President: Meredith Nissen
Meredith Nissen joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2005. Over the past 13 years, Meredith has served in several leadership roles including New Member Advisor, New Member Course Chair, Education & Volunteer Training Committee Co-Chair, Vice President of Fundraising, Nominating Committee Member, Parliamentarian, Director of Development, and Chief Operating Officer.
Meredith is an attorney specializing in counseling on pharmaceutical regulatory issues and has been practicing law for the past 14 years. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations and obtained her law degree from Villanova University School of Law. She lives in a 300-year-old farmhouse with her six-year-old son, Charlie. She enjoys hot yoga, cooking, gardening, and home improvement projects.
President-Elect: Shauna Itri
Shauna Itri joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2010 seeking to volunteer, network, and develop friendships with like-minded women in the Philadelphia area. Since that time, Shauna has held a variety of roles in the League, including serving as the Director of Development for two years, Chief Operating Officer, and Secretary.
Shauna is originally from Huntington Beach, California and graduated from Stanford University in 2000. While at Stanford, Shauna was the captain of the women’s soccer team for two years and pursued a degree in Biology and Psychology. Wanting to experience life on the East Coast, Shauna went to law school at Villanova University, and upon graduation, she ended up moving to Philadelphia where she has spent most of her “adult life.” Shauna is a shareholder at a law firm representing whistleblowers. She lives in Queen Village and enjoys traveling, being active, and spending time with her husband, Dan, and stepchildren, Cole and Ben.
Secretary: Lauren Zabel
Since joining the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2010, Lauren Zabel has served the League in numerous leadership roles, including Co-Chair of the Thrift Shop Committee, Vice President of Fundraising, Vice President of Community, and two terms as Director of Project Development.
Professionally, Lauren is a commercial restructuring and bankruptcy attorney at a law firm in Center City Philadelphia. Lauren grew up in southern New Jersey and attended college in New York City, where she obtained an art history degree from Barnard College. Lauren returned to Philadelphia to attend Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she met her husband Mike. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, trying new craft beers, and traveling.
Treasurer: Alexandra Tancredi
Alexandra Tancredi joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2014 with a desire to volunteer in the local community and meet like-minded women. Alexandra served on the Finance and House Committees before becoming Treasurer-Elect for the 2017-2018 League year.
Alexandra grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and her M.B.A. from Temple University. With previous experience in education and manufacturing, she currently works as a Retail Business Manager at Clemens Food Group. She loves reading and spending time with her husband Shane and her Newfoundland, Moose.
Sustainer Chair: Annamarie Geppert Hellebusch
Annamarie Geppert Hellebusch joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 1994. Currently, she is the Sustainer Chair of the League. She has served in many roles in the League including co-chairing “Settings” the JLP cookbook, Community Council Director, and Signature Project Council Director. Annamarie was President of the League from 2001 to 2002.
Annamarie graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. After practicing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for 25 years, she started her own Real Estate Investment company, AGH Holdings LLC. She currently renovates homes in the Montgomery County area. Annamarie lives in Wyndmoor with her husband, Stroud, and their two daughters, Morgan and Grace. Her current volunteer involvement includes Trustee and Chair of Development and Communications at Germantown Academy and she is the Junior Warden at St Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh. She loves traveling, scuba diving, and cooking.
Chief Operating Officer: Aronté Bennett
Aronté Bennett joined the Junior League in 2010 after moving from New York to Philadelphia in an effort to develop friendships while giving back to the community. Her path in the League has been anything but linear; she has served as Parliamentarian and New Member Advisor, in addition to having led the Marketing Council and Kids in the Kitchen Committee. Some of the highlights of her JLP career include heading Kids in the Kitchen during its inaugural yea and being awarded the 2014-2015 President’s Apple a Day Award for her efforts in assisting in the development of the Apple a Day Logo and
Aronté is a marketing professor at Villanova University where her research focuses on consumer behavior and the inclusivity marketplaces. She received her B.S. and M.B.A from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and her Ph.D. from NYU. She lives in Graduate Hospital and makes it a point to enjoy all of the sites, foods, and adventures it has to offer. Her hobbies include traveling, on and off the beaten path, zumba, tending to her herb garden, and attempting overly complicated recipes.
Director of Development: Elisabeth Lubin Ilca
Elisabeth Lubin Ilca joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2013 as a transfer from the Junior League of Phoenix. Initially motivated by a desire to empower women, Elisabeth quickly found a passion for volunteering to bring positive change to her local community. She served on the Kids in the Kitchen Committee for three years, including serving as Co-Chair in 2016-2017. Elisabeth was selected as the 2016-2017Apple a Day Award recipient. She then served as VP of Marketing and Communications in 2017-2018.
Elisabeth is originally from Philadelphia and graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. She currently works as a Presales Solution Engineer, responsible for solving complex business challenges and driving digital transformation in the Media & Telecommunications Industries. Elisabeth enjoys barre, the arts, cooking, and spending time with her husband and fur children.
Nominating Chair: Katharine Koob
Katharine Koob joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2011 to volunteer and connect with strong women in the Philadelphia community. Katharine has participated in various committees in the community, membership development, and fundraising areas of the League. She chaired the Kids in the Kitchen Committee and the Focus Fundraising Committee before becoming a member of the Nominating Committee in 2017.
Katharine is a professional liability attorney at a law firm in Center City, Philadelphia. She attended college at Gettysburg College before going on to law school at Villanova University. Currently, Katharine lives with her husband, two sons, and English Bulldog in Haddonfield, New Jersey. In her spare time, Katharine enjoys reading, crafting, and supporting her local library.
Parliamentarian: Stacy Forchetti
Stacy Forchetti joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2015. She initially served on the Focus Fundraising Committee and then served as Social Committee Chair, where she worked towards building stronger connections between members as a means of increasing engagement in the JLP. This year, she is indulging her compulsion to tell others the proper way to do things as Parliamentarian.
Stacy has donated her time and talents to charitable organizations since high school, volunteering through church youth groups. Once at Penn State, she joined a service sorority, where her favorite activities were repairing damaged children’s books and fitting underprivileged children into donated new shoes. At Temple Law, she helped organize fundraisers for public interest legal organizations and hammered some nails with Habitat for Humanity. In addition to JLP, she also volunteers her time with Vidocq Society and by coaching Central High School’s Mock Trial Team. Stacy has lived in Philadelphia for many years. Stacy enjoys sparkling wine and conversations, a healthy sweat, books that make her forget where she is, and people that choose joy.
Assistant to the President: Kelli Brown
Kelli joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2011 seeking to give back to the community and grow her leadership skills while connecting with new women. Since then, she has served on a variety of committees focused on fundraising, membership development, and finance. In 2016 she was the Chair of the Education and Volunteer Training Committee and was elected JLP’s Leader of the year.
A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, she grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Accounting. After college she moved back to Philadelphia and is a Senior Manager in the Finance Services Audit Practice at KPMG LLP and is a CPA. She currently lives in Glen Mills with her husband, Ryan, and son, Carter. In her free time she enjoys traveling, going down the shore, watching sports, golfing, and spending time with her family.