Across more than 700 chapters in 60+ countries, BBYO provides connection and community to tens of thousands of Jewish teens and families, inspiring young people with compelling and meaningful experiences while offering a powerful support system during the critical years of adolescence.

The Parent Advisory Council partners with BBYO to enrich the teen-led movement by forging a parent community that extends globally and acts locally to support membership recruitment and fundraising while offering opportunities for parent connection and education.

"BBYO was transformative for my daughter. She discovered a whole world outside of her little community, connected with other Jewish teens, and instantly found friends. Through BBYO, she discovered her own connection to Judaism. It was truly an incredible experience for her."

—Sarah H., BBYO Parent




BBYO Parent Advisory Council members serve as thought partners, ambassadors, and hosts for national engagement experiences that enrich the BBYO parent community. Advisory Council members focus their efforts in the following areas:

Parent Engagement

  • Develop, lead, and promote programming opportunities for parents both virtually and in-person, including moments at BBYO International Convention, and other events to meet the needs of BBYO parents and their teens.

Capacity Building

  • Educate parents on the philanthropic needs of BBYO and develop meaningful opportunities for parents to give.
  • Build partnerships and serve as advocates for BBYO in local and national Jewish settings, including Federations, JCCs, and synagogues.

Developing Parent Advocates

  • Promote participation and strengthen a community of BBYO parents both locally and globally.
  • Equip parents with tools and resources to promote BBYO to new families.


Advisory Council members convene several times throughout the year, providing guidance and key insights in our effort to support teens and their parents. These opportunities may include:

  • Participation in virtual parent events exploring topics such as college prep, mental health and wellness, and social media
  • Strategy sessions with BBYO staff and teens
  • Exclusive experiences at International Convention and regional conventions


Throughout the year, the Parent Advisory Council hosts a series of events and seminars for the greater BBYO parent community. Parents and experts share their insights on how to best support teens, on topics ranging from teen wellness and stress management to transitioning from high school to college and getting better sleep. Please click here to view all past events hosted for BBYO parents by the Parent Advisory Council.


Members of BBYO’s Parent Advisory Council include parents of BBYO members and recent alumni who share an interest and enthusiasm for bolstering the BBYO parent experience and building a sense of community across our Movement.


Amy Herman

Parent Advisory Co-Chair
Strategic Communications Consultant
Northern Region East: DC Council

Amy Herman is a strategic communications executive with nearly 20 years of experience developing and driving all aspects of communications campaigns and projects to build brands and issue awareness. She currently serves as a communications consultant. Her career has included nearly 10 years at Edelman, where she served as a Senior Vice President, and more than two years as a consultant at Sodexo, among positions with other organizations.

She is a past co-chair of the DC Council BBYO Friends & Alumni Network for which she created new programming, events and communications that increased parent engagement and fundraising. She provides ongoing strategic counsel on stakeholder communications for MentorPrize, a non-profit organization that recruits mentors for local mentoring organizations. In the past, she served as co-chair for a successful online auction and school-wide gala at her children’s school, Georgetown Day School.

Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate of Judaic Studies from Duke University. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and two teenage children. She enjoys running, spinning, book club and baking challahs to share with her extended family.

Carolyn Schrier

Parent Advisory Co-Chair
Community Leader and Volunteer
Delta Region

Carolyn Schrier lives in Memphis, TN (having relocated there 3 years ago from Westchester County, NY) with her husband Adam and twins Morgan and Evan, both of whom are active in Delta Region chapters and regional board. Carolyn serves on the advisory council for Memphis BBYO as well as on the advisory council for Hillel at Rhodes College and Fogelman Jewish Family Services. She has spent over 20 years actively involved with Hillel in volunteer capacities, both nationally and locally, and has also held different positions within Hadassah over the course of 15 years. She enjoys traveling, kayaking and checking out new restaurants.


Alan Gallatin

Principial, National Tax Office
Michigan Region

Originally from Long Island, Alan Gallatin has lived in Metropolitan Detroit since 2012. An attorney and CPA, he is part of the National Tax Office of Plante Moran, and is on the adjunct faculty of Walsh College.

Although not in BBYO as a teen (he was a USYer), Alan was heavily exposed to it as his sister presided over her BBG chapter! He has since been an active leader in the Jewish community having held many roles within the Jewish Federation system (including vice-chair of National Young Leadership Cabinet and severing on the boards of both the Northern New Jersey and Metropolitan Detroit federations), as well as other organizations such as Tamarack Camps, Hands On Tzedakah, and his synagogue (Adat Shalom in Farmington Hills, MI). Alan is a graduate of the Berrie Fellows, a program closely modeled after the Werner Heritage Program.

