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Who We Are

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Our story began when our founder wanted to answer a fundamental question – what kind of legacy do I want to leave?  And if it could only be one thing – what would it be?  The answer: Love.

So, where do you start when it comes to delivering a message of love?  It came down to building and fostering an environment where individuals could share who they were in a vulnerable, authentic place without judgment.  The idea was to be able to have people hear the "other" side in a heartfelt and meaningful way.  The foundation of this message has led people to connect and understand each other on a human level — a vital step to fulfilling our mission where love wins.

Raymond Ussery

Raymond Ussery

Board Member, Executive Director

A creative, trusted e-commerce executive with more than twenty years of B2C/B2B experience. Former board member Unity of Phoenix, former Board member Highline Area Food Bank. Husband, father, grandfather.

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Karen Ussery

Karen Ussery

Board Member, Treasurer

I create as an artistic photographer (many of the images on this site are mine), work in small business finance, and am a yoga enthusiast, dog mom to Jake and Lucy, and gardener. LIMR is where I get to contribute to the healing of our world.  

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Terri Gilbert

Terri Gilbert

Board Member

Enthusiastic and effective scientific educator with a love of building excellent working relationships across-teams and disciplines. Fosterer of innovative interactions and collaborations. Public-speaker, wife, mom, chicken-mama, and singer.

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Scott Houghton

Scott Houghton

Board Member

Experienced Operations and Facilities Manager with a diverse sales and customer service background. Husband, Father and practitioner of QiGong.

    Tonie Palermo

    Tonie Palermo

    Board Member

    A former team leader for Back on My Feet, and an active volunteer in my church, I love people and believe everyone matters. I believe that love will bring peace and unity to our world. My wife and I love the outdoors; we are moms to some amazingly cute fur babies; and I strive to show compassion to all living things.

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    Although many people love the name, some have told us they decidedly do not. For them, the word “religion” is a big stop sign, beyond which they will not pass. We understand. Many folks have suffered, some horrifically, in their dealings with a church. Others simply don’t trust the institution of religion, or haven’t found themselves welcomed there. Whatever the reason, we understand “religion” can be trigger. 

    Is it our intent to trigger? Absolutely not. But we do want to boldly put forth the idea of love AS a religion. In other words, living love, the way some live their faith. “Love is my religion” is meant to include people of all faiths, as well as those who don’t practice a religion. We are supporting the idea that love could be one's religion. Obviously here we’re using the term in the non-literal way, as "a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance." (Oxford dictionary)

     

    So there you have it. It’s meant to get people’s attention and it’s meant to include all. We hope you experience that.

     A few words about the name, “Love is My Religion."