Elon Alumni Association

Elon LGBTQIA Community Enrichment Awards

Established in 2012, these awards are presented annually at Homecoming during a special event.

2013 Award recipients


Mark Gustafson is the co-founder of Stonewall Kickball and Stonewall Sports, a Washington, D.C.-based LGBT social sports league and nonprofit supporting the DC Center for LGBT Community. Stonewall Kickball now has more than 400 members per season and raises more than $20,000 per year for the DC Center. Stonewall Sports has expanded to include two additional sports, Stonewall Darts and Stonewall Bocce, and an affiliate kickball league in Raleigh, N.C. While in D.C., Mark also served on the board of directors for the DC Center and volunteered with multiple LGBT nonprofits. Now living in Los Angeles, Mark is active in the LGBT community serving as co-chair for Deloitte’s Pacific Southwest Chapter of GLOBE and organizing the company’s LA AIDS Walk Team that raised more than $13,000 for AIDS Project LA.


Shortly after graduating from Elon University in 2005, Cecelia Thompson became the executive director of the Guilford Green Foundation, an organization that promotes diversity and inclusiveness throughout the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the greater Piedmont Triad. In that role, Cecelia provided strategic vision for the organization, created new models for outreach and fundraising and increased grant-making impact. Since 2008, Cecelia has served as director of projects for Action Greensboro, an economic development nonprofit working to better quality of life in Greensboro. Cecelia has received many awards for her work, including the 2010 Triad Business Journal 40 Leaders Under Forty, 2013 Elon University Top 10 Under 10 and 2013 Next City Vanguard awards. She has served on boards and committees with the Triad Health Project, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, Greensboro Symphony, Weatherspoon Art Museum and Greensboro Children’s Museum.


Lynn R. Huber holds a Master of Divinity and a doctorate from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her research focuses primarily on the Book of Revelation, as well as exploring the construction of gender, sexuality and virginity in the early Christian context. Much of her current work specifically engages Revelation from a queer perspective. Lynn co-chairs a group dedicated to LGBT/Queer Biblical Interpretation for the Society of Biblical Literature, the oldest and largest professional society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. She is a member and council member at Life’s Journey United Church of Christ, the only church officially designated as “open and affirming” of gays and lesbians in Alamance County, N.C. Within this community, Lynn regularly holds book studies on queer theology and has led a workshop on reading the Bible for LGBTQ liberation.

Previous year recipients


  • Lowry Sinclair '65
  • Elic Senter
  • Kirstin Ringelberg, associate professor of art history