President of U.S. Bishops Conference Appoints Four New Members of National Review Board for the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People

June 14, 2017 By Public Affairs Office

INDIANAPOLIS — Four new members have been appointedto serve on the National Review Board (NRB) by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo,president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The NRB advises the bishops' committee on theProtection of Children and Young People, and the Secretariat for Child andYouth Protection at the USCCB.  The NRBwas established by the Charter forProtection of Children and Young People, which the bishops adopted in 2002.

As Cardinal DiNardo said in a letter sent to allnewly appointed members, "The National Review Board plays a vital role as aconsultative body assisting me and the bishops in ensuring the completeimplementation and accountability of the Charter…The whole Church, especially the laity, at both the diocesan and nationallevels, needs to be engaged in maintaining safe environments in the Church forchildren and young people."

The four new NRB members include those withexpertise in communications, psychology and victim outreach, and the medicalfield and they are as follows:

Ms. Amanda Callanan, Director of Communicationsfor the Claremont Institute, has occupied several positions in thecommunications field—including digital and broadcast development for TheHeritage Foundation, public relations for Fortune 500 clients at Hill+KnowltonStrategies, corporate branding and strategy with a boutique agency inBaltimore, and direct-response marketing for the National Association ofCorporate Directors' educational events and programs. She attended Loyola University in Maryland,is married and resides within the Archdiocese of Washington.

Ms. Suzanne Healy was the VictimsAssistance Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 2007 through2016. She is a licensed Marriage andFamily Therapist with experience in private practice and as a high schoolcounselor. Healy also has 18 years of businessmanagement and strategic planning experience with AT"&T Pacific Bell. Healy has a BS in Psychology and an MS inCounseling, M.F.C.C. option, witha Pupil Personnel Services Credential with Advanced Specializations in SchoolCounseling and Child Welfare and Attendance Services, both from CaliforniaState University at Los Angeles. Healywas an Executive Board Member of the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health Faith Based Advocacy Council, anda Committee Member for Los Angeles City Attorney Office Cyber Crime PreventionSymposium in Los Angeles from 2008 – 2016. In 2016, Healy received the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Departmentof Health Affairs Excellence Award. She is married with two adult children andcurrently volunteers as a counselor.

Dr. Christopher McManus is the ownerand President of CP "& RP McManus, MD, Ltd where McManus practices Internal Medicine in the Diocese of Arlington,VA. He is active in the NorthernVirginia Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and is a charter member andcurrent leader for Privia Medical Group. McManus was a professor for Georgetown University Medical School from1998-2006 and has served as a Physician Advisor for Quality ResourceManagement. McManus served his residencytraining at the University of Vermont and received his degree from theUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine. He currently serves on the Arlington County Executive Board and haspreviously served as President of the Arlington Medical Society. Other volunteer activities for McManusinclude serving at the Arlington Free Clinic, volunteering in the MedicalReserve Corps for the Arlington County Health Department, and local service tohis home parish. He has been married forover thirty years, has four adult children, and enjoys spending time outdoorswith his family.

Ms. Eileen Puglisi held the position of Directorof the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People in the Diocese ofRockville Centre where from 2003-2014. Her prior work history involves director level work at variousPsychiatric Centers in New York, including Deputy Director of the QueensChildren's Psychiatric Center. Puglisireceived a Professional Degree in School Psychology from St. John's Universityin New York and an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College in NewYork. She has direct experience as apsychologist and is an avid golfer.

Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president ofAssumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, will continue to chair the NRBuntil his term expires in 2020.

Detailsregarding the National Review Board, its functions and other members can befound at:


Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,USCCB, National Review Board (NRB), Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, sexual abuse,child and youth protection, Charter for Protection of Children and YoungPeople.