Board of Directors

Kay Mason – President

Kay Mason

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.

 

Philip Varnum – Vice President

 

 

Robert Grilley – Secretary

Robert Grilley

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 – Treasurer

Elizabeth Trujillo

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.

 

Paul Oostenbrug – Board Member

Paul Oostenbrug

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.