Governing

Gary Freed, Chairman

Gary Freed has in excess of 35 years of experience in finance and accounting with primarily public accounting firms. He is a former Arizona CPA and a retired California CPA, who began his career in public accounting, working six years in the audit department of an international CPA Firm. After one year as the Chief Financial Officer of a holding company, Mr. Freed joined a local CPA firm and was involved in auditing, accounting, tax and consulting as well as litigation support services and conducting peer reviews during his 18 years with Zolondek, Strassels, Greene & Freed, PC. Upon the merger of his firm with Clifton Gunderson, LLP, Mr. Freed was exclusively involved in providing consulting, litigation support and business valuation services and he has testified in excess of 70 times as an expert witness. He is retired and has continued to be active as a leader on the boards of many community service organizations. Mr. Freed was named City of Mesa, “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” in 1990 by the Mesa Leadership Alumni Association and was selected for the “Public Service Award” in 1996 by the Arizona Society of CPA’s. He was appointed as a Public Member of the Arizona Board of Accountancy by the Governor of Arizona in 2014. Mr. Freed graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration Majoring in Accounting, with High Distinction from The University of Arizona in 1978 and has had numerous designations including CPA, ABV, CVA, CFE and CFF.

 

Judi Goldfader, Vice Chairman

Judi Goldfader has inspired strategic initiatives and operational efficiencies for nonprofits, companies, and communities for over 30 years with one purpose in mind–To connect people, ideas, actions, and resources for the greater good. Her definition of philanthropy is simply “Love for HumanKind”. Ms. Goldfader is Chief Business Development Officer of Arizona Science Center.  She is a trustee of Women Inspiring Scientific Progress (WISP), an organization of Banner Health Foundation and Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation raising awareness of women’s and family health issues through education and philanthropic support. For ten years Ms. Goldfader was Vice President of Marketing for Lodging Unlimited, a nationally recognized REO asset management and acquisition company. A graduate of the Master of Arts Program in Applied Psychology at the University of Santa Monica, Ms. Goldfader attended Arizona State University and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Institute Class 36.  She was appointed in 2011 to the State of Arizona Supreme Court Foster Care Review Board and is a devoted advocate for children’s education and well-being. Her Arizona roots and passion for civic engagement were inspired by her beloved uncle, Sumner “Al” Brooks, former mayor of Mesa.

 

Mark Landy, Treasurer

Mark is a retired certified public accountant. Before retiring, he was a principal with Miller, Allen & Co., P.C. for more than thirty years.  Mark was appointed to a five year term on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy by the Governor, and served as its president, treasurer and secretary.  Mark was Chairman of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, and also served as the Society’s treasurer.  Mark was honored as a life member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Mark has served as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council, and currently serves as chair of the Nonprofit and Governmental Sub-group of the Institute’s Technical Standards Subcommittee. In addition to his professional activities, Mark is also active in community service where he has served on the board of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations. Mark recently completed a two year term as the treasurer of the Desert Botanical Garden, currently serves as treasurer of Lifewell Behavioral Wellness, and is on the board of directors of the Desert Botanical Garden Foundation, Institute of Mental Health Research, and Epicenter.  Mark also serves on the audit committee of the American Public Garden Association, Maricopa County Community College District, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona.  Mark is a native of Phoenix and a graduate of the University of Arizona.

 

Jim Ullman

Jim Ullman, Secretary

James A. Ullman is a partner at the law offices of Warshawsky Seltzer. Jim has a passion for education and has chaired and spoken at numerous state and national conferences about pertinent topics in franchising and education-related law. He was appointed by two governors to serve on state education panels. For five years, he was a member of the Arizona State Board of Education, acting as its President in 1995. In 1996, Jim received the “Distinguished Service Award” as outstanding state education board member from the National Association of State Boards of Education. He also was the Maricopa County Representative to the Arizona State Community College Board from 1991-1997, serving as its Chair in 1995.

 

 

Susan GilmanSusan Gilman, Board Member

Susan Gilman is a shareholder at Gilman Law Offices, P.C. She has received an AV® Certification Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating, awarded to only 2% of the nation’s attorneys, 1997 to present, is listed in Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ and Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, has been named in Arizona’s Top Rated Lawyers™, and a Top 100 Industry Expert for Law by Covington’s Who’s Who. She returned to Gilman Law Offices as a shareholder from Nov. 2005 to Sept. 2012, after having been a shareholder and Chair of the Finance and Banking Practice Group at Gordon Silver, Ltd., Aug. 2012 to May 2014. Susan was a shareholder and Chair of the Finance Practice Group at Jaburg & Wilk, P.C., Sept. 1999 to Oct. 2005, and a Senior Counsel in the Phoenix Legal Department of Bank of America, Aug. 1992 to Aug. 1999, responsible for legal services for the Bank of America Community Development Bank nationally, and dealer corporate services in the Southwest Region, previously responsible for legal services relating to real estate, problem loans/workout, and bankruptcy in the Southwest Region.  She also served on the Board of Directors of Bank of Scottsdale (In Organization). Susan has been active in real estate investment and development, serving as the President of Desert Canyon Development since 1986, and volunteered as an Administrative Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Department of Real Estate. Susan is currently an Adjunct Professor at ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching two Transaction Practice Readiness (TPR) courses, TPR: Real Estate Law and TPR: Finance Law, having previously taught Secured Transactions, and Banking Law & Regulations. She lectures extensively on a wide variety of finance, real estate, and debt restructuring/bankruptcy topics. Susan has served on many local boards, and completed her term as Chairman of Citizenship Counts in March 2019.

 

Syd Golston

Syd Golston, Board Member

Syd Golston, 2009-2010 President of the National Council for the Social Studies, is an educational administrator, curriculum writer, historian, and community volunteer. She taught at all grade levels from 7th to college, specializing in constructivist learning experiences in local and women’s history and in citizenship education. Syd wrote the books Changing Woman of the Apache, Revisiting America, The Death Penalty, and Studies in Arizona History, and many journal articles. The organizations for which she has written curriculum include the PBS Online NewsHour, Kids Voting USA, UNICEF, and the Commission on the Presidential Debates. She has been an administrator in the Phoenix Union High School District in Phoenix, Arizona since 2000, most recently as the director of a four year “Teaching American History” grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Don Streets, Board Member

Don StreetsDon Streets is a retired educator after 46 years in the field, having taught at the elementary, secondary, and university undergraduate and graduate levels. He received his B.S. from Indiana University, his Master’s from Notre Dame and a graduate degree from University of Massachusetts. After completing his degree, he served on the faculty at UMass for 8 years. Soon after he became Associate Dean of Education at National University in San Diego where he co-directed the establishment of their School of Education and was promoted to Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. He spent the last 17 years of his career with the Mesa Unified School District, including 14 years as Principal of Lindbergh Elementary School. He has been retired for 8 years and spends a great deal of time traveling and serving as an educational consultant in Finland and at the George Townshend International School in Hluboka, Czech Republic.