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 

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Applications for the 2022-2023 Leonine Forum cohort in New York City are now 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
Investment Management

Michael Brewer is Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner, for a leading investment management firm. Previously, Michael worked in talent acquisition, talent management, and leadership development roles across the financial services industry. 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.
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.
Diane Kremheller

Diane Kremheller grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Fairfield University, and she is currently an Assurance Director in the National Quality Organization at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She helped to found a young adult Catholic group in Stamford in 2018 and hosts a podcast called Restless Catholic Young adults with a few other young adults and a local priest. She is an avid runner, tennis player, reader, coffee lover and Mets fan.
Michael LaMantia

Michael was born and raised in South Texas in the border city McAllen, TX. He has two brothers and a slew of first cousins. He grew up in a family business focusing in beverage distribution, oil, insurance, and ranching. He currently is an investor in New York City, where he lives. Michael likes writing, reading, exercising, the outdoors, and history. He is married to his wife Meaghan LaMantia and is expecting the birth of his first child in December.
Jung-Woo Lee
JetBlue Airways

Jung-Woo Lee is a pilot for JetBlue Airways based in NYC-JFK airport. He was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States when he was six years old and calls Southern California home. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Meteorology. Recently, he graduated from Embry-Riddle with his MBA. He enjoys traveling on his time off and spending time with his family and friends.
Anna Lux
Flatiron School

Anna is the Senior Program Manager for Flatiron School Enterprise, where she works with leading companies and universities to design and implement tech education programs. She is proudest of her work to help people from nontraditional backgrounds reskill and enter new career paths – particularly working with Amazon Fulfillment Center Associates to enter technical roles and training soldiers to design and build software for their own use in the US Army. She has held numerous roles in the technology and education sectors across product management, marketing, consulting, and business development. Anna is a native South Carolinian, but she has called NYC home since graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2015. She is a dual-citizen of the United States and United Kingdom, loves baking complicated recipes, and got married to fellow Leonine participant Bobby Lux just a few weeks before the COVID-19 shutdown in February 2020. Her parish is St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village.
Bobby Lux

Bobby Lux is a software engineer at Bloomberg specializing in microservices architecture. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mathematics and economics, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Tech. He is the founder of Ora, a nonprofit prayer network that allows people to send and receive anonymous prayer requests. Outside of work and study he tastes a lot of wine, plays a lot of basketball, and struggles to maintain a very modest Latin vocabulary.
David J. Miller, Jr.
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene