About the Public Policy Committee

The Diocese of Buffalo's Public Policy Committee advises Bishop Richard J. Malone on matters of public policy, communicates and advocates on specific issues that are of importance to the Catholic Church and its teachings, and provides support to parish organizations.

The areas of focus are:

Respect Life
Care for Creation
Catholic Charities
Catholic Schools
Faithful Citizenship
Marriage and Family


Doris Valentine, MS
Director, Hispanic Migrant Ministry
Diocese of Buffalo

Cheryl Calire
Committee Vice-Chair
Director of Pro-Life Activities
Diocese of Buffalo

Reverend Michael LaMarca
Parochial Vicar
St. John Paul II Parish
Lake View

Sister Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ
Chair, Care for Creation Committee
Diocese of Buffalo

Sally Keppel

Vincent J. Sorrentino
Respect Life Coordinator
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, Blasdell

Sister Mary McCarrick
Director, Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Christian Riso
Assistant Superintendent of Government Programs and Special Projects, Department of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Buffalo

Reverend Robert W. Zilliox, JCL
Advocate, Tribunal
Diocese of Buffalo