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

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Renisha O’Donnell

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CHAMPION

Andrea Shay

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CHAMPION

Elsi Carrera Sanchez

SCHOLAR ADVISOR

Fernando Garcia

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Shamieka Oliver

Lindsay Harper
CEO & FOUNDER

Lindsay Harper

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Jordan Berkowitz

Executive Director

Jeff Jones

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
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
CEO & FOUNDER

Lindsay Harper

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

― James Baldwin
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Jordan Berkowitz

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Executive Director

Jeff Jones

“It doesn’t happen over night, it happens through the night.” 

— Sweet Lou Collins

“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

Marcus William, 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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