To strengthen the LGBTQ community of New Mexico through programs and partnerships that serve at-risk sectors of the LGBTQ population.
(approved by the Board of Directors on Feb. 28, 2016)
Matthew Allen – President
Matthew Allen joined the Common Bond Board in October 2015 and is excited at the opportunity to serve the LGBT 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 Bonds U21 program.
Bill Bekelheimer – Vice President
Bill Beckelhimer joined the Board of Directors of Common Bond in April 2016 and is eager to help mak ea difference in the Albuquerque LGBT 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 LGBT activist for over 16 years and has lobbied for LGBT 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 U21 youth program. She currently serves as the Program Manager.for the SAGE Albuquerque affiliate and is devoted to expanding the role of LGBT older adults in our community.
Debi Angeli – Board Member
Debi Angeli joined the Common Bond Board in September 2014 and just recently took over responsibilities as Secretary. Originally from the east coast, Debi has lived in New Mexico for the last 17 years. She has spent most of her career working as a Technical Writer/Communicator for numerous different government agencies and currently works in Information Technology at Sandia National Labs. She has volunteered for several literacy programs, including a stint at Amy Biehl High School. This is her first time serving on a Board and she looks forward to the opportunity to serve the LGBT 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.
Richard Garcia – Board Member