About Our Nonprofit Board

Karen Khalil: Chairwoman / Business Manager

Karen is our chairwoman and business manager. Along with her husband George, she oversees the nonprofit’s daily activities and ensures our productivity and efficiency. Karen is also a nurse practitioner at a primary care nonprofit in the Atlanta area.


Laura Haltom: Treasurer

Laura is from Memphis, TN, and recently moved to Georgia with her husband Drew and their two children Graham and Jude. She graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting and has spent the past ten years serving as the Financial Administrator for a non-profit ministry in Memphis. As someone who enjoys good coffee and has a heart for ministry to refugees, Laura is excited to serve in the Route 78 Coffee Board!

Megan McElrath: Secretary

Megan is an Ohio native who currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband Lawrence and daughter Natalie. Megan's husband serves as an Army Chaplain and Megan stays at home with Natalie in addition to working for her alma mater, Malone University as part of the University Relations team. While in college, Megan worked as a barista. It was during this season that she began to appreciate the delicacy that is coffee. Before moving to New York, Megan worked with refugees in the Akron, Ohio area teaching them English.

Wes Kent: Member

Wes Kent is Monroe born, yet Thomasville, GA raised. Upon graduating high school, Kent moved to Athens, GA where he fell in love with the hospitality industry. After working at a myriad of restaurants in Athens, Wes decided to commit fully to his career by acquiring a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC. Wes excitedly returned to Walton County with beautiful wife Magali and 2 boys Rex and Harry to open Silver Queen restaurant in downtown Monroe, GA. (visit www.eatsilverqueen.com to learn more about Chef Wes’s new restaurant!)

Jan Gillies: Member

Born in Rome, NY and raised in Athens, GA, Jan has one grown daughter, Daryn. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Russian from Emory University and a Master’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. While at Emory, she interned at the Carter Center and volunteered as an English teacher through the Atlanta Jewish Community Center; both opportunities opened her eyes to the plight of refugees and immigrants around the world. Jan relies on her coffee to get her up and running in the morning as a learning strategist for TiER1 Performance Solutions, a consulting company and certified B-Corporation based in Covington, KY.

Our coffee beans are responsibly sourced. It is roasted to perfection and shipped anywhere in the U.S.


Check back often to see our ever-changing line-up of delicious roasts and to get updates on the aid work that is being supported by your choice to drink Route 78 Coffee.