Parent & Family Programs

Parent and Family Council

Our students thrive when we, their parents and family members, are informed and engaged. Join me and become a Hofstra parent leader. The following are Parent and Family Council’s mission and vision:

Parent and Famiy Council

President – Stephanie Kepke Kaplan P’26
Vice President – Katherine Epstein P’25
Secretary – Patricia Paredes Saez P’26
Parliamentarian – Cheryl Watson P’25
Bylaws Chair– Julio Viniegra P’27
Events Chair – Loriann Temkin P’28
Spirit Chair – Courtney West P’27
Family Weekend Chair – Tina Triola Mehta P’26
Public Relations Chair – Sue Heilig P'25
Historian Chair - Linda Pincus Mannino P‘26
Emeritus Chair – Jill Marie Delano P’21
Past President – Sue Heilig P’25


The mission of the Hofstra University Parent and Family Council is to improve communication between the University and family members of Hofstra students. We facilitate a nurturing environment where family members network, learn about Hofstra, and contribute to the academic and personal well-being of Hofstra students. We promote the University by being active ambassadors of Hofstra Pride.

This mission is fulfilled by:

  • Providing a forum for parents and families to share new ideas and suggestions for improving student programs and services, like writing for the Family Connection blog and communicating with other Hofstra families.
  • Serving as a resource to Hofstra families;
  • Supporting student and family programs through fundraising and volunteering efforts;
  • Serving on parent panels for admission and alumni events;
  • Hosting regional Hofstra receptions;
  • Recruiting parent volunteers;
  • Hosting regular meetings for University administrators to share ideas with Parent and Family Council members.


The Hofstra Parent and Family Council aspires to become the primary voice of family members of Hofstra students, of Hofstra’s “family body.” The Council will actively solicit input from family members of all class years and aim to fully reflect the diversity of the Hofstra Pride in its membership. We wish to collaborate and engage with Hofstra administrators to fulfill the missions of the University in providing “a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind.”


I'm honored and excited to be your next Hofstra University Parent and Family Council president! As president, I will champion kindness and inclusivity. One of my big goals is to cast a wider net and bring more folks to the table, especially marginalized voices, including families of first-generation students; ESL families; international families; and immigrant families.

I encourage you to get engaged and volunteer. Please email if you want to join the Parent and Family Council or to contact me.

Thank you,
Stephanie Kepke Kaplan, P’24 and 26