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.
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.
Treasurer-Elect: Heike Doerr
Heike Doerr joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2009 and has spent much of her time in the league volunteering with a variety of our community partners. Her leadership positions have included: Farm Explorer Chair, SHARE Chair, and Vice President of Community. Heike has also served on the Finance Committee and as Relationship Liaison to the Fundraising Council.
Professionally, Heike is a Research Analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence, where she oversees the department’s water utility franchise. She has previously worked at Janney Montgomery Scott and Robert W. Baird analyzing publicly-traded natural gas and water utilities. Heike graduated from Dickinson College and currently resides in Philadelphia with her three young boys. She enjoys family adventures around the city, gardening, and skiing.
Sustainer Leadership Council Chair-Elect: Joann Falciani
Joann Falciani has been a member of the Junior League for over twenty years. She has held many Board positions, including Parliamentarian, Membership Director, and Nominating Chair, and has chaired many committees. During her years in the League, she has met many wonderful friends, developed her leadership skills, and been able to attend trainings that helped in her professional life.
Joann is currently a Montessori educator at the Brandywine Children’s House. She has been an educator for over twenty years. Recently, she has started an educational blog and website called plantingtheseeds.org. She has been a preschool principal along with teaching kindergarten, and is hoping to build a business as an educational consultant. She enjoys cooking, working out, and being with friends.
VP of Community: Stephanie Lippincott
Stephanie Lippincott joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2004. During her time with the Junior League, including a brief transfer to the Junior League of Raleigh, she has worked on a variety of committees including Brand Marketing and Social Media, Cookbook, BOOST Camp, Girls on the Run, and Empowering You Health Fair. Her favorites have always been the community-facing committees!
Stephanie was born in Pennsylvania, but has lived in many places including Texas, Singapore, and North Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters of Elementary Education from Temple University. Before becoming a mom, Stephanie taught elementary school in both Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Since becoming a mom, Stephanie has stayed home devoting her time to her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family!
VP of Fundraising: Nicole Robertson
Nicole “Niki” Robertson joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2009, with a desire to serve the Philadelphia community. Nicole has held roles on numerous fundraising-focused committees, including Harvest Hustle, the Thrift Shop, and the American Girl Fashion Show.
Nicole is a Philadelphia native, and graduated from Drexel University. After spending several years as a management consultant in multiple industries, Nicole is currently a business systems project lead in the pharmaceutical distribution industry. She lives in Haverford with her husband, Jerome, and their two children, Benjamin and Corinne. She is active with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and loves to paint. Nicole’s hobbies include traveling, making complicated cocktails, visiting museums, and reading.
VP of Marketing and Communications: Amanda Korson
Amanda joined the Junior League in 2012 and has participated on many committees, including Kids in the Kitchen, Done in a Day, and Focus Fundraising. For the past two years, Amanda has served as Chair of the Website Committee.
Amanda is originally from San Diego, California and graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Interested in experiencing the East Coast, she ended up in New York City for her first job. Amanda moved to Philadelphia in 2010 and works in business development for a human resources technology company. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and staying fit.
VP of Membership: Ashley Chiaradio
Ashley Chiaradio joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2014 after encouragement from a coworker. She was looking to get involved in the community and make friends along the way. Ashley has served as co-chair of the New Member Program Committee and was a New Member Advisor twice. She is currently serving as Vice President of Membership Development, furthering her passion for recruiting and retaining members.
Ashley grew up in South Jersey and moved to Center City Philadelphia in 2015. She graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and was working as a Marketing Manager before going to graduate school. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Drexel University. Ashley loves exploring the city, trying new brunch spots, and spending time with her fellow Junior League friends.
Editor-at-Large: Carol Rose
Carol Rose joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2004. Her League career has been an active one, having served in many leadership positions including JLP Board Treasurer, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer. She also served on the Management Council as Vice President of Community, and chaired various committees. Carol was awarded the President’s Cup in 2015 for her service to the League.
Carol, a native Philadelphian, graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She is currently a Senior Associate at STV, where she provides project management and engineering services for rail vehicle procurement, overhaul, and quality upgrade programs. Carol is active in her professional community, serving as Board Treasurer for the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia, Vice Chair of the WTS Northeast Region Council, and member of the WTS International Advisory Board. Carol lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband and son.
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 COO: Kimberley Brown
Kimberley became a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2016. Since joining she has served on the Kids in the Kitchen Committee as well as participating in the Fundraising Research and Development Committee.
In her professional life, Kimberley joined Janssen, The Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in 2007 and most recently served as the US Medical Director for the HIV franchise. Now she serves as Scientific Director for Janssen Research and Development. Kimberley holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from UNC- Chapel Hill and completed a Pharmacy Practice and an Infectious Diseases Specialty Residency. In her free time, Kimberley serves as a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc, as a board member of Vetri Community Partnership, UNC Pharmacy Alumni Association, and UNC’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity(ACRED), and teaches yoga at Core Power Yoga.