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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.

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.

2019-2020 APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

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 Kavanaugh
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.
Chelsea Rojas
NYC Department of Education


Chelsea is a NYC native, born of Dominican parents. Currently, she works as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist for the NYC Department of Education, specializing in assistive technology, literacy and pediatric dysphagia with the Autism population. She completed her undergraduate studies at CUNY Brooklyn College and her graduate studies at Adelphi University. While in graduate school, she completed a personal service-learning project in Jinga, Uganda, which attracted the interest of her program directors and has furthered her interest in global non-profit sustainability practices. She has spent over 10+ years serving with Corazon Puro Inc, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Missionaries of Charity in the Bronx, NY leading youth and young adult retreats, missions and homeless/shelter outreach.
Giovanna Romero
United Federation of Teachers


Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Giovannna is a nonprofit professional with a focus on education. She currently manages grants that support youth educational programs throughout NYC public schools. Giovanna served 7 years in youth/young adult ministry and led missions throughout the US and abroad, providing youth leadership formation centered around Theology of the Body - and these are some of her fondest memories! Giovanna earned a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, and in her free time you can catch her at the beach or spending quality time with her friends and family.
Stephen Saroki
Equinox Partners


Stephen Saroki works as an analyst at Equinox Partners, a long-short hedge fund located in New York City. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from UCLA and a master’s degree in Finance from Duke University. Prior to this, Stephen was an analyst at O'Brien Greene & Company and Prima Pars Asset Management. Before this, he was a Sr. Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. Stephen became interested in finance and economics as a high school student. Since that time, he has tried to balance these interests with more fundamental questions. At one point, he even spent time studying for the Catholic priesthood. However, he discerned that his vocation in life is finance. After spending time as a PhD Candidate in Finance at Duke University, he discovered that he is most at home as an investor in public markets.
Sarah Schutte
National Review


Sarah Schutte is a graduate of Hillsdale College and the podcast manage/an associate editor at National Review Magazine. A former voice major, Sarah is still deeply passionate about music and cantors for St. Patrick’s Cathedral. She stays up later than she should baking, reading, and keeping the art of letter writing alive. She is a children’s literature aficionado, and her dream is to produce audio dramas with Paul McCusker at the Augustine Institute.
Maura Shea
The Witherspoon Institute


Maura Shea taught English literature for eight years in Catholic schools and is the Manager of Student and Alumni Affairs at The Witherspoon Institute. She received her B. A. in English and Theology with a minor in Classics from the University of Dallas, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. She received her Master's degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame and is a 2019 recipient of the Michael Pressley Award for Excellence in Catholic Education. She writes about the intersection of literature, education and faith at mysteriesandmanners.com.
Trevor Sorensen
Seton Education Partners


Growing up in rural Nebraska, Trevor Sorensen expected to live the rest of his life working in finance in Lincoln, Nebraska. However, after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Trevor committed to serving for two years as a campus missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). His commitment led him to move away from his beloved Nebraska to New York to serve at NYU. Falling in love with the city, and particularly with his fiancé who is a native New Yorker, Trevor chose to extend his time in New York past his original two-year plan. Now, as the Finance & Real Estate Manager for Seton Education Partners, Trevor works to support Seton’s educational mission through his passion for real estate and finance. Personally, Trevor is an avid fan of the Met Museum, walking Central Park, and is a passionate advocate for continuous learning and reading. He is currently reading the collected works of historian David McCullough and learning to play tennis.
Rebecca Sullivan
Columbia University


Rebecca Sullivan is a PhD student in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and is deeply interested in how learning happens.
Kristen Uitenham
Uniliever


Kristen is a convert to the Catholic faith. She went through RCIA 2016-2017 and feels that it was the best decision that she ever made. Kristen has a strong love for learning especially when it comes to her faith. She loves to attend educational events especially those for Catholic Young Adults. She loves meeting others that are on fire for their Catholic faith. Kristen is a Chemical Engineer and plans to start her masters degree in Engineering at The Ohio State University in the spring. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Kristen has three dogs and does therapy dog work with one of them at the VA Hospital and Children’s Hospital. Kristen loves to volunteer and two of her favorite nonprofits to volunteer for are The American Red Cross and Canine Companions for Independence.
Luz Velazquez
NYC Dept of Education


Luz works and lives in the Bronx. Born in El Salvador, Luz moved to the United States as a young child. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in psychology and a doctorate of physical therapy from New York Institute of Technology. Luz works as a physical therapist for the New York City department of education and her focus is with school -aged children who have a diagnosed disability. Luz loves to keep busy and giving back to the community through volunteer work. She enjoys long walks, hiking, biking and running.
Rebecca Walters
Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School


Rebecca Walters works as the Marketing Associate for the Corporate Work Study Program at Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. Previously, she served as a volunteer in the same office through the Mercy Volunteer Corps. In her time at Cristo Rey Brooklyn, Rebecca has enjoyed working in a variety of capacities, ranging from building curriculum, collaborating to improve school policies, providing overall program support, and now leading a new marketing initiative. She graduated from Villanova University in 2018 with a B.A. in Humanities and Honors.

