Our Team

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 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.


  

Anne Taylor (Christian Science) Business Manager

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.


Board of Directors

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 Rangaswami (Hindu) Vice President

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.


LeAnn Basha (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) VP of Education

LeAnn 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.


Sid Shahid (Muslim) VP of Education

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.


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.


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


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.

Ginny Leason (Scientology)

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.


Richard Gulbrandsen (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Legal Department

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.

Interfaith Council (Next)