Meet the 2015-2016 Leonine Fellows
Sadaqat Ahmad is a software developer and private equity investor, with a majority of his investments focused in the field of next generation weapons manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Defense. He is actively involved in Virginia and D.C. politics. He is a part of an initiative in Reston, Virginia to incorporate the community into an official municipality and city in Fairfax County and he is also working with Dave Oberting on his 2016 DC City Council campaign. He is a 2015 National Review Institute Fellow. He excelled at McGill University in Montreal in Economics and Political Science after graduating from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City, where he grew up. He currently resides in Reston Town Center, Virginia, where he a strong advocate for Northern Virginia’s “hacking, makerspace, and Internet of Things” movement at NoVA Labs. He enjoys hardware engineering projects, basketball, and visiting the United States’ National Parks.
Research Analyst, JP Morgan Chase Institute
Attorney, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
Director of Communications, American Principles Project
Kate Bryan serves as the director of communications for the American Principles Project in Washington, D.C. Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts/Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Political Communication from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Prior to APP, Kate served as the director of communications and programs at Live Action, she worked in the Senate in Dublin, Ireland, and served as research director of the two leading pro-life groups in Ireland — Youth Defence and the Life Institute. Kate has appeared on numerous television and radio programs on EWTN, The Blaze, Sun News Network, Ave Maria Radio, Relevant Radio, and more. She regularly speaks on life, politics and culture, and has written for several publications on the same topics, including TIME, IJReview, The Daily Caller, Acculturated, The Federalist, Breitbart, Catholic News Agency, and Catholic Vote
Joshua de Gastyne
Student, Georgetown Medical School
Joshua de Gastyne is a US Navy HPSP scholar at Georgetown University School of Medicine and founder of The Ultimate Doctor blog with Startup Hoyas MED. He records medical segments for Vernacular Podcast and consults pro-bono for DC startups through the InSITE entrepreneur fellowship. He graduated with a BS in neuroscience from Emory University after studying anthropology at Oxford and Arabic in Morocco. Proud alumnus of the John Jay Institute, Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program, and the de Gastyne family clan.
Video Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Sloan is a video reporter with The Wall Street Journal. As a recent graduate of The George Washington University, he studied journalism and mass communication. At college, Sloan made a renewed commitment to his Catholic faith, and is searching for ways to explore it deeper.
Writer, The Catholic University of America
Meghan Duke is a writer at The Catholic University of America. She has previously worked as the managing editor at First Things and has written and edited for various outlets including Philanthropy Daily, Family Studies, and Verily magazine. Meghan earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a master’s in theological studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Senior Director, Program Design & Evaluation for International Justice Mission
Terence is a leader and program manager with over twenty years of experience in humanitarian, post-conflict, and justice reform sectors. He has worked for International Justice Mission, an organization that helps protect people from everyday violence, for the past eight years; currently he leads a team of researchers and evaluators. He has lived in Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and Angola; is from Ireland originally; but is a naturalized American citizen who now calls Washington, DC ‘home’. He lives in the District with his wife, is a member of St Patrick’s Catholic Church, and lectors at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Associate, Boyden Gray & Associates
Senior Contracting Officer, FDIC
Tiarnna Hamilton-Sanchez currently serves as a Senior Contracting Officer (CO) for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”). As a Senior CO in the FDIC’s Acquisition Services Branch, she develops, negotiates, awards and administers contracts. She attended undergraduate at The University of Maryland – College Park, receiving a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. She attended graduate school at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, receiving an MBA. A native of the Washington Metropolitan area, she enjoys living here and traveling – especially to Europe. She completed an extensive pilgrimage with the Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC) in McLean, VA to The Holy Land in August. She is a parishioner at St. Thomas More (STM) Cathedral in Arlington. She also enjoys volunteering as an English as a Second (ESL) instructor for STM and a promoter of organ and tissue donation for the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) at outreach events throughout the area.
Assistant Director of Development, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
Brigid is the Assistant Director of Development at the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies. She graduated cum laude from the University of Dallas in 2014, with a degree in political philosophy and a minor in legal studies. She is a two-time All-American and was the Captain of the University of Dallas Women’s Soccer team. Brigid was a recipient of the 2012 Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship and competed in the Southwestern Regional Moot Court Championship. She is a member of the Alexander Hamilton Society and the Women for WineSense DC Social Chapter. An avid football fan, Brigid spends the months of September through February watching Notre Dame and the Redskins religiously. Her other interests include American history, political debates, skeet shooting, and yoga.
