Board of Directors

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 professional scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. Before serving on the board, he spent two years as a facilitator at Common Bond’s U21 program.

Bill Beckelheimer – Vice President

Bill Beckelheimer 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 Director of Finance for Unirac, Inc., the leading US 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.

Katherine Palmer – Treasurer

Katherine Palmer joined the Common Bond Board of Directors in 2015. She has been an LGBTQ activist for over 16 years and has lobbied for LGBTQ rights at both the national and state level. Before coming to New Mexico, in 2003, she served as Board President of the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Board President of GenderPAC and Board President of PFLAG Fort Collins in Colorado. In New Mexico, she has served several positions on the PFLAG Albuquerque’s Board of Directors and is the state coordinator for PFLAG National. Katherine is responsible for bringing Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to Albuquerque and incorporating it into the Common Bond mission.as a perfect compliment the to U21 youth program. She currently serves as the Program Manager.for the SAGE Albuquerque affiliate and is devoted to expanding the role of LGBTQ older adults in our community.

Jessica Dunn – Board Member

Jessica Dunn joined the Common Bond board in September 2016, inspired to join the city’s oldest LGBTQ organization and serve the LGBTQ community of Albuquerque. Jessica has previously provided over two years of volunteer support to the organization as a youth facilitator for Common Bond’s U21 program. Jessica has lived in Albuquerque for over 12 years, arriving via Nevada and northern California, and considers herself an adopted native of the beautiful New Mexico landscape. She is a professional landscape architect and works in outdoor recreation.

Nathan Kunkle – Board Member

Nathan Kunkle joined the Board of Directors of Common Bond in the spring of 2017. He is a native New Mexican who found his way back to Albuquerque in 2010 after years spent in Oklahoma, Arizona and New York. After attending the 2009 National Equality March in Washington DC, his interests were sparked to become more involved with LGBT and political activism. Since then he has volunteered in a variety of organizations. Becoming involved with Common Bond NM and their important projects is a natural progression that he is very excited about. Nathan is a professional Chef, currently running a kitchen at a boarding school and teaching cooking lessons.