Meet the KGF Staff
Founder and Chairman
Founder and Secretary-Treasurer
Director of Operations
Kelly Gibson is a Senior Advisor for Alvarez & Marsal, a global consulting firm based in New York City. He focuses on business development and private equity opportunities. Mr. Gibson is the Chairman and Founder of the Kelly Gibson Foundation and CEO of the Gibson Golf Group. Kelly is a fifth generation New Orleanian. He attended Lamar University where he became an honorable mention All-American in Golf and graduated with a degree in Speech Communication in 1986. Kelly played on the PGA TOUR from 1992 to 2007, nominated for rookie of the year in 1992 and then became a lifetime veteran member by making 169 cuts. He is a current member of the Champions Tour, although he spends most of his time in the consulting business. Kelly was an associate player designer on TPC Louisiana in 2003, lead designer on Joseph Bartholomew Golf Course and Tchefuncta Country Club’s renovation in 2008. In 2010, he consulted on the Floridian, a Tom Fazio design. Most recently, he designed and built the Harmon Course at the Floridian with Jon Schmenk and Butch Harmon in 2017. Currently, he serves as Minister of Fun for Hogs Head Golf Club in Waterville, Ireland, a Robert Trent Jones II golf design. He is married to Elizabeth Portwood Gibson and has two daughters, Elle and Ava.
Elizabeth Gibson is the Secretary/Treasurer and co-founder of the Kelly Gibson Foundation. She graduated in December of 1994 with a degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. After college, she went on to pursue her passion for teaching and dance working for American All-Star, a company specializing in dance team summer camps and special event production. During her 15 years with AAS, Elizabeth served as their head instructor and choreographer, trained and managed summer dance staff and organized special events such as state and national dance team championships. Elizabeth was also the assistant producer/choreographer for ten NFL Super Bowl shows and served as the New Orleans Saints Saintsations Director/Choreographer for three years. In 2005, Elizabeth and her husband Kelly were living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and surrounding areas. Determined to do whatever they could to assist in the recovery, Elizabeth and Kelly started Feed the Relief, a 501c3 charitable foundation focused on feeding the first responders and military personnel tasked with rescue and recovery after the storm. Fourteen years later, the organization is now called the Kelly Gibson Foundation and has expanded its outreach to include children's athletics. Elizabeth and Kelly along with their daughters, Elle and Ava, reside in Covington, LA.
Taylor Capouch serves as the Executive Director of the Kelly Gibson Foundation. He was born and raised in Mandeville, LA where he attended Mandeville High School. He then went to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in December of 2005 with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration, double majoring in Marketing and Management. He resided in Madison, WI for 15 years where he specialized in management and sales during his nine-year career at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and one year at FedEx. Taylor grew up playing junior golf at New Orleans Country Club and Beau Chene Country Club and his passion for the game of golf brought him back to the New Orleans area. He began his time at the Kelly Gibson Foundation as Director of Operations in May 2016 and became Executive Director in October 2017. He lives Mandeville, LA with his wife Shannon and their two children, Kenny and Elizabeth.
Celest Wilson serves as the Marketing Coordinator of the Kelly Gibson Foundation. She is from Houston, TX and graduated from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School. She traveled to LSU where she graduated a semester early with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and a double-minor in Business Administration and Sports Studies. Throughout college, Celest was a member and elected officer of the LSU equestrian team. She held the Event Coordinator and Social Media Manager roles for 2 years where she was responsible for managing 4 fundraising events, 2 IHSA horse shows and 2 IHSA regional championship shows. This is where her skills in planning and executing sports events and fundraisers came to be. Shortly after graduation, Celest fulfilled her goal of moving to New Orleans, LA and accepted a business administrative position at Broadspire where she assisted claims adjusters and claimants alike. Celest made the decision to be apart of the Kelly Gibson Foundation and put her love for sports and events into action again. She proudly stepped into the position of Marketing Coordinator in June 2021.
Hudson Harris serves as the Director of Operations for the Kelly Gibson Foundation. He is from Norman, OK and graduated from Norman High School. He began his academic career in Waco, TX as a student athlete playing golf for McLennan College. After one year he transferred back to his hometown to focus on his studies and continue earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, Hudson accepted a position with the Golf Coaches Association as an operations intern. In his two years with the Golf Coaches Association, he oversaw three Arnold Palmer Cups and twenty-three collegiate golf tournaments. In September 2022, Hudson moved to Louisiana and accepted the Director of Operations position. The Kelly Gibson Foundation will benefit greatly from his wealth of knowledge and experience in golf tournament and foundation operations. He is on track to earn his BBA in Business Management in the summer of 2023.
If you're interested in volunteering or interning with the Kelly Gibson Foundation, please contact Executive Director, Taylor Capouch