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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.

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2017-2018 NEW YORK FIRST-YEAR LEONINE FELLOWS

JACQUELYN LOPEZ ALVEREZ
Archdiocese of New York


Born in New York City to two Catholic principals, Jacquelyn in many ways followed their footsteps. Upon graduation from The University of Scranton, she returned to New York and fell into the profession that would be her vocation. Working within the Archdiocese of New York as both a teacher and a principal, she knows the value of our Catholic schools intimately, as she also knows the internal and external challenges that face the system. She hopes to devote her life to this essential cause, in whatever way God calls her. Her family joins her in this, not only through her parents, but also her siblings as they’ve lived and as her sister works in the world of media, and her husband, also a Catholic school teacher in New York City.
EDWARD BENNETT
Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP


A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Edward Bennett studied religion and classics at the University of Virginia before spending two years in Hanoi, Vietnam, with an investment fund. Returning to Virginia for his M.B.A. and J.D., he presently works as an attorney at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, here in New York, and is a member of both the New York and South Carolina bars. A native speaker of Spanish, Edward enjoys sailing and has an avid interest in theology, liturgy and church history.
CHRISTIAN CLARK
United States District Court for the Southern District of NY


A native of Ridgewood, NJ, Christian now lives in Manhattan with his wife, Katherine, and their two-year- old son, Henry. Christian graduated from Boston College in 2009 with a degree in history and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2016. Clark began his professional career in 2009 as an analyst in the Capital Markets Group of Citigroup in New York. Clark left Citigroup to join the Jesuits, where he spent a year discerning a call to the priesthood. After discerning that his vocation lay elsewhere, Clark left the Jesuits and returned to his high school alma mater, Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ, where he taught theology to freshmen and sophomores from 2011-2013. Christian spent his first year following graduation from law school in 2016 clerking for Judge Loretta Preska in federal court for the Southern District of New York. This fall, Christian will begin legal practice at the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton in midtown.
CARLA CRICCO-LIZZA
Roosevelt Investments


Carla Cricco-Lizza has spent her career in financial services and is currently a Director at a New York City investment management firm. She earned her BA with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University. She serves on the Catholic Charities Junior Board, iMentor Young Executive Board, and the Central Park Conservancy Greensward Circle.
JUSTINE D'SOUZA
World Education Services


Justine D'Souza has been working in international education for four years. After graduating from Rutgers University with High Honors in French, she worked as an English Assistant in a Priority Education Zone (ZEP) in France. She then returned to America where she taught French in the New Jersey public school system before transitioning to the not for profit world. Currently, Justine works as a Credential Analyst for World Education Services, a New York based not for profit. She also works as a Phone Support Counselor for 2nd Floor Youth Helpline, a crisis line that youth call to discuss their problems and questions. When she is not working, Justine performs in musicals, plays, operas, and choir concerts in New York and New Jersey.
ALEXANDRA DESANCTIS
National Review


Alexandra DeSanctis is a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review magazine. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a degree in political science. While at Notre Dame, she served as executive editor of the Catholic student newspaper the Irish Rover. She is originally from Northern Virginia.
DEAN DEWEY
Silvercrest Asset Management


Dean Dewey works at Silvercrest Asset Management, an independent investment advisory firm for high-net-worth families and select institutional investors. At Silvercrest, Mr. Dewey focuses on corporate strategy and business development. He graduated from Christendom College, majoring in Political Science and Economics. While at Christendom College, Mr. Dewey was founding president for the school’s Board of Alumni Philanthropy, a member of the Student Activities Council, and was captain of the rugby team. Prior to joining Silvercrest, Mr. Dewey worked as an intern for Children’s Scholarship Fund, a not-for-profit organization providing low-income families with scholarships to private K-12 schools.
DORTHY FINK
Hospital for Special Surgery


