Matthew Allen – President
Matthew Allen joined the Common Bond Board in October 2015 and is excited at the opportunity to serve the LGBTQ community of Albuquerque. Originally from the east coast, Matthew has lived in Pennsylvania, Delaware, upstate New York, Japan, and San Francisco, California. He moved to New Mexico in 2009 and has loved every minute of it. He is a career scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. Before serving on the board, he spent two years as a facilitator at Common Bond’s U21 program.
Kay Mason – Vice President
Kay Mason joined the Board of Directors of Common Bond in January 2018 after being introduced to the organization’s programs and activities through connections from a local employee resource group. She has been a resident of New Mexico since 2011 and has interests in local/state government politics, youth and professional education, and corporate alliances. Kay also volunteers as needed for other local LGBTQ organizations and has a passion for being an advocate for her fellow employees as well as those in our communities who are most in need.
Bill Beckelhimer – Treasurer
Bill Beckelhimer joined the Board of Directors of Common Bond in April 2016 and is eager to help make a difference in the Albuquerque LGBTQ community through the Common Bond programs. Bill is a CPA who escaped from Kansas twenty-four years ago via tornado, breezing into the Land of Enchantment. He currently works as Chief Financial Officer for Unirac, Inc., the leading North American manufacturer of solar panel mounting systems. During his time in New Mexico he has served on various non-profit boards, including the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Hospice Memorial Foundation, the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus and he currently serves as Treasurer of the Partnership for Arts-in-Medicine.
Robert Grilley – Secretary
Rob Grilley became a member of the Common Bond Board in October of 2015. He has lived in New Mexico for about 3 years and became involved with Common Bond’s U-21 program as a volunteer facilitator after moving here. Rob grew up and lived in southern Connecticut for most of his life before coming to Albuquerque. His background is primarily in teaching and childcare; he currently works for the city’s public library and continues to facilitate for the U-21 program.
Elizabeth Trujillo – Board Member
Elizabeth Trujillo joined the Board of Directors of Common Bond in June 2018 after taking a interest in the well being of LGBTQ youth and their rights as children to live a judgment free life. She is also interested in the improvement of our education system, woman’s rights, human rights, and overall equality for everyone. Elizabeth has been a New Mexico resident all her life and served in the U.S. Army. She currently works for the Department of the Air Force as a Budget Analyst. She attended the University of New Mexico where she received her BBA in Accounting as well as a BA in Sociology, and New Mexico Highland University, where she completed her MBA in Management.
Katie Otsuka – Board Member
Katie Otsuka grew up in Albuquerque and is proud to call it home. She has her Master’s in Social Work and is passionate about serving her communities. She is part of the LGBTQ community and believes strongly in the fight for equality and the freedom to live authentically.
Paul Oostenbrug – Board Member
Conceived on a Lake Michigan beach in the summer of 1949, Paul Oostenbrug entered the world in 1950. He moved to the Chicago suburbs when his mother heard children swearing outside and declared “I can’t raise my family in a neighborhood where children swear.” He was a Cub Scout in those suburbs and eventually became an Eagle Scout in Omaha, becoming an Eagle and running the Omaha area Order of the Arrow. He is a Vigil in the Order of the Arrow. Always bookish, he loved to be on the Lake Michigan beach (wonder why) and to play golf. Paul attended Dartmouth College (Sociology), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Human Services Planning) and Boston University (MBA in Healthcare Administration. He met Jere Kelly in 1987 and fell in love. He has attended every Gay Games since 1994, running the marathon each Games. He led 2,000+ Chicago area athletes into Soldier Field for Gay Games VII in 2006, accompanied by Jere and his parents. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Federation of Gay Games and heads the Gay Games Scholarship Program.