, and travel.
Koppany Jordan
California Policy Center

Koppany Jordan hails from the small town of Northampton, Pennsylvania. As a child of Hungarian immigrants, he was inculcated from a young age to be virtuous, seek Truth, love Liberty, and serve his community. Enrolling at Washington College in Maryland, he studied political science, economics, and religion to better understand the way in which human beings organize themselves. During this time, he also spent a year studying Islamic cultures at Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. This experience led him to pursue a M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Biola University. With interests in education, poverty alleviation, and promoting human flourishing, Koppany joined California Policy Center to assist them with their mission to improve the state’s economy and hold elected officials accountable. When he is not working, Koppany enjoys spending time at historical sites and national parks, reading, assisting people with their finances, and getting lost in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Joe Kim
St. Francis High School

My name is Joe Kim, an educator and designer based in Los Angeles. My work in Catholic Education spans over twelve years, and I currently serve as the Graphic Design teacher at St. Francis High School in La Canada Flintridge, CA. Additionally, I run and design for a Catholic apparel company called PAL Campaign. This design apostolate allows me to combine my love for the Catholic faith and art into one tangible product that can hopefully bring more beauty into the world. I love a good rib-eye steak, snowboarding trips make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and I’ve finally managed to keep all four of my house plants alive!
Kevin Mooney

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Kevin received a B.A. in English from the University of Dallas in 2012. Since then he has worked in the Los Angeles area as a financial advisor to 401(k) plans.
Julia Norgaard
Pepperdine University

Julia Norgaard is passionate about her family, her friends, and her faith. She enjoys spending time exploring outdoors, adventuring to different parts of the world, and brewing beer. She is a member of the G.K. Chesterton Society, YCP LA, and a Santa Monica economics reading group. Julia is an avid rock climber and beach volleyball player. She is an economics professor at Pepperdine University where she runs a faculty research seminar and a student economics reading group. Her research interests include the internet darknet and judicial institutional interventions in developing nations.
Cathleen O'Reilly
The Napa Institute

Cathleen is the Director of Operations at the Napa Institute, a non profit organization that puts on conferences & events for Catholic leaders. She studied Philosophy at Thomas Aquinas College in California and St. Andrews University in Scotland. She is the second oldest of twelve siblings and currently resides in Orange County, CA.
Joel Ojeda

Joel is a Strategy & Operations Senior Manager at AECOM, a Fortune 500 Company that provides infrastructure design and consulting services. In his current role, Joel supports the CEO and DOO of a ~$100M revenue, 300+ person business unit in the daily operations and strategic management of the unit. Joel is a graduate of AECOM’s prestigious 2-year Business Leadership Development Rotational Program where he rotated through Corporate Finance at Global HQ, Business Development in Mexico City and M&A departments. Before SOM, Joel worked for four years at PwC as a data analytics consultant in Los Angeles. Joel has a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Yale School of Management. Joel currently resides in LA and enjoys watching his beloved Trojans play football, hanging out with his friends and exploring new places.
Ariana Perfecto
Sullivan, Workman & Dee, LLP

Ariana Perfecto is an estate planning attorney and graduate of Pepperdine Law. She speaks publicly throughout Los Angeles County about the importance of estate planning as a volunteer of the Planned Giving Department of the Archdiocese. She also speaks to police officers and commanding staff at several Los Angeles police departments. In addition to her work, she is passionate about politics and is affiliated with several Republican groups in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Ventura. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, volunteering at her home parish and spending time with her family.