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Lawyer, Businessman, Educator Named To National Review Board

May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON—A Maryland lawyer, Massachusetts educator and Maryland businessman have been named to the National Review Board for four-year terms, 2012-2016, beginning in June.

The new members include Kathleen Asdorian, president and managing attorney at Foundation Title, a residential and commercial real estate company in Bethesda, Maryland;the Honorable Michael Montelongo, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Sodexo, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland; and Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), made the appointments.

Asdorian earned her doctor of law and licentiate in canon law degrees from The Catholic University of America and is an adjunct professor at CUA. She has done extensive volunteer work for the Archdiocese of Washington through the John Carroll Society and the Downtown Washington Serra Club and is postulator for the cause of beatification and canonization of Mary Virginia Merrick, founder of the National Christ Child Society. Asdorian also is a volunteer attorney for Washington’s Archdiocesan Legal Network of Catholic Charities and a founding board member and current vice chair of the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. She also serves as vice president of the Washington archdiocesan chapter of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, the pontifical lay organization founded by John Paul II to promote Catholic social teaching.

Montelongo has been with Sodexo since 2005. Prior to that he was appointed the 18th assistant secretary of the Air Force serving as chief financial officer and was awarded the Air Force’s highest decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. He was a career military officer serving in line and staff assignments in the United States and overseas. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Audit, Finance, and Analysis Committee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Advisory Committee, where he was awarded NASA’s highest decoration for Exceptional Public Service, and sits on several corporate boards. He has been featured in leading Hispanic magazines for his executive and business leadership.

Cesareo holds a doctorate in Late Medieval/Early Modern European Historyfrom Fordham University. He also was a Fulbright Scholar and studied at the University of Rome and Gregorian University in Rome. He has been president of Assumption College since 2007, and has held both faculty and administrative positions at several Catholic colleges and universities, including Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; John Carroll University, Cleveland; Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut; and St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York. He serves on several boards including the Board of Visitors of Worcester Academy and the New England Center for Children.

The new members will serve on the board chaired by Al J. Notzon III, whose two-year chairmanship began last June

The USCCB established the National Review Board in 2002 as a consultative body tasked with reviewing the annual report of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It is part of thechurch’s ongoing efforts to prevent and combat clergy sexual abuse of minors.


Keywords: child sexual abuse, National Review Board, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, U.S. bishops, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Susan King, Michael Montelongo, Al J. Notzon III, Kathleen Asdorian,Francesco Cesareo

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Sr. Mary Ann Walsh
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