Board of Directors

Larry Fultz (Baptist) Executive Director

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 Inter Faith 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.

Anne 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.

Anne Taylor (Christian Science) Business Manager

Eldred Spain (Community of Christ) President

Eldred and late his wife, Carolyn, began serving as representatives for Community of Christ on our Board in 2001.  Eldred Is an ordained Evangelist in Community of Christ. Previous experience includes High School Social Studies Teacher for 19 years, and Full time ministry in Community of Christ for more than 21 years. His Higher Education is From Graceland University, University of Central Missouri. Arizona State University, and advanced studies at the Southern California School of Theology at Claremont CA. He has been serving as President since 2006.

Anita is a practicing Hindu who has lived with her family in the Phoenix metropolitan area, since the mid ’80’s.  She is active in the temple activities around the valley and has led a devotional group “Vishnu Saharanama Satsangha” for the past 23 years.

She has a diverse educational background and experience of working with professionals of various caliber, over a thirty-year period. She received her BS in Engineering in 1985, MBA from Arizona State University in 1992, and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University in 2017.

In 2007, she started Prana Gyana Holistic Health and Wellness to teach yoga and meditation.  Over the past fifteen years, she has willingly volunteered to share her knowledge and expertise as a board member, committee member, or a member at large for several non-profits including: International Yoga Association, American Association of Public Health, Indo American Cultural and Religious Foundation Senior Center, Arizona Forward, and Vitalyst Foundation.

Anita has served on the board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement since 2015 and is currently the Vice President of Membership.

Anita Rangaswami (Hindu) VP of Membership

LeAnn Basha (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) VP of Arizona Golden Rule Education (AGREE)

LeAnn Basha, Representative of the 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.

President of SAS Strategic, a domestic de-radicalization and counter-terrorism consulting firm. He also works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State involving faith matters and national security. He is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Center of Peoria. He is a public speaker and he has written numerous publications on issues surrounding American Exceptionalism, social harmony, the religion of Islam, and counter-terrorism.

Sid Shahid (Muslim) VP of Education

Edward Casper (SGI Buddhist) VP of Education

Ed has served for many years in many capacities to further the mission of the Arizona Interfaith Movement and is an active speaker on the AZIFM Speaker’s Bureau. He assists AZIFM educational program planning on all levels and is active in the community working for social justice and legislative support.

Arizona with her husband, Ramesh(Roy) Somaiya. Patricia and Roy moved to Arizona over 30 years ago from England. They are originally from East Africa where Patricia was a dentist and Roy was a CPA.

Ramesh & Pratibha Somalia (Hare Krishna)  CPA Treasurer(s) 

Ginny Leason (Scientology) Secretary

Rev. Ginny Leason is the director of public affairs at the Church of Scientology Phoenix and has been working with volunteer ministers, drug education and interfaith communities here since 1990.

Karolyn Benger is the owner of KB Enterprise, a nonprofit consulting firm in Phoenix, AZ. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Phoenix and served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta. She is a graduate of Emory University with a degree in Political Science and a specialization in the Middle East where she studied Arab and Islamist opposition groups in Egypt. Ms. Benger has taught at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Emerson College and is passionate about interfaith dialogue, race relations, and community relations between Jews and non-Jews. She is a Modern Orthodox Rebbetzin who regularly speaks on Women in Orthodoxy, Women in Islam, Democratization in the Middle East, Social Movements, Anti-Semitism, and Islamist organizations. Her non-academic publications can be found with eJewish Philanthropy, Blue Avocado, Kveller, North Shore Children and Families, Times of Israel, and Binah.

Karolyn Benger (Jewish) VP of Education

Richard Gulbrandsen (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Attorney (non-voting member)

For over thirty years, Richard Gulbrandsen has focused on personal injury law, including motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death claims. His record of success is a reflection of his focused, passionate and well-informed approach to every claim. It is an approach that has garnered acclaim for both he and his firm.