Francesco C. Cesareo Named National Review Board Chair, Lawyers, Psychologists Added To Board Membership

April 11, 2013 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Francesco C. Cesareo,Ph.D., president of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, has beennamed the next chair of the National Review Board (NRB) by Cardinal Timothy Dolanof New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Hesucceeds Al Notzon III, who concludes his term as chair after the June 2013meeting of the USCCB.

TheNRB advises the bishops' Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection and wasestablished by the Charter for Protectionof Children and Young People, which the bishops adopted in 2002.

CardinalDolan thanked Cesareo, who joined the NRB in 2012, for accepting thisleadership position.

"The board and its chair provide valuablefeedback to the U.S bishops and we rely on their expertise and recommendations,"Cardinal Dolan said. "Mr. Notzon has continued the proud tradition of stellarleadership. I have no doubt that Dr. Cesareo will do the same."

Cesareoholds a doctorate in Late Medieval/Early Modern European History from FordhamUniversity. He also was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at the University ofRome and Gregorian University in Rome.

NewNRB members include two psychologists, Michael de Arellano, Ph.D., associate professorand a licensed clinical psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research andTreatment Center (NCVC) of the Department of Psychiatry at the MedicalUniversity of South Carolina; and Fernando Ortiz, Ph.D., director of theCounseling Center at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. Other new membersinclude Laura Rogers, a former prosecutor who served as the Deputy Director ofthe Criminal Division of the Navy's Judge Advocate General, and earlier as Directorof the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending,Registering, and Tracking (SMART) at the U.S. Department of Justiceimplementing the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act; and Scott Wasserman, aKansas City, Kansas attorney who focuses on legal issues involving children,especially abused children and children with special needs.

deArellano's clinical work and research focus on treatment services for childvictims of traumatic events from traditionally underserved population groups,including those from rural, economically disadvantaged and ethnic minoritybackgrounds. He also serves as a trainer and consultant to mental healthclinics across the country to assist with the implementation of therapeuticinterventions for child sexual abuse and other traumatic events.

Ortizdid postdoctoral study at the Counseling Center of the University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara, specializing in multicultural issues, especially with ethnicminorities and international students.

Rogers is a board member of the PhiladelphiaArchdiocese Review Board on Sexual Abuse and Pastoral Conduct.

Wasserman has been board chair ofKansas City's Christian Foundation for Children and Aging since 2000 and is chairof the Independent Review Board for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Details regarding the NationalReview Board, its functions and other members can be found at.


Keywords: U.S. Bishops, National Review Board, U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops,CardinalTimothy Dolan, Scott Wasserman, Laura Rogers, Michael de Arellano, Fernando Ortiz,sexual abuse

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