Oversight Review Board

OVERVIEW

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 ensure 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

Honorable Michael Brenner, Ret.

Judge Brenner received his Business Administration degree as well as his law degree from UCLA. Admitted to the California Bar and the US District Central District of California, Judge Brenner is a retired Superior Court Judge. Currently, Judge Brenner is working part-time as an Assigned Judge in the Orange County Superior Court. Judge Brenner has been the recipient of numerous “Judge of the Year” awards, including St. Thomas More Society in 2005. Judge Brenner also serves as Chairman of the Board for the St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation and is a member of the Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulcher. Judge Brenner attends St. John Vianney Church.

Mr. James T. Burns, 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.

Mr. Ron Lowenberg, Chairperson, Dean/Director of the Criminal Justice Training Center, Golden West College

Mr. Lowenberg has 36 years’ experience as a police services professional, retiring in 2002 as the Chief of the Huntington Beach Police Department. He has served as president of the California Police Chiefs’ Association and the Orange County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association. He is a practicing Catholic and serves as an Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister and as a member of the Finance Council of his parish, Sts. Simon & Jude in Huntington Beach.

Reverend Bruce Patterson, Pastor St. Killian Parish

Fr. Patterson is a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Orange. Fr. Patterson majored in Political Science with a minor in English from Whittier College. After Fr. Patterson attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, he was assigned as a parochial vicar to Holy Family Cathedral (Orange), St. John the Baptist (Costa Mesa) and St. Joseph’s (Santa Ana). Fr. Patterson served as pastor at St. Bonaventure Church before his current appointment as pastor at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo.

Tim Petropulos, Sergeant, Fullerton Police Department

Tim Petropulos is currently a Sergeant at the Fullerton Police Department assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit. Sergeant Petropulos is a graduate of California State University Fullerton with a B.A. in Communications. He is currently enrolled at California State University Long Beach and working on an Emergency Management graduate level degree. Prior to promoting to Sergeant, Petropulos was an undercover Narcotics/Vice Detective. He has participated in several sex offender compliance checks throughout his career. Petropulos has investigative experience with regards to many crimes which include sexual assaults, abuse and other moral turpitude allegations. Apart from criminal investigations, Sergeant Petropulos has also investigated several internal affairs. Tim Petropulos is a court deemed Drug Recognition Expert (D.R.E.) Instructor. Tim has drug influence testimony experience in many different types of cases which have included child abuse, murder and sexual assaults. Petropulos was born and raised Catholic and currently attends San Antonio Catholic Church in Anaheim Hills.

Ms. Darlyne R. Pettinicchio, Bureau Chief for Los Angeles County Probation Department, Public Safety Realignment (AB109) Bureau

Ms. Pettinicchio, who serves as an expert consultant to 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 is a national expert consultant on Youth Subcultures and gang activity and K-9 Narcotic Detection. 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. She is also a part time instructor of Criminal Justice for Santa Ana College. 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 when she began a second career as a Bureau Chief for Los Angeles County Probation Department. She is currently assigned to the Public Safety Realignment (AB 109 and oversees the realignment of 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. Currently, she is the principal of St. Joachim School in Costa Mesa. Over the years, she has served as principal of 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 has 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.

Victor Quiros, J.D., Professor, Criminal Justice Training Center, Golden West College

Mr. Quiros is a law professor at the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College, Huntington Beach. He is a graduate of UC Irvine, and Western State University College of Law. He is an attorney licensed to practice in state and federal courts in California. Mr. Quiros worked previously as a prosecutor for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, and as the managing attorney for the Santa Ana Law Office of Sayre and Chavez that served as legal counsel for the Consulate General of Mexico and specialized in plaintiff actions in the areas of civil rights, personal injury, and professional malpractice (the law firm’s partner is the son of civil rights leader, Cesar Chavez.) Mr. Quiros’ legal career includes working as a police officer for the City of Irvine, and as an Orange County Deputy Marshal. Mr. Quiros’ experience in juvenile law includes an assignment to the Juvenile Court as a prosecutor, and as a volunteer instructor for the Shortstop Juvenile Diversion and Legal Education for Parents programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation. Mr. Quiros is a practicing catholic and member of St. Norbert Parish in Orange. He has served as a religious education instructor, and parish council chair.

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.

Jackie Gomez-Whiteley, Chief of Police, Ret.

Jackie Gomez-Whiteley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership with a Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Leadership from Chapman University. Ms. Gomez-Whiteley has 30 years’ experience as a police services professional, retiring in 2015 as the Chief of the Cypress Police Department. She is a practicing Catholic and member of St. Norbert Catholic Church in Orange.


STAFF

  • Rev. Daniel Reader
  • Rev. Steve Sallot, V.G.
  • Rev. John Caronan, O.Praem, Promoter of Justice
  • Marianne Bungcag, Recording Secretary
  • Alan Martin, Esq.