2020-2021 Board of Directors

 

President: 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 year 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.

 

President-Elect: 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 software 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 fiancé and their energetic Wheaten Terrier.

 

Treasurer: Jen Bravo

Jennifer Bravo joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2015 and has devoted most of her time in the League to the New Member program. She spent a few years serving as a New Member Advisor and then as New Member Co-Chair. 

In her professional life, Jennifer is an Investment Advisor at Entrust Financial. After over a decade in various parts of the investment industry, she found her home helping other women make sure their money is working as hard as they do. Jennifer graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Financial Management and later earned the Certified Financial Planner® designation. She currently resides in Springfield with her husband, and counts travel, hiking and cooking among her top hobbies.

Sustainer Chair: Lauren Homel

Lauren Homel joined the Junior League of Philadelphia as a Provisional in 1994 and has had the opportunity to participate in many facets of the JLP. Some highlights include Public Relations, DIAD, PR&D, Career Connections for HELP Philadelphia, Children’s Book Committee, RESPECT Nature committee, Nominating, Hotline, and Website. In addition, Lauren also served on the Board as the Development Council Director and on Management Council as Assistant to the COO and as Editor-at-Large. Lauren became a Sustainer in 2012 and is thoroughly honored to serve as Sustainer Chair-Elect this year. When she is not Junior League-ing, Lauren works full time in the software tech industry as a Customer Success Manager. Along with her husband, Stewart, she attempts to keep up with her two sons, Derek and Elliot. If she is not on a field or a court cheering them on to a sports victory, you might find her running around her neighborhood or a local park in an attempt to keep her sanity.

Chief Operating Officer: Halley Hetrick

Halley was raised in Maryland and currently resides in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania with her husband, Norm. She is a licensed attorney specializing in health care law and has advised congressmen, governors, legislators and business leaders on how to effectively navigate our complex health care environment. She currently works for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Public Policy and Government Affairs, advising senior executives, the company’s Government Relations Department, and its independent HIV business (ViiV Healthcare). Halley has proudly served in the Army National Guard for over twenty-four years as a professional musician and leads her unit’s physical fitness program.

After moving from Maryland to Pennsylvania in 2008, Halley joined The Junior League of Harrisburg in order to establish new friendships and to contribute her time and talents for the betterment of the local community. In March 2010, Halley relocated to Lafayette Hill and transferred to The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. (JLP). Soon after, Halley was selected to be the Co-Chair of the In the Garden with Tree House Books Committee. During the 2011-2012 League Year, Halley served on the Board of Directors as Director of Development. In this capacity, Halley oversaw the League’s transformation to issue-based community impact programming and the formation of the innovative Apple a Day Healthy Living Initiative™. Halley also directed the Project Advