Joseph Sprague, President
Bishop Sprague served 8 years as Bishop of the Chicago Episcopal Area, 37 years as a pastor in Ohio, and 7 years as an ecumenical/multifaith officer. He was a delegate to four United Methodist General Conferences and five Jurisdictional Conferences. He led the establishment of 200 national and global Communities of Shalom and was a prime mover in the expansion of Ohio Freedom Schools. Known as an innovative organizer, preacher, and teacher, Bishop Sprague has received several honorary doctoral degrees and various peace and justice awards. His book, Affirmations of a Dissenter, was published in 2002.
Robert E. Reber, Vice President
Mr. Reber leads a 9-month Horizon course, A Spiritual Journey: Multifaith Perspectives in all three Horizon prisons. He serves on the Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Mr. Reber is a former Dean at Auburn Theological Seminary and Scarritt Graduate School. He is the former President of the Worthington Arts Council. He has authored numerous articles and two books on lifelong learning in religious leadership. He holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University, an S.T.B. from Boston University School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Boston University.
Fazeel S. Khan, Secretary
Mr. Khan is an Ohio civil rights, employment, and consumer protection law attorney. He is the Secretary of the U.S. Lahore Ahmadiyya Islamic Society and periodical editor of The Light and Islamic Review. He has a passion for theology and comparative religious studies. Mr. Khan is a former president of the Interfaith Center for Peace and an active participant in various Islamic and interfaith programs throughout the country. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon-Fraser University, a law degree from the University of Windsor, and an LLM from Case Western Reserve University.
Jerry A. Katz, Treasurer
Mr. Katz retired as a Vice President of Huntington National Bank after more than 31 years of service. He has educated others within the banking industry as well as at Columbus State Community College. He currently provides his financial expertise as a board member to several nonprofit organizations. Mr. Katz is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and resides in suburban Worthington with Merci, his wife of over 50 years. They have two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Soliman has been actively involved for over 20 years in the Central Ohio Muslim community. Born and raised in Libya, he came to the United States in 1981 to attend school. He became involved with Horizon Prison Initiative in 2004 as an Outside Brother volunteer and then as the Muslim Faith Representative. Currently, he is Treasurer of Horizon. Mr. Soliman is an active member of the Noor Cultural Center in Dublin, Ohio. He is also a soccer enthusiast and former president of the Hilliard Bradley High School Athletic Boosters.
Dr. Butler currently serves as President of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio. She is recently retired as Director of the Martin de Porres Center—a place for spirituality, interfaith dialogue and the arts—sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She is an Advisory Committee member for the African-American Historical Collection at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Since completing her doctorate in 2002, she has focused her work on older adult learning, but prior to that time, she taught all age levels, elementary school through college.
Rev. John Edgar
Reverend John Edgar is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio. The Church’s ministry, Community Development for All People (CD4AP), provides the poor with valuable services such as affordable housing, free clothing/household items, ministry, and healthcare services in conjunction with Mount Carmel Hospital. Rev. Edgar served as District Superintendent and Dean of the cabinet in the West Ohio Conference. He is an ordained pastor for over 30 years, and has a Master of Divinity degree cum laude from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology magna cum laude from Miami University.
Thomas B. Weihe
Mr. Weihe is an entrepreneur, inventor, consultant, and organizational specialist. He has successfully started and helped grow domestic and international food and pet food companies, many through his work with the Citizen Network for Foreign Affairs. He is the former President and Executive Director of the National Renderers Association and co-inventor of Mighty Dog pet food. In addition to assisting other entrepreneurs and business incubators through the Ohio Business Development Organization, Mr. Weihe is active in many charitable organizations and serves on multiple boards in the financial, educational, and business communities.
Terry R. White
Mr. White is currently Executive-In-Residence at Xavier University Department of Health Services Administration. He is past President and Chief Executive Officer of The Metro Health System in Cleveland and served as Vice President and CEO/Director of University Hospital at University of Cincinnati. He was Executive Vice President and Senior Executive Vice President of the University Hospitals of Cleveland, and was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Medical Center in Cleveland.
Fatma Suheda Kural
Kural is an environmental engineer in Columbus. Originally form Turkey, she started her career with the Environmental Protection Department in Istanbul. In Massachusetts, she worked as a research aid at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Immune Disease Institute. Kural most recently worked in the Intracellual Dynamic Laboratory at The Ohio State University. Her volunteer work includes the Turkish American Society of Ohio, the Turkish Cultural Center in Boston, and the Intercultural Friendship Foundation at the University of Illinois.
Rev. Karen Cook
Rev. Cook has served as pastor in many Columbus-area United Methodist Churches, including St. Luke’s, Hilltop, Crossroads, and the UMC for All People. She is currently Assistant to the District Superintendent for the Capital Area North District. In addition to her leadership at church, workshops, and retreats, she has worked on conference committees for equitable compensation, ethnic recruitment, and the Board of Ordained Ministries. Cook served on the board of directors of The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church and was a clergy delegate at the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference.
Derek K. Heyman
Dr. Heyman is a manager at PwC, where he works with businesses on complex tax issues. He has also worked as an attorney for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, where he helped to draft bills and perform research for Ohio legislators. He has served on boards of directors for the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and the Buddhist Network of Central Ohio. Dr. Heyman received his doctorate from the University at Buffalo, where his studies in philosophy emphasized phenomenology and Buddhism. Prior to attending law school, he worked as an accountant and taught philosophy at various institutions of higher learning.
Marian L. Harris
During her time in office, former Ohio State Representative Harris introduced bills dealing with domestic violence, sexual predators, and cyber bulling. She met regularly with district school leadership and community groups to discuss issues and opportunities. Harris worked as a partner at SPM Associates; a consultant for special events and public affairs; a consultant for the Ohio Federation of Teachers; and an organizing director at the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. She has served on many boards of directors, including Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, National Council of Jewish Women, Ohio Commission on Aging, Huckleberry House, Godman Guild Settlement House, Parenthesis, and Columbus YWCA.