Independent Review Board

James Corwin

Former Chief of Police—Kansas City Police Department

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (University of Central Missouri), Master of Arts in Human Resources Development (Webster University), FBI National Academy, National Executive Institute, Missouri Highway Patrol Academy, Kansas City Missouri Police Academy

Married; enjoys golf, traveling and serving as a community volunteer

IRB member since 2012

“My role on the Independent Review Board allows me to share my expertise garnered from thirty-five years of law enforcement with the church, and assist with the Church’s mission of protecting children.”

Amy M. Dublinske

Medical Pediatric Therapist—Children’s Mercy Hospital

Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (University of Central Missouri), Missouri License in Professional Counseling

Married for 20 years to Neil, three children; enjoys swimming, running & scrapbooking; recipient of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Volunteer of the Year award (2007)

IRB member since 2014

“I’ve always been an advocate for children… providing a voice for those without the ability to advocate for themselves. For over twenty years, I have worked with children in the child protection system, conducting child abuse investigations with the state of Missouri and now working with pediatric patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I also help with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) here in Kansas City, and am a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.”

Joyce Estes

Former Executive Director—Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center

Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education and Counseling, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Three children and ten grandchildren; enjoys reading, traveling, woodworking and playing games with friends; recipient of the Leona Rivers Jewell Award in Recognition of Exemplary Service to Child Victims of Sexual Abuse (1994 & 2014); Optimist Club Respect for Law (2012)

IRB Member since 2014

“I have worked with abused children for thirty years, counseling both children and adults who had been sexually abused. I am currently on the Governor’s Task Force for Child Abuse, and have worked with Missouri Kids First to advocate for children. Over the past twelve years, I have also served as director of the Children’s Advocacy Center. Most of my life’s work has been to prevent child sexual abuse and bring healing to child victims.”

Sr. Suzanne Fitzmaurice, OSB

Campus Minister, Theology Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in Education and Ministry (Creighton University), Master of Theology Studies (Franciscan School of Theology)

Religious sister with the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS; enjoys training, watching movies and listening to music; worked at the Child Saving Institute (Omaha, NE)

IRB member since 2012

“Working with young people the last 30 years, I have seen the traumatic effects of not only abuse but of the lack of response on the part of various church officials. It is important that we not only have systems in place to protect our young people, but also that when something does occur we respond appropriately.”

Daniel J. Haus

Founder—Haus Law Firm

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Central Missouri), Juris Doctorate (University of Missouri, Kansas City), Licensed to practice law in all courts in Missouri and Kansas, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas

Married for 34 years to Debbie, two daughters and one grandchild; enjoys nature and its preservation—certified Master Naturalist (along with wife, Debbie) with the Missouri Conservation Department; volunteer in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation at Lakeside Nature Center; president of the Friends of Lakeside Nature Center

IRB member since 2010

“I have spent twenty-five years working in law enforcement, both as a sworn law enforcement officer during which I investigated allegations of abuse, and as general counsel to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department where I advised investigators in abuse cases.

The scourge of abuse is devastating to the Church, particularly since it destroys the precious innocence of children. I view the role of the IRB as an opportunity to rid the Church of abuse by assisting the bishop in addressing allegations of abuse, and through the development of sound, fair policies that will aid in preventing future abuse.”

Amber Heineman

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (University of Arizona), Juris Doctorate (University of Kansas)

Married to husband Robb, two children; enjoys attending her kids’ sports events, Sporting KC, playing tennis, and reading; board member of the FIRE Foundation (Foundation for Inclusive Religious Education); chairperson of the Visitation school athletic committee; board member of Victory Project/Sporting KC; former board member of the Child Protection Center (2012-16); former chairperson of Just Like You – Kids Helping Kids Heal (2010-13)

IRB member since 2012

“As the former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, I have experience prosecuting sex crimes, domestic abuse and other violent crime cases. I am passionate about this cause because I want to ensure that our Catholic community is a safe and happy place for our children.”

John A. Larsen

Retired from private practice as psychologist and marriage and family therapist

Bachelor of Arts, (Bethel University), Master of Divinity (Duke University), Ph.D. (Boston University)

Married for 48 years, two sons and two grandchildren; enjoys restoring vintage cars and campers, woodworking, fishing, and hanging out/tinkering on projects at his lake house; member of the American Psychological Association; past president of the Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; former member and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

IRB member since 2010

“In nearly 40 years of practice I dealt with numerous clients who were sexually abused as well as perpetrators of abuse in a family therapy context. In my private psychology practice, I integrated psychology and theology to help bring faith resources to bear on clients’ struggles. I believe that creating a safe environment for clients to let down their defenses and become open and honest in a therapeutic environment is what enables them to heal and grow into the persons God created them to become.

My service on the IRB is an extension of this commitment outside of the therapy environment. I have felt honored to be a part of this important ministry with colleagues who share a belief that all of God’s children deserve the grace of a safe environment in which to live, confident that they will be protected from being hurt and nurtured into wholeness.”

Cy Ritter

Former Deputy Chief—Kansas City Missouri Police Department, CEO—Police Foundation of Kansas City

B.S.E. in Social Science (Truman State University), Master of Criminology (University of Virginia/Idaho State Canyon College)

Married 37 years to Rebecca, two adult children; enjoys golf and traveling

IRB member since 2014

“Through my work and by serving on the Independent Review Board, I hope to bring a sense of security, strength and caring back to members of the Catholic Church and the community at large.”

Rev. Robert Hardy Stewart

Pastor and Spiritual Director—St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas City North

Bachelor of History with minor in English (Rockhurst University), Priestly Formation (Kenrick Seminary), Black Catholic Studies (Xavier University of Louisiana), currently working on master’s in Christian Spirituality (Creighton University)

Priest of the Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph; one sister, four nieces and nephews, four great nieces and nephews; enjoys cooking, reading and attending performance arts such as ballet, opera and symphony

IRB member since before 2001

“I’ve been a member of the board for over fifteen years, because the protection and support of the most vulnerable in our society is extremely important. I hope to help make our community a safe one.”

©2017 Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph

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