Adam Higgins is a proud New Jersey native and a proud Notre Dame alumnus. In 2009, he participated in the founding of Ferguson Strategies, a government relations and public policy consulting firm led by former Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ). Ferguson Strategies focuses primarily on the life sciences, advocating on Capitol Hill for innovative and lifesaving medicines and medical technology. Adam also served in Mr. Ferguson’s legislative office prior to the Congressman’s retirement from the House of Representatives. Currently a resident of Capitol Hill, Adam is active in the parish life of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, including as a Sunday school co-teacher. He remains deeply devoted to Our Lady and her University, and of course, the Fighting Irish.
Patent Examiner, US Patent and Trademark Office
George Jin is currently a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. He is an active volunteer in the community where he can be seen leading a Men’s Group in Arlington, helping inner-city kids with Tenley Achievement Program (TAP), and actively volunteering with Catholic Charities. As a native in the area, he graduated from University of Maryland with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. George also converted to the Catholic Faith while at the University of Maryland.
VP of Operations, FiscalNote
Arthur leads operations at FiscalNote, which builds advanced software platforms for government relations and compliance. FiscalNote has been named by CNN and Business Insider as one of the top startups in America. Previously, Arthur served for seven years of active duty as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, with deployments to Afghanistan and the Western Pacific region. Arthur is originally from Arlington, VA, and graduated with an AB in Government and Latin American Studies from Harvard University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Virginia and practiced federal and international compliance law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP before service in the Marines.
Associate, Slover & Loftus LLP
Bradford J. Kelley is an associate attorney at Slover & Loftus LLP where he specializes in rail transportation litigation, energy law, administrative law, and legislative matters. Before joining Slover & Loftus, he was a judicial clerk for a federal judge. He graduated with Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, and law review honors from Louisiana State University Law Center, where he earned his law degree and a diploma in comparative law. Prior to law school, he served in the United States Army and spent several years as an infantry and intelligence officer, including a combat tour in Iraq. In 2010, he left the Army as a Captain and then worked at the Cook Political Report in Washington D.C. until he started law school. In college, he earned a triple major in International Studies, Political Science, and History, and a minor in Sociology; he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors.
Prosecutor, Department of Justice
Kathryn Kimball is a prosecutor in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. Before joining the Department through the Honors Program in 2014, Kathryn clerked for the Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable James S. Moody Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In 2012, Kathryn graduated as the valedictorian of her law class at the University of Florida, where she served as an executive editor on the Florida Law Review. Before law school, Kathryn graduated summa cum laude from Covenant College with a degree in Economics.
Associate, Bancroft PLLC
Eddie LaCour is an attorney at Bancroft PLLC, where his practice focuses on appellate litigation before the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Before joining Bancroft, he practiced energy and securities litigation at Baker Botts LLP in Houston and Washington and clerked for the Hon. William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Eddie holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M. Phil. from Trinity College Dublin, and a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College. He is a native of Dothan, Alabama, and is a passionate Auburn Tigers football fan. He is married to his law school crush Alice Shih LaCour, and they reside in Washington.
Leah Libresco grew up as an atheist in New York, and, after years of writing and picking fights with the most interesting wrong people she could find, she wound up conceding and becoming Catholic She was received into the Church
Gracie Klock Mills
Patent Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Associate Editor, The New Atlantis
Tony Mills is Associate Editor of The New Atlantis, a quarterly magazine focusing on science, technology, and politics, where he writes about science, technology, religion, and philosophy. He has worked for public-policy think tanks, such as the Manhattan Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and is currently a contract researcher for Williams & Jensen PLLC. His numerous publications have appeared in Slate, The New Atlantis, Aleteia, Real Clear Science, Real Clear Religion, Pacific Standard, City Journal, and several peer-reviewed journals.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Tony recently moved back to the area with his wife, Gracie, from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied, taught, and worked as assistant editor for several academic publications. He holds a BA in Philosophy, French, and Comparative Literature from Northwestern University, an MA in French from Northwestern, an MA in philosophy from Notre Dame, and will graduate in May 2016 with a PhD in philosophy from Notre Dame. Tony enjoys literature, film, and playing music in his spare time.
Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith
Investigative Attorney, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Katherine Nikas is an investigative attorney for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, she worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John C. Gemmill of the Arizona Court of Appeals, and served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. While in law school, Katherine worked for the Arizona House of Representatives and clerked for a civil rights NGO in New York City. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she now calls Washington, D.C. home.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate, Institute for the Psychological Sciences
Helena is currently in her fifth year of clinical training at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in pursuit of her doctorate. IPS is a unique program in its field as it is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology through a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage, and the family. Helena seeks to embody the integration of faith and science in her clinical work and doctoral studies. Her dissertation is entitled An Analysis and Critique of the Role of Transcendence in Modern Psychotherapeutic Case Conceptualization. She currently works with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse and often traumatic backgrounds, at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, a private hospital that serves the DC inner city community. Helena received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from IPS in 2013 and her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in 2011. She enjoys reading and discussing literature with close friends, preferably over good strong coffee, as well as flying home to California to spend time with her family.
Health Policy Analyst, National Institutes of Health
Melissa Park is a native of Maryland and currently works as an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is transitioning to a new position as a health policy analyst at the National Institutes of Health in mid-December. Melissa is a life-long Catholic who spent her formative years at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Potomac, MD. She is thrilled to be back in Maryland and is actively involved in various religious and civic organizations, including the John Carroll Society.
American Media Institute
Mary Powers is the Deputy Director of Development at the American Media Institute, based in Alexandria, Virginia and has worked in communications and development within the pro-life movement for the past six years before joining American Media Institute. She is also a member of the National Alumni Board at the University of Dallas and a board member of the Thomas More Society in Washington, DC. Mary is a regular contributor to The Pulse 2016, American Principles Project’s blog on the 2016 election, and has also published articles on Catholic Vote, Townhall, The Washington Times, The Christian Review and Catholic Online.
Office of the President, American Enterprise Institute
Joel Christian Reed
Protocol Coordinator, Emmes Corporation
Christian is a medical anthropologist working in the clinical trials industry in the area of infectious disease vaccine development. He will complete his PhD from Michigan State University in 2016. Christian has lived and worked in Africa for more than a decade in Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Mozambique. His dissertation research is on civil society AIDS activism and adherence to pharmaceutical regimens among the urban poor. He is a graduate from the University of Kentucky (BA) and the University of South Florida (MPH). He was a Peace Corps Volunteer and a health educator for Doctors without Borders.
Litigation Associate, Jones Day
Staff Writer, Cato Institute
Maria Santos is a staff writer at the Cato Institute. Previously she has worked for the Weekly Standard, Washington Free Beacon, and Red Alert Politics. She is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College.
Religion Department Chair, St. John’s College High School
Erin Sheehy is a native of North Dakota and a double Domer graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A in Art Studio and a M.A. in Theology with a concentration in catechetical studies and catechesis. She earned her M.A through the Echo program run through the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame. Through the Echo program she served as an apprentice at a Catholic church and elementary school in Houston, TX where she discerned her vocation as a teacher. Upon graduation she moved to Washington, DC to begin teaching religion at St. John’s College High School where she has been teaching for the past 7 years and currently serves as the religion department chair. She is actively involved in the lives of her students and educating the whole person both in and out of the classroom through her coaching responsibilities, field trips, service trips, retreats, and clubs. Last year Erin was honored at the Archdiocesean Catholic high school gathering as St. John’s Veteran Teacher of the Year. Her passion for social justice has enabled her to create a social justice club at school to encourage education and activism in the community. Professional development is a vital part of her teaching enabling her to stay current and constantly improve her academic knowledge and methodology so as to engage students more effectively. As well, Erin has spent time living as a Catholic Worker at Houston’s Casa Juan Diego which serves undocumented immigrants.
Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Matt currently serves as a Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Prior to joining Treasury, Matt worked as an International Law and Policy Fellow at GE. Matt has worked, studied, and traveled in China for almost five years. While in China, Matt worked at U.S. consulting, conducted translations for CNN and CBS, and taught at school run by an international NGO. Matt holds a B.A. in History from Providence College and a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Associate, Jones Day
James is an associate attorney at the law firm Jones Day in Washington, DC where his practice includes business and constitutional litigation and political law. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and received his Masters in International Business and Bachelors in Business Administration and Political Science from the University of Florida. In law school, James served as a student attorney in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, where he first-chaired trials before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on behalf of indigent defendants. James also co-founded the Pilgrim Project, a nonprofit organization that organizes and funds international Christian pilgrimage opportunities for young adults.
Senior Legislative Assistant, U.S. Congress
Kevin Wysocki serves as Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06). His primary focus is on the House Financial Services Committee, but his legislative portfolio also includes tax and healthcare issues. A Catholic convert, political junky, and free market enthusiast Kevin is fascinated by the intersection of politics, religion, and economics. In his free time Kevin enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping. He also makes time to play basketball, flag football, and volleyball. Wysocki is a member of the honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Political Science.