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.



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.

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 are now closed.  Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort will open late Spring 2021.

2020-2021 NEW YORK CITY


Alberto Ardura-Fabregat
Kaplan Medical

Born in Mexico city in a family of Spanish, Jewish, Swiss and Irish grandparents. Lived his childhood in Old Greenwich, CT, then his adolescence in Mexico City. Studied Medicine and a Masters in Biomedical research in the University of Navarra, Spain. Finished his PhD in Neuroimmunology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Currently prepares his board exams to practice medicine in the US. Converted during Medical school, he has since then taught students with intellectual inclinations how Science, Faith and Reason come as one in perfect harmony. His hobbies include Tennis and triathlon training. He is passionate about Christian apologetics, science, history, philosophy, theology, debating, dancing, cooking and wine tasting.
Tiffany Barron
Princeton University

Tiffany Barron is a PhD student in politics at Princeton University, where her research interests lie at the border of comparative politics and international relations. She is currently interested in how the Chinese government understands the link between its internal and external security and how this influences its treatment of civil society. She graduated with honors from Swarthmore College with a BA in political science and Chinese, and received an MA with honors in international relations from the University of Chicago. She is a 2021 recipient of the National Bureau of Asian Research Chinese Language Fellowship and a 2020 Bradley Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, salsa dancing, and learning to play the guitar.
Criselle Bautista

Criselle grew up in the Philippines and studied Management Engineering at Ateneo de Manila, a Jesuit University. She began her career in banking working for BNP Paribas in Hong Kong. During the financial crisis she co-founded Project Be, a group of volunteers that taught financial literacy and entrepreneurship to migrant workers. She moved to Chicago to pursue an MBA at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Criselle is currently working for Chobani in their Treasury Finance function. She works on cash management, capital market transactions, insurance and investor relations. New to New York in 2018, she became more active with the Catholic NYC book club at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Criselle loves to explore and has visited over forty countries. She loves to journal, go on long walks and attend retreats.
Tom Bodart
Partnership Schools

Tom Bodart is a teacher within the Partnership Schools network, an organization committed to strengthening and rebuilding urban Catholic schools and thereby disadvantaged urban communities. Prior to this, Tom worked as an engineer then high school teacher before spending several years discerning religious life and priesthood within the Congregation of Holy Cross. Tom has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Masters degrees in Education and Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He hopes to continue using education as a means of transforming lives and communities. For fun, Tom enjoys pick-up basketball games, playing piano, and connecting with strangers.
Ricky Cedrone

Ricky Cedrone works in Strategic & Brand Insights for ESPN. He graduated in 2007 from Dartmouth College, where he also received a Master’s of Engineering Management. He is the former Volunteer Co-Chair for the Junior Board of Catholic Charities of New York, and wish granter for the Make A Wish Foundation. Ricky is originally from the Boston area, and is a proud dad and husband.
Alexandra Cohill
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Alexandra Cohill is a project manager for the civil society programs at Manhattan Institute. Previously, she was a teacher at a classical charter school where at different times she taught middle school history, third grade, and English as a Second Language. She has a Bachelor of Arts in politics from the University of Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and reading. Originally from Blacksburg, Virginia, she now resides in Astoria, New York.
Raquel Cona
KCSA Strategic Communications

Raquel Cona is an Account Director at KCSA Strategic Communications, a fully-integrated communications agency specializing in public relations, investor relations and social media. Prior to joining KCSA, Raquel worked at a boutique public relations agency where she managed accounts for some of New York City's most prominent residential real estate projects and brokerages working on a project-specific and corporate basis. Born and raised in New York, Raquel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Hofstra University.
Nicholas Di iorio
New York City Relief

Nicholas has degrees in philosophy from Providence College and Fordham University. He is passionate about helping those in need and helping people realize they are part of a community. Currently, Nicholas raises money for an outreach to our neighbors experiencing homelessness called New York City Relief. He and his wife Dana live on the Upper West Side and love walking in Central Park.
Dana Di iorio

A Colorado native, Dana holds an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University -- and earned an MBA from George Washington University. She lives in New York City with her husband Nicholas and they are parishioners at St. Ignatius Loyola.
Stephanie Frias
Brilla Public Charter Schools

Stephanie Frias is Enrollment and Outreach Manager for Seton Education Partners part of the Brilla Schools Network in the South Bronx. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Sociology. Stephanie has built her career in various roles and industries. She was a program coordinator at IESE, a business school of the University of Navarra in Spain. She spent a year teaching in South Korea where she helped to train both Korean and foreign teachers. Stephanie also worked in operations for MAC Cosmetics. She believes that ordinary life can be extraordinary. Frias loves cultivating new friendships and enjoying the good things in life: music, family, food, wine, and Latin dancing.
Montsie Guerrero
Columbia University

Montsie Guerrero is a graduate student in quantitative methods and data science at Columbia University. She is a former professional ballet and contemporary dancer, who has performed with American Repertory Ballet, Connecticut Ballet and Philippine Ballet Theatre. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia as well, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude. During her undergraduate career, she continued to compete in international ballet competitions in cities such as Berlin, St. Petersburg, and New York and is the recipient of several awards. Since her college days, she has been interested in the relationship between economics and morality from both social sciences and theological viewpoints. She is currently focused on making good use of her technical and creative skills and is motivated towards working to enhance the human experience whether it be in extracting insights from data or building both useful and beautiful tools.
Roy Issa
New York Life

Born in Lebanon and raised in Louisiana, Roy relocated to New York in August 2019 as a Product Consultant with New York Life. He has experience in the fields of Medicine, Energy, and Insurance. He co-founded the Lebanese Information Center think tank and was a charter member of the Young Catholic Professionals organization of New Orleans. Roy loves meaningful conversation, a hot cup of coffee, and a good book to top it off.
Christopher Jagoe
Goldman Sachs

