Meet the 2016-2017 Leonine Fellows

 

LF2016_Amgott_JonathanJonathan Amgott

Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Jonathan Amgott is an associate in the Washington, DC, office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where his practice focuses on antitrust, litigation, and national security review of foreign investments.  Before entering the legal profession, he worked on religion and policy issues at the White House, U.S. Department of State, and Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA).  He graduated with his A.B. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law and president of the campus’s St. Thomas More Society.  Jonathan enjoys actively participating in parish life at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington, VA.


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Josh Ayers

Sr. Emergency Response & Disaster Risk Officer, Food for the Hungry Inc.

Josh Ayers is the Sr. Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction Officer of Food for the Hungry (FH), a Christian relief and development organization working in 20 countries around the world in education, health, food security, livelihoods and disaster risk reduction and response.  Josh holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oxford Brookes University.  He began his engineering career in the private sector managing high-rise commercial construction projects before entering the humanitarian sector with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) in Latin America.  Originally from Georgia, Josh and his wife Allison have spent several years living and working abroad and now reside in Washington, DC.  He enjoys sports, history and, most of all, spending time with their two-year-old daughter Lilly and four-month-old son Luke.


Ruth Barwick

Head of School, Siena Academy
Ruth Barwick is the Head of School at Siena Academy, a Catholic Montessori school for children in pre-school through sixth grade in Great Falls, Virginia. In 2015 she completed a Masters of Education in School Administration and Supervision at Marymount University. Prior to her role as Head of School, Ruth was a catechist at Siena Academy using the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program in which she is certified for ages 3-12. Ruth is a convert to Catholicism and is currently a parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo in Arlington, VA.

LF2016_Bowling_DrewDrew Bowling

Communications and Policy Advisor, United States Congress

Drew Bowling serves as the Communications and Policy Advisor for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01). He was the staff lead in the House of Representatives for H. Con. Res. 75, the “genocide resolution” that named and decried ISIS atrocities against Christians, Yezidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities as genocide. At the height of a national controversy, the resolution passed in a vote of 393-0. Drew has traveled widely in the Middle East to document the challenges facing Middle Eastern Christians. His first novel, The Tower of Shadows, was published by Random House when he was 21 years old. He was born during a hurricane, which might have forewarned his parents about how difficult he would be to raise. He is a Catholic convert, and he thinks castles and dragons are cool.


LF2016_Bustamante_CassandraCassandra Bustamante

Associate Director of Young Adult Ministry, Archdiocese Military Services

Casey Bustamante is the Associate Director of Young Adult Ministry at the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. She works with Catholic pastoral leaders across US military installations to include priest chaplains and young adults serving in the military, encouraging outreach among fellow service members (18-39 years old) and their spouses. Casey calls Texas ‘home’ but has lived in many different places due to her military background. She served in the US Air Force as a cyber communications officer for 6 years active duty and currently serves as a reservist in the local area. She has a B.S. in Mathematical Studies from the US Air Force Academy and an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.


Chris Byrnes

Assistant General Counsel, Heritage Foundation

Chris Byrnes is Assistant General Counsel at the Heritage Foundation, where he advises on legal, regulatory, and compliance matters for Heritage and its related organizations.  Prior to joining Heritage, he most recently served as an attorney for a major proprietary university and, before that, as an attorney at two federal agencies (the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights).   Mr. Byrnes has served in leadership roles in a number of local civic organizations, including the John Carroll Society and the Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian. He continues to be active with the Federalist Society and has written several articles for the Society’s publications. Born in Manhasset, NY, he grew up in Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; and Los Angeles, CA. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center. He lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife Hillary.  He enjoys wine, theatre, college basketball, and running. Earlier this year, he participated in the National Review Institute’s DC Regional Fellows Program.


Amanda Callanan

Director of Communications, Claremont Institute

Amanda Callanan is Director of Communications at the Claremont Institute, where she focuses on raising the Institute’s profile in Washington, DC and elsewhere and advancing its mission to apply the principles of the American Founding to today’s public discourse. She has spent the past eight years in the communications field—including digital and broadcast development for The Heritage Foundation, public relations for Fortune 500 clients at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, corporate branding and strategy with a boutique agency in Baltimore, and direct-response marketing for the National Association of Corporate Directors’ educational events and programs. Amanda earned her B.A., with honors, from Loyola University in Maryland, where she studied Political Science with Dr. Diana Schaub and minored in Jazz Composition, which laid the groundwork for her favorite pastime: songwriting. Amanda currently resides on Capitol Hill with her husband, Brian.