Dorothy Fink is from Johnstown, PA, and moved to NYC for her Endocrinology fellowship. She enjoys treating patients with hormone problems and focuses on women’s health and metabolic bone health. Dorothy grew up ballet dancing and her favorite aspect of work is treating dancers, performers, and athletes with bone conditions. She is part of the Catholic Medical Association and is excited to join the Leonine Forum. The best time of the year for her in NYC is when the elm trees leading up to the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park become an amazing, vibrant, yellow tunnel of trees. She also loves exploring all over the park and hiking along the Hudson.
ANGELA FRAGALE
Maypro Industries


Angela Fragale is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America's Busch School of Business and Economics, where she studied International Business and Spanish. Returning home to the Bronx after graduation, Angela currently works as the Sales Coordinator for Knotel, a real estate startup in NYC. She is an active member of the Women's Cornerstone Group at St. Benedict's Parish in the Bronx, as well as the assistant varsity volleyball coach of her alma mater, Preston High School. Angela's fondest college memories include studying in Granada, Spain for a semester, and serving as a Student Minister on campus.
DENNIS GERBER
CCFGiving


Dennis is the Founder and CEO of CCFGiving, a national Catholic donor-advised fund for both individuals and organizations. Prior to launching Catholic Charitable Fund, Dennis was the Director of Board Management for the Archdiocese of New York. Dennis graduated from Rowan University of New Jersey with a degree in Legal Studies and has over ten years of experience in management role in the non-profit sector. Dennis lives in Fair Lawn, NJ with his lovely wife Elise and their three beautiful daughters Colleen, Annie, and Maggie.
MARIA MADDALENA GIUNGI
United Nations


Maria Maddalena Giungi serves the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as negotiator on development and human rights issues. In 2007 and 2009 she received her undergraduate and graduate degree at Catholic University of Milan where she studied moral and legal philosophy with a focus on natural law. Maria Maddalena holds a Ph.D. in Public Law from the University of Milan. Her dissertation focused on fundamental rights protection within the European Union constitutional system, with special reference to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency - i.e. a monitoring agency created to assist the EU institutions in their policy making activities, and to reinforce a common awareness of fundamental rights as general values of the EU. She was visiting scholar at Notre Dame Law School in 2008; and in 2013. In 2014-2015 she was visiting doctoral student at the Oxford Law Faculty, where she completed her doctoral dissertation. Maria Maddalena is a 2015-16 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University. She published on EU fundamental rights protection and constitutionalization, the legal concept of human dignity, religious freedom and legal issues related to surrogacy practices.
ZACH HORTON
The Blackstone Group | BAAM


Thomas Z. Horton ('Zach') is an analyst at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, where he studied philosophy with a focus on political theory and natural law. His undergraduate thesis on the history and arguments for the principle of subsidiarity won the Princeton Philosophy Department's McCosh Prize for best overall thesis. At Princeton, Zach led The Princeton Tory, the conservative campus newsmagazine, as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief and was a three-year member of the Daily Princetonian's independent Editorial Board. Zach has served both as the first summer intern for Senator Ted Cruz in his Washington D.C. office and as a legal intern for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduation, Zach spent a year in investment banking at Rothschild & Co. before transitioning to Blackstone. He presently serves as Secretary of America Media's Associates Board and founder/organizer for the Great Stroll, an annual charity walk around the perimeter of Manhattan. Most recently, he married Courtney Lee Horton (née McEachon), who is also a New York City Leonine Fellow.
COURTNEY HORTON
Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Courtney is currently a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. 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. Courtney graduated from Yale University in 2015 where she studied biomedical engineering . At Yale, she was a member of the Federalist Party of the Yale Political Union, and in 2013, founded the Yale Vita et Veritas Conference on Life.
WERONIKA JANCZUK
World Youth Alliance


Weronika Janczuk serves as the North American regional director for the World Youth Alliance (WYA), a global coalition of young people committed to the defense of human dignity and the building of a culture of life. Prior to her regional role, she worked with WYA's affiliate women’s health program, FEMM (Fertility Education & Medical Management). She is a daughter to Polish immigrants, completed a self-designed B.A. in the Philosophy of the Human Person at NYU, and writes on the philosophy and theology of the heart. She is working on a book, and her writing is forthcoming in the journal Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture, among others.
DUREID KHAMO
Dixon Hughes Goodman


Dureid Khamo is a Consultant in the Risk Advisory practice at Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP in New York City. Mr. Khamo is an applied consultant with experience in corporate finance, financial valuation, private equity, financial modeling, statistical analyses, and market research. Mr. Khamo has more than three years of experience applying capital management and budgeting techniques to forecast and realize firm growth. Dureid Khamo has proven experience in leading teams, working collaboratively, and strategizing solutions. In his free time, Dureid enjoys riding jet skis and playing soccer.
ANDREW LAIRD
Youth Service International, Inc.


