Our Team

Kristen Gustavson ’04, Executive Director
PhD – Social Welfare Policy, UC Berkeley


The Board

The 28twelve Board plays an integral role in the planning and operating of the program. Their primary goal is to strengthen the connections — virtual, invisible, and visible — between Fellows. The Board facilitates regional gatherings of Fellows, maintains an active prayer network among the Fellows, participates in the selection of new Fellows and advises the Foundation on all aspects of the program. It is comprised of six elected members who serve a three-year term. Below is a list of current Board members:

Eugene Paul Kim ’01, President
PhD  – Comparative Education, UCLA

Ethnically Korean, born in the Bronx, having raised his kids in China, and now living in Southern California, Dr. Kim has served with numerous non-/for-profits including Emperor’s College (Eastern Medicine), House For Kids (outreach to homeless moms and children), Integrated Education, Ltd. (school development, training, capacity), Kirin Media Ventures (film investment), and Zheng & Associates (biotech venture capital). As Professor of Leadership & Organizational Change at Concordia University, Eugene mentors, instructs, and collaborates on research with his doctoral students.  His wife, Eun Chu, is a high school administrator.

Emmanuel Chang ’04, Vice-President
MD, PhD – Biomedical Engineering, Rice University

Dr. Chang completed a combined MD/PhD degree, graduating from medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and finishing his doctorate Ph.D. at Rice University in the Department of Bioengineering. Dr. Chang is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in all aspects of adult and pediatric vitreoretinal diseases. Dr. Chang is fluent in English, Mandarin, and conversational Spanish. When not at work, Dr. Chang enjoys the culinary arts, activities at his Houston, Texas church, and spending time with his wife and two kids.

Bruce Huber ’07, Secretary-Treasurer
PhD – Political Science, UC Berkeley

Bruce Huber is a professor at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches courses in environmental and natural resources law. Bruce’s undergraduate degree is from Stanford, and he holds a JD and a PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Bruce’s research focuses on public resource management and has been published in a number of leading law reviews. He has four children and lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Laurena Ketzel-Kerber ’96, Board Member
MBA-New York University

Ms. Ketzel-Kerber received her MBA in International Business from NYU-Stern School of Business, after graduating from Whitworth University in International Trade and Politics. Having served in corporate leadership positions in the aerospace industry, she now provides consulting services for businesses and non-profits. She has three children and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband.

David Kurz ’16, Board Member
PhD  – Environmental Science, UC Berkeley

Dr. Kurz is a postdoc in environmental science at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. David teaches and does research on the links between human societies and the environment. He completed a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley, an MPhil in Biological Science from the University of Cambridge, and an AB in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. David is married to Evelyne, a city planner.

Nathan Marshall ’21, Board Member
PhD Candidate – Physical Oceanography, UC San Diego

Nathan Marshall is a former PhD student in the physical oceanography program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Prior to Scripps, he studied environmental engineering at Stanford University. His research interests revolve around better understanding the coastal ocean chemistry in Southern California. Nate is an avid runner, cyclist, and beach-goer and is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail!

Kristen Gustavson ’04, Ex Officio
PhD – Social Welfare Policy, UC Berkeley

Dr. Gustavson is the first Executive Director of the 28twelve Foundation, whose mission is to mark, equip and encourage Christian leaders to be salt and light through courageous and faithful vocational endeavors around the world. Dr. Gustavson is also an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the California State University of the East Bay, teaching psychotherapy and principles of social work in community mental health. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband of 21 years, Jan, and their two sons.

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