New York City 2018-10-03T15:43:30+00:00

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.

2018-2019 APPLICATIONS FOR NYC ARE CLOSED

2018-2019 NEW YORK FIRST-YEAR LEONINE FELLOWS

Kelly Andino
Better Angels


Kelly Schumann Andino is a wife, mother, and teacher with experience in non-profit administration. Currently she serves as the Project Director at Better Angels, a citizen's movement working to reduce political polarization in the United States. She also serves as the Chapter Administrator for Legatus of New York City. Previously she has worked for organizations such at The Global Good Fund, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Her academic interests include early Christian history and art, especially the monuments of the Holy Land. Since 2014 she has been involved in ongoing research on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Ms. Andino has presented her research at the North American Patristics Society, the University of Chicago, and Oxford University. She holds an M.A. in Religion from The University of Chicago Divinity School and a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University.
Eduardo Andino
First Things


Eduardo grew up in Jackson Heights, New York. He currently works as Director of Development for First Things, an influential journal of religion and public life. Eduardo received his BA from Yale and a Master's in Theology from Notre Dame, where he focused on the history of Christianity. Eduardo is a flamenco guitarist and has spent time in Seville studying at the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco. He lives in Queens with his wife and daughter.
John Aroutiounian
Columbia Law School


John is a second year student at Columbia Law School. Previously, he was a Master's student in Classical History at the University of Oxford, and worked before this at the New York District Attorney's Office. He is a 2015 graduate of Yale with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and History. He was born and raised on the Upper West Side and Washington Heights in New York and come from an international background, with family across Europe and the U.S. John has lived in New York, Kentucky, Connecticut, Washington, DC, and the UK.
Collin Berger
Markets Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Collin Berger is an analyst with the Markets Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Before he joined the Fed, he spent over two years based in New York with the management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, where most of his projects supported regional and national financial institutions. Collin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude in 2014 after studying public policy and finance. At Princeton, Collin served on the board of one student theater group and filled behind-the-scenes roles for other student performance groups.
William Borman
The University Bookman


Billy Borman, a native of Virginia, lives in Manhattan and works in the life insurance industry. He previously worked as a management consultant. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied political philosophy, and serves as an altar server at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer on the Upper East Side. He owns an unwieldy collection of about 4,000 books, none of which are acutely rare or valuable.
Matthew Brinzo
Columbia Law School


Matthew Brinzo is a student at Columbia Law School in the City of New York. At Columbia, Matthew leads the Saint Thomas More Society, an organization for Catholic law students, and is a managing editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. Already in his legal career, Matthew has served as a law clerk in the Office of the White House Counsel and worked as a summer associate for the law firm Jones Day. Matthew received his bachelor's degree in Russian language and political science from Baylor University,
Gerard Connolly
Columbia University


Gerard grew up in Howard Beach Queens New York. He graduated from West Point in 2011 and commissioned as a Cavalry Officer in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Dum, NY with the 10th Mountain Division and deployed to the Afghan-Pakistan border in 2013 as a platoon leader. In 2016 he ended his time in service and moved to Washington D.C. where he worked as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2017 he moved to San Francisco where he worked as a project manager at Facebook. Gerard moved back to New York City in 2018 to attend business school at Columbia University.
Philip DeVoe
National Review


Philip DeVoe is a writer from Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Hillsdale College in 2017. While at Hillsdale, Phil was a staff reporter and editor for the college paper, The Hillsdale Collegian, and played trumpet in the community orchestra. After graduation, he began working at National Review as an editorial fellow, where he wrote op-eds on issues ranging from missile-defense funding to the privatization of the International Space Station. He moved into a management role with the magazine, his current position, after a year on the editorial staff. His work has appeared in Forbes, Real Clear Politics, and CNBC, and he has worked for newsrooms in London and Washington D.C. He currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is a parishioner of St. Michael's Catholic Church, where he serves as a lector.
Walker Dornisch
Morgan Stanley


