Elke grew up in a small farming village in the Eastern Cape. She matriculated in 2003 and then moved to the big city to study Drama.
After completing her degree, she decided to follow her passion for working with and helping people. She completed her higher diploma in Health and Skincare in 2009.
She then worked in various related fields until joining Renewal Institute in 2011. In 2013 she chose to start a new beginning in the Winelands. After spending a couple of years in the agricultural industry, she finally returned to her passion and joined the Renewal Institute family again.