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 nearly 800 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.

2023-2024 Leonine Forum applications are now closed.

2023-2024 NEW YORK CITY


Dayoung Ahn
Capital One

Dayoung is a Senior Software Engineer at Capital One in NYC. She was born in Korea and grew up in northern NJ. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, she worked in multiple automotive engineering space until she gained interest and experience in software systems and made a transition into software engineering. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, reading, and working with the youth at her parish, where she serves as a Catechist.
Logan Amster
Seton Education Partners

Logan is a Finance Associate for Seton Education Partners, a non-profit dedicated to revitalizing Classical education in underserved communities. Before that, he worked primarily in management and operations, and spent two years discerning religious life, attempting to help found a men's religious community. Logan and both of his older brothers converted to Catholicism in 2012 and 2013. Originally from Vero Beach, FL, Logan is now a resident of Bogota, NJ. One interesting fact about Logan: he met his fiancee on a 30-day silent retreat.
Catherine Birri
Seton Education Partners

Catherine is an Executive Assistant for Seton Education Partners for the Executive Director and General Partner of Brilla Public Charter Schools. She previously worked as a Strategy Associate for the Archdiocese of New York Department of Education. She received her BA from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, in liberal arts with a concentration in Philosophy. Catherine volunteers with the CFR Sisters in running Samuel Group, a young adult faith formation program. She delights in reading, learning to play tennis, and going for long walks.
Halpin Burke
Spark Foundry, Publicis Media

Hap Burke is from St. Louis, Missouri, and is a graduate of St. Louis U. High School and the University of Notre Dame. He works as a media strategy planner for the Publicis Groupe's New York office. He loves running, swimming, and biking and is slowly learning how to cook.
Angelo Cona
Knights of Columbus

Angelo is currently the Manager of Program Development with the Knights of Columbus (KofC). Being a part of the largest Catholic Fraternal Organization in the world, Angelo leads, develops, and facilitates the production of various new programs within the KofC, which then are offered to their 2 million members to participate in. He also performs comprehensive data analysis to capture the health of the programs currently being provided by the KofC. Angelo has proven success in managing projects and coordinating with numerous parties to efficiently get the job done. Angelo, a 2020 graduate from Loyola University Maryland, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Rachael Connolly
Three Leaf Production

Rachael Connolly is excited to be a part of the 2023-2024 Leonine Forum. She was born and bred in Queens, New York. She is a lover of theater and film. Along with her sisters, she started a production company bringing hope, resilience, and light to the industry. She is excited where her entrepreneurial spirit and the Leonine Forum will take her next.
Christa Dalmazio
Holy Innocents Church, NJ

Christa is a classically trained musician, performing, directing, and teaching mostly in the tristate area. She is the Director of Music at Holy Innocents Church in Neptune, NJ, and music directs with Pivot Theater Company. Some of her performing role credits include Gilda (Rigoletto), Flora (Turn of the Screw), Maria (West Side Story), and Papagena (The Magic Flute). Christa received Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She also plays and teaches the piano, viola, violin, cello, and harp. Christa graduated from Manhattan School of Music (MSM) with Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in Vocal Performance, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at MSM, studying with Catherine Malfitano.
Anna Fata Shemin
AF Innovation

Anna Shemin grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism. Post-graduation, she worked as a FOCUS Missionary in Kansas and New Jersey. She spent the next four years in New York as a press attaché for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations, until moving to Barcelona for her MBA at IESE Business School. After working in IESE’s Admissions department, she moved back to the states to manage Sales and Business Development in her family’s manufacturing company. On the side, she works on consulting projects and is currently a consultant for the Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the United Nations. She lives in New York City with her husband, Andrew, and in her free time enjoys helping produce his film projects, visiting friends and family in Europe and the Middle East, and organizing events.
Mary Lewis Fedrigo
Marymount School of New York

Mary Fedrigo is a musician and educator born and raised in Greenville, SC. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Furman University and began her teaching career in northern France shortly after graduation. After several years as a choral educator, she moved to Chicago to pursue a Masters in Music Education at Northwestern. After graduation, she taught in both suburban and urban Chicagoland schools for four years. She and her husband Andrea moved to New York in July 2023 and she currently works as a pianist for the performing arts department at Marymount School of New York. She also plans to open a private teaching studio in the coming months.
Andrea Fredigo
Morgan Stanley

Andrea has recently moved to NYC and joined Morgan Stanley’s Commodities Sales and Trading team after completing his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Before his MBA he was part of Pimco’s investment management team in London. He is originally from Vicenza, a small town in the Northeast of Italy, and during his college years he studied and lived in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Milan.
Chao Feng

Originally from China, Chao came to New York City in 2016 for graduate school. He defended his PhD in 2023 and now works as a postdoctoral fellow in Genmab, a pharmaceutical company in Princeton, NJ, where he continues his research in developing machine learning algorithms to gain a deeper understanding of cancer, in the hope of finding better treatment for cancer patients. He started to know and love Jesus in the summer of 2020. He attended RCIA at the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena. He was baptized in August 2021 at St. Vincent Ferrer and since then has continued to be amazed by God’s mercy towards him. He enjoys reading theology and philosophy, jogging, watching movies, and listening to classical music. And he is very proud to be a coworker for the Sisters of Life!
Michael Franzonello
Sauce Labs

Michael is a product manager for a tech startup, living in Williamsburg with his Mexican street dog Möbi, after having lived in the Bay Area for the last decade. He has an MBA and a civil engineering MS from Carnegie Mellon. He has had an exciting career across industries ranging across energy, construction, real estate and networking, but his most proud accomplishment might be winning the Smile Award at McDonalds. In his free time he likes sketching, videography, math puzzles, weight training, concerts and anything outdoors.
Christina Marie Reres Gaudino
The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN

Christina Gaudino is the Office Manager for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. She earned her bachelor's from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Prior to joining the Holy See Mission, Christina worked in U.S. Government, most recently at the Consular Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State. She is currently enrolled in the Publishing Certificate Program at the City College of New York.
Allondra Gonzalez
Eli Lilly

Allondra Gonzalez is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for improving the lives of others through a holistic nutrition approach emphasizing mindful eating techniques to help individuals build an intentional healthy relationship with food. Allondra grew up in Anaheim California and received her B.S in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University Long Beach. She moved to New York to pursue a post-graduate Registered Dietitian Program from Stony Brook University Hospital, and at the moment is pursuing an MBA at Baruch College. She’s currently a Pharmaceutical Territory Sales Manager at Eli Lilly and Company, where she has built strong client relationships to improve diabetes patient care. Previously, she was a Diabetes Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension and worked in private nutrition consulting. She enjoys hiking, camping, volunteering, creating health coaching videos, and cooking with friends!