In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, each diocesan entity is to provide for youth protection, training, criminal background screening and safe environment protocols. In the Diocese of Syracuse, the Safe Environment Committee and its Chairperson have been appointed by the Diocesan Bishop to research, recommend, and implement a program by which the Diocese of Syracuse will comply with these mandates.
The Bishop has appointed officials of diocesan departments as members of this ex-officio group. The Diocesan Bishop, in consultation with the Diocesan Review Board, supervises the work of the Safe Environment Committee.
The Diocese of Syracuse Safe Environment Committee members are:
Danielle E. Cummings, Chairperson: Chancellor and Director of Communications
- Jacqueline Bressette, Director of Safe Environment and Victim Assistance
- Rev. Msgr. James P. Lang, Vicar for Parishes
- Dr. Barbara Messina, PhD, Director of Leadership Development and Mission Effectiveness, Catholic School Office
- Nicole E. Ossevoort, Communications and Social Media Specialist
- Diane Seib, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Syracuse
- Elissa Soulia, Safe Environment Program Coordinator
- Rosemary Smith, Manager of Human Resources and Benefits
- Robert Walters, Director of Young Adult and Youth Ministry