Elisa Cipollone

FaithZette Editor and Digital Producer, Lifezette.com

Elisa Cipollone is the FaithZette editor and digital producer at Lifezette.com. She also works with the LifeZette video team to produce content for long-form videos and serve as an on-camera personality. Elisa has been with LifeZette since the website launched in July 2015. Elisa is a graduate of the University of Dallas, where she received a bachelor’s degree in history. She grew up in the Washington D.C. area and attended Oakcrest School in McLean, VA.


Caitlin Dorman

Office Manager and Scheduler, United States Congress

Caitlin Dorman is the Office Manager and Scheduler for Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01). Caitlin also handles traditional marriage, pro-life, and poverty issues for the Congressman. Caitlin helped start the St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill young adult ministry five years ago and currently serves as the Young Adult Ministry Director.  She is also the Weddings Coordinator at St. Joseph’s.  Caitlin has a passion for serving the elderly. She visits Bridgepoint Hospital monthly to distribute Holy Communion and hosts a weekly movie night at Little Sisters of the Poor. Caitlin enjoys scrapbooking and traveling. She recently visited the Holy Land last December!


Charles Drummond

Senior Fellow, United States Senate

Charles R. Drummond IV is a Senior Fellow in the office of Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), where he is preparing a research project on civil society and working on a monograph on the original meaning of the Second Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms.” A native of Plymouth, MI, Drummond graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in history. He was then an Eben Fiske and Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. Drummond has worked on political campaigns for the Republican Party in the U.S. and the Tory Party in the UK. He has worked in private equity, in the national security sector, and for NGOs. Last year, he was the Garwood Postdoctoral Research Associate at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and he spent the final year of his Ph.D. at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central, and he has researched issues of economics and monetary policy for the Von Hügel Institute, the foremost center for Catholic Social Teaching in the UK.


Paul Dupont

Managing Editor, ThePulse2016.com, American Principles Project

Paul Dupont has worked for the American Principles Project since the spring of 2013, serving the organization in a number of different capacities. Most recently, he helped launch ThePulse2016.com, an APP website covering presidential election news, in March 2015 and has served as its Managing Editor since its inception. Paul is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Humanities, and is also an alumnus of the John Jay Institute’s fellowship program.


Debra Emery

Campus Minister, St. John’s College High School

Debra Emery is a Campus Minister at St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC where she teaches theology, directs retreats, and organizes service trips. Originally from Utah, she earned her B.A. in International Relations from Gonzaga University. She then spent a year in Hays, Montana with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. She earned her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University.


Nicole Frazer

Law Clerk, Supreme Court of the United States

Nicole Frazer is a law clerk for Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court.  She previously clerked for Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  During law school, she worked for the Indiana Solicitor General and Sidley Austin LLP.  Nicole holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College.  She competed professionally in disc golf and was previously ranked by the Professional Disc Golf Association as one of the best disc golfers in the world.  She enjoys running, hiking, watching Colts football, and cooking.


Steve Fugelsang

Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

Steve Fugelsang is an attorney in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to completing a legislative fellowship in the U.S. Senate and working as an assistant general counsel on a 2016 presidential campaign, Steve served 4.5 years on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He prosecuted courts-martial involving sexual assault, child pornography and financial fraud before deploying to eastern Afghanistan as a rule of law advisor. Steve graduated from The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, where he also became a Knight of Columbus.


Scott Fyall

Senior Associate, American Enterprise Institute

Scott Fyall is Senior Associate, Corporate Relations at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Previously, Scott was as an Associate in AEI’s Academic Programs department. Prior to joining AEI, Scott interned for Litvin Legales (a law firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina), worked for the Williams College Offices of Admissions and Alumni Relations, and led a research team during the Williams College Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy. Scott graduated from Williams College in June of 2013 with a BA in Political Science and History. He grew up in Dripping Springs, TX.


