Co-Executive Director, Lori Heiges

Co-Executive Director, Julie Williams

We are Lori Heiges and Julie Williams, high school teachers in Indiana and the Co-Executive Directors of CORE, Inc. We created CORE from a vision, our passion for educating others. Throughout our years of teaching, we saw a great need to redirect surplus materials from local businesses and put them into the hands of those educating others. This can be teachers, artists, parents, students, community leaders…anyone who shares their gifts and talents with others.  We also saw a great need to provide vocational training and job placement opportunities to young adults with disabilities.    

Our vision led to creating a unique non-profit that sells donated supplies to support an innovative and successful vocational training program. CORE is a creative organization that collaborates with businesses and community members to expand vocational training opportunities into local communities to enhance the employment opportunities of Indiana young adults with disabilities.

The partnership between our local businesses and community members is the CORE principle of our organization. 

What We Believe:

* Surplus items from businesses and the community are plentiful and in great demand.

* Young adults with disabilities need opportunities for vocational training.

* Local businesses see value in employees with disabilities.


CORE is comprised of dedicated managers, clerks, trainers, and trainees who work to serve our community and provide our customers with a unique shopping experience.  Our trainees come to us from various locations throughout northeast Indiana to gain vocational training in a variety of environments.  Once these young adults with disabilities enter our vocational training program, they are assisted by trainers who help them learn the soft skills and job skills they will need to gain meaningful employment. Upon completion of the program, our staff works to place these skilled young men and women in jobs with local businesses.  

Julie Williams and Lori Heiges, co-executive directors, Jane Surbeck-President, Luke Stroh-Secretary Grand Opening of CORE at Northcrest

Julie Williams and Lori Heiges, co-executive directors, Jane Surbeck-President, Luke Stroh-Secretary Grand Opening of CORE at Northcrest

Our Board

Jane Surbeck, President

Jane is currently president of the following boards: Allen County Christmas Bureau, St. Joseph Academy Alumnae Association, Shepherd’s House, Inc. She has a history of board service in Fort Wayne, including terms with the following boards: Indiana State Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Catch a Falling Star, Inc., Three Rivers Festival Executive Board, Inc., Eagle’s Nest Youth Centre, Inc., Masonic Learning Center for Children, Inc., and One Church One Offender.

Tom Fabini, Vice President

Consultant for Applied Lubrication Technologies

Luke Stroh, Secretary

Lincoln Financial Group, Assistant Vice President RPS Call Center

Justin Heiges, Treasurer

Old National Bank, Technical Specialist II

Stan Ziherl, Board Member

President, Five Star Distributing

Brad Kopecky, Board Member

Business Development Specialist, Parkview Occupational Health


CORE Business and Organization Supporters


CORE Business and Organization Supporters

Thank you to our donors for their generous support of the CORE Vocational Training Program for Young Adults with Disabilities.

Would you like to SUPPORT CORE?  

If you are looking for qualified, loyal, and hardworking employees… If you have funds and/or products to donate to CORE… Click on “CONTACT US,” fill out the form, and let us know you are interested in being a DONOR.

Join other businesses & organizations that make CORE a possibility for those with disabilities.


Inspiring local and lasting change. Together.