John Emmet Clarke, Editor-in-Chief

John, the fourth of eight children, was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in various cities throughout the great states of Washington, Ohio, Michigan, and Mississippi. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Providence College, graduating with honors from the Liberal Arts Honors Program. John is a staunchly loyal Seattle Mariners baseball fan and now resides in Washington, DC, with his wonderful wife, in the apartment from O. Henry's Gift of the Magi story.,

Scott Thompson, Chief Financial Officer

Scott Thompson grew up in a small rural town in Connecticut where cows outnumber people. He graduated Providence College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.  Who says you can’t serve both God and mammon? (cf. Mt 6:24) While attending Providence College, Scott met his beautiful wife, Emily, and the two now reside in the Providence area, with their daughter and son. Scott is employed by Bank of America. He enjoys Gregorian Chant, books he can’t fully understand (i.e. the Summa), and Irish whiskey.

George Clarke, Marketing Administrator

A native of Washington State, George now resides and studies in the bayous of Lafayette, Louisiana. A lover of the literary, George is music critic in residence at The Vermillion, contributing pieces on film, music, and late American fiction to friends and colleagues around the country. For George, October should see meaningful baseball for the Seattle Mariners, churches should have non-abstractive stained glass windows, and souls should be spotless.

Ryan C. McKenna, Counsel

Ryan grew up in the Granite State, where he went to Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and, following in the example of his undergraduate’s patron, went on to study law at Franklin Pierce Law Center. He is an advocate for family life and liberal arts education, done in the Catholic tradition. While his mundane interests include chess, piano, and barbell lifting, his primary interest is in his Faith, wife, and children. He and his family live in the Greater Seattle Area of the Pacific Northwest, because this is just as good a place as any to pursue wisdom.


Leo Clarke, Senior Advisor

For the last four decades, Leo has been a lawyer in private practice, general counsel of financial services companies, and a law professor. He has written scholarly articles on topics as diverse as constitutional law, cyberwar, and Catholic business ethics; he has lectured at conferences throughout the U.S. and in Europe and the Middle East. Leo and Kathleen, his wife of 33 years, live in Tacoma, Washington, with the three youngest of their eight (equally wonderful) children.