ABOUT US

We believe in setting a great example for others.

Who we are.

We all come to this work from different places and backgrounds but our aims are the same. We’re building a community that supports Scholars and families with equity, accountability, partnership and kindness. Meet Team CORE…

DRIVER

Robert Woodard

ALUMNI COORDINATOR

Richard Johnson

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Jill Moat

SOCIAL WORKER & 2GEN MANAGER

Celinda Dominguez, LSW

CORE ACADEMY MANAGER

Vita Johnson

OFFICE MANAGER

Maritza White

GRANT AND DATA MANAGER

Melvin King

OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Barbara Molasky

Lindsay Harper
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Lindsay Harper

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Renisha O’Donnell

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CHAMPION

Andrea Shay

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CHAMPION

Elsi Carrera Sanchez

SCHOLAR ADVISOR

Fernando Garcia

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Shamieka Oliver

DRIVER

Robert Woodard

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.
ALUMNI COORDINATOR

Richard Johnson

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

– Unknown
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Jill Moat

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

– Mahatma Gandhi
SOCIAL WORKER & 2GEN MANAGER

Celinda Dominguez, LSW

“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life it’s about what you inspire others to do.”

– Unknown
CORE ACADEMY MANAGER

Vita Johnson

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”

– Audrey Hepburn
OFFICE MANAGER

Maritza White

“Always believe in yourself. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”

– Anonymous
GRANT AND DATA MANAGER

Melvin King

“To get lost is to learn the way.”

– Anonymous
OUTREACH DIRECTOR

Barbara Molasky

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Lindsay Harper

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

― James Baldwin
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Renisha O’Donnell

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”

– Langston Hughes
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CHAMPION

Andrea Shay

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

– Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CHAMPION

Elsi Carrera Sanchez

“Change is sometimes needed to better yourself, love yourself and truly be happy. Never stop working on the best you can be. It’s a lifelong endeavor.”

– Anonymous
SCHOLAR ADVISOR

Fernando Garcia

“People who wonder whether the glass is half full or half empty are missing the point. The glass is refillable.”

– Simon Sinek
PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Shamieka Oliver

“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.” 

— Lisa Nichols

1981

Eugene Lang founded the “I Have a Dream” Foundation with the original class of Dreamers in Manhattan, NY. Since its inception the organization has grown to encompass over 200 programs nationally serving nearly 18,000 Dreamers.

1996

Julie Murray and Kevin Stolworthy adopt the first cohort of “Dreamers” as our local Las Vegas chapter of “I Have a Dream.” These students started as Kindergarteners, making for a more long-term model than the national program’s average. This first program was based out of the Bud Weeks Plaza housing project located in Las Vegas’ Historic Westside.

2012

The first cohort of Las Vegas Dreamers reaches their high school graduation – 100% are able to achieve graduation or GED equivalency.

2013

With funding from the Windsong Trust, “I Have a Dream” of Southern Nevada moves to a new home and partnership with West Preparatory Academy, where we adopt 75 new 6th grade students and begin working on-site as a part of the school community. This cohort of Dreamers begins working with a new framework of services designed to meet the needs of students in CCSD and focused on whole-child and two-gen development, including: leadership development, wrap-around social services, art and enrichment programming, and health and wellness workshops.

2015 (March)

Beverly Rogers and Rory Reid establish The Rogers Foundation, in remembrance of Jim Rogers: a community leader and deeply committed advocate for education.  From the start, our programming catches their attention and a partnership begins to form.

2015 (August)

With our new model, we decide to re-brand as an individual, community-based organization that will be partnered with The Rogers Foundation.  Alumni Frank (Class of ’19) recommends the name of CORE, because in his words: “you guys get to the core of who we are, you get to the core of what we need.” CORE, Powered by The Rogers Foundation is born.

2016

CORE onboards our first new cohort of Scholars as the Tomchin Cohort: funded by longtime dedicated supporter Stanley Tomchin.

2019

Our first Dreamer cohort graduates as CORE Scholars! This group achieves 100% high school graduation and 100% acceptance into a college or professional preparation program upon graduating. This cohort is still involved as part of our Alumni Network.

2022

Our Tomchin Scholars are just around the corner from graduating and continuing on the next step in their journey toward choice-filled lives.

The Future

CORE is ready to grow and scale our impact in the Southern Nevada Community. We know that our program offers an infrastructure for success that creates sustained change for kids and families. We are preparing to bring on a new cohort of Scholars and have lots of exciting plans and projects on the horizon – be sure to sign up for our CORE Champions Newsletter to stay up-to-date with everything happening in our CORE Community.

“CORE gave me the courage and skills to set higher expectations for myself. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the program and the people.”

- ADRIANA, CLASS OF 2019

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Amy Hunter, Chair

Rory Reid, Vice-Chair

Michelle Sanders, Secretary & Treasurer

Jessica Battaglia, Trustee

Bo Bernhard, Trustee

Jeff Jones, Trustee

Beverly Rogers, Trustee

Financials

Audited Financial Statements: 2016 // 2017 // 2018 // 2019

We are a tax-exempt public charity in good standing under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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