2019-2020 Board of Directors


President: Shauna Itri

Shauna Itri joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2010 seeking to learn, volunteer, 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, stepchildren, Cole and Ben, and son Vann.


President- Elect: 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. Most recently, Aronté served as Chief Operating Officer.

Aronté is a marketing professor at Villanova University where her research focuses on consumer behavior and the inclusivity of 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.


Secretary: 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. Last year, Kelli served as the Assistant to the President.

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.


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Treasurer: 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 Chair: 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 teacher at Collegium Charter, and has recently published a Parent’s Guide for Parents and Teachers. 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.

Chief Operating Officer: Renee Howell

Renee joined the Junior League in 2011 after moving the Philadelphia from Virginia based on recommendations from fellow League members that membership would help her meet new people while giving back to the community. In the last seven years she has served in leadership as New Member Advisor, New Member Program Co-Chair and Nominating Chair. She has also served on the EVT, Focus Fundraising and Kids in the Kitchen committees.

Originally from Tennessee, Renee is a “Double Hoo” holding both a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and an MBA from the University of Virginia. Having worked in brand management for many years she is currently a Global Communications Manager at Essity, a leading hygiene and health company. She lives in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia where she enjoys trying new restaurants, reading and evenings on the rooftop when she isn’t traveling the world.

Director of Development: Kira Bryers

Kira Bryers joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2010 seeking volunteer opportunities in the community. She has held positions within the organization including Food to Families Co-Chair, Assistant to the COO, and Vice President of Community. She was awarded the 2017-2018 President’s Apple a Day Award for her efforts.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Kira has also lived in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Vermont. She is an alumna of Goucher College and Vermont Law School, and works as an in-house attorney in the energy industry. She also volunteers her time with the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Kira enjoys running, skiing, pilates, sailing, reading, travel, cooking and baking, spending time with family and friends, the arts, and needlepoint. She lives in Center City with her boyfriend and their energetic Wheaten Terrier.


Nominating Chair: Melissa Page Peter

Melissa joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2011.  Some of Melissa’s past roles in the League include Chair of EVT, New Member Advisor, American Girl, and Social.   Melissa is the founder and owner of Mi Casita Spanish Immersion Preschool, which currently has two locations, with a third expected to open in Ardmore in January 2020. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Washington University, she obtained her MBA in Marketing from Southern Methodist University and her Master’s in Education from Chestnut Hill College. Melissa is a wife (to Tom) and mother to her mini poodle (Rosie Lamb) and soon-to-be son (Thomas Simon). She lives in South Philly.  In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, travelling, thinking, exercising, and trying out new recipes.


Parliamentarian: 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.  Recently, Kimberley served as the Assistant to the COO and Co-Chair of the Sponsorship 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., on the Brodsky Center advisory council (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts), 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.


Assistant to the President: 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, Focus Fundraising Committee, and most recently, served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee.

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.