Walker was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but moved to the East Coast for college in 2012 to study Applied Psychology (B.S.) at New York University. After undergraduate, he studied Wealth Management (M.S.) at the Wharton School of Business and School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past two years Walker has worked as an Associate of Financial Planning and Analysis with Morgan Stanley. In addition to working, he also studies Enterprise Risk Management part-time at Columbia University. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting art museums, running, and seeing Broadway shows. Walker converted to Catholicism in 2014 after encountering the Catholic Church through FOCUS missionaries and the Dominican Order.
Sheila Enright
Carnegie Corporation


Sheila Enright is the Coordinator of Correspondence and Special Projects for the President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Before joining Carnegie, Sheila worked for Henry Kissinger, the Hertog Foundation, and Covenant House Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in History from Villanova University and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. A native Chicagoan, Sheila loves opera, poetry, and Jane Austen.
Emily Horton
Tappan Zee Bridge


Emily is currently an engineer on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. A 2016 Notre Dame graduate, she has moved four times since summer of 2016. She is thrilled to now live in New York and looks forward to meeting fellow Catholics in the city!
Courtney Horton
Catholic Medical Association


Courtney Horton (nee McEachon) is a second-year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At Einstein, she serves as a board member of the Bioethics Interest Group and president of the Einstein Catholic Medical Association. Previously, she worked as a senior associate in healthcare at GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) and as a medical assistant in the dermatologic surgery practice of Janet H. Prystowsky, MD, PhD. Courtney graduated from Yale University in 2015 where she studied Biomedical Engineering. At Yale, she held leadership positions in the Federalist Party of the Yale Political Union and Choose Life at Yale (CLAY). In 2013, she founded and directed the now annual Yale Vita et Veritas Conference on Life to challenge the unspoken consensus about abortion on campus.
Christian Lezzi
The Archdiocese of New York


Christian is a New York native, and an Italian-American, who has been blessed with an amazing family, great friends, and consistent opportunities to improve himself. His mission will always be to learn more, in every way possible, and he cannot think of a better method than the Leonine Forum to express his gratitude to God for the life that He has given to him. His hobbies include reading, writing, exploring New York City, and traveling to new places. He is always prepared to provide recommendations about the latest nonfiction books or the best restaurants in town, and will humbly admit that he's also a reliable source of random information who would probably be an asset to any competitive trivia team. He takes his responsibilities seriously, but also love to enjoy life and try to find many things laugh about every day; for an example of his sense of humor, just watch any episode of Seinfeld.
Madeleine Kearns
National Review


Madeleine Kearns is a native Scot and a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review. She is a contributor to The Spectator and has been published in The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Scotsman, and The Catholic Herald. Madeleine has appeared on the BBC World Service, as well as American media outlets. Madeleine graduated with a Master’s in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University (2018). She was awarded scholarships by the St. Andrews Society of the State of New York and the Scottish International Education Trust. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Glasgow (2016). And in 2015 graduated First Class (summa cum laude) with an MA in English literature from the University of St Andrews, where she also maintained competitive vocal scholarships. She moonlights as a singer.
John Lane
Seton Teaching Fellows Community and Formation


John Lane serves as the manager of the El Camino Faith Formation Program at Brilla College Prep Middle School as well as the manager of Seton Teaching Fellows Community and Formation. Prior to joining Seton’s team, John spent four years in Catholic education teaching high school theology and language arts. John received his master’s degree through the University of Portland’s P.A.C.E. program, completing two years of service at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, an underserved Catholic school in Ogden, Utah, where he taught theology and language arts and served as the campus minister. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and Catholic studies from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Portland.
Tess Lane
Seton Education Partners


Tess Lane works at Seton Education Partners, a non-profit dedicated to expanding and reviving Catholic education opportunities for disadvantaged children in America. At Seton, Tess serves as the Director of Talent and Recruitment for the Brilla Public Charter Schools Network and the Seton Teaching Fellowship program. Prior to joining Seton's team, she was a middle & high school teacher. Tess graduated from Centre College with degrees in Psychology & History and received her Masters Degree from the University of Portland, where she completed the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) program. Originally from Kentucky, she enjoys exploring NYC with her husband John and their son, Thomas.
Francesca Leite
Fordham University


