WASHINGTON, DC

PARTNERING WITH

In monthly sessions held at the Catholic Information Center, Leonine Fellows are led in discussion by Catholic thought leaders from around the country to grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of faith and public life.

WASHINGTON, DC

PARTNERING WITH

In monthly sessions held at the Catholic Information Center, Leonine Fellows are led in discussion by Catholic thought leaders from around the country to grapple with some of the most important questions at the intersection of faith and public life.

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2019-2020 WASHINGTON

FIRST-YEAR LEONINE FELLOWS

Elise Amez-Droz
Mercatus Center


Elise Amez-Droz works in healthcare policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in the Washington DC metro area. She is a graduate of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. She's a Public Policy Fellow with The Fund for American Studies and a founding member of the Adam Smith Society's DC Professional Chapter. She's also a Young Voices contributor, and her articles have been published in the Orange County Register and the Washington Examiner among others.
Tiffany Bates
Consovoy McCarthy


Tiffany Bates is an associate at Consovoy McCarthy PLLC. Before joining the firm, Tiffany was a law clerk to Judge S. Kyle Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She previously served as a Legal Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation and co-hosted Heritage’s SCOTUS 101 podcast. Tiffany is a graduate of Hillsdale College and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.
Xavier Bisits
Bain Consulting


Xavier grew up mostly in Australia before studying at Trinity College, Cambridge, and UVA. Today, he works as a management consultant at Bain & Company. In 2019, he externed at Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation, managing aspects of its reconstruction program in former ISIS territory near Mosul.
Kelsey Bloom
USA TODAY


Kelsey Bloom is an opinion editor for USA TODAY, focusing on narrative first-person columns that are of national interest. Previously, she worked as an opinion editor for The Hill. Kelsey is originally from North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, she studied economics and political science and was editor in chief of the monthly magazine Carolina Review. Kelsey is active with her parish, St. Luke's Ordinariate, serving as a lector and faith formation teacher for elementary school students.
Patrick Brown
U.S. Congress - Joint Economic Committee


Patrick T. Brown is a senior policy advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, where he researches policies relating to youth investment, family formation, and social capital. He formerly worked for Catholic Charities USA and the Diocese of Trenton, and has written for Catholic and mainstream media outlets on political and cultural topics. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MPA from Princeton University, and is a fan of the only two Major League Baseball franchises never to make a World Series appearance.
Bernadette Corso
National Council of Catholic Women


Bernadette Corso is Administrative Specialist at the National Council of Catholic Women, where she works on a range of issues affecting the American Catholic woman’s relationship and participation in the Church. Building on her long interest in the arts, Bernadette founded a classical-crossover soprano trio that performs throughout the National Capital Region. The group is currently working on their second album. A native of Potomac, Maryland, Bernadette earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2014. When not doting on her nephew, Bernadette enjoys reading, art, and cooking classic dishes inspired by her Cuban heritage.
Melissa Coughlin
AstraZeneca


Melissa is a scientist at AstraZeneca, working on innovative, digital health solutions for patients. A Boston native, she studied biology and medicine at Boston University, with an interest in infectious diseases. After graduation, she worked as an immunobiologist at Harvard Boston Children's Hospital. Melissa moved to Washington, D.C. in 2006 to develop biologics for the Department of Defense. She then moved into biotech, before finally landing at AstraZeneca. Melissa is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception in Shaw and enjoys volunteering to coordinate the young adult ministry group there. She also volunteers as an international volunteer for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, with her Boston University DC Alumni Club, the Capital Alumni Network, the Catholic Medical Association, and the John Carroll Society. In her free time, Melissa enjoys soccer, golf, the Red Sox and spending time with her two schnauzers, Cooper and Draper.
Charles Davidson
ForgottenSong, Inc.


Charles Davidson is married to his amazing wife Abby and lives in Washington D.C. where he directs ForgottenSong, an international NGO focused on community-level economic peacebuilding in war-torn countries. He has a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and researches insurgent group dynamics and civil war. He is also an entrepreneur having started businesses in the U.S. and assists in business foundation abroad. Charles loves to read, write, and travel and has performed standup comedy at clubs in D.C.
Emile Doak
The American Conservative


Emile Doak is senior development associate at The American Conservative, where he coordinates the organization's fundraising efforts. Prior to joining TAC, Emile worked in education, teaching and managing college preparation courses for high school students. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he studied political philosophy and theology. Emile and his wife live in the historic district of their hometown, Herndon, Virginia, with their daughter.
Brendan Duffy
Covington & Burling LLP


Brendan Duffy is an incoming associate at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. He recently completed two clerkships, one with Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and one with Judge Paul Kelly on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Brendan earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from The Catholic University of America and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University Law School. Prior to law school, Brendan completed a Fulbright Scholarship to South Korea. He is an avid basketball fan and loves to play with his seven younger siblings, five of whom have played college basketball.
William Dutton
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)


William "Blake" Dutton is a licensed social worker who was born and raised right down the road in Silver Spring, MD. He graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, NY (Go Rams!) with a degree in psychology in 2014 and received his MSW at Catholic University (Go Cardinals!) in 2017. Since graduating, he has devoted his career to advocating for senior citizens. He served as an intern for the Chief of Montgomery County Department of Aging and Disability Services during graduate school, and continued with the department as a case manager for low income senior citizens. He now works as a budget analyst for Alzheimer's research grants at the National institute on Aging at The National Institutes of Health (NIH). Outside of work Blake is an avid CrossFitter, Baltimore Orioles fan, country music lover, and amateur chef.
Matt Fransted
MPR Associates


