The Diocese of Helena has established a group of competent people to turn to for advice. As stated in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, “Dioceses will have a review board that functions as a confidential consultative body to the bishop… The majority of its members will be lay persons not in the employ of the diocese… This board will advise the diocesan bishop in his assessment of allegations of sexual abuse of minors and in his determination of suitability for ministry. It will regularly review diocesan policies and procedures for dealing with sexual abuse of minors. Also, the board can review those matters both retrospectively and prospectively and give advice on all aspects of responses required in connection with these cases.”
Review Board Members:
Ann grew up in Spokane, Wash. She graduated from Carroll College in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in English and communications with secondary education and a minor in psychology. Ann taught middle school at St. Mary’s in Livingston before starting a family. Ann‘s primary vocation is raising her five children and being involved in their activities. She returned to teaching in the classroom in 2006. Over the past 20 years in Bozeman, Ann volunteered in numerous community organizations including: event coordinator for past Special Olympics Benefit Dinner, Pilgrim Preschool Board Member, past Montana Association of Catholics in Commerce event coordinator, ongoing involvement in Bozeman Public Schools. Ann and her husband, Deacon Steve Buckner, led Pre-Cana weekends for engaged couples and Resurrection Parish for 14 years.
Ann was born and raised in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She currently lives in Helena. She spends her days keeping busy being a mother and a wife.
Shaun Donovan (Chairperson)
Shaun is the former Mineral County Attorney and resides in Superior, MT. He graduated from Stanford University and the University of Montana.
Mike is a counselor who specialized in college mental health with a particular interest in the treatment of substance use disorders. After thirty years, he retired from the University of Montana Curry Health Center in 2021 where he most recently served as the director of Counseling Services and earlier as a counselor and as the coordinator of the University’s substance prevention and treatment program. Mike is a member of Christ the King Parish and serves on their Pastoral Council and is a music minister.
Rosemary has worked for the past 27 years in the field of child protection as a social worker and supervisor. She retired as the director of Catholic Social Services of Montana. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Montana State University, and has been a licensed professional counselor. She and her husband have lived in Helena since 1971, where they are members of St. Mary’s Parish.
Father Gary Reller
Father Gary Reller was ordained for the Diocese of Helena in 1971. He served several parishes in the diocese as associate pastor and was appointed pastor of Risen Christ Parish in Kalispell in 1978. Since then he has served as pastor of St. Ann Parish in Butte, Immaculate Conception Parish in Polson with Sacred Heart in Ronan, and St. Anthony Parish in Missoula. He spent two years as executive director of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils in Chicago, and has been appointed or elected to a number of diocesan committees and boards. He is a member of the diocesan Personnel Board, Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors.
Andrea is clinical social work/therapist and operates her own mental health practice in Missoula, MT. She has over 30 years of experience caring for children, adolescents, their families, university students and adults. Andrea collaborates with Missoula’s services for youth, adults, and families. I consult with and provide Crisis Intervention Training for MCPS, western Montana Schools, and Youth homes. I have been an Adjunct instructor for the University Of Montana School Of Social Work, directed a homeless shelter in Seattle and a home serving Missoula’s youth.
Bishop Austin A. Vetter (Bishop of the Diocese of Helena)
Helen Beausoleil (Victim Advocate)
Bill Driscoll (Diocesan Attorney)
Fr. Jeff Fleming (Director Chancery Services, Moderator of the Curia, Chancellor, Adjutant Judicial Vicar)
Fr. Robert Grosch (Promoter of Justice – Diocese of Great Falls Billings)
Fr. John Robertson (Judicial Vicar)
Michael Seipp (Director Safe Environment)