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 Academy 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 2016 I will begin a master’s degree in Public Policy & Administration at Northwestern University 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 Academy—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 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 Academy.

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 Academy. 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 Academy 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 Academy 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
Outreach Associate
Tuwana Stores
High School Academic Advisor

Why Core inspires me
It is my natural inclination to help others. Core Academy 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
Albert Haylock