Our board leadership team is poised to make this decade the best ever for The Human Rights Alliance.
Kevin A. Bowen
Executive Director (he/him/his)
Kevin has been proud to call Santa Fe home twice in his life– once during the late ’80s and again now. He is the owner and director of Core Dynamics Pilates and joined HRA’s Board in 2019 to help reinvigorate the organization, assist in setting up much-needed systems and community outreach programs, and support the LGBTQ+, and BIPOC community as the organization evolves to better serve the needs of Santa Fe and Santa Fe county. Kevin became the Executive Director in January of 2023.
Tim moved back to NM in 2009 and started a career in public service. He served on the board of NIETS – The International Justice and Public Safety Network.
Tim is honored to be a part of the HRA and is excited to join the organization in advocating for all members of the LGBTQIA2S+ and marginalized communities within New Mexico and the City Different.
Tim is a runner and certified spin instructor and has two dogs he adores.
Rev. C Dusty Pruitt
Vice President (she/her)
Rev. Dr. Pruitt was educated at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree there. She received the Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She received a license to preach from the Metropolitan Community Churches in 1976. She received her Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) degree from the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California. Her doctoral project was entitled “But Thou Shalt Forget the Shame of Thy Youth: a Study of Authoritarianism, Religiosity and Child Sexual Abuse.” She was licensed in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1976, ordained in 1979, and received Privilege of Call with the United Church of Christ in 2004.
Currently retired from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community and the United Church of Christ (UCC), Rev. Dr. Pruitt and spouse Joanne enjoy traveling in their 25’ travel trailer, seeing the US National Park system, and puttering around their Santa Fe home.
Board Member (she/her)
Oona Bender has been a Santa Fe resident since 1981. Since then, she has had the opportunity to play guitar in various bands and become an established disc jockey in many previous LGBTQ nightclubs. Being a disc jockey has also included promoting club nights and parties developing concepts and themes to enhance the public’s interest. One of Oona’s parties, Trash Disco, was probably one of the longest-running dance parties, running for over 15 years. Oona has a BA in Counseling Psychology from The College of Santa Fe and has worked in a clinical environment assisting people with addiction recovery.
Michael A. Philipson
Board Member (he/him/his)
Michael is from Rochester, New York, and currently makes his home there. He has been involved in many LGBTQ+ organizations throughout his life in San Francisco, Miami Beach, Northampton, MA, and Rochester, NY. He was an early member of the AIDS Emergency Fund, a Board Member of PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), and has worked for the OUT Alliance in Rochester. He co-founded Greentopia.org, an organization dedicated to a sustainable future, and the creation of Rochester’s first urban State Park. He is currently the Chief Creative Officer at TPXmc.com in Rochester and works with a variety of clients in both non-profit and for-profit spheres.
Katharine E. Clark
Board Member (she/her/Ella)
Katharine E. Clark serves as the Santa Fe County Clerk, where she has excelled in streamlining administrative processes and fostering award-winning voter engagement programs. A past small business owner focusing on executive management, she holds a dual BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UNM, specializing in public policy and strategic management. Katharine has gained valuable experience at the NM Legislature, deeply understanding the policy process and championing policies that positively impact local communities. As a board member, she brings her expertise in operations and community outreach, particularly emphasizing innovation and inclusivity in our programs.
Board Advisory Committee
Board Advisory Committee (she/her/hers)
Cofounder and Producer of Two Flower Productions, a podcasting company for Lip Service, A Podcast of Our Coming Out Stories. 3Q New Mexico’s Premiere Business Podcast, Giving Voice to New Mexico Business Owners. Winners Circle Podcast, sharing the success stories of New Mexico Business Owners.
pamm is CEO of Go Social pamm meyers Social Media, providing digital marketing solutiions for business owners and organizations.
Executive Director of the New Mexico Out Business Alliance Business Development Director, Way Out West Film Festival.
pamm is dedicated to the prosperity of our LGBTQ+ community in though business and social advocacy.
Board Advisory Committee (he/him/his)
Community Relations / PRIDE Committee
Community Relations / PRIDE Committee (he/him)
Community Relations/ PRIDE Committee (he/they)
Drag King - Rusty G. Nutz - He/Him Tia Reece - They/Them
Community Relations / PRIDE Committee