PROGRAM DETAILS

INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATION

During the first semester of the program, Fellows engage with a curriculum that emphasizes primary Church documents, practical secondary analyses, and gain an intellectual foundation on topics including: Faith and Reason, Christian Anthropology, the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Charity and Truth, Justice and Mercy, and Catholicism and the American Experiment.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION

During the second semester, Fellows explore how core Social Teachings of the Church relate to their professional and civic lives, including topics such as entrepreneurship, business, finance, culture and the arts, poverty, economics, immigration, ecology, public policy and civic engagement, bioethics, health care, religious liberty, and more.

Spiritual Development

Fellows have the chance to supplement intellectual endeavors with regular opportunities for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession and spiritual direction.

Community Service

Understanding that we are called to love our brothers and sisters, Leonine Fellows have the opportunity to participate in monthly service activities as a group in New York City.

Alumni Events

Fellows join a community of over 100 Leonine Alumni, and will have the opportunity to participate in regular Alumni events — including happy hours, lectures, roundtable discussions and exclusive access to premier seminars, dinners, and more.

PROGRAM DETAILS

INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATION

During the first semester of the program, Fellows engage with a curriculum that emphasizes primary Church documents, practical secondary analyses, and gain an intellectual foundation on topics including: Faith and Reason, Christian Anthropology, the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Charity and Truth, Justice and Mercy, and Catholicism and the American Experiment.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION

During the second semester, Fellows explore how core Social Teachings of the Church relate to their professional and civic lives, including topics such as entrepreneurship, business, finance, culture and the arts, poverty, economics, immigration, ecology, public policy and civic engagement, bioethics, health care, religious liberty, and more.

Spiritual Development

Fellows have the chance to supplement intellectual endeavors with regular opportunities for Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, confession and spiritual direction.

Community Service

Understanding that we are called to love our brothers and sisters, Leonine Fellows have the opportunity to participate in monthly service activities as a group in New York City.

Alumni Events

Fellows join a community of over 100 Leonine Alumni, and will have the opportunity to participate in regular Alumni events — including happy hours, lectures, roundtable discussions and exclusive access to premier seminars, dinners, and more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, there is no required cost to participate in the Leonine Forum. You will, however, have an opportunity to donate to help defray the substantial costs of the Forum.

No. The Leonine Forum exists to equip the emerging generation of leaders in the core tenets of the Catholic Church’s social teachings. While our curriculum is intentionally rooted in the Catholic faith and intellectual tradition, we open to Fellows of various faith backgrounds, interested in understanding the Catholic Church more deeply.

The ideal letter of recommendation comes from a respected source who can speak to your professional achievement and personal character.

No. Your recommender does not need to be Catholic, as long as he or she can speak well to your professional achievements and personal character.

First-Year Fellows will meet one evening per month during the academic year (October-June), usually on the second Thursday of the month.

The basic format for each Session is as follows:

6:30pm — Mass

7:00pm — Cocktails & Conversation

7:30pm — Lecture and Q&A

8:00pm — Dinner & Discussion

9:00pm — Evening ends

The NYC Leonine Forum Sessions will take place at IESE Business School, located at 165 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019.

Priority will be given to applicants who intend in good faith to make it to at least 80% of the events (missing no more than two). The Leonine Forum is built on the community of Fellows, and when one is missing, the whole group feels it.

Yes. In the month leading up to each Session, Fellows will be given a packet of reading material (40-80 pages) selected by the Faculty Leaders to read in advance. Tolle Lege!

The Leonine application involves two stages: Stage 1- the online application/recommendation letters and Stage 2 – the video interview. After completing the online application, all Fellows will be contacted regarding an interview date and time to be completed via Zoom.

The frequency of events requires participants to live in the New York City area. If you live in the Washington, DC area, please click here, or the Los Angeles, CA area, please click here.

TESTIMONIES

“The Leonine Forum was an incredible experience. We learned directly from the top leaders at the intersection faith, culture, and public policy. I not only learned more about the deep philosophical tenets of the Catholic faith, but how to apply these tenets to complex public policy issues of this age.”

JULIA SLINGSBY • 2013 LEONINE FELLOW

“If there’s one thing this election has revealed, it’s that there’s a growing majority of Catholics, and young Catholics in particular, who are disaffected by the traditional tug-of-war of partisan politics and looking for new ways to reengage the world around them. The Leonine Forum is one intriguing option.”

CHRISTOPHER WHITE • CATHOLIC VOICES USA

“There’s no such thing as morally neutral law. Every piece of public policy embodies somebody’s values. If it’s going to embody true values, people need to know the truth. The Leonine Forum is teaching the next generation of leaders the truth about man and God, and the role of the state in respecting both.”

RYAN ANDERSON • HERITAGE FOUNDATION