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The Independent Review Board advises Bishop Edward Scharfenberger in his assessment of allegations of child or vulnerable adult sexual abuse; with the exception of one priest member, it is an all laity board.

John F. Coyne, M.D., was an ordained Catholic priest before deciding to change his vocation and study medicine. The local pediatrician is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and currently works for Catholic Health.  He has long been regarded as a strong advocate for victims of child abuse and has worked closely with the Erie County district attorney's office as an expert witness in the prosecution of child abuse cases. 

Lee Coppola, former dean of St. Bonaventure University's journalism school, was a newspaper reporter, an investigative television reporter and an assistant U.S. Attorney before taking his position at St. Bonaventure.  As an assistant U.S. Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted a number of high profile criminal cases for the government.  Coppola is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and the State University of New York at Buffalo's School of Law.

Sister Anne Marie Jablonicky, CSSF, a Felician Franciscan sister, is a counselor and therapist at the Diocesan Counseling Center for Church Ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo, NY. She is a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and a NYS certified school psychologist. She holds graduate degrees in clinical psychology from St. John's University, Queens, NY, school psychology and a professional diploma from Alfred University, Alfred, NY and counseling from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. She has also completed post-graduate training in counseling psychology and advanced Rorschach testing. For the past 30 years, Sister Anne Marie has done individual and group therapy, candidate assessments, psychological testing, educational workshops, and consultation services to diocesan officials, clergy, women and men religious, and various leadership teams. She has served as a member of her province's leadership team, the formation team at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY and an instructor in the clinical pastoral education (CPE) program of the Catholic Health System. She also serves on the Felician Services Inc. Board of Directors which is responsible for the oversight of all the Felician-sponsored ministries in North America.

Alfred F. Luhr, III is senior vice president and regional market manager with the Business and Professional Banking Department, which he established in 1988, at M&T Bank. In this position, he manages a team of 18 business bankers that oversee 20,000 local small business relationships. He is also responsible for new business development, credit and the maintenance of commercial account relationships involving professional, family and privately held-businesses throughout the M&T Bank Corporation Western New York market. After management training, Mr. Luhr was a senior commercial loan representative and office manager for Marine Midland Bank in New York City. In 1976, he returned to Buffalo to work for M&T Bank as assistant vice president and senior commercial loan representative. He left in 1979 to become assistant vice president of marketing with the American Steamship Company. Mr. Luhr returned to M&T in 1986 and was named vice president and group manager of the commercial banking department. Mr. Luhr received his MBA from New York University Stern Graduate School of Business in 1972 and a BA in History from Canisius College in 1968. Mr. Luhr was born in Buffalo and still resides in Snyder, New York with his wife, Susan.

Hon. Salvatore R. Martoche, recently retired from the prominent Hodgson Russ law firm, as the head of their Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice.  In addition to serving as a New York State Supreme Court justice and Appellate Division justice, he previously worked for the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Labor Department.  Martoche also served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, the area's chief federal law enforcement officer.  Martoche is a graduate of Canisius College and the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, N.D.

 Rev. Msgr. W. Jerome Sullivan, JCD, was ordained to the priesthood on December 20, 1961, Monsignor Sullivan obtained a doctorate in Canon Law from the Lateran University in Rome in 1966 after which he served as Vice Chancellor. He has served as Parochial Vicar at Saint John Fisher Parish, South Dayton NY, Saint Paul Parish, Kenmore NY, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Buffalo NY. He was the Administrator of Assumption and Queen of All Saints Parishes in Lackawanna NY, and Pastor of Saint Mary of Sorrows Parish, Buffalo NY and Saint Mary of the Lake Parish, Hamburg NY. He also has served as Chairman of the Council of Priests and Director of the Priests' Personnel Board along with several terms as a member of the Priests' Personnel Board.

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