Francesca is a graduate student at Montclair State University in her final semester of the educational leadership master's program. She graduated from Fordham University in 2015 with her bachelor’s degree in communications and currently works at Fordham University in the Office for Student Involvement. Francesca is an active member of her parish community at St. Thomas the Apostle in Bloomfield, NJ where she assists with the parish youth group.
Tyler Lomnitzer
Knights of Columbus


Tyler Lomnitzer is the Program Manager of Life-Based Initiatives for the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, CT. He oversees the implementation and growth of the following programs: March for Life, Special Olympics, Ultrasound Initiative, Novena for Life, Christian Refugee Relief, Silver Rose, Pregnancy Center Support, and Mass for People with Special Needs. Prior to the Knights, Tyler worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops planning and executing the Convocation of Catholic Leaders 2017, as well as serving the Committee for Religious Liberty. Tyler graduated from The Catholic University of America earning a B.A. in English literature with a minor in philosophy. As a writing center tutor, he presented an original piece “Religious Mission in/and Writing Centers” at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and the International Writing Center Association Conference. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys playing golf, wandering around art museums, and reading poetry.
Luisa Majnoni d'Intignano
Sandton Capital Partners


Luisa Majnoni d’Intignano works as an Investment Analyst at Sandton Capital Partners in New York City where she investigates investment opportunities in Italy and Spain. She graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Economics and holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from New York University. She volunteers with the Order of Malta, and is especially dedicated to their international summer camp for young adults with mental and physical disabilities. She hopes to soon bring this program to the United States. Luisa was born in Rome and feels most at home in the countryside near Siena.
Ashley Marchetta
Cornelia Connelly Center


Ashley Marchetta grew up on a tree farm in Akron, Ohio where she attended Walsh Jesuit High School. She figured out how to get her BSBA while traveling the globe and graduated from Georgetown University. Since moving to NYC 10 years ago, she has worked in financial services as a banker, recruiter, and diversity and inclusion director. She could listen for hours to the stories of the lifetime residents of Little Italy. Her happiest memories are usually made on a sailboat somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea.
Jennifer Monsalve
St. Peter’s University


Jennifer K Monsalve hails from Bogota, NJ, not to be confused with the capital of the country her parents are from, Bogotá, Colombia. She is currently a Campus Minister for Retreats and Spiritual Life at St. Peter's University in Jersey City, and a Youth Minister to high school students at St. Paul in Clifton, NJ. Previously, she received an MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, while working at the Colombian Bishops Conference on issues tied to the peace negotiations. As an undergraduate student, she studied at Fordham University and graduated with two degrees in International Political Economy and Theology, and a concentration in American Catholic Studies. Thereafter, she moved to El Salvador to work for Casa de la Solidaridad. Even though we currently live in a culture not conducive to living a life of discipleship, she firmly believes the hearts of our youth long to know God.
Robert Nguyen
The TEAK Fellowship


Robert Nguyen is an Analyst at Silvercrest Asset Management. He graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University with a B.S. in Finance and Economics and is also a graduate of Regis High School. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ to a Vietnamese immigrant family, he enjoys tutoring and mentoring children and high school students, attending concerts, visiting art galleries, and exploring new restaurants.
Diana Palacios


Diana is currently a third-year law student at the CUNY School of Law in Long Island City, New York. After graduating from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Diana worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 10 years, the last two of which were at Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her decision to attend law school stems from her desire to work with the immigrant community upon graduation as an immigration attorney.
Rachel Pinto


Rachel Pinto, is a Dentist by training from Mumbai, India. During Dental School, she was elected as the Chair of the Cultural Committee. She has also served on the Executive Committee of The Catholic Medical Guild of St.Luke, Bombay for 2 years. She is a recent graduate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she obtained her Masters in Public Health, in May 2018. She is an amateur guitar player, ballroom dancer and has sung for Mumbai's best Choirs. She currently works as a Drug Safety Scientist at Bellerophon Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical that develops drugs for people that suffer from rare pulmonary diseases.
Lord Leomer Pomperada


