NEW YORK CITY

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In monthly sessions held at the IESE Business School, Leonine Fellows are led by Catholic thought leaders from around the greater New York City Metropolitan area. During these sessions Leonine Fellows will grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of Catholicism and public life.

NEW YORK CITY

PARTNERING WITH

In monthly sessions held at the IESE Business School, Leonine Fellows are led by Catholic thought leaders from around the greater New York City 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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2019-2020 NEW YORK CITY

FIRST-YEAR LEONINE FELLOWS

Diana Barrero Zalles
Yale Blockchain Initiative


Diana has experience in the investment banking offices of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, managing cross-border transactions and using data visualizations to identify new investment opportunities. Following her MBA at Yale, she became involved in blockchain applications for financial services, with a focus on the regulatory technologies. She's been COO of a regtech startup during the ICO boom, published market research on stablecoins, and has presented on blockchain developments in finance. Diana contributes to working groups to standardize best practices for digital assets. She is coordinating a blockchain discussion series at Yale, to promote meaningful discussion over hype.
Joshua Becker
Kramer Levin LLP


Joshua is a husband, father and lawyer. Currently, he is an associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP where his practice focuses on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, real estate joint ventures, investments funds, debt structures and family offices. Joshua is an active parishioner at St. Mary’s parish in New Haven, Connecticut, the birthplace of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a board member of the Elm Institute, an intellectual and cultural venture founded alongside the academic and professional communities of Yale University and New Haven, dedicated to examining and cultivating the ideas, values, and practices that sustain flourishing societies. Joshua graduated from the University of Dallas in 2010 with a degree in political philosophy and from the University of Miami School of Law magna cum laude in 2015.
Evelyn Behling
James Madison Program, Princeton University


Evy Behling serves as Events Coordinator for the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. A proud Midwesterner, she grew up primarily in Rockford, Illinois, journeying eastward to attend Yale University, where the pursuit of humane questions drew her deeper into her faith. At Yale, Evy studied the interaction of political and religious institutions, culminating in her senior thesis on the thought of Giuseppe Mazzini and Pope Pius IX. Following graduation in May 2017, she moved to central New Jersey, where she enjoys singing with her friends and roommates, beaching "Down the Shore", and reading as much as she can.
Chelsea Bollerman


Chelsea is an educator and coach at an All-Girls Independent School. She earned her B.S. from Quinnipiac University, where she majored in health science studies and education. Wanting to pursue her passion for integrating faith and science, Chelsea went on to pursue her M.T.S. at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. She currently teaches Theology and coaches Cross Country. Chelsea has always had a deep love of learning, which she hopes to foster in her students.
Elena Castello
The Sheen Center


Elena was raised in sunny Florida and moved to New York City in July 2018 after graduating from the University of Florida. Currently, she works at The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (The Sheen Center) in development, which links two of her passions: Jesus and the arts. A lover of all things music, photography and travel, Elena tries to divide her time among her interests, as well as volunteering through various organizations in New York. She is a first-generation American, the daughter of Spanish immigrants who kept the culture alive her family, including taking annual trips to visit her extended family and sisters who live there.
Steven Filippi
Oxford University Press


Steven Filippi is the Multimedia Producer at Oxford University Press in Manhattan. He previously worked in OUP's marketing department as the coordinator for Music, Film, and Art books and the Grove Music and Art online platforms. In 2014, he graduated summa cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a major in Communications and minor in Political Science. In his freshman year, he co-founded Ramapo’s Newman Catholic club and served as its president as a junior and senior. A parishioner of Holy Family in Nutley, New Jersey, he is currently a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus and has been one of the youngest members of his council since joining at the age of 18. When he is not spending most of his free time commuting into New York City, Steven enjoys critiquing movies, reading about ancient Rome, tweeting about politics, and attending Tridentine Latin Mass.
Peter Forbes
Columbia University


