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In 1993 the Diocese of Joliet first formed a Diocesan Review Committee to review allegations of sexual misconduct by clergy. While the functions of the committee and its membership has developed over the years, the basic purpose remains unchanged. The members represent expertise in areas of law enforcement, mental health and social services. Members of the Diocesan Review Committee are:

Second Term Members

Hon. Robert Baron – (Chair)
Judge Baron served on the Review Board and briefly as chair in 2002-2003.  Upon a new appointment to the bench he resigned from the Review Board.  Judge Baron served 13 years with the Circuit Court of Will County including 10 years as Presiding Judge of the Family Division.  He returned to the Review Board in 2013. His knowledge of law, mediation and arbitration are invaluable.

Mrs. Karen Hanisch
Mrs. Hanisch joined the Review Board in 2013. She is an early elementary teacher in the Catholic school system. Having raised several children and currently working with children she is committed to ensuring the safety of both youth and vulnerable adults. She brings to the board a unique ability to view abuse situations from multiple perspectives.

First Term Members

Mrs. Cruz Arzuaga
Bio Pending

Mr. Stephen Marth
Mr. Marth joined the Review Board in May 2015.  He has been the principal at Benet Academy since 2004.  Prior to that, he was on the faculty of The Latin School in Chicago, assistant principal at Mother Guerin High School and principal and subsequently president / principal at Driscoll Catholic High School. Mr. Marth earned advanced degrees in English from Loyola University and Educational Administration from Northwestern University.  Mr. Marth has a solid Catholic foundation which is reflected in his work with students and the larger community.   He has unique insight and ability to represent youth, staff and administration.

Ms. Margaret O’Connell
Ms. O'Connell joined the Review Board in 2015.  She is a graduate of Bradley University and John Marshall Law School.  She is currently in private practice addressing issues of family and criminal law as well as being a court appointed Guardian ad litem.  Ms. O'Connell has extensive experience as an Assistant State's Attorney and prosecuted cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, felonies and misdemeanors.

Mr. William Sheehan
Bio Pending

Mrs. Maureen Sullivan Taylor
Mrs. Sullivan Taylor joined the Review Board in 2017.  She is a family law attorney, mediator and arbitrator with Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.  She has been practicing in Illinois for over 35 years with a concentration in family law, which includes alternative dispute resolution.  She has written articles and given numerous presentations regarding domestic violence, child abuse, child dexual abuse, reporting requirements and other topics related to family law.  Maureen has voulunteered at numerous organizations including YWCA, Family Shelter Service and Lilac Tree.  Her wealth of knowledge and experience will be an asset to the Review Board.


All of these people serve without compensation.