Lord Leomer Pomperada currently serves as the President of the World Youth Alliance (WYA), a global coalition of over 1 million young people in over 160 countries that aims to promote the dignity of the person through policy and culture and build solidarity among the youth from developed and developing countries. He joined WYA as a member in 2011 and became a staff member in January 2014 as Director for Asia Pacific. Prior to working with WYA, Lord worked with the Center for Excellence in Governance-Institute for Solidarity in Asia, a non-partisan, not-for-profit public governance reform institute in East Asia. As a Filipino Sign Language interpreter, Lord has previously led community projects to bring the deaf and hearing youth communities in the Philippines together. Lord enjoys working with young people, cooking Filipino food, and traveling to new places.
Gaston Rodriguez


Gaston Rodriguez is a director at Citigroup. In his more than 10 years in the company, he has served in different roles including Head of Corporate Strategy for North America, focusing on setting the strategic direction of the firm. Gaston has worked in more than 10 countries across America, Europe and Asia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Buenos Aires, and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. In his free time, Gaston enjoys running and swimming.
Alexi Sargeant
Magnificat


Alexi Sargeant is a writer, editor, and theatre-maker living in New York. He currently serves as assistant editor at Magnificat. His work has appeared in First Things, The New Atlantis, The American Interest, and many other places. He enjoys designing and playing role-playing games, often with his wife, Leah Libresco Sargeant.
Grace Shay
CO/LAB Theater Group


A Connecticut native, Grace currently works at Goldman Sachs in New York City. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from New York University, where she studied medieval French history.
Serena Sigillito
The Witherspoon Institute


Serena Sigillito is Editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute. Serena received her B.A. in English at the University of Dallas, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a minor in Music. She earned her M.A. in English from the Catholic University of America. Before coming to the Witherspoon Institute in 2013, she conducted research on higher education for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, focusing on the decline of rigorous core curricula and general education programs. In addition to Public Discourse, Serena has written for National Review, America magazine, The Federalist, Aleteia, Verily Magazine, and I Believe in Love. Her media appearances include interviews on Relevant Radio’s A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugimas, The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on SiriusXM, and EWTN News Nightly. In 2015, she was named Publius Fellow by the Claremont Institute. Serena lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Mene Ukueberuwa


Mene Ukueberuwa is an opinion writer and editor in New York, currently working as an assistant op-ed editor at the Wall Street Journal. Mene is originally from Princeton Junction, New Jersey, and he graduated in 2016 from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government.
Nadja Wolfe
World Youth Alliance


Nadja serves as the representative to the United Nations and head of advocacy for a global youth organization. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she majored in Russian Area Studies and Theatre Arts, and William and Mary Law School. She is a native of Massachusetts, where she grew up in a large Catholic family. She has a longstanding interest in human rights, as well as history and culture, and spends her free time crafting.
Tara Wright
Sesame Workshop


Tara Wright is an Oklahoma native (Boomer!), and moved to NYC in 2016 to follow her sweetheart, Mark, and to take a job at Sesame Workshop. She enjoys singing, making art, drinking fancy coffee, and taking walks through Central Park. Tara is a talented artist, and the owner of Frameworthy Designs, where she specializes in commissioned illustration and hand-lettering. She is a cantor at St. Jean Baptiste Church on the Upper East Side, and is a volunteer at Avail NYC. Tara and Mark are expecting a baby in November 2018.

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 140 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 140 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.

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

There will typically be a Leonine Alumni event every month ranging from happy hours, lectures, and exclusive access to premier seminars, dinners, and more.

Fellows will meet one evening per month during the academic year (October-June).

The basic format for each Session is as follows:

5:30pm  — Mass (optional)

6:00pm — Cocktail Hour/Conversation

6:45pm — Lecture/Q&A

7:30pm — Dinner begins

8:15pm — Roundtable discussion

9:00pm — Evening ends

New York City sessions will take place at the 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).

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

The Leonine application involves two stages: Stage 1- the online application and Stage 2 – the 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.

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

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