Andrew was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He studied political philosophy at the University of Dallas, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class. After college, Andrew moved to New York City and worked for two years as a Corporate Paralegal in the business restructuring group of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP. Andrew then moved back to Texas to earn a J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law. During law school, Andrew was the Executive Editor of the SMU Law Review and an Extern Law Clerk for the Honorable A. Joe Fish of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas. After law school, Andrew practiced law in the Dallas office of Littler Mendelson, P.C., where he represented corporate clients in state and federal court. Andrew was named a Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and is a Contributing Editor of the Bloomberg BNA Trade Secrets legal treatise. Andrew moved back to New York City this year and is now the President of Youth Service International. Andrew is on the Board of Directors of the South Bronx Educational Foundation and has spent two summers working with inner-city youth in Chicago and the South Bronx. He mentored students in a high-school leadership program called The Grade for seven straight years. In his (limited) free time, Andrew enjoys running and Russian novels.
FILIP MAZURCZAK
National Catholic Register


Filip Mazurczak is a translator and freelance journalist. He is a correspondent for the National Catholic Register and assistant editor of the European Conservative. His writing has appeared in First Things, Catholic World Report, Tygodnik Powszechny, and other venues. Currently, he is pursuing an MA in Oral History at Columbia University.
GRACE MCINERNEY
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Grace McInerney is currently pursuing a medical degree at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in combination with a master’s degree in clinical research. Prior to medical school, she graduated from Yale University in 2015 with a bachelor of science in biology. While at Yale, Grace played field hockey and volunteered at Connecticut Hospice, which nourished her love for geriatrics and palliative care. She embraces her position as the middle child in her family of 3 brothers, 1 sister and incredibly generous parents who reside in Grace’s hometown of Blue Bell, PA, outside of Philadelphia. Of greatest importance, Grace’s family gifted her with the Catholic faith and encourages and accompanies her to constantly thrive as a disciple of Christ.
MICHAEL OF HABSBURG-LORRAINE
Magnificat


Originally from Austria and Belgium, I was born and raised in Fribourg (Switzerland) in a large family. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in History and Theology at the University of Fribourg in French and a master’s degree in History at the University of Freiburg-im-Breisgau in German. Avid traveler and explorer, I visited almost every continent and attended to every World Youth Day since legal age. I am currently working for Magnificat in New York since December 2016.
ANDY PEREZ-BENZO
AeroAnalytics


Andy Perez-Benzo is the Founder and CEO of AeroAnalytics and a director at Propeller Aero, a pair of drone services companies that executes industrial inspections and survey work with drones. The group has raised $4 million from investors including Accel Partners, and their hardware and software are being used in over 120 countries. Andy has led drone survey projects for governments and multinational industrial clients, providing them with full service delivery, from sourcing pilots and executing drone flights to processing data and delivering analytics. Andy worked on drone analytics at IBM and directed expansion for Uber in New England and Latin America. He is a graduate of Princeton University.
MORGAN PINO
Fordham University School of Law


Morgan Pino is from Buffalo, NY and is a parishioner at St. Vincent Ferrer. She is currently a 3L at Fordham Law School, after which she will work for Sidley Austin LLP. Before law school, she worked at the US corporate headquarters for the Italian fashion brand Missoni. She graduated from Notre Dame in 2012 with majors in Political Science and Italian. Morgan is an opera fan and loves all things Italian.
EILEEN REUTER
Columbia University


