Lindsay Harper
Executive Director

Why Core inspires me
I have been lucky to know all the Scholars, past and present. They are like family to me. I love watching how small victories achieved through our model build up each student until they genuinely believe in themselves and the power of their own abilities to shape their destinies. I am inspired by the thought of future Scholars, which fuels my passion to expand Core and touch as many young lives as possible.

How I came to Core
I came to this organization in 2005 and am extremely proud of our record of success. I have mentored and trained with the best of our community’s non-profit professionals and philanthropists. I lead an extremely talented team that shares my dedication to serving the Scholars. In fall 2018 I have plans to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration as part of my commitment to personal growth and setting the best example I can for the Scholars.

Elizabeth Dilly
Grant Writer

Why Core inspires me
Because I work off-site, I don’t get to interact directly with the Scholars. Nevertheless, I am inspired every day by their perseverance and accomplishments. Being entrusted to tell their stories–and the story of Core—has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

How I came to Core
It has been my privilege and pleasure to work on behalf of the Scholars since 2009. A lot of things have changed since then—all for the better. What hasn’t changed is the organization’s absolute dedication to the children it serves. The same can be said of Ms. Lindsay; she fights like a lioness for the Scholars!

Barbara Molasky
Outreach Director

Why Core inspires me
Core’s model is truly hands on and grassroots. Every Scholar has an individualized success plan designed by a dedicated team of professionals who care so much about these students and hold them accountable. Core has an incredible success rate because the focus is always on the students and getting the work done – not on seeking attention or winning awards. Lives really are changed here.

How I came to Core
Retirement was calling, but then I met Lindsay. Her passion and dedication pulled me in like no other leader I’ve met. Once I met the Scholars, I was hooked! After a long career in non-profit and community service, this was the model and group of people who truly spoke to my heart: collaborative efforts, fundraising only when needed, but most of all the needs of the students come first, no matter what. I love what Core is doing and am so glad to be part of it.

Oliska L. Batiste
Program Manager

Why Core inspires me
After the end of my first interview at Core I knew it was the place for me! The enthusiasm and dedication amongst the staff and scholars excited me. My position as a Scholar Advocate aligns with everything I stand for and am passionate about,focusing on the social, emotional and basic needs of our scholars. My position helps me to reach out and help the scholars and their families using resources from within the community. The philosophy of Core treats every scholar as an individual, which perfectly aligned with my own philosophies in the field of education.

How I came to Core
I am a Native to Los Angeles.  I am a mom, a daughter and a friend. I was a Site Director and Preschool teacher for over 20 years. I relocated from California to Nevada in the summer of 2015. I immediately began working as a Head Teacher in Early Childhood Education. I began to search for a job that would allow me to expand my horizons and that’s when I found Core.

Isabelle Bellinghausen
Program Coordinator

Why Core inspires me
I came to Core because I found a culture of learning that inspires the scholars to reach their own individual potentials and dreams. In the public school system most students are often lumped together and presented the same limited life paths, but Core allows each scholar to shine in their unique and powerful way. It’s such a warm and inviting learning atmosphere as both a teacher and a student that I can’t imagine myself working anywhere else.

How I came to Core
Born and raised in Las Vegas, I graduated as a member of the UNLV Honors College in 2015 while earning my B.A. in both English and French. Having studied abroad for an entire year in Pau, France, I love using my fluency in another language to connect with the scholars of Core. In January 2016 I began as the English tutor for the 10th grade cohort of Core scholars and I fell swiftly in love with these incredible students. Waking up every morning, I find myself brimming with stories, lessons, and excitement I can’t wait to share with the scholars and with anticipation for the lessons and the stories they have to share with me.

Anthony Delgado
High School Advisor

Why Core inspires me
I am a first generation American in my family. I believe in the strong ability of adults to help shape and nurture kids who have grown up just like me. I love the purpose  and mission of this organization. Helping these wonderful kids shaped their future and success gives me great satisfaction. I’ve borrowed Lindsay’s motto of “Work hard and Be kind” into everything I do, whether it relate to school, work, family life, or whatever I may be involved in. The bottom line is clear…Work Hard and Be Kind.

