Rev. Fultz is no stranger to AZIFM having been a member of the Arizona Interfaith Movement from its very beginnings in 1995 and serving on various boards and committees even up to the present time. After receiving his BA, Masters in Theology and Masters in Counseling Rev. Fultz became a minister in 1969 and before retiring in December 2005. Larry’s life is rich with interfaith activity and experience having been a part of the beginning of the InterFaith Action Coalition of Arizona (AZIFM’s prior name). He participated in the first “Experience Interfaith” event as a speaker and participant. He was active in helping organize and produce the first “Voices of Faith” concert and those afterwards. He was present in 2003 when the declaration was granted to make Arizona the First Golden Rule State in the Union. He participated in the campaign for the “Live the Golden Rule “License Plate and was present at the signing of the bill. Larry participated in the Interfaith Habitat for Humanity building project in Phoenix and has appeared on radio and television as part of the Arizona Interfaith Movement’s Speaker’s Bureau. In 2002 he participated in the United Nations Committee of Religious NGO’s to go to Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania to aid the Muslim refugees in their plight, helping build refugee camps, counseling and education. Larry’s life work has been devoted to bringing peace, understanding and the love of God to all people. He is married to Lily Fultz and together they have 6 children serving around the world, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Anne Taylor (Christian Science) – has served as Christian Science Committee on Publication for Arizona as an official representative appointed by her church to provide to the public, various media and the state legislature and agencies accurate information about Christian Science. Served as Treasurer for 5 years and as a member of the Golden Rule Committee, actively helped Arizona to become the 1st Golden Rule State in the U.S.
Eldred Spain (Community of Christ) – is an ordained Evangelist. He was a High School Social Studies Teacher for 19 years and served a full time ministry in Community of Christ for more than 21 years. He has advanced degrees from Graceland University, University of Central Missouri, Arizona State University, and the Southern California School of Theology.
Vice President - Membership
John Akram is a Muslim and has made the Hajj to the Holy City of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Hajj is one of the Five Pillar of Islam where every Muslim is required to complete (if he or she can)at least once in their lifetime. He embraced Islam in 1981 at Masjid Jauharatul Islam, in Phoenix Arizona where he currently is still attending. He holds Associate Degrees in Social Services and Aircraft Maintenance Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at Embrey Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. After 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, John Retired with his family in Phoenix where they make their home. After the Air Force, John became the Human Resources Manager for Pinal County and retired in 2009 and now spends most of his time in community services and has been a member of the Arizona Interfaith Movement for over 3 years. John believes in and is actively doing his best to live “The Golden Rule”.
LeAnn Basha (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) – has served in many leadership positions both in her community and within her church. Most of her church service has been with the children and young adults. She has also had the opportunity to sit on many Boards in her community, one of her favorites being the Emily Andersen Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. LeAnn has a passion for children’s issues and things that effect their ability to grow up in a healthy community and world.
Vice President - Education
Rev. Rock Fremont is a spiritual director and ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, currently serving as Senior Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills UCC. Originally ordained in a uniting church in India, Pastor Rock has a passion for unity and inter-spirituality and is currently studying with a Roshi in the Diamond Sangha Zen Tradition. In the past, Rock has served in chaplaincy on Arizona’s Death Row and homeless populations, and brings a passion for lifting up those most vulnerable among us.
Vice President - Education
Dr. Elizabeth Ursic - Musician and professor of Religious Studies at MCC and holds an MD from Yale Divinity School & a PhD in Religious Studies from ASU. Her research focus is religion, gender and the arts and has a book, “Women, Ritual, and Power: Placing Female Imagery of God in Christian Worship.”
Anita Rangaswami (Hindu) With an Electronics Engineering degree from UVCE, Bangalore and an MBA from Arizona State University, Anita Rangaswami has successfully managed a corporate career for over 20 years along with raising a family of 3 boys.
Rev. Ginny Leason is the Director of Public Affairs at the Church of Scientology Phoenix and has been a church member since 1990. Among other activities, she works closely with the Church’s Scientology Volunteer Ministers in their disaster relief efforts*, having traveled to Oklahoma City after the bombing in 1995, to Columbine in 1999 after the school shooting there and coordinating local Volunteer Ministers and care for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Ginny is a strong supporter of the church’s secular, anti-drug education program for children, The Truth About Drugs. She also has worked closely with our Arizona legislative contacts to monitor Human Rights abuses in the field of Psychiatry and has helped enact legislation to correct these abuses via the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. She continues to be very involved and supportive in the Interfaith Community since 1990 and has been a board member in the AZ Interfaith Movement since 2014. She is also a member of the City of Phoenix Police Faith-Based Advisory Board since 2017. She values the ways within her practice as a Scientologist to make her community and world a better place.