Profiles of the Board's High-Powered Members

January 31, 2003

Created last June by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as part of their response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth is a hybrid creature.

On the one hand, according to its mandate, the board is "appointed by the conference president and [reports] directly to him." In addition to studying the causes of the crisis, its mission is to assist the newly formed "Office for Child and Youth Protection" -- whose director reports to the general secretary of the bishops' conference -- as that department helps dioceses implement policies designed to prevent the sexual abuse of minors.

At the same time, the lay board's high-powered members are an independent lot, accustomed to wielding power at the highest levels of American business, government and academia. In the face of opposition -- including an August 2002 editorial in the Boston archdiocesan newspaper critical of board chairman Frank Keating and last month's snub of the panel by New York Cardinal Edward Egan -- board members insist they have the backing they need to do the job.

The board plans to release an initial report on the scope of the crisis this summer.

Board Chairman Frank Keating is president of the American Council of Life Insurers, representing the interests of the life insurance industry before Congress, the executive branch, and at the state level. A Georgetown University graduate, Keating served as an FBI agent after receiving his law degree from the Univer-sity of Oklahoma in 1969. From 1985 through 1993 he served in Washington as assistant secretary of the Treasury, as associate general counsel and general counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1994, Keating was elected governor of Oklahoma, was reelected in 1998, and completed his second term in January 2003. As governor, Keating sparred with Tulsa Bishop Edward J. Slattery, refusing the bishop's request to implement a moratorium on capital punishment in the state.

Long known to Washington insiders as a skilled defense attorney -- his clients have included former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski -- Robert Bennett is most widely known for his defense of President Clinton in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Bennett, a former federal prosecutor, heads the international government enforcement group of the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He also leads the civil litigation practices of Skadden's Washington office. The Brooklyn native is the older brother of former "Drug Czar" and Book of Virtues author William Bennett.

Anne M. Burke has served on the Illinois Appellate Court since 1995. Burke began her judicial career in 1987 when Gov. Jim Thompson named her as the first woman to serve on the Illinois Court of Claims. In 1994 she was appointed by Gov. Jim Edgar as special counsel for Child Welfare Services and a member of his Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice.

Michael J. Bland is a clinical counselor at the Center for Psychological Services, Oak Lawn, Ill., and clinical-pastoral coordinator for Victim Assistance Ministry, Chicago archdiocese. Bland has worked for over 10 years directly with victims of sexual abuse by church personnel, including clergy. He holds a doctorate in psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a doctorate in ministry from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Bland is a former Servite priest and is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse as a minor.

William R. Burleigh began his career as a journalist at The Evansville (Ind.) Press in May 1951 as a part-time sports reporter. In the late 1950s, he covered early school integration conflicts in the South and became the paper's first urban affairs reporter. He became city editor in 1962, managing editor in 1969 and editor and president in 1975. Burleigh was named editor of The Cincinnati Post July 1, 1977. He became vice president and general editorial manager of Scripps Howard in January 1984, and then senior VP/Newspapers & Publishing in September 1986. He was named president and chief operating officer in 1994 and CEO in 1996. He became chairman of the board in May 1999, and retired as CEO September 2000.

Nicholas P. Cafardi, a native of Pittsburgh, is a professor of law and dean of the Duquesne University School of Law. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Gregorian University in Rome, a master's in philosophy from Duquesne University, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received a licentiate in canon law from the University of St. Thomas in Rome. He is the co-author, with Cardinal Adam Maida, of Church Property, Church Finances, and Church-Related Corporations. He was for 13 years legal counsel to the Pittsburgh diocese and still represents numerous religious orders both as a canonist and as a civil lawyer.

Jane Chiles is the former executive director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky. She served in this capacity from 1994 until her retirement in June 2002. She currently serves as vice president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors. Chiles has more than 20 years of community activism in issues ranging from affordable housing to substance abuse. A native of Racine, Wis., Chiles is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in sociology.

University of San Diego president Alice Bourke Hayes came to the university after six years as executive vice president and provost and professor of biology at St. Louis University. A native of Chicago, Hayes spent 27 years at Loyola University of Chicago, where she served as vice president for academic affairs (1987-1989), associate academic vice president (1980-1987), dean for the natural sciences (1977-1980), and chairperson of the department of natural science (1969-1977). A biologist with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow, she has published numerous books and articles on the natural sciences and on Catholic higher education.

Pamela D. Hayes graduated with honors from Northeastern University in 1975, and from Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, in 1978. Hayes has worked for the State of New Jersey Office of the Public Defender; the Office of Court Administration, Supreme Court, New York County; and the Office for the Special Prosecutor for the New York City Criminal Justice System. In the Kings County, N.Y. (Borough of Brooklyn), District Attorney's Office (1990-1992), Hayes managed the day-to-day prosecution of cases involving sex offenses and child abuse. She is also an assistant professor at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maes graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1973. In 1981 she was appointed to the First Judicial District Court by Gov. Bruce King. Maes was elected by the judges of the First Judicial District Court as chief judge for two terms. She also served on the Governor's Task Force on Children, Youth and Families, the North Central Juvenile Services Committee, the Tri-County Gang Task Force, the Santa Fe County Jail Advisory Committee, and Character Counts in the Santa Fe Leadership Council.

Paul R. McHugh was Henry Phipps Professor and director of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1975-2001. McHugh was founder and first director of the Bourne Behavioral Research Laboratory of New York Hospital, Westchester Division at Cornell. He was chairman of the medical board, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1984-89. From 1992-2001, he directed the Blades Center for Clinical Practice and Research in Alcohol/Drug Dependence at Hopkins. He is a member of the Presidential Council on Bioethics.

Leon E. Panetta was a Democratic congressman from California from 1977-1993. An army veteran and lawyer, Panetta served as Bill Clinton's first budget director and later as the president's chief of staff. Panetta currently co-directs, with his wife Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. Panetta has drawn some heat as a member of the lay review board: Abortion opponents have criticized the bishops for naming a pro-choice Catholic to the board.

Ray H. Siegfried II is chairman of the board of The NORDAM Group, an international aviation service and manufacturing company. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he is active in numerous civic, business, cultural and commu-nity associations. Siegfried has served on the board of directors for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Oklahoma State University; University of Tulsa; American Boxing Federation; and the University of Portland. He currently serves on the boards of the University of Notre Dame, Tulsa Community Foundation, Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation and president-elect of Conquistadores del Cielo.

Kathleen McChesney is executive director, Office of Child and Youth Protection, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. McChesney has over 30 years' experience in law enforcement. In the early 1970s she worked as a detective with the King County (Seattle) police department where she was assigned to investigate sex crimes, robberies, assaults and homicides. She joined the FBI in 1978. In September 1996, she became head of the FBI's Portland, Ore., field office. In January 1999, she was named Special Agent in Charge in the Chicago field office. In June 2001, she was appointed assistant director of the Training Division, Quantico, Va. She served until November 2002 as the FBI's executive assistant director, Law Enforcement Services Division, where she oversaw the activities of 4,700 employees and multiple budgets totaling over $1.1 billion. Mc-Chesney holds a doctorate in public administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

-- Joe Feuerherd

National Catholic Reporter, January 31, 2003

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