James E. “Ed” Stolze Jr., of Peoria, Arizona, is currently serving his fifth year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. He was elected Imperial Oriental Guide, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2019 Imperial Session – held in Nashville, Tennessee, June 30 – July 4.
Stolze started his Masonic journey in 1992 at Doric Lodge #44 in Chesapeake, Virginia, while stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a charter member of Hunters Paradise Lodge #85 in Phoenix and Past Master of Northern Lights Masonic Military Lodge.
Stolze became a member of El Zaribah Shriners in Phoenix in 2005 and served as Potentate in 2013. He served as Captain of the Temple Guard, Ritual Divan Member, and Founding Director and member of the Shrine Masonic 1st Degree Team. Stolze also served as Treasurer of the Western Shrine Association from 2013 to 2015.
Stolze is a member of the Valley of Phoenix, Orient of Arizona Scottish Rite, Arizona Royal Arch Mason Chapter #1, Phoenix Council #4 Cryptic Mason, and Phoenix Commandery #3 Knights Templar. He is a member of King Solomon Chapter of DeMolay, DeMolay Legion of Honor and a member of the DeMolay Supreme Council. He is also a member of the CBCS West Gate Scottish Masters of St. Andrews.
Stolze is an emeritus member of the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles, and served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Human Resources Committee and Chairman of the Telemedicine/Outreach, Information Technology and Northern Mexico Strategy committees.
Stolze enlisted in the Navy as a computer technician and was quickly promoted through the ranks to Chief Petty Officer. He was selected for Officer Indoctrination School and was commissioned as an Electronics Maintenance Officer. After more than 25 years in the Navy, he retired as a Lieutenant Commander while serving as the Electronics Maintenance Officer for the Pacific Fleet.
Before retiring last year, he was the Chief Technology Officer for a large school district in downtown Phoenix. He is a Senior Leadership Consultant for JoshLind Consulting Company.
Stolze received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Excelsior College and his master’s in human relations and leadership from the University of Oklahoma.
Stolze and his late wife, Cheryl, were married for 29 years and have two children, Joshua and Lindsey. Joshua works for a financial investment company in Vancouver, Washington, and Lindsey is a graduate student at the University of Arizona.