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.


Staci Marlowe

Staci Marlowe

Chef LMT Foods
Hudson Valley Region

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

Staci serves as a member of the Windward School Board of Trustees. She is also a member of The Masters School Parent Association Executive Committee. She has served as President of the Windward School Parents Association. Professionally, she was an elementary school teacher in Great Neck, NY. She currently works in the Marketing Department for Chef LMT Foods.

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 COB,and 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). Kimand Charles are also medical foster parents to Akewak Wondimu, an Ethiopian spine and heart patient of Dr. Rick Hodes (JDC), 2007 CNN Heroes finalist.


Alan Gallatin

Principal, 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 serving 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!
Julie Kaplan

Julie Kaplan

Luxury Travel Advisor, SmartFlyer

Julie’s current passion is working as a Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer. Born and raised in New York City, from an early age Julie was instilled with an appreciation for fine dining, fabulous museums, world-class performances, and diverse cultures. Julie’s pathway to becoming a travel advisor was inspired by her parents’ love for travel–they circled the globe numerous times and in turn, shared their passion for the finer things in life. Travel became a gateway to seek out adventure, experience beautiful places, relax and recharge. After meeting her husband and relocating to Houston, Julie’s role as the family’s travel advisor transpired into her making it official and joining SmartFlyer. Her attention to detail, exceptional planning, and organization skills–as well as her love for people–fuel her business.

Julie is the proud mother of two beautiful children. Both children were and remain very active in the BBYO Lonestar Region. BBYO has proven to be a wonderful organization for leadership, friendship and community building.

Ariadna Lanski

Clinical Psychologist

Ariadna Cymet Lanski, Ph.D. (she/her) is a clinical psychologist who specializes in helping individuals learn how to reach their full potential. Dr. Cymet Lanski helps people go from feeling stuck in an area of their life to achieving a more peaceful and skillful sense of self.

Matthew Swibel

Matthew Swibel

Founder/President, Family Enterprise Alliance

Matthew brings interdisciplinary expertise as a top executive in communications, sustainability and risk management. During the past 14 years at Lockheed Martin, Matt developed and led the company’s industry-leading, metrics-driven Sustainability and Enterprise Risk, Enterprise Communications and Social Impact programs. Under Matt’s leadership, Lockheed Martin created award-winning reporting and stakeholder engagement initiatives; consistently earned top sustainability ratings, including as the first U.S. Aerospace and Defense firm added to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index; launched the largest Vocational Scholarship program for upskilling in the U.S.; and headed the company’s strategic communications, including integrated communications for the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Matt spent almost a decade as a business journalist, most recently as Associate Editor of Forbes, where he was recognized by the Overseas Press Club for his business reporting from abroad; co-edited the World Billionaires issue; and traveled with the U.S. Secretary of State. Matt graduated cum laude from American University (DC) with degrees in Communications and Sociology and earned an MBA from the University of Maryland. He taught as an adjunct professional lecturer at the American University School of Communication from 2005 to 2008. Matt is a current member of the board the Montgomery County Public Schools Foundation, and a former board member of the American Red Cross-National Capital Area region and Cornerstone Capital Inc.

Barbra Wilen

South Jersey Region

Barbra resides with her husband Allen, in Southern New Jersey & is the proud parent of three adult children - Rebecca, Sarah, and Jared. Barbra works part-time supervising occupational therapy doctoral students, sits on the Board of Directors for Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, NJ and volunteers as a BBYO advisor of Dafna BBG.

As a member of the Parent Advisory Council, Barbra hopes to raise awareness and support from parents of BBYO teens on all that BBYO offers for leadership opportunities, Jewish experiences and social connections.


For more information, please contact Gillian Lindenberg, Senior Director of Philanthropic Engagement, at [email protected].