Peter Forbes grew up homeschooled in the rural high desert of western Colorado, where he started writing in elementary school. After earning a BA in literature from Patrick Henry College, he worked for several years in magazine publishing, radio, and independent film. In 2016, Forbes began his MFA in Film at Columbia University. He has been awarded the Sloan Foundation Production Grant and Columbia's James Richard Janowsky Screenwriting Fellowship.
JP Gschwind
Bain & Company


Originally from Redding, Connecticut, JP Gschwind is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a management consultant with Bain & Company. At Notre Dame, JP studied in the Program of Liberal Studies, a Great Books major, and was a Sorin Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, Notre Dame’s institute for the study of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. At Bain, JP has worked with clients in healthcare, consumer goods, telecommunications, and private equity.
Theresa Hardy
Onegevity Health


Theresa Hardy is Senior Research and Development Scientist at Onegevity Health. Before transitioning to the private sector, Theresa completed a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University. Theresa completed her undergraduate degree in Theology at Ave Maria University and a second bachelor's degree in Nursing from Marymount University. In 2018, she received her doctoral degree in Nursing from Marquette University. In her free time, Theresa enjoys ballroom dancing and exploring NYC.
Jackie Heath
NYU Langone Health Center


A New Jersey native, Jackie recently moved back to NYC to complete her medical residency. She has been the Outreach Chair of her college's Catholic community and a member of the Catholic Medical Association since starting medical school.
Julia Henkels
Keystone


Julia specializes in economic and tech management consulting, primarily serving major tech companies. She is a parishioner at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a member of its Basilica Schola and hospitality team. She is a volunteer confirmation teacher with the ADEO Clubs in NYC, and serves on the Core Team of Samuel Group, an adult formation program in the Archdiocese. Julia holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Bioengineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. In her free time, Julia enjoys swing dancing, running, boxing, pilates, art museums, The Met Opera, the NYC Ballet and the ABT, and events at Carnegie Hall and the Sheen Center.
JooYeon Hong
Samsung Electronics


Ms. JooYeon (Jessica) Hong is Senior Consultant for HR Management at Samsung Electronics America. Prior to moving to New Jersey to take up a new position in June, she had lived and worked in Washington DC from 2013 to 2019. She worked as Legislative Researcher at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (2013-2015) and as Public Affairs Specialist at Samsung DC office (2015-2019). Ms. Hong was born and raised in Korea. She moved to Southern California in 9th grade and holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rose Kavanagh
Centerbridge Partners, L.P.


Rose is a Senior Accountant for the investment firm Centerbridge Partners. Prior to living in New York, Rose resided in Chicago, IL for four years. Originally from Peoria, IL, Rose graduated from the University of Notre Dame, receiving her undergraduate degree in Accounting. She is an active member of the Catholic Charities Junior Board in New York.
Heather Keane
Visiting Angels


Heather grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Manhattan for the last nine years. She and her family run a home care agency called Visiting Angels, which provides living assistance services to seniors and others who need care throughout lower Fairfield County. Previously, Heather worked at NYU Medical Center for six years and more recently a healthcare startup. She is a graduate of Villanova University and received a Masters in Healthcare from NYU. She is excited to be joining the Leonine network and is looking forward to meeting like-minded individuals.
Lucy Kimari
GE Renewable Energy


Lu will always be Kenyan - a child from the land of marathon runners and exquisite, unchallenged tea and coffee growers and drinkers, all of which have been a big part of her life at some point. Born and raised around nature, and a large, deep social community, she enjoys hiking and organizing social events that bring people together to philosophize about the world and do something about it. As one of the few residents of Manhattan's forgotten island, she enjoys the struggle to live a slow life by the sea of the East River and is rooting herself in creating a midwest culture in the middle of New York. She works in corporate finance for a renewable energy company. You can also find this recovering vegetarian occasionally trying to finish an African-oriented book or a classic of some sort. Her favorite proverb is "One does not cross the same river twice", and her best hike is "Elephant Hill."
Ellie Kincaid
Medscape


Ellie Kincaid grew up in Missouri and has lived in New York City for five years, including time pursuing a journalism master's degree from New York University's Science, Health, & Environmental Reporting Program. She has written about the science of medicine and the business of healthcare for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, Men's Journal, and Nature Medicine. She is currently associate managing editor at Medscape, covering medical stories for healthcare professionals.
Ethan Mack
World Youth Alliance


Ethan, a native of Maine, lives in Manhattan and works for the World Youth Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the culture of life in advocacy and education. He is a graduate of Boston College where he received both a bachelors and masters degree in philosophy. He is new to New York and is looking forward to meeting young Catholics in the city.
William McAloon
SL Green Realty Corp


Bill is a New Jersey native and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He commissioned as a Marine Officer and had the privilege of leading Marines in Afghanistan, Jordan, and sunny southern California. After a stint on Tom Cotton’s Senate campaign staff in Arkansas, Bill transitioned to finance where he worked in mergers and acquisitions at Lazard Freres. Bill is now a real estate investor at SL Green Realty Corp in New York.
Isirame Omofuma
Columbia University


Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, Isirame moved to New York five years ago to pursue a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has continued on to obtain a PhD, working in the Robotics and Rehabilitation Lab under Prof. Agrawal. Prior to this, he worked as a Mechatronics teaching assistant at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and in IT at the Stanbic IBTC Bank. His present research focuses on cable-driven robotic exoskeletons used to provide rehabilitation therapy to populations with gait impairments, such as stroke and cerebellar ataxia patients. In collaboration with the University of Louisville, he is working to develop a balance training device for spinal cord injury patients.
Terence Picardo
Citi


Terence Picardo is the Business Manager and Coordinator for the Global Client Service in Citi Private Bank (CPB). In this global role Terence is directly responsible for managing and coordinating complex international ultra high net worth (UHNW) deals for sophisticated clients, Family Offices and Financial Sponsors across the Private Bank’s NAM, LATAM, EMEA and APAC footprint. He works directly with domestic and international CPB banker teams in order to provide precise solutions for the clients intricate cross-border needs. Terence has over 15 years of professional experience within the financial industry.
Rebecca Rethwisch
Andela


Rebecca works as a Strategic Partnerships lead at Andela in New York City where she connects Africa’s most talented software developers with growing companies in the U.S. to help catalyze the growth of tech ecosystems across Africa. She is a Fulbright alumni, where she worked at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. She is always ready to hop on a standby flight at a moment’s notice, and loves building community with friends.
Tyler Reynolds
Trinity Mobile Networks


Tyler Reynolds is the CEO & Founder of Trinity Mobile Networks. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he studied Cognitive Science with a focus on Judgement & Decision Making (JDM.) He wrote his undergraduate thesis on the Cognitive Science of Financial Bubbles and was advised by Nathan Novemsky, Gregory Samanez-Larkin, and Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller. At Yale, Tyler was part of the Federalist Party, Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association, New Haven Reads, and worked at CERN. Tyler is the author of a patent for using software defined networking in wireless network convergence.
Maria Roberts
Capital One


Maria grew up in Anchorage, Alaska as the oldest of ten children. In 2018, She earned her Bachelor's degree in computer science from Harvard. Since then, she's been working as a software engineer for Capital One. Maria is an avid runner and reader, and enjoys teaching computer programming to middle-schoolers in her free time.
Renée Roden
DeSales Media Group


Renée Darline Roden is a New York City-based writer and playwright. She has a B.A. in theatre and theology from the University of Notre Dame, where she also received her M.T.S. in systematic theology. Renée's writing has appeared at The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, and Triskelion Arts and in America, Commonweal, Howlround, and Church Life Journal, among others. She writes for DeSales Media Group in Brooklyn and is a staff member for the NYC non-profits Catholic Artist Connection and The Merry Beggars.