Susan Gilman, Board Chairperson
Susan R. Gilman is a shareholder of Gilman Law Offices, P.C., focusing on real estate and commercial transactions, lending and finance, with a special emphasis in affordable housing and community development. She was a Senior Counsel at Bank of America from 1992-1999, with responsibility for regional and national legal services in those and other areas. Susan has also been the President of Desert Canyon Development since 1986. Susan has served on the Board of Directors of Bank of Scottsdale (In Organization), served on the faculty of the Arizona School of Real Estate, has done volunteer work as an Administrative Judge Pro Tem for the State of Arizona Department of Real Estate, and is a two-time past Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Real Property Section, currently on their Executive Council. Susan is currently an Ambassador of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where see received her J.D. in 1982, and an Honored Member in Biltmore Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals. She lectures extensively, including over 125 programs since 1990. Susan has served on many local boards including Actors Theatre of Phoenix, COMPAS (Combined Metropolitan Arts and Sciences), Toby House, Inc., and the VNSA (Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association).
Jim Ullman, Board Vice Chairperson
James A. Ullman is a partner at the Phoenix office of Dickinson Wright. 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.
Gary Freed, Board Treasurer
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.
Tim McCulloch, Board Member
Merri Rubin, Board Member
Merri Rubin is a passionate educator. She received both her BS in Elementary Education and her Masters of Science of Education from Temple University. For several years, she taught undergraduate classes at Temple University. Her extensive skill set also includes leading teacher trainings, writing curriculum and mentoring student teachers. In 1992 she left the classroom and studied with Robert Gardner at Harvard University. She received a PhD in critical thinking skills. After receiving her post-doctoral degree, she returned to Philadelphia and took a position as a Regional Director of Gifted Education. She taught gifted students, wrote simple grants, and conducted multiple teacher trainer workshops, many which revolved around the Constitution, immigration and Holocaust studies, among other topics. She is also trained in peer mediation. Now that her professional career as an educator is over, she is excited to volunteer for a cause that is near and dear to her heart. Merri has chaired the Brandeis Annual Book and Author cocktail reception three times over the last four years. The mission of Citizenship Counts speaks to her and she is honored to help spread our message with educators across the country.
Don Streets, Board Member
Don 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.