Gail Dianne Nystrom
LIU Global Costa Rica Center
B.S., SUNY Geneseo M.A., University of Denver
Gail Nystrom was born in New York State, and spent her childhood in Virginia and New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree from Geneseo State in early childhood education and her master’s in special education from the University of Denver. In 1978 she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years working for the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica, where she helped set up the country’s first special education program throughout the country. She lived in a remote indigenous reserve. Staying in Costa Rica, Gail drew on her volunteer experience and founded the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations through coordination with volunteers from around the world. She also founded the Educational Resource Center for students with learning difficulties. Gail is a Quaker.
Alternative Education, Community Development, Poverty Eradication