About Our Nonprofit Board
George Khalil: Chairman / Founder
George was born in Alexandria, Egypt and grew up in an Egyptian-American immigrant home in New Jersey. Having come from a minority population being persecuted in Egypt, he is passionate about the plight of refugees. He is a statistician in the public sector and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Georgia. Most importantly, George loves coffee.
Karen Khalil: Board Member / Business Manager
Karen is Business Manager and along with her husband George, oversees the nonprofit’s daily activities. She also ensures our productivity and efficiency. Karen is also a nurse practitioner at a primary care nonprofit in the Atlanta area.
Hashim Ayele: Vice Chairman
Hailing from the country of Ethiopia, Hashim has degrees in Civil Engineering and MRI technology. Hashim works as an MRI technologist in the greater Atlanta area. Previously, Hashim worked as a City Engineer for the City of Atlanta where he assisted companies in meeting government design requirements and city ordinances.
Wes Kent: Treasurer
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 to learn more about Chef Wes’s new restaurant!)
Megan McElrath: Secretary
Megan is an Ohio native who moved south to Georgia where she currently teaches middle school Language Arts. 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 Georgia, Megan worked with refugees in the Akron, Ohio area teaching them English.
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.