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

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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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2022-2023 WASHINGTON

FIRST-YEAR LEONINE FELLOWS

Marjorie Baker
Deltek


Marjorie Baker was born and raised in Northern Virginia, and she attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She studied foreign affairs and Russian and Eastern European studies, and taught English in Ukraine and Poland. She has worked in public relations, and currently works in defense contracting. In her spare time, Marjorie enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her friends.
C'Zar Bernstein
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


C’Zar Bernstein is an attorney and author. C'Zar earned his J.D. with high honors from The George Washington University Law School. He then served as a law clerk to Judge Gregory Maggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and then to Chief Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to law school, C'Zar graduated with a Master's in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he converted to Catholicism. C'Zar has published articles in the philosophy of religion and applied/medical ethics. His most recent scholarship concerns the law and legal history of abortion.
Andrew Brennan
U.S. House of Representatives


Andrew currently serves as Communications Director for Congressman Rudy Yaykm of Indiana's Second District. A native of northern New Jersey, Andrew graduated from the University of Richmond in 2017. Andrew is a parishioner at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Virginia, and enjoys playing golf, watching movies, reading, running, cooking and making cocktails in his free time.
Maria Buckley
American Enterprise Institute


Maria Margarita Buckley hails from the coastal town of Cohasset, MA and a family of mixed Irish, Italian, and Venezuelan heritage. She studied history and political science at the University of Chicago and is currently the manager of development communications at the American Enterprise Institute. In her role, Maria works with scholars and staff across the Institute to package their work for a broad array of individual, corporate, and foundation donors who share AEI’s mission and values. Prior to AEI, she worked at the New-York Historical Society, an art and history museum on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Outside of work, Maria enjoys time with friends, long rambling walks, and keeping up with a growing pack of nieces and nephews.
Trevor Carlsen
Foundation for Government Accountability


Trevor Carlsen is a senior research fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability. He has over ten years of experience working in public policy, both in government and at non-profits. Trevor is a graduate of the University of San Diego where he studied Political Science and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University. He grew up in Northern California and is an avid fan of Bay Area sports teams.
Lance Casimir
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Lance currently serves as an Attorney Advisor to Commissioner Keith Sonderling at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He studied philosophy at The Catholic University of America and earned his J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Lance and his wife, Morgan, who is also a fellow, enjoy cooking new recipes, visiting new places, working out, and hosting family and friends.
Morgan Casimir
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital


Morgan is an occupational therapist at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. She received her B.S. in Biology at The Catholic University of America and received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Mary Baldwin University. Morgan’s professional interests include neurological conditions, and she is a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist. When not at work, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband and son, as well as baking, cross stitching, and listening to audiobooks.
Casey Chalk
New Oxford Review


Casey Chalk is a regular contributor at many publications, including New Oxford Review, The American Conservative, The Spectator, Crisis Magazine, and The Federalist. He is the author of "The Persecuted: True Stories of Courageous Christians Living Their Faith in Muslim Lands" (Sophia Institute Press, 2021) and the upcoming "The Obscurity of Scripture: Disputing Sola Scriptura and the Protestant Notion of Biblical Perspicuity" (Emmaus Road Publishing). He has a Bachelors in History and Masters in Teaching from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Theology from Christendom College. He lives in his native Northern Virginia with his wife Claire and their five children.
Jack Clark
AFWERX (USAF)


Jack Clark is a strategic analyst at AFWERX Prime, an Air Force office focused on transitioning commercial technologies into warfighting capabilities. Previously, Jack worked for the Long Term Strategy Group on assessments of political warfare between democracies and authoritarian rivals. Jack grew up in Front Royal, VA, and studied Classics at Harvard.
Alyson Cox
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Aly Cox is a law clerk to Judge Carl J. Nichols on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She previously served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where she was Managing Articles Editor for Notre Dame Law Review, and she received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. In her free time, she enjoys true crime podcasts and DIY furniture projects.
Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review


Matthew is the US Correspondent for The Australian Financial Review newspaper where he focuses on economic, political and military issues. He is originally from Brisbane, Australia where he attended the University of Queensland and received dual degrees in Economics and Journalism. He has travelled extensively and enjoys nature, drawing and golf.
Patrick Davis
U.S. House of Representatives, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence


Patrick serves as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division at the Justice Department. Patrick is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Nebraska. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their two children.
Anne Feely
Platform Science


Anne Feely is the Sales Enablement Manager at Platform Science, a telematics and fleet management software company. Her background spans working in Sales Operations and Enablement at several growth stage tech startups and unicorn status companies. She recently was the Sales Enablement Lead for a venture capital firm that focused on female founded companies and companies women want to see in the world. She started her career in sales for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network before transitioning to technology. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Philosophy. Prior to moving to the DMV, Anne lived in NYC and NJ. She is passionate about her faith, foster care, and her community.
Meghan Feely
Eli Lilly & Co.


Meghan Feely, MD, FAAD is a Board Certified Dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She serves as an Executive Director in the pharmaceutical industry. Meghan attended Dartmouth College, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in history as a Rhodes scholarship finalist. She was awarded a merit-based scholarship to attend the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Meghan received an American Medical Association chapter grant for Books for Africa, an initiative for which she was named the Mayo Clinic Fellows’ Association’s Humanitarian of the Year. She completed her internship at a Tufts Medical Center affiliate and her Dermatology residency at Mount Sinai with the title of Chief Resident. ​Meghan was a contributor in the ABC News Medical Unit in New York City. She has been a recipient of NIH funding and served on the Prevention Medical Review Board. In her free time, Meghan enjoys hiking and volunteering her time to serve the underserved.