Gabriel Center Board of Directors

Mr. Nathan Kongthum, Chair, is a nonprofit development professional with over 10 years of experience and expertise in securing major gifts (public and private) and managing a portfolio of high net worth donors (private individuals, foundations and corporations).  Currently Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nathan received his B.S from Arizona State University before earning his M.B.A. from Western International University.  He started his nonprofit career with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona as their Faith Relations Manager in 2006.  He grew their partnership support from 60 to 270 partners in 3 years.  Nathan was recruited by Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, to manage their Diaspora Program, where he served for 3 years.  He also served as Major Gifts Manager at The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command.  In his first year in that position, he secured over 1.7 million dollars.  In two year, he raised almost 3 million dollars for The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta.

He was named 25 Most Influential Asian Americans by Georgia Asian Times in 2010.  in addition, Mr. Kongthum serves as a committee member of National Association of Asian American Professional (NAAAP). He is an enthusiastic football fan (Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons are his favorite teams).  He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife Susan and their dog Ollie.   

“I am passionate about serving the less fortunate and making a positive impact both locally and globally -- Raising money is easiest when you do it for an organization that has a mission you believe.”


Olivia Choplin, Past Chair, received her PhD in French Literature with a Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University in 2009 and joined Elon's faculty that same year. Her teaching and research interests include foreign language pedagogy, French theater (from the farces of the Middle Ages to the post-dramatic theater of contemporary France), psychoanalytic theory, contemporary Québécois literature, and literature of the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora. She loves bringing theater into the foreign language classroom. Her favorite city in France is Nantes, where she taught and studied for three years after her undergraduate studies and met her husband. Some of her favorite aspects of French and Francophone culture include smelly cheese, crêpes, bilingual puns and play with words, and the belief that governments have a responsibility to support and cultivate the arts. Fresh out of college, Olivia started as an intern with the Center when it was in Alexandria, Virginia. 


Carolyn Bender, Secretary. 


Katherine Elberfeld, Founder and Treasurer, is a Georgia native. An Episcopal priest and published author, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, a master’s degree in communication from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. Since 1998, Ms. Elberfeld has devoted her energies to spreading the power of servant-leadership. She is also passionate about tennis, reading, hiking, and music and is a "Far Side" aficionado. Retired from the Center's staff since March 2015, Katie enjoys focusing on her fiction and other writings and on her work as priest associate at St. David's Episcoal Church in Roswell, Georgia.