About Us
Board of Trustees

Laurie S.Frank

(United States) Passionate about human interaction in environments where everyone is empowered.
Laurie Frank is a former public school teacher who has worked in the adventure and experiential education arenas for over 35 years. Although mostly retired she continues to identify as the owner/director of GOAL Consulting until there is a compelling reason to change it. Her passion is to facilitate human interaction by creating environments where everyone is empowered, with major focuses on community building, collaborative leadership, experiential education, and Appreciative   Inquiry. She has had the privilege of authoring and co-authoring five books, including the most recent: Journey Toward the Caring Classroom, 2nd edition.

Laurie has been fortunate to be able to combine her passions for social justice, education, and community building with her life’s work. It brought her to UWC, where she values the mission and the vibrant and diverse sense of community. Every visit deepens her sense of hope and optimism. Laurie lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, Bert Zipperer, a retired school counselor. He is a former cheesemaker, and also the unofficial “Mayor” of the city. They are still determining their direction in retirement, but know that UWC Costa Rica will continue to play a role for them both.
From the north-east corner of the Catholic Church, 400 meters north
San José, Santa Ana 10901
Phone: (+506) 2282 5609
Email: info@uwccostarica.org
United World College Costa Rica is a non-profit foundation offering a two-year residential pre-university program focused on experiential learning. Our mission is to educate a diverse group of people to become happy, healthy and committed individuals, capable through their leadership and engagement, of fostering positive change in their communities in order to contribute to achieving a more sustainable and peaceful world.