How I came to Core
I started with Core as an intern, and fell in love instantly once I meet the kids. I am a former collegiate volleyball player and just transferred to UNLV this fall majoring in Criminal Justice. My goal with these kids is to make them feel as if they can talk to me or ask me about anything so I can help to guide and direct them in the best way possible.

Jennifer Jeong
Volunteer & Mentor Program Coordinator

Why Core inspires me
I have always believed that consistent, comprehensive, and personalized support is the key to the successful future of any child. Core provides all of this and so much more. It really is just one big family! All of our staff members and volunteers make sure that every one of our Scholars gets the love, care, support, and encouragement they need to reach their own unique goals. I am beyond excited to do my part in spreading Core’s love and positivity!

How I came to Core
I first started out as a summer intern right after my junior year of college, and I was blown away by Core’s model, the inspirational staff, and all of our bright Scholars! It was one of the best summers I ever had! After graduating from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication, I knew I wanted to come back, dedicate myself to the success of our Scholars, and further explore the fields of education and nonprofit management.

Jill Moat
Operations Manager
Tuwana Stores
High School Academic Advisor

Why Core inspires me
It is my natural inclination to help others. Core allows me to do that. Core speaks to every part of me. It allows me to really change the lives of the scholars. It also allows me to work with a great group of people who share the same goals. Every day I come to work I get to transform the way the scholars see the world. They, in turn, change the way I see the world. So the scholars really inspire me!

How I came to Core
I am originally from NYC. I have been in Vegas for two years. I have one daughter. My undergrad is in Behavioral Science and I am working on my Master’s in Leadership. I have had many jobs in my life. I am happy to say I feel like I have finally found my home with Core!

Jason Harper
Aide
Albert Haylock
Aide

Why Core inspires me
Core inspires me because of the dedication Core shows our scholars. From day one I saw the commitment, compassion, and support that was shown to our kids and I told myself “Yes, this is the place for me!”

How I came to Core
When I interviewed for my position and learned more about Core’s work with the youth in our community, I knew this was where I needed to be. Of course I need to give our program manager Oliska some credit, she originally told me about the position and knew that my past experience working with the community’s youth made this the perfect opportunity for me.

Adam Melendez
Academic Advisor

Why Core inspires me
Core is an organization that strives for sustained success that scholars can carry with them for a lifetime. As an educator I saw so many students who needed more of an individualized approach to learning. Core’s model and message really resonates with me and the positive community impact is second to none.

How I came to Core
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I graduated from UTEP with a B.A. in History and a minor in Secondary Education. I spent my first two years as a social studies teacher. After relocating to Las Vegas, I spent the last two years in a self-contained autism program. Core’s family atmosphere and dedication to the scholars instantly drew me in. I feel like together we can all make a real impact in the lives of our scholars.

Ana Avalos-Garcia
Middle School Advisor

Why Core inspires me
My love for helping people has been the main guide for the choices I’ve made throughout my career. The more I learn about Core’s values, achievements and goals; the more I fall in love with these choices. The opportunities and resources that Core provides in order to help kids reach their fullest potential speaks to my soul. Support and consistency are essential for success and Core providing these things to such a beautiful group of kids is inspiring to say the least.

How I came to Core
After receiving a B.A. in Psychology I began working with kids that needed help with mental and behavioral problems. I enjoyed it and learned a lot, but I wanted to be part of something that allowed me to do more. When I received the opportunity to work with Core, I had no doubt that this was where I needed to be. I whole-heartedly believe in Core’s mission and am extremely excited and grateful to be able to be a part of it.