Eileen Reuter graduated from Ave Maria University with a Bachelor's degree in Politics. While spending two years teaching with the Teach for America, she finished her Master's degree in Education from Rhode Island College. She is currently a third year doctoral student in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Throughout her time there she has worked in administration at a charter school in the Bronx. She and her husband Chris are looking forward to the birth of their first child this spring.
CHRISTOPHER REUTER
Princeton University


Chris hails from the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his BS from the University of Virginia in 2013 and is currently a PhD student at Princeton University in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In his doctoral research, he busies himself with various flame experiments. Chris's hobbies include volunteering for the Aquinas Institute, watching basketball, and traveling with his lovely wife Eileen.
JOHN RHEE
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


John Rhee studied Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and graduated in 2012. He was accepted early into the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Humanities and Medicine Program and deferred a year to work as a Senior Research Analyst and Coordinator at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. He completed his Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology in 2015, and is currently a fourth-year medical student at the Mount Sinai. He spent the year abroad last year in Uganda and Spain, serving as the Principal Investigator on a project developing and assessing indicators of palliative care development in Africa. He is interested in working in the future in neuro-palliative care.
KATIE ROBINSON
Silvergate Media


Katie Robinson coordinates and collaborates with the planning, creative and production processes in media and entertainment; problem solving and working with a team to get any job done. Katie currently works for Silvergate Media as the Audio Coordinator on a new Nick Jr. preschool series, Sunny Day. Previously, she worked for Sesame Workshop in the Production Management department. Katie also volunteers as a Junior Board member for Murray Hill Institute, a program dedicated to promoting effective and ethical leadership among women, and as a Mentor for The Avenue, a high school leadership program for girls.
BRIA SANDFORD
Sentinel/Penguin Random House


Bria Sandford is Senior Editor at Penguin Random House, where she acquires political and business nonfiction for the Portfolio and Sentinel imprints. Her bestselling authors include Brian Kilmeade, General Stanley McChrystal, Senator Mike Lee, and Rod Dreher.
MARY KATE SKEHAN
Sanford J. Greenburger Associates


Mary Kate Skehan is a literary scout from York, Pa, living in Astoria, Queens. She has lived in New York and worked in book publishing for over five years. For fun, she likes to spend time with her seven brothers and sisters and four nieces and nephews back home, read, knit, re-watch episodes of Mad Men, and find her friends on the Enneagram. She is a member of the Catholic Charities Junior Board, St. Joseph Church's young adult community, and Frassati, and is preparing a class of middle schoolers for Confirmation this year through the Narnia Clubs program.
KATHERINE STRAUS
Physician, Mother


Originally from the north shore of Chicago, Katherine Straus lives in Manhattan with her husband, John, also a 2017-2018 NYC Leonine Fellow, and their two darling daughters, Anne (2) and Audrey (9 months). Though currently a full-time stay-at-home mom, she is a physician specializing in General Internal Medicine and, up until June 2016, was on faculty at Columbia University, practicing primary care and teaching medical students and residents. She received her MD and post-graduate medical training from Columbia University - New York Presbyterian Hospital and her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Princeton University. Prior to taking time away from her career, she was exploring an academic interest in medical bioethics with graduate level coursework and participation in the hospital's clinical ethics committee. Katherine and her family are parishioners at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village.
JOHN STRAUS
The Jordan Company, L.P.


John Straus has worked at The Jordan Company, L.P., a private equity firm based in New York City, since 2008 and has served on several corporate boards of directors including Vertical Bridge, LLC, DiversiTech Corporation, American Fast Freight, Inc., Watchfire Enterprises, Inc., DuBois Specialty Chemicals and Young Innovations. Mr. Straus has also worked with a number of non-profit organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, DigDeep (former Chairman), Sing Me A Story (former board member) and Friends of Penn Rowing (board member). Mr. Straus holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Katherine, and two young daughters, Annie and Audrey.
MARK WRIGHT
National Review


Mark Antonio Wright is the deputy managing editor of National Review Online. A native of Tulsa, Mr. Wright is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and a devoted follower of the Oklahoma Sooners. He and his wife Tara are expecting their first child in May 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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