Matt was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. After graduating, he commissioned into the Navy where he served tours in Japan, San Diego, and Washington D.C. He resigned from the Navy after 8 years and now works as a Senior Engineering Consultant for a company in Alexandria. Matt met his wife Kara when they were both stationed in Japan and they have two daughters together with another on the way.
Gabriela Gonzalez-Araiza
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty


Gabriela Gonzalez-Araiza is a Constitutional Law Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Before joining Becket, Gabriela clerked for the Honorable S. Kyle Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit during his first year on the federal judiciary. Prior to her clerkship, Gabriela worked as a litigation associate at a law firm in Washington, DC. Gabriela holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and an A.B. in politics from Princeton University.
Timothy Goobic
Drug Enforcement Administration


Tim is a husband, father of three, and currently works for the Drug Enforcement Administration. A native of Northern Virginia, his professional interest has always been in government affairs. About a decade ago, his Lenten fast was to only listen to Catholic Radio in the car. It ended up being the most impactful Lent of his life and recommends that everyone try that 40 day challenge. Tim is a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic parish in Alexandria, and is an active member of its Men's Group.
Kelly Griffith
Elizabeth Seton High School


Kelly Griffith is a history and government teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Griffith, a native of Columbus, Ohio, graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame. She moved to the DC area after teaching in Brownsville, Texas—a city on the U.S.–Mexico border. Griffith is the recipient of the Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award and the Brownsville Rotary Endowment for Teaching Excellence Award for her development of an oral history and photojournalism book project aimed at authentically reflecting the culture, faith, and history of the U.S.-Mexico border. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys working with the DC Alliance for Catholic Education, a network of local Catholic schools, teachers and stakeholders as well as coaching field hockey and lacrosse.
James Hasson
Sidley Austin LLP


James Hasson is an associate in the Washington, D.C. offices of Sidley Austin LLP. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia School of Law, and a former law clerk to Judge Edith Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. James served as an Army officer prior to law school and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
Nick Haydon
Texas Public Policy Foundation


Nick Haydon is originally from a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. He graduated in May 2018 from Hobart College in Geneva, New York with a degree in Classics and Philosophy. Currently, he is a creative writer for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. In his free time, Nick enjoys reading and writing, playing and watching hockey, hitting any drum set as hard as humanly possible, and eating ice cream with his wife, Katrina.
Richard Helke
U.S. Department of Defense


Richard moved to DC in 2007 for graduate school and stayed afterward for the work, since 2009 with the Department of Defense. He is involved in missions work in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, supporting refugees arriving here in DC, and a small group that seeks to apply their faiths to work in the national security community. He and his wife live in SW DC with their two dogs.
Monica Herman
U.S. House of Representatives


A native Washingtonian, Monica is a Management Consultant at Eagle Hill Consulting in Crystal City, VA. Before joining Eagle Hill, Monica worked as a Legislative Assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives, where she focused on trade, business and financial policy. She has lived and studied in five countries outside of the US, including Japan, France, Italy, Brussels and the UK. She also possesses a Master of Arts (M.A.) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where she focused on International Economics and American Foreign Policy, minoring in Strategic Studies. Passionate about the outdoors and fitness, Monica is an avid runner who completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 2018 and is training for her next big race.
Alexander J. Hoffarth
Hogan Lovells US LLP


Alexander Hoffarth practices corporate law as an attorney at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Diane S. Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has also worked as a summer associate at Hogan Lovells and as a law clerk for the Republican Attorneys General Association. Alexander holds a B.A. in political science from Boston College, an M.B.A from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a proud native of Rochester, New York.
Clara Jace
George Mason University


Over the last three years, Clara has been working toward her Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University. She first fell in love with economics by reading Bastiat at a summer camp and the School of Salamanca during her undergraduate studies at Creighton. She published a paper last spring on the School as early producers of economic analysis, and her current research studies the relationship between the family and the state through an economic analysis of Soviet family policy. Clara has also been having great fun teaching her first class—International Economic Policy—this semester. She loves her peaceful life in Fairfax, where her office, running trails, cafes, and her friends’ houses are all just a walk away.
Celine Kinneberg
FEMM Foundation


Celine was born and raised in Los Angeles and has worked as Labor and Delivery Nurse for the past six years at several hospitals across the country. She earned a BSN from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a Registered Nurse in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She has recently worked at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital in DC and is now home full-time with her two young children. She is an educator for the FEMM Foundation, teaching clients and training teachers about a comprehensive approach to women’s health care that affirms the dignity of the woman. Celine also devotes some nap times to educating medical professionals about FEMM’s pedagogy. She has written for Verily Magazine on women’s health interests. Prior to moving to the DC area, Celine and her husband Kyle lived in Houston for three years. They now live in Silver Spring with their two children, Thomas and Ana.
Cory Larkin
Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP


As an attorney at Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP, Cory Larkin helps individuals and businesses develop thoughtful, tax-efficient, and thorough estate plans. He also assists individuals in a broad range of related matters, including estate and trust administration, dispute resolution, corporate formation and governance, and real estate transactions. Before moving to DC, Cory practiced trusts and estates law in New York, where he was an active member of the New York State Bar Association. Cory obtained his J.D. from The Catholic University Columbus School of Law while working in the financial services industry, shortly after graduating from the College of William and Mary, where he founded a non-profit organization and walked on the men’s varsity soccer team.
Frances Lataif
United States Courts


Frances serves as an Aide to Chambers at the Supreme Court of the United States. A Georgia native, she graduated with a B.A. in English and a Theology minor from Catholic University of America. While there, she studied abroad in Rome and Oxford and interned for the British Parliament. Frances is a member of Holy-Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in D.C.