Katie Garvey

COO, BlackRock’s U.S. Fixed Income & Insurance Institutional Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Business

Katie Garvey, Vice President, is COO of BlackRock’s U.S. Fixed Income & Insurance Institutional Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Business. Ms. Garvey also manages the insurance regulatory affairs for BlackRock, working with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), state regulators, and other industry coalitions and trade associations (e.g. ACLI, PCI, ICI, Interested Parties, ETF providers, etc.) on various issues and projects impacting BlackRock’s client businesses. Ms. Garvey joined BlackRock in London in March 2013, where she was responsible for building out the UK iShares institutional client business. Prior to joining BlackRock, she was a sales trader at Investec Investment Bank, and also previously Associate Director in EMEA for Coventry Capital, a boutique capital markets firm in London. Ms. Garvey began her career at JP Morgan in Chicago, where she worked for several years in the Private Bank prior to moving to London. Ms. Garvey earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in 2006, and a BA degree in French, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2003.


Christopher Goffos

Assistant Director, Faculty Division, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

At the Federalist Society, Christopher works to broaden and deepen discussion about the character of law among law professors and enhance the understanding of the law in both legal and civic communities. He was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio. In 2014, he graduated as an Ashbrook Scholar from Ashland University, having majored in political science and history and minored in philosophy and applied music. He is also an alumnus of the John Jay Institute, the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leader’s Program, and the Charles Koch Institute’s associate and internship programs. Christopher and his wife, Kristine, are parishioners of St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill, where he is a cantor and choir member. They live in Southwest D.C. with their cat, Starbuck.


Benjamin Gomez

Officer, United States Air Force
Benjamin Gomez is a captain in the U.S. Air Force currently serving as a developmental engineer. He leads efforts to develop advanced technologies and concepts for defense and intelligence satellites. Ben is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he received his B.S. in Astronautical Engineering. He completed his M.S. in Aeronautics andAstronautics at Stanford University. Raised in Alabama, Ben is currently a parishioner of St. Leothe Great Catholic Church in Fairfax, VA, and is looking forward to marrying his fiancée, Chelsy, in the spring of 2017.

LF2016_Hedro_MattMatthew Hadro

DC Correspondent, Catholic News Agency

Matt Hadro is a D.C. correspondent for Catholic News Agency, the digital news arm of EWTN. He writes about all things politics and culture from a Catholic perspective. Matt covered Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Washington, D.C. as well as the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. His work has been published in Catholic News Agency, the National Catholic Register, and Crux. Prior to CNA, Matt worked as a news analyst at the Media Research Center. In his spare time, he plays pickup basketball and flag football, watches sports, reads history books, and attempts to cook. He graduated from Christendom College in 2010 with a degree in history.


Michael Huston

Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Michael Huston, a native of Arizona, is an attorney in the Washington, DC office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His practice consists primarily of briefing and arguing cases in appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and federal courts of appeals, as well representing clients in administrative law matters involving federal agencies. Before joining the firm, Michael clerked for the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, and the Honorable Raymond Kethledge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Michael graduated first in his class from the University of Michigan Law School and summa cum laude from the University of Arizona. He is involved in the leadership of the John Carroll Society and the Federalist Society, and he is a member of Blessed Sacrament parish in Alexandria, Virginia.



Julie Larkin

Director of the Student Experience, Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America

Julie Larkin is the Founder and Executive Director of Girl Talk Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization with the mission to inspire college women to recognize and affirm their own dignity and that of their peers. She also currently serves at her alma mater as the Director of the Student Experience in the Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America. Julie graduated from CUA with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters in business. Originally from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, she now calls Washington, D.C. her home.


Ryland Li

Attorney-Advisor, Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ryland Li is an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Previously, he clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and a dual B.A. in economics and government from Dartmouth College. Ryland was born in China, and has lived in Finland, England, New England, and Trinidad and Tobago, among other places. He was baptized into the Anglican Church in 2014. He enjoys spending time in nature, meditating, practicing tai chi, and volunteering in his local community.


