The Center of Concern team represents a variety of disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and faith traditions, and this diversity of perspectives enhances its work. Members of the team take pride in one another and in providing excellent service in research, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Please click on the name of a team member below to jump to his or her detailed biography and contact information.


Ann O. Venton - Chief Operating Officer

Christine M. Hyland, CFRE - Director of Development

Education for Justice

Dianna M. Ortiz, O.S.U. - Editor, Education for Justice

Anna M. Misleh - Assistant Editor, Education for Justice

Jane M. Deren, Ph.D. - Senior Fellow, Education for Justice

Rethinking Bretton Woods Project

Aldo Caliari, LL.M., M.I.P.P. - Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project


Lester A. Myers, Ph.D., J.D., CPA, CFF, CGMA

President | Full bio | Email | Speaker's Bureau

Les Myers has a background in accounting, law, strategy, philosophical ethics, and Catholic social thought. For over 30 years, he has served in leadership roles in public accounting, corporate, university teaching and administration, and civil society organizations, with experience in the financial, higher education, healthcare, information, telecommunications, retail, environmental, exempt organization, and public sectors.


Les has focused on organizational integrity and responsibility, helping organizations promote principled leadership and ethical cultures; assess risks of fraud and misconduct; and design, implement, and evaluate ethics and compliance and other anti-fraud programs and controls to prevent, detect, and respond to such risks within the context of leading frameworks for organizational governance and internal control. His corporate citizenship services include stakeholder and public affairs matters involving sustainability, labor standards, consumer protection, financial integrity, and philanthropic engagement.

Les teaches business and leadership ethics, sustainability, law, Ignatian tradition, Catholic social thought, and forensic accounting in various appointments at Georgetown University in undergraduate, graduate, executive, and continuing professional education programs. He also led KPMG”s Exempt Organization Tax Practice in Washington, D.C., and served as a director in the forensic practice in KPMG Advisory, focusing on fraud risk management and investigations. He serves on the boards of Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE) and Global Financial Integrity, and on the advisory board for the Georgetown University Law Center Corporate Counsel Institute. He is also a Caux Round Table Fellow.

Ann O. Venton

Chief Operating Officer | Full bio | Email

Since joining the Center in 2010, Ann Venton has been responsible for facilities, human resources, financial, and database management, and general support of the organizational team. Prior to joining the Center, she spent over three decades in medical trade journal publishing, where she acquired a wide range of skills, including accounting, print media production, database management, and corporate governance. She is delighted to be able to draw on the full range of this experience in her work with the Center, as she continues to develop her leadership capabilities in the social profit sector.

Christine M. Hyland, CFRE

Director of Development | Full bio | Email | Speaker's Bureau

Chris Hyland has raised millions of dollars for social service programs, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and arts groups. She has devoted her career to working on behalf of various social justice issues and with diverse communities. She has a personal commitment to working with the poor and marginalized. Chris was the first director of resource development for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and has consulted at Catholic Charities USA. She served as director of development and public relations for the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. As a consultant at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, she worked with national Vietnamese organizations as well as the Hmong National Development Board. Chris is a popular speaker, having presented workshops on grant writing, fundraising, and establishing a development office, major gift campaigns, media relations, social media, and trends in the philanthropic sector. 

Education for Justice

Dianna M. Ortiz, O.S.U.

Editor, Education for Justice | Full bio | Email | Speaker's Bureau

Dianna Ortiz is a member of the Mount Saint Joseph Ursulines.  She was an elementary school teacher in schools in Kentucky and later in Guatemala.  She is the founder of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International in Washington, D.C.  She also has worked with Guatemala Human Rights/USA and Pax Christi USA.  Dianna is the author of The Blindfold’s Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth (with Patricia Davis, Orbis Books 2002).   She was a recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs and has also been recognized with honorary doctorates from the College of New Rochelle (NY), Carroll College (MT) and Springfield College (IL). Dianna has received numerous awards, including the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award in 2000, the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers in 2008, and the 2012 Human Rights Hero award at the Program for Torture Victims. 

Anna M. Misleh

Assistant Editor, Education for Justice | Full bio | Email

Anna M. Misleh is the assistant editor of the award-winning Education for Justice (EFJ), a project of Center of Concern (Center). Anna performs editorial work for EFJ and has published resources for its global membership. She manages member relations, marketing, social media communications, financial reporting, and special projects. She also represents EFJ and the Center at conferences, collaborative meetings, and other gatherings for professional educators, civil society organizations, and other advocates for social justice.

Jane M. Deren, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Education for Justice | Full bio | Email

Jane Deren serves as a senior fellow with Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern, and teaches social justice at Georgetown Visitation High School in Washington, D.C. She is the author of best-selling Center of Concern workbooks Catholic Social Teaching and Human Rights and Celebrate Jubilee and Justice!, both of which have earned recognition as important catechetical resources by educators. Jane taught in Catholic schools in Philadelphia before she received her doctorate in 1977 from Temple University, where she also served as a faculty member. While working in Washington D.C.-based national social profit organizations during the 1980s, she developed a variety of national popular educational programs for adults. Before joining Center of Concern, Jane was with the University of Maryland, where she taught and directed a statewide graduate-level program for educators.

Rethinking Bretton Woods Project

Aldo Caliari, LL.M., M.I.P.P.

Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project | Full bio | Email | Speaker's Bureau

Originally from Argentina, Aldo Caliari has a Master of International Policy and Practice degree from George Washington University (2007), with a focus on economics and finance. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C., in International Legal Studies (2000), where he received the Outstanding Graduate Award. He earned his first law degree in Argentina, at the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman Law School, in 1997. Before graduating, he represented his University at the II Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court competition at the Washington College of Law (1997), winning several awards.

Since 2002, Aldo has worked as the Center of Concern’s Rethinking Bretton Woods Project director. He works on an array of issues such as global economic governance, debt, international financial architecture, human rights in international economic policy and linkages between trade and finance policy. He speaks by invitation around the world, addressing a variety of audiences, including world leaders. He participates in critical debates, leads workshops, presents at academic forums and conferences, and testifies in closed government briefings. His writings are published in books, academic and specialized journals, and the Financial Times (, and popular media. He has been a consultant to several intergovernmental organizations—such as UNCTAD, UNDP, UN DESA, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights—in addition to governments, civil society networks, and foundations.