Core Names New Executive Director

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) has named Linda Eaves its executive director.

Core Names New Executive DirectorEaves replaces Lauren LaViola, who joined CORE in 2011 and has served as its executive director since 2013. LaViola will transition into a role overseeing development and partnerships for CORE.

“Linda brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management, tourism/hospitality, development and marketing,” said Joe Smith, CORE board chair. “Linda’s passion for CORE’s mission and leadership expertise—along with Lauren’s strengths in fundraising and partnerships—will help set the stage for CORE to continue to grow and serve more families in need.”

Core Names New Executive Director
Linda Eaves

Eaves was previously the executive director of Kansas School for Effective Learning (KANSEL), a nonprofit in Wichita, KS that provides GED test preparation and English language classes for adult learners. Her nonprofit experience also includes serving as executive director of the YWCA of Abilene, Texas.

Her career also includes running a communications consulting firm and serving in tourism leadership roles in Tennessee and Kentucky. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.

Is a nationally recognized nonprofit that grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances. Since 2004, CORE has raised nearly $4 million and helped close to 500 families across 36 states, DC and Puerto Rico facing injury, illness, the loss of a home and other extreme circumstances. Visit to learn how to get involveddonate or apply for support.