Austin Lipari

Deputy Director of the Student Division, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies

Austin Lipari works for the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies where he serves as the Deputy Director of the Student Division. In this capacity, Austin oversees the Federalist Society’s two hundred student chapters located at law schools throughout the country. Austin is also the president of the Thomas More Society of America, a non-profit in the District of Columbia dedicated to promoting the life and legacy of Sir Thomas More. Austin received both his BA and JD from the Catholic University of America. Austin lives in Hyattsville, Maryland with his wife, Allison, and their three children.


Stephanie Maloney

Litigation Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP

Stephanie Maloney is a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of Winston & Strawn LLP. Before joining the firm, she clerked for the Honorable Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Honorable Stephen J. Murphy, III of the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Michigan. Stephanie holds a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland. A native of Rhode Island, Stephanie enjoys participating in various religious and civic organizations, playing intramural softball, and spending time with her airedale terrier named Reagan.


Kristina Olney

Director of Government Relations, In Defense of Christians

Kristina Olney serves as the Director of Government Relations at In Defense of Christians, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Christianity in the Middle East. She previously served for two years as the Government Relations Associate at The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and prior to joining FPI, at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) as the Associate Director of Government Relations. Before joining USCIRF, Kristina worked on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ.) Ms. Olneygraduated from the Australian National University with a B.A. in International Relations with distinction and holds her M.A. in International Economic Relations from American University. She is fluent in French and proficient in Arabic. Kristina was a 2009 fellow of the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society, and Law and a 2015 George C. Marshall Fellow of The Heritage Foundation.


Processed with VSCO with c2 presetMargaret Perry

General Manager, Water & Wall Restaurant

Margaret Perry is the General Manager of Water & Wall Restaurant, in Arlington, VA. A native of Napa, California, Margaret’s love affair with wine, food, and hospitality began at a young age, thanks to the rich food culture of Northern California. But it was only after working for 7 years in higher education focused non-profits that she decided to turn that love into her career. Before joining the restaurant industry full time, she was the Director of Development for the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies, the Program Director for the Tocqueville Forum at Georgetown University, and the Director of Lectures at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Her writings have appeared in First Things and St. Austin Review, and she is a contributor to the Vernacular Podcast. 


LF2016_Petrany_StephenStephen Petrany

Associate Attorney, Jones Day

Stephen is an associate attorney with the law firm Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where he focuses his practice on appellate litigation.  Prior to joining Jones Day, Stephen clerked for Judge William H. Pryor at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Stephen received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.S. in economics and political science from the University of Pittsburgh.  Stephen is a native of Huntington, West Virginia.


LF2016_Rucker_EmilyEmily Rucker

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Emily is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where she provides anesthesia in a variety of surgical specialties.  Born and raised in the Midwest, Emily earned her Bachelors Science of Nursing from Marquette University and came to the DC area for Graduate school at Georgetown University, graduating with her Masters Science of Nurse Anesthesia in December 2015. She is an avid Chicago sports fan, specifically the Cubs, and enjoys traveling, fitness and exploring the DC food scene.


LF2016_Smith_ElyseElyse Smith

Associate Attorney, Simms Showers, LLP

Elyse M. Smith is an associate attorney with Simms Showers, LLP working in criminal defense, family law, civil litigation, and nonprofit law.Ms. Smith graduated magna cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, where she served on Law Review and was published in the Ave Maria International Law Journal. She was named “Most Dedicated Editor” for her work on Law Review. Ms. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.


LF2016_Sullivan_KevinKevin Sullivan

Project Manager, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University

Kevin D. Sullivan is currently Projects Manager for the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, where he oversees communications and programming. He is also the assistant coordinator of the annual Ignatian Leadership Seminar, organized by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Kevin is an active parishioner and CCD instructor at his local parish, Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Columbia Heights.


LF2016_Tappel_JessieJessie Tappel

Director of Communications, Divine Mercy University
Licensed Counselor, Alpha Omega Clinic

Jessie Tappel serves as the Director of Communications for Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA and a Licensed Counselor at Alpha Omega Clinic in Bethesda, MD.  Jessie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Spanish from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA.  Prior to Alpha Omega, Jessie worked for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, serving as a bilingual counselor to a diverse population.  She is active in ministry work including serving on the Board of Directors of the Gabriel Network and a leader in the DC Young Catholic Professionals group.  A native of Kalamazoo, MI, she enjoys a wide range of activities including hiking, cycling, playing tennis and striving to integrate faith and psychology.


