WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently named three people to the National Review Board, including a member of the Green Bay Diocese. The review board advises on child and youth protection. The appointments were announced by the USCCB in a press release May 19.
The three appointees include Howard Healy, a senior partner at Di Renzo and Bomier Law Firm in Neenah and member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Neenah; Donald Wheeler, a former federal investigator; and D. Jean Ortega-Piron, an attorney and child welfare services expert. The appointments were made by USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville.
“The church is grateful for the time and talent these individuals will bring to our shared work of ensuring safe environments,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “None of us has a more important responsibility than protecting children.”
Wheeler lives in the Diocese of Arlington, Va., and is a senior investigator with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, LLP. Ortega-Piron lives in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., and retired from the Illinois Department of Children of Family Services in 2013. She continues to serve as a consultant on child welfare services.
Healy was one of seven Catholics honored by The Compass in 2014 as a “Faith That Works” recipient. The honorees were recognized for living out their faith in the marketplace. Healy is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Winnebago County Bar Association and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as an Officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops established the National Review Board during their meeting in June of 2002. The purpose of the National Review Board is to collaborate with the USCCB in preventing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the service of the church.