USCCB News Release
June 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pennsylvania News Anchor, Educator, Lawman Named to Bishops Child, Youth Protection National Review Board
WASHINGTON—Mike Clark, a Pittsburgh TV news anchor, and Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., president of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, have been named to the National Review Board for three-year terms beginning June 1.
In addition, Stephen A. Zappala Jr., Pennsylvania’s Alleghany County District Attorney, has been tapped for a three-year term beginning June 1, 2010.
Others to begin their terms in June are Charles Handel, Ed.D and Anna Moran, J.D., whose appointments were announced last year.
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), made the appointments to the board, whose purpose 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.
June 2009 marks the end of the terms for Mr. Thomas DeStefano, Judge Michael Merz, Mr. William McGarry, and Dr. Joseph Rhode.
Mike Clark is an award-winning anchor at WTAE-TV Channel 4, an ABC affiliate, and provides commentary for the Fox Sports Radio broadcasts of the University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball games. He also writes a monthly column on parenting and youth sports for the Pittsburgh Sports Report and KidSport magazine. He is an adjunct professor in journalism at Duquesne University and has served on many charity boards, including Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, where he serves on the Executive Board and the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. He is a graduate of St. John’s University in New York.
Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., a nationally recognized educator, is the sixth president of Gannon University, a Catholic university of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree from Howard University magna cum laude and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. The author of more than 11 books and monographs and more than 80 research articles and book chapters, Garibaldi is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. He serves on the boards of several national higher education organizations including the American Council on Education, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of College and University Business Officers, and Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania; University of St. Thomas (MN) Board of Trustees, Seton Hall University Board of Regents and the Board of Directors of the Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation. Prior to becoming the president of Gannon University in 2001, Garibaldi served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Howard University between 1996 – 2000 and as Professor and Chairman of the Education Department, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana between 1982 – 1996. In November 2006, he received the Papal honor of Knight of St. Gregory the Great.
Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is in his twelfth year as Allegheny County District Attorney. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his Doctor of Law degree at Duquesne University. As district attorney, he established the office’s first dedicated unit to handle domestic violence prosecutions and its first dedicated Child Abuse Unit. He also serves as a founding member of “Cribs for Kids,” a national program sponsored by the SIDS Alliance of Pennsylvania which works to ensure that all infants have a safe sleeping environment during their early years.
Charles Handel, Ed.D., is a psychologist in Cincinnati. His practice includes evaluation of and psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults and psychotherapy with families. He also is a supervising psychologist with Central Clinic where he supervises doctoral students from local universities. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at Xavier University. He holds a doctor of education degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati and has been a member of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Review Board since 1996.