LF2016_Tom_AngelicaAngelica Tom

Association Project Manager

A native of the Washington area, Angelica Tom has worked in DC’s large association and non-profit community for the past decade. Currently, she is an account manager with a local association management company that specializes in national and international professional societies in health and biomedical disciplines. She coordinates the membership, marketing, conference, education, volunteer, and business operational initiatives for three doctor specialist associations. A Communications graduate from Marymount University, Angelica has volunteered in numerous initiatives at her home parish, St. Charles Borromeo, the Diocese of Arlington, Unbound healing ministry, and the National Catholic Charismatic Renewal.


LF2016_Torres_AlecAlec Torres

Speechwriter, United States Congress

Alec Torres is a speechwriter and Deputy Press Secretary for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He previously worked as a Speechwriter and Communications Aide in Congressman McCarthy’s whip and leader offices. Before coming to the Hill, Alec was a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism at National Review where he worked as a writer and editor. Alec was graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Humanities concentrating in Intellectual History. He is a native of Santa Clarita, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.


LF2016_Torres_GraceGrace Torres

Product and Visual Designer, Gizmodo Media Group

Grace Robertson Torres is a product and visual designer working for Gizmodo Media Group. She manages the CMS (Content Management System) platform, Kinja, which powers Gizmodo Media’s blogs. She previously worked for a small digital design agency and continues to freelance for small start-ups and companies needing design consultation. Grace graduated from the portfolio design program, Communication Design, in the University of North Texas in 2012. She is from the Dallas, Texas area, lived in New York City for 4 years, and now resides in Washington D.C.


LF2016_Werries_MariaMaria Werries

Senior Multimedia Producer, DMI/NASA Headquarters

Maria Werries is a Senior Multimedia Producer at NASA Headquarters where she designs print collateral, large-scale exhibits, videos and motion graphics for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Her multimedia work has been used in presentations by NASA personnel on the Hill, at international air shows and currently some of her artwork is on display at Dulles International Airport. She also has done freelance graphic design work for non-profits including Live Action and The Goretti Group. She graduated cum laude from American University with a degree in Multimedia Design & Development and she also was a 4-year starter and captain on the women’s basketball team as well as a member of the track & field team. After college, Maria traveled to Brazil as a missionary with Athletes in Action and saw first hand how sports were a great tool for evangelization. Her experience there inspired her to start a sports group in the Diocese of Arlington, Catholic Sports Club, where young adults and priests come together to share their passion for faith and sports. Maria is also a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and is an active member of her young adult group at the Church of the Nativity in Burke. In her free time, Maria enjoys traveling, kayaking, photography, teaching Zumba classes and cheering on sports teams from her hometown of Pittsburgh…especially the Steelers.


Version 2Theodore Wold

Theodore Wold clerked for Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge José Antonio Fusté of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.  Mr. Wold has also lectured at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín.  He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, where he studied government and English, an M.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews, where he studied English literature and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.


LF2016_Wolk_LauraLaura Wolk

Laura Wolk graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology. After spending three years serving Philadelphia’s low-income disabled community as a social worker, she returned to Notre Dame Law School, where she served as President of the St. Thomas More Society and editor of the Notre dame Law Review’s Federal Courts issue. She earned her J.D. summa cum laude in 2016 and received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Program of Study in Public Law. Laura enjoys thinking and writing about constitutional law, public policy, and the sanctity of life. She has co-authored a book chapter on the Catholic Church’s teachings concerning abortion and has given guest lectures to nursing students on various bioethical issues.


LF2016_Wood_MelodyMelody Wood

Research Assistant, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation

Melody Wood is a research assistant at the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. Her research supports Heritage scholars on issues of religious liberty, marriage, and life. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and English Language & Literature from Christendom College, graduating summa cum laude and serving as salutatorian for the class of 2015. As an undergraduate, she was president of Christendom College’s Cincinnatus League, where she organized bi-weekly meetings with fellow students and faculty to discuss political philosophy and hosted campus-wide events for prominent scholars. Melody is an 2013 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program Fellow and a 2016 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California. A California native, she spends her free time reading, drinking coffee, discussing philosophy, literature, and politics with friends, and trying to convince her roommates to get a cat.