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The National Review Board


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the National Review Board during their meeting in June of 2002. The functions of the Board were revised slightly and reconfirmed in June of 2005 when the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was revised and extended through 2010. The purpose of the National Review Board is to collaborate with the USCCB in preventing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the service of the Church.

Functions of the National Review Board:

  • Advise the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People on matters of child and youth protection specifically on policies and practices.

  • Review the work of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and make specific recommendations to its Director, assisting the Director in the development of resources for dioceses and eparchies.

  • Oversee the completion and dissemination of the study of the causes and context of the recent crisis of sexual abuse in the Church, including periodic assessment of data and preliminary results during the course of this study.

  • Review, prior to publication, the annual report of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection on implementing and maintaining the standards of the Charter and any approval and publication to the Conference President.

  • Advise the Conference President on future members of the Board and future Directors of the Office.

  • Advise the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People on the annual audit process prescribed in the Charter, including methods, scope, and personnel.

  • Alert and inform the appropriate parties of concerns that emerge from the above responsibilities that may run counter to the spirit of the Charter.

  • Consult as requested with the Conference President, the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Administrative Committee, and other USCCB or relevant Church entities on matters relating to the protection of children and young people from sexual abuse.

  • Make appropriate recommendations to prevent sexual abuse of minors.

Members of the National Review Board

Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D., Chairman is president of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a doctorate in Late Medieval/Early Modern European History from Fordham University. He also was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at the University of Rome and Gregorian University in Rome. He has been president of Assumption College since 2007, and has held both faculty and administrative positions at several Catholic colleges and universities, including Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; John Carroll University, Cleveland; Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut; and St. John's University, Jamaica, New York. He serves on several boards including the Board of Visitors of Worcester Academy and the New England Center for Children. (appointed 2012, re-appointed 2017)

Amanda Callanan, Director of Communications for the Claremont Institute, has occupied several positions 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. (appointed 2017)

Garry E. Hall is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral who currently chairs the review board of the Archdiocese of the Military Service and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also the CEO and president of the Association of the United States Navy, in Washington. He holds a bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and an MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was designated a naval aviator and served 35 years on active duty. Operating in helicopter squadrons throughout the Pacific, he commanded two squadrons, the capital ship USS Tarawa, an expeditionary strike group, and was commandant of the Eisenhower College of National Security and Resource Strategy at National Defense University. He spent his entire Navy career operating in and managing risk. (appointed 2016)

Howard T. Healy is the senior partner at Di Renzo & Bomier Law Firm where he specializes in litigation. He is the current and first Chair of the Green Bay Diocese Independent Review Board. Mr. Healy is also a trustee at St. Margaret Mary Parish and the Finance Chairman of St. Mary's School. He previously served as a member of the Finance Committee at St. Margaret Mary Parish, the Chair of the St. Mary's School Board, and as a participant and Chair of the Green Bay Diocese Board of Education. Mr. Healy is a graduate of Marquette University. He is married and has eight children. (appointed 2015)

Suzanne Healy was the Victims Assistance Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 2007 through 2016.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in private practice and as a high school counselor.  Healy also has 18 years of business management and strategic planning experience with AT&T Pacific Bell.  Healy has a BS in Psychology and an MS in Counseling, M.F.C.C. option, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential with Advanced Specializations in School Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance Services, both from California State University at Los Angeles.  Healy was an Executive Board Member of the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Faith Based Advocacy Council, and a Committee Member for Los Angeles City Attorney Office Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium in Los Angeles from 2008 – 2016.  In 2016 Healy received the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Health Affairs Excellence Award. (appointed 2017)

Mary Katherine Huffman has been a Judge at the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court since 2002 and currently serves as the court's Administrative Judge.  She is presently adjunct faculty at the University of Dayton School of Law,  past president of the Dayton Bar Association, a member of the Dayton, Ohio and American Bar Associations as well as the Common Pleas Judges' Association, and  the past president of the Board of Trustees for the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association – to name a few.  Judge Huffman currently serves as the president of the Dayton Bar Foundation and serves on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Review Board.  Judge Huffman graduated summa cum laude from Wright State University (B.A. in political science in 1985), and from the University of Dayton School of Law (J.D. 1990) and received an M.A. in judicial studies from the University of Nevada in 2015. (appointed 2014)