Christopher, a native of Chatham, New Jersey, lives in Manhattan and works as a trader for Goldman Sachs on the CMBS desk. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in physics and a minor in musical performance for the organ. In his free time, Christopher enjoys running, hiking, reading, and learning how to cook; he is also a part-time organist and religious education teacher.
Timothy Kopp
Google LLC

Tim is a software engineer specializing in machine learning and artificial intelligence. He holds a PhD from the University of Rochester, and also has a lay interest in philosophy, theology, political economy, and finance.
Maria Lehman

Maria Lehman hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and has resided in Manhattan for almost a decade. She graduated with Honors from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with degrees in International Relations, Spanish and Latin American Studies. Presently, Maria is a passionate and motivated Enterprise Sales Executive responsible for Global Accounts at Fortinet, a leader in cybersecurity. She enjoys traveling near and far, hiking scenic trails, biking through Brooklyn streets, theatre and the arts, embracing new languages, and volunteering with the Sisters of Life in New York City.
Sarah Maple
Mount Saint Mary College

Dr. Sarah Maple has a background in oil painting and ethics. She earned her Masters from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family Studies in Washington, D.C. She wrote her Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews, Institute for Theology, Imagination & the Arts. She is a Researcher at The William G. Congdon Foundation in Milan, Italy and Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.
Silvia E. Marroquin Gonzalez
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

Born in Florida, and raised in France and Spain, Silvia spent her years as a student and young graduate between the cities of Paris, London, Madrid and Washington D.C. Her taste for challenge brought her to New York City more than two years ago. She holds a B.A. from Sciences Po Paris, where she completed a multidisciplinary program in humanities and social sciences, with a focus on Latin America. After graduating from Sciences Po Law School, she obtained an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Centre and worked at several leading international law firms. Currently, she is an associate at a boutique arbitration and litigation law firm where she represents corporate clients and foreign sovereigns in international commercial and investment treaty disputes. Intellectually curious by nature and an avid outsider, she finds refuge in the arts.
Olivia Martiniello
Giant Spoon, LLC

Olivia has an artist's brain which sounds fancy, but mostly means she's kind of messy and finds more comfort in dreaming up her "next big idea" than executing the one she's working on. She has a deep passion for her faith and creativity, which she's hoping channel, combine and refine during her time within the Leonine Forum. She can't wait to meet her peers & hear about the unique paths that lead them to this opportunity. Her hometown is Boston, MA where she attended Emerson College and studied Marketing Communications. She now resides in NYC, where she works for an advertising agency called ""Giant Spoon"". Her parish is Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral, where she also teaches Catechism.
Fayne Mascarenhas
Deutsche Bank

Fayne Nicole Mascarenhas is the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Execution and Risk for the Americas at Deutsche Bank and covers initiatives across Brazil, Canada, Cayman, Mexico, and the United States. Previously, Fayne was a Senior Project Manager for the Annuities business at Prudential where she started her career in Finance. She has been recognized professionally for her contributions in Innovation and Business Achievement. Fayne is on the Board of Directors for Children in Placement, is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care, and a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement. In 2018, she started a non-profit group called Chess for Champions. Fayne holds an MS and MBA from the University of Texas and earned two Post-Graduate diplomas in Investment Management and Information Technology. She is passionate about improving clean water access in impoverished regions and continues to collaborate with international agencies to mobilize this vision.
Christian Monsalve
Rutgers University

Christian is an M.D. candidate at Rutgers University. His interests lie within ethics, psychiatry, and human flourishing. Previously he worked at Massachusetts General Hospital on a research team investigating the epigenetic regulation of pancreatic cancer. Christian is an active member of the Psychotherapy Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University. His work has been published in Molecular Cancer Research and El Diario.
Tess Murray
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Tess is a fourth-year medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She initially moved to New York to study chemical engineering at Columbia University. After graduation, she worked at Lux Research, a strategic advisory consulting firm focused on life sciences technology. A series of family events led her to change direction and she spent two years working in the division of pediatric rheumatology at The Hospital for Special Surgery while applying for medical school. She has greatly enjoyed learning about the wonders of the human body in medical school and getting a tour of NYC’s hospitals during her rotations. She is currently applying for residency programs in pediatrics with an interest in pursuing pediatric rheumatology or critical care. In her free time, she enjoys exploring NYC’s parks and museums, as well as running half marathons.
Claire Pinto

Claire is a seasoned supply chain professional in the beauty & personal care industry. She has launched an array of new products in the market for L’Oréal brands and now works at Unilever continuing to pursue execution excellence. She is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering. While growing up in Canada, she kept connected to her roots in the Philippines, where she was born, by traveling there often. Now living in New York, she takes any opportunity to enrich her artistic sensibility by exploring museums, attending art events and visiting beautiful churches.
Gerard Pinto
Drew University

Gerard is a professor in finance and a student of life. He worked in investment banking for a few years before returning to the classroom, albeit on the other side of the table. Gerard holds an undergraduate degree in engineering and a PhD in Finance. He enjoys hiking through the woods, learning about different cultures and visiting art museums for leisure.
Victoria Principato

Victoria Principato grew up in New Jersey, but followed her passion for politics when she moved to Washington, D.C. to attend the Catholic University of America. There, she studied Finance and minored in Spanish, even studying abroad in Havana, Cuba to strengthen her Spanish-language skills. She loves travel, and as part of an internship with a rail-lobbying firm has travelled the contingent United States solely by train, visiting 25 cities in 28 days. She currently works in corporate finance.