About Richard Piland
Born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in various southern states of the U.S. Received his B.A. in Anthropology for Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and his M.A. in Latin American Studies (minor in Biology) from the University of Florida with a concentration in Tropical Agriculture (minor in Soil Science and a Farming Systems Research and Extension certificate). Worked for 10 years in Peru and Bolivia working to help set up and consolidate national parks in the Amazon basin and promote sustainable development activities for the people that live in and near those parks. Returned to the US in 1999 and took education certification courses at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Worked at the original Cristo Rey School in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Founding faculty at Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem. Married with two grown children.