“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”

- Robert McKee

CORE Champion

Dear CORE Champion,

It’s with deep gratitude and bittersweetness that I want to let you know that I am stepping down as the Chief Executive Officer of CORE, Powered by The Rogers Foundation. It has been the honor of my life to serve as an architect and guide to this incredible organization. It started as an idea and is now a proven, evidence-based model advancing equity for the historically underserved and vulnerable in our community. I know that CORE will continue to thrive and grow under the outstanding leadership of the Board of Trustees, our brilliant team, and all of its Champions who have supported us at every step. Because of all of you, CORE will continue to set the tone for dignity and equity-based programs and services in Nevada and work towards being unnecessary because of the systems-level change it will generate.

This wasn’t an easy decision, but I can make it since we have reached this point as an organization. As CEO, with the help of the Board, our staff, and so many others, we have lifted CORE to a point where we have a Strategic Growth Plan,  a codified model, and multiple streams of funding and revenue in place. I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition for the team, donors, Board, and the community so that this transition does not cause disruption at any level of the agency. CORE’s future is bright, and I am proud of the work we have done together and will continue to do as I take the title of Founder seriously and as a lifelong responsibility.

There are so many people I want to thank that this would go on for pages. However, I have to single out a few. Executive Director Jeff Jones, whose leadership has energized the day-to-day work, allowed me to know that CORE would stay in good hands. All of our Board members, especially Amy Hunter and Rory Reid have been instrumental in making CORE what it is today. Beverly Rogers and everyone at The Rogers Foundation, powered us with more than resources; they powered us with love. And, Stan Tomchin who believed that ALL KIDS deserve the opportunity to succeed, no matter their circumstances.

I close out this letter; an analogy comes to mind. During the space race in the 1960s, scientists worked hard to figure out how to propel a spacecraft into orbit. The most complicated and complex issue was getting the craft off the ground and into space. When Soviet Union scientists got Sputnik 1 into orbit, it created a deluge of scientific breakthroughs leading to Freedom 7 – the first American journey into space. This is CORE. We have now figured out how to launch this high-quality and equity-focused model to meet the greater need in the community. The most complicated work has been accomplished, and I am thrilled to watch this organization continue to thrive and grow. In the words of Alan Shepard Jr., “It’s been a long way, but we’re here.”

Lindsay Harper
CORE Founder and CEO