Dr. Christopher McManus is the owner and President of CP & RP McManus, MD, Ltd where McManus practices Internal Medicine in the Diocese of Arlington, VA.  He is active in the Northern Virginia Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and is a charter member and current leader for Privia Medical Group.  McManus was a professor for Georgetown University Medical School from 1998-2006 and has served as a Physician Advisor for Quality Resource Management.  McManus served his residency training at the University of Vermont and received his degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  He currently serves on the Arlington County Executive Board and has previously served as President of the Arlington Medical Society.  Other volunteer activities for McManus include serving at the Arlington Free Clinic, volunteering in the Medical Reserve Corps for the Arlington County Health Department, and local service to his home parish. (appointed 2017)

Nelle Moriarty is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a specialty in chemical dependency. She has been a school counselor in Rochester Catholic Schools since 1992. She was named the Minnesota Elementary School Counselor of the Year and the Southeastern Minnesota School Counselor of the Year in 2011. She has served on the Winona Diocesan Misconduct Review Board since 2003, and she has chaired that Board since 2010. Mrs. Moriarty earned a B.A. in Psychology and English and an M.S. in Counseling and Student Personnel from Mankato State University (1974-1978). She also attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and Program in Human Sexuality. (appointed 2014)

Jean Ortega-Piron was Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in October 2011.Prior to that appointment, since 1996, Ms. Ortega-Piron had served as the Statewide Legal Guardian for all foster children in Illinois until her retirement in 2013. In that position she was the court appointed legal guardian of all abused and neglected children committed to DCFS and was responsible to the court for the well-being of the children.While fulfilling her responsibilities as the legal guardian of 100,000+ children in Illinois during her tenure, she also served as a policy formulating executive manager. Ms. Ortega-Piron was able to spearhead reform for that responsibility and create an Office of the Guardian, which advocated for the wards of the state at the executive level of that child welfare agency. From 1994 until 1996 she served as the Executive Assistant to Governor Edgar's Special Counsel for Child Welfare Services where she was responsible for coordinating and overseeing implementation of policy, plans and initiatives relating to Juvenile Court reform. Ms. Ortega-Piron holds a Bachelor's degree from Rosary College/Dominican University and a Juris Doctorate degree from IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law.She is married, has two sons and is the proud grandmother of two. (appointed 2015)

Eileen F. Puglisi held the position of Director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People in the Diocese of Rockville Centre where from 2003-2014.  Her prior work history involves director level work at various Psychiatric Centers in New York, including Deputy Director of the Queens Children's Psychiatric Center.  Puglisi received a Professional Degree in School Psychology from St. John's University in New York and an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College in New York. (appointed 2017)

Donald J. Schmid is a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and was awarded an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy by the New Zealand Government in 2001. He is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States’ Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana.  Mr. Schmid has been a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice since 1994 and has received numerous awards for his prosecution work including the Inspector General's Integrity Award. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Schmid was a trial and appellate attorney with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Schmid received his doctor of laws degree from the University of Michigan in 1985, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. He received his bachelor of arts degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1982, where he graduated summa cum laude, and where he was later an adjunct professor of law, 2001-2008. While an undergraduate at Notre Dame, Mr. Schmid was named a Mellon Fellow. Pursuant to this fellowship, Mr. Schmid worked with the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and conducted his own research into patient views of confidentiality.  With the Ian Axford Fellowship, Mr. Schmid went to New Zealand to study restorative justice initiatives, including the family group conference. While in New Zealand, Mr. Schmid was hosted by the New Zealand Ministry of Justice in Wellington and several published papers regarding restorative justice. (appointed 2014)

Ernest Stark currently serves as chair of the review boards for several religious communities including the Augustinians, Carmelites, Passionists, and Benedictines and is a member of the review board of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He has served as a teacher and administrator in Catholic secondary schools and colleges for fifty years. He was a member of the review board of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, for ten years, serving as chair for eight of those years. He holds a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University, Minnesota, and a master's degree in theology from Manhattan College, New York. He has pursued additional studies at Northern Illinois University, and he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for summer study at the University of Notre Dame. (appointed 2016)

Donald Wheeler has more than forty years of public and private sector experience in managing investigative, audit and forensic resource to resolve complex issues of fact and law .Currently, he is Senior Investigator with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, LLP and previously was the Regional Director of its Turnstone Investigative Group in Washington, DC. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Wheeler held various senior management positions with the Office of Special Investigations, U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), including Deputy Director of Investigations, and Acting Director. Mr. Wheeler began his federal law enforcement career with the U. S. Department of Labor where he held a number of positions in its Organized Crime and Racketeering Program, including Special Agent in Charge of field offices in Chicago and Cleveland.Mr. Wheeler is a cum laude graduate of Michigan State University where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration and Public Safety. (appointed 2015) 

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