Oversight Review Board

OVERVIEW

Oversight and Review Board (ORB)

The Board is an independent professional committee that meets on a regular basis and as needed to review allegations of clergy sexual misconduct with minors for appropriate response and reporting. The Board is in place to insure that in dealing with such reports, the diocese will:

  • Make every effort to act in a way that protects people from being harmed, including relieving an accused priest or deacon from ministerial duties when warranted by substantiated facts and/or risk of harm;
  • Comply with all applicable civil reporting mandates governing sexual abuse;
  • Offer victims and their families assistance in obtaining psychological counseling and spiritual direction (coordinated by the Assistance Ministry Coordinator); and
  • Deal as openly as possible with members of the parish community while respecting the privacy of the individuals involved and in accordance with Church law governing such situations.

All allegations related to clergy sexual misconduct with minors will be investigated by ORB and a recommendation will be made to the Bishop of Orange upon completion of its investigation.

BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. James T. Burns, Chairperson,Security Consultant

A graduate of California State University of Long Beach in Science-Criminal Justice, Mr. Burns has 45 years of investigative experience, including a number of years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS). During Mr. Burns’ time with the FBI and NCIS, he has investigated numerous fraud, espionage, and sexual abuse cases. Mr. Burns has served as a Canonical Investigator on clergy child abuse allegations and other misconduct inquires. Mr. Burns conducted procedural audits in numerous Roman Catholic Dioceses across the United States to ensure compliance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth. Mr. Burns is a practicing Catholic.

Joseph Michael Cervantes, Ph.D., ABPP

Mr. Cervantes received his Ph.D. in community-clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1977). He is Professor, Department of Counseling, School of Health and Human Development, California State University, Fullerton and maintains an independent forensic practice in child, adolescent, and family psychology. He holds Diplomas in both Clinical and Couple and Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is licensed in the states of California and Hawaii. Dr. Cervantes’ research interests are in the relatedness of cultural diversity and indigenous spirituality, and in immigration issues where he has conducted numerous immigration evaluations and appeared in court on multiple occasions as an expert witness. He has served as a consulting editor for the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and currently is a consulting editor for the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and a consulting editor for the journal Family Psychology. Dr. Cervantes also currently serves as the Ethics Chair for the Orange County Psychological Association, and is past President for the National Latina/o Psychological Association and past Chair, Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), American Psychological Association. He has Fellow status with Div. 45 and Div. 12, American Psychological Association.

William J. Collins, M.D., Retired Physician, Gastroenterology

Dr. Collins is a retired physician in Orange, California. He served his Internal Medicine residency at George Washington University Division, D.C. General Hospital. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Collins has enjoyed staff privileges at St. Joseph Hospital since 1974 where he served as the Chief of Staff in 2002 and 2003. Dr. Collins is a practicing Catholic and is a member of Holy Family Cathedral Parish in Orange.

Ms. Darlyne R. Pettinicchio, Retired Division Director for Orange County Probation Department

Ms. Pettinicchio, who began to serve this Board as an expert consultant since 2003 and later an acting member of this Board, is a retired veteran of the Orange County Probation Department after a long career. During her career with the Probation Department she has served on many assignments in both the Juvenile and Adult Divisions. Ms. Pettinicchio is a co-founder and trainer for the “Back in Control Parenting Program” for parents, juvenile institutions and schools. She has been a national expert consultant on Youth Subcultures and gang activity and K-9 Narcotic Detection while serving as the department’s first Canine Handler. During her probation career, she served four years as the Supervisor of the Adult Sex Offender unit and was instrumental in developing the departments Adult Sex Offender Program. After being promoted to Division Director she was assigned to the Juvenile Court Services Division for three years, before being assigned to the Special Services Division as the Division Director to provide oversight of the Adult Sex Offender Unit for three additional years. Her probation career ended as the Division Director of the Youth Leadership Academy, a transitional program for high risk juvenile offenders designated by the Orange County Grand Jury to be one of the most effective programs that they had assessed. She was also a part time instructor of Criminal Justice for Santa Ana College for over six years. Prior to retiring she was instrumental in implementing a Chaplain for Probation Staff Program for the Orange County Probation Department and continued to oversee program as a Volunteer Probation Officer for the Orange County Probation Department after she retired in March of 2011 until October of 2011. She began a second career as a Bureau Chief in the Southern California and provides oversight of high risk sex offenders returning to the community from prison commitments. Ms. Pettinicchio is a practicing Catholic and a member of St. Mary’s Church in Fullerton where she serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister at Mass and to the sick.

Sister Kathleen Marie Pughe, CSJ, Religious, Educator/Administrator Elementary Schools

Sister Kathleen Marie Pughe is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. She has served her community as an elementary school educator and administrator since 1953. Over the years, she has served as principal of St. Joachim School in Costa Mesa, Holy Family Cathedral School in Orange, St. Mary’s School in Fullerton, St. Joseph’ School in Santa Ana, Our Lady of Guadalupe School in La Habra and St. Bernard’s School in Bellflower. She brought her experience and knowledge to the WCEA/WASC elementary school accreditation process as Chairperson for eighteen years. Sister has twice been the Convention Hospitality Chairperson for the National Catholic Education Association, which hosts over 8,000 educators at its annual conventions. She has also served several consecutive years on the Superintendent’s Council of Principals. Currently she assists the Diocesan Schools Office of Advancement in raising funds to support Catholic Schools.

Diane Gomez-Valenzuela, Court Mediator/Investigator, Superior Court of California

Diane Gomez-Valenzuela has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California for more than twenty-five years and has thirty years’ experience in the field of Human Services. Her experience has spanned both public and private agencies as she focused on providing services to children and families. Some areas of expertise include child abuse and neglect, childhood illness and developmental delay. Ms. Gomez-Valenzuela has also spent many years working with child victims of crime and has worked with several addressing the impact of violence and other childhood trauma. Currently she is employed by the Superior Court where she conducts mediations and investigations. Ms. Gomez-Valenzuela was also the original Assistance Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Orange where she helped to develop protocol for assisting victims as well as provided direct services to the victims and their families. Ms. Gomez-Valenzuela is a practicing Catholic.

STAFF

The following Church personnel serve as staff to the voting members of the Board:

  • Rev. John Caronan, O.Praem. – Promoter of Justice
  • Rev. Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, Vicar General
  • Very Rev. Daniel Reader, Chancellor and Director Priests’ Personnel
  • Ron Lowenberg, Manager, Internal Investigations & Review
  • Marianne Bungcag, Recording Secretary