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 650+ 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 2021-2022 NYC Leonine Forum are currently closed.

2021-2022 NEW YORK CITY


Ruby Amezquita
Seton Education Partners

Ruby Amezquita is the Director of Talent for Seton Education Partners. In this role, she ensures that the Brilla Schools Network and Seton Education Partners attracts and retains high-quality, mission-aligned talent across the country year after year. Prior to joining the Seton team, Ruby served as a third-grade teacher at Santa Cruz Catholic School through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows. She was a finalist for the Council on American Private Education Teacher of the Year Award in 2014. Ruby later worked in admissions and development for the Partnership Schools Network, where she served on the school team that hosted His Holiness, Pope Francis. She earned her bachelor of arts degree and a master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, two dogs (Coco and Jellybean), and cheering on her beloved Irish.
Lauren Baldau

Lauren works in corporate strategy and partnerships at a leading global digital consulting firm. She holds degrees in English literature and mechanical engineering. Lauren loves the classics; she is passionate about Faith and friendship; and she enjoys tennis, reading, traveling, and good conversation.
Michael Brewer
Continental Grain Company

Michael Brewer is Vice President of Talent and Organizational Development for Continental Grain Company. Previously, Michael worked in talent acquisition for Bridgewater Associates, LP. He started his career working for the Knights of Columbus, where he was responsible for membership growth strategy and leadership development. Michael is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received a B.A. in Government. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three daughters.
Kenneth Burchfiel
Seton Education Partners

Ken is a 2nd-year MBA student at Columbia Business School; his main areas of study are data and analytics. He grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont. After a year of discernment with the Order of Carmelites, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Houston and obtained a Master of Science in Social Work at UT-Austin. He then worked as a mental health counselor with Catholic Charities of Evansville (Indiana) before moving to New York for business school. His hobbies include reading and writing; programming; and spending time with family and friends. After graduating from CBS, he plans to apply his data and analytics studies to the nonprofit sector.
Will Chavey
Viking Global Investors

Will Chavey is an investment analyst at Viking Global Investors, where he is responsible for researching and analyzing investments in publicly-traded industrial companies. Will has previously worked at CarDash (an early stage automotive startup), and as a Corporate Development Associate at Santander Consumer USA. Will received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from the University of Dallas.
Christopher Chornay
NYU Langone Health

Chris is currently completing the first year of his Neurology residency at NYU. He grew up in Prince George's County, Maryland, as the youngest of three and studied electrical engineering at the University of Maryland. Before moving to NYC in 2018 to start medical school, he worked in Baltimore for a small company developing stroke rehabilitation robots and other medical devices. These experiences helped guide Chris to pursue Neurology, as he seeks to become a clinician who respects his patients' inherent dignity, as well as a physician involved in finding the appropriate role for new devices & technologies in neurological healing. Chris is grateful to be a parishioner at the Basilica of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, and lives in the East Village with his wife Emilia & their brand new daughter Ellie, who both constantly inspire & encourage him by their examples of joy & selflessness.
Thomas Cleary

Thomas works in brand marketing at PepsiCo. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Thomas attained his MBA at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Before business school, Thomas worked in public relations for a San Francisco based firm. He also holds a BA from Sewanee: The University of the South and was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.
Glenny Coats
Cowen, Inc.

Glenny is a New Yorker who also grew up in the Dominican Republic. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from NYU and a master's degree in public health from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Glenny has journeyed through her career in the healthcare sector, clinical research and finance. She has also served as an international missioner and frequently volunteers in her native community of the South Bronx.
Sarah Dawod
Witherspoon Institute

Sarah Dawod is a grant manager at the Witherspoon Institute and Bioethics MA student at the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a self-designed BA and minor in Health, Medicine and Human Values. If she is not working she enjoys reading, traveling and playing her drum.
Lauren Doyle
Unicomm, LLC

Lauren is from Greenwich and now lives in Stamford, CT. She has a background in event planning, sports management, and architectural design and now works in Customer Success for the Travel & Adventure Show. Her main passions have always been around sports, with her favorite being ultimate frisbee. She has been competing at tournaments across the country since her college days at The Ohio State University and has even played professionally! She is a lifelong Catholic who grew up going to mass every Sunday and has really grown in her knowledge, love, and spirituality in the faith over the last few years. She went to the Holy Land in 2018 and to Spain in 2020 for spiritual exercises and both were life-changing experiences. She is a co-host on a podcast about life and our Catholic faith called, "Restless Catholic Young Adults", she sings at the monthly young adult mass in Stamford, and now runs the Stamford youth group program!
Leah Estrada
Columbia University School of Nursing

Leah is a Registered Nurse pursuing a PhD at Columbia University. A daughter of immigrants from Central America, Leah was raised in Long Island and started her nursing career as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse in Miami, FL. There she developed a passion for the end of life and palliative care. She greatly enjoys learning how to intertwine her passions for the dignity of human life and health equity with her research as a nurse. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, working out, exploring NYC, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Paul Harraka
Lalibela Labs, Inc

Paul Harraka is cofounder of a clean tech startup. Paul previously drove in NASCAR, travelling the country climbing the racing ladder from childhood thru age 24, and has done both startups and large corporation stints. He's passionate about his Catholic faith (Eastern Rite), cooking, and working on all things motorized (especially his motorcycle). 8 years in North Carolina turned him into a country music fan, and he's actively involved in nonprofits focused on abused children and the mentally ill. Paul received his BA from Duke and MBA from Stanford.
Siobhan Heekin-Canedy
World Youth Alliance

Siobhan currently serves as the Regional Director for World Youth Alliance North America. Hailing from Stamford, CT, she holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Aquinas College. From 2008-2014, she represented Ukraine as an elite-level ice dancer, ultimately competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Prior to joining WYA, Siobhan interned at the US Department of State and the Holy See Mission to the UN, and she also served as President of the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy. She loves learning about different cultures and languages, and she is proficient in French, Russian, and Latin. Siobhan and her husband Michael are the proud parents of a baby girl, Maris Stella.
Victorialyn Keay
Alma Bank

Victorialyn Keay was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. She has lived in New York City for two and half years and is currently an Executive Assistant at Alma Bank where she works closely with the senior management team on strategic projects and corporate governance. Before moving to New York, she previously worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C. Victorialyn holds with a B.A. in Political Science and History from Ashland University where she was an Ashbrook Scholar. She also holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The Institute of World Politics where she served as President of the Student Government Association. Victorialyn loves to travel and has studied abroad in France, South Korea, and Kazakhstan. Victorialyn converted to Catholicism in the Spring of 2020 and is an active member of the RCIA Team at Saint Vincent Ferrer and is a Co-Worker with the Sisters of Life.
John Ketcham
Manhattan Institute

John Ketcham is a Fellow at the Manhattan Institute think tank, where he covers state and local policy and legal policy. He earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2021. While at HLS, John studied under and provided research assistance to Professor Mary Ann Glendon, served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and spent a summer at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. He graduated from Fordham University summa cum laude with a B.S. in Management Information Systems. A native of Astoria, Queens, where he now lives, John continues to serve in his parish of St. Francis of Assisi as a Confirmation class catechist and its academy as a member of its Board of Trustees. John is also a Past Grand Knight of Colon-Msgr. Higgins Knights of Columbus Council 309. He enjoys taking on home improvement projects, reading ancient philosophy, and cooking in his backyard kitchen.