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Diocesan Review Board

Diocesan Review Board

The Review Board was established in February 2003 to advise the Bishop regarding reports of sexual abuse of minors by clergy.

The board is chaired by Kevin Gildart, a retired President of Human Resources at Bath Iron Works who also serves on the Board for Maine Health Access Foundation.

The other members of the committee are:

Edna Chace of Cape Elizabeth is the mother of a victim of clergy sexual abuse. She has served as a religious education instructor in Cape Elizabeth, Bridgeton, Orono and Winthrop and as a parish council member at St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth.

Melissa Cilley is a non-profit administrator/attorney who spent six years as the director of a non-profit serving children and families who experienced violent crimes --including child sexual abuse.

Daniel Cote is a retired Deputy Chief of the Maine State Police and is currently the head of security for Bath Iron Works. He is a member of All Saints Parish and of the Knights of Columbus. He has been married to his wife Marian for 45 years and they have three children and eight grandchildren.

Michael McGovern has served as Cape Elizabeth’s town manager since 1985. While serving as a member of the board of Rotary International, he chaired a committee which reviewed changes to its global child protection policies. Mike is a trustee of the Rotary Foundation, board chair of Ecomaine and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service.

Deacon John Murphy, a deacon in the Diocese of Portland, was ordained to the ministry in August 2011. John worked as a pediatrician for ten years and currently works as a child psychiatrist in the Portland area. John lives in Brunswick with his wife and two children.

Sister Maureen Wallace, RSM, is Life and Ministry Administrator of the Portland Area Northeast Community. She earned her Master's in Education at Fordham University, NYC. She taught Passamaquoddy Indian children for over 30 years, as well as serving on her community's leadership team.

The members were selected for their demonstrated independence, fairness and outstanding expertise in various fields. One member of the board is a parent of an abuse victim.

The board reviews and assesses accusations of sexual abuse of minors and makes recommendations to Bishop Deeley.