Oversight Review Board


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.


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.

Dr. Nancy Hieu Nguyễn

Dr. Nguyễn graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 87599) and approved supervisor with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences.  She currently has a private practice and is also a lecturer for the Masters in Counseling Program at Cal State Fullerton, of which she is an alumni. She is trained in the evidence based treatment practices of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT). She pioneered the adaptation of PCIT for use with Vietnamese American children and families, and trains other clinicians in using this treatment. Dr. Nguyễn also provides supervision, peer mentoring and conducts research in the field of counseling. She specializes in research with adapting counseling practices to working with the Vietnamese American children, couples, and families to provide culturally responsive services. Settings, where she completed clinical work and provided supervision, include the Orange County (OC) HeadStart preschool program, Western Youth Services community mental health clinic, CEDAR clinic at Penn State University, OC HealthCare Agency Adult Mental Health services, and ChildNet Youth and family services.

Tim Petropulos, Police Officer

Tim Petropulos is currently a Police Officer at the Irvine Police Department assigned to the Patrol Division. Officer 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 working on an Emergency Management graduate level degree. He has experience as an undercover Narcotics/Vice Detective during which time he participated in several sex offender compliance checks. Petropulos has investigative experience with regards to many crimes which include sexual assaults, abuse and other moral turpitude allegations. Apart from criminal investigations, Petropulos has several years’ experience as a supervisor in the Internal Affairs Unit. 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, sexual assaults and murder. Petropulos was born and raised Catholic and currently attends San Antonio Catholic Church in Anaheim Hills.

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.

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.


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

Marianne Bungcag, Recording Secretary