Celinda Dominguez, LSW
Scholar Advocate

Why Core inspires me
My passion has always revolved around helping others, but when I am engaging with young adults my life is enriched in a completely new way. I want to be that adult I had when I was attending school; the one who provided family, mental health, and social supports for a healthy future. Core’s mission to enrich the lives of the scholars in a multitude of ways and be the family away from home is what inspired me to be a part of the Core team.

How I came to Core
I have been drawn to community service and helping others since my high school years. I am my authentic self when I am of service to others. After engaging with several organizations at UNLV and working for several non-profit organizations during and after my participation in the AmeriCorps program, I learned that social work was the best field for me. I received my Masters degree in Social Work and became a Licensed Social Worker for the state of Nevada. My passion, experience, and education has demonstrated me that every student has the potential to succeed despite their current challenges. Core has provided me with the opportunity to be that adult who cares for them and provides them with the missing tools to be successful.

Maritza White
Office Manager

Maritza is the Office Manager for both Core and The Rogers Foundation. Prior to joining the team, she served as the Administrative & Financial Specialist at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV; was a former Executive Assistant with 7-Eleven Corp, Mid Pacific Division-Las Vegas; and held various civil service positions with the Naval Surface Warfare Center and USA MEDDAC in Port Hueneme, CA. She has an AA in Business Administration.

Why Core inspires me
I’m inspired by the way the Core team invests their time to personally get to know each scholar and their family. They use their knowledge, intuitiveness, and resources to truly empower each child. I’ve never met a group of people as dedicated or passionate about the good of others. They inspire me to be a better person, and I’m grateful to be a part of this.

How I came to Core
As the Office Manager at The Rogers Foundation, I also have the opportunity to work with Core. Both of these organizations strive to help kids exceed in their educational and personal goals, and I look forward to helping in every way possible.

Carlos Lopez
Character Education Advisor

Why Core inspires me
Looking back at my childhood, there were poor choices that I could have avoided if I had been surrounded by the right people. Core not only prepares scholars for educational success, but success in life overall. Providing new experiences, creating opportunities, and holding the students accountable, are just some of the reasons that Core inspires me.

How I came to Core
Having worked with disadvantaged youth for most of my career, I’ve learned that being a part of a young student’s life gives greater meaning to my own life. When I first heard about Core, I quickly realized that we shared the same values and priorities. I’m excited to invest my time and energy into the youth of our community.

Kathleen Frantz
Development Director

Why Core inspires me
Having personally experienced the impact that education and mentors can have on a person’s life, I was very inspired by the ideas and philosophies embodied in CORE’s mission: to help under-resourced children reach their full potential. The enthusiastic and energetic staff at CORE give positive, consistent and caring attention to their scholars to help them stay focused and motivated in reaching their goals.  

CORE staff members get to know each student individually over several grade levels starting with 6th grade, helping them to become confident, strong leaders. By learning how to master life skills, having the experience of cultural activities, and being encouraged to strive for excellence in academics, the process strengthens the scholar’s character and helps them create bright futures. They become more confident by making right choices and having caring people to inspire and guide them in their decision making.  Living situations we take for granted each day can be insurmountable obstacles to CORE scholars. Through interactions with the CORE team and mentors, and because of generous donors, participants of the program learn how to be resilient and strong, and to believe in themselves. Here they have freedom and stability in a creative but structured environment.

How I came to Core
Living in Las Vegas, NV, for two decades and working for various non-profit organizations, I have a huge amount of respect for the philanthropic people in our community who help those who have difficult struggles in life. Being a fundraiser for primarily educational non-profits has given me the opportunity to help those who want to raise their standard of living but do not have the resources.  I am very impressed with the amazing results that CORE has achieved with their scholars. The strength of the programs, the expertise and contagious enthusiasm of the team are evident. The work they do with students who want more from life but have no idea how to fulfill their potential, gives them encouragement and direction along with inspiration. This is what life is all about, helping people achieve their potential. When I heard more about the impact they are having on the lives of children in our community, I knew this was a place where I would make tremendous impact. I feel privileged and honored to be a part of such a life changing organization.