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 for the 2021-2022 Leonine Forum in New York City are currently OPEN and close July 30, 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.