Young Professional Committee












What are you doing today to make a difference tomorrow?


The Young Professional Committee is a group of young adults from across the Chicagoland area, dedicated to raising funds and awareness for Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center through fundraising and friend-raising programs in collaboration with the Development Department and Museum Board of Directors liaisons.

At Illinois Holocaust Museum, we honor the memory of all who were killed during the Holocaust by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference, and inspiring visitors to become Upstanders, as opposed to bystanders, who speak out for what’s right – turning powerful lessons of history into positive actions today. The Museum activates this mission through cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative public programming that brings scholars, activists and artists together with the community to discuss how to improve our world.

For more information on how to get involved with the Young Professional Committee, please email or call 847.967.4850.


2018 YPC Committee

Lauren Abrams Carly  Gerber Lindsey Lopatin Mitchell Schoeneman Ashley Vaughan 
Fara Alexander Karen Gluskin Michael Merar Joey Shapiro Sam Weisz 
Ellese Banzuly Jamie Greenebaum Danny Newman  Alyssa  Shlensky  Marissa Wojcik 
Elana Berlin Jarret Fisher Danielle Pearlman   Marisa  Smith  
Corey Bregman Taylor Hausman-Fallows Jeff Pearlman Michael Smith Leadership
Ryan Brown Jenny Herman Melanie Rein Stacy Smoler  Mike Bregman
Ross Chaifetz  Ashley Kain Josh Romanek Dana Smoler Amanda Pearlstein
Melissa  Cubert Alyson Kirkpatrick Mike Romanek Marshall Sosland Carly Rehbock
Max Dayan Alyssa Latala Rick Romanek Daryl  Stanley Dan Thalheimer
Patricia Doyle Galya Loeb Danielle Rubin Rachel Stillman  



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View Photos of Past Young Professional Committee Events

Third Annual Race for Humanity 5K, May 2018>
Young Professional Committee Presents: Tyler Hilton, January 2018>
Second Annual Race for Humanity 5K, May 2017 >
Young Professional Committee Presents: Eric Paslay Live, January 2017>

Inaugural Race for Humanity 5K & Kids 1K Fun Run, May 2016>
LOL with YPC, June 2015>


YPC Blog Post #3

July 27, 2016 | A Conversation Like Any Other: My Interaction With Pinchas Gutter 

Posted by Caroline| Student at University of Michigan & Young Professional Committee Member, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

With this new technology, the in-person conversation exists.
The impact of Pinchas’ story can reach beyond the places he has visited himself.

YPC Blog Post #2

June 23, 2016 | A Museum Professional Turned Activist

Posted by Patricia Doyle | Young Professional Committee Member, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

When I looked around the large Hyatt Regency Chicago dining room filled with close to 2,000 of Chicago’s foremost business, civic and community leaders, I felt a sense of pride that I was part of a community that is supporting an extremely relevant and important cause.

YPC Blog Post #1

May 31, 2016 | What It Means to be a ‘3G’

Posted by Michael Bregman | Young Professional Committee Co-Chair, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

The best way for me to ensure that my son grows up in a world where nothing even resembling the Holocaust is possible is to teach future generations to recognize bigotry and intolerance and to confront it.






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