A lover of music and the theatre, Alan can regularly be found at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and at Broadway touring performances. He is an avid sports fan, particularly of the Mets, Rangers and Duke Basketball. He enjoys golf and skiing, and hopes to find more time for both.

But what he is most passionate about are his two amazing children; Joshua, who is in his first year at Eastern Michigan University, and Rose, a high school junior whose love of BBYO (particularly her BBG chapter, of which she’s s’ganit) is infectious!
Jennifer Gilbert-Kaufmann

Jennifer Gilbert-Kaufmann

Independent Philanthropy Professional
Rocky Mountain Region

Jennifer Grossman

Jennifer Grossman

Co-Founder, Shalom Tikvah
Northern Region East: Baltimore Council

Jennifer has 10+ years of non-profit experience sitting on a variety of different non-profit boards in the Baltimore area. In that capacity, she has been on committees including fundraising, strategic planning, branding, and visioning, board cultivation, programming, leadership, and large event planning. She recently served as Board Chair connecting volunteers to organizations for 3 years. In her second year as Board Chair, she was awarded 1 of 2 young leadership awards given each calendar year. She has served both the Jewish and secular communities in times of crisis and in times of growth. Jen Co-founded Shalom Tikvah, a mental health nonprofit 5 years ago and serves as the organizations COO.

Elise Kosofsky

Eastern Region: North Carolina Council
Staci Marlowe

Staci Marlowe

Community Leader and Volunteer
Hudson Valley Region

Staci Marlowe lives in Scarsdale, NY with her husband Steve and twins Lauren and Maddie who are members of the Hudson Valley Regional Board and daughter Taylor who is beginning her BBYO journey.

Staci serves as a member of the Windward School Board of Trustees. She has served as President of the Windward School Parents Association and a member of the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester Parents Association Board. She was also a Temple Israel Center Board of Trustees. Professionally, she was an elementary school teacher in Great Neck, NY. During her free time, Staci enjoys traveling, skiing and spending time volunteering.
Kim Schneider Malek

Kim Schneider Malek

Founder/President, Family Enterprise Alliance

Kim Schneider Malek is the founder and president of Family Enterprise Alliance, a global succession, governance, and communication consulting firm, and the Center for Advancing Family Enterprise, an independent educational initiative for family businesses, family offices, ownership families, boards, and advisors. Client industries include real estate, construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, hospitality, wholesale distribution, financial services, and youth development.

Kim also is an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the University of Louisville’s COBand recently completed 20-years of faculty service at the University of Denver’s DCB where she taught courses in high performance management, business communication and leadership, and family enterprise sustainability. 

A Fellow of the Family Firm Institute (FFI), Kim was the 2014 recipient of the FFI Barbara Hollander Achievement Award for leadership and contribution to the field family enterprise education. She also served on the Global Education Network faculty, the Family Business Review Research Applied Board, and the Body of Knowledge Committee. She is active in several professional organizations including Collaboration for Family Flourishing.

Kim lives in Denver, Colorado, with her business-owning husband (Charles), three enterprising teens (Molly, Jacob, and Henry), and two giddy Golden Retrievers (Maggy McPickles and Scout Bubzy). Kim and Charles are also medical foster parents to Akewak Wondimu, an Ethiopian spine and heart patient of Dr. Rick Hodes (JDC), 2007 CNN Heroes finalist.

Manuel Rajunov

Manuel Rajunov

Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery
North Texas Oklahoma Region

Manuel is a husband to Debbie, father to Abby and Josh, and a proud Jew and Zionist. Born in Mexico City, Manuel is a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery. He grew up on the US-Mexico border and moved permanently to the US in 1996. Manuel has been involved with Jewish causes his entire life and see Jewish living and Israel as a central component to his life.
Scott Silver

Scott Silver

Real Estate Attorney, Developer, and Investor
Pacific Western Region

A 3rd generation native of Pittsburgh, Scott Silver has lived in Los Angeles since 1997. Scott is a practicing transactional real estate attorney and commercial real estate developer and investor. His experience in BBYO starting at the age of 14 was transformative; he is still best friends with the same group of AZA's. BBYO was the start of involvement in many Jewish adventures: a Jewish fraternity (Beta Sigma Beta at Penn State '89 - '92), a semester abroad in Israel (Tel Aviv University '93), Cardozo Law School (Yeshiva University) and being active in the Los Angeles Jewish Community: UJF, Brawerman Elementary School, The Guardians for the Jewish Home for the Aging, Wilshire Boulevard Temple and Camp Hess Kramer. Scott’s wife Karen, a divorce attorney, has opted to stay with him for 25 years in spite of having an easy exit plan. Scott’s two teenage daughters are disturbed to have friends who actually think Scott’s kind of cool.

Barbra Wilen

South Jersey Region


For more information, please contact Gillian Lindenberg, Director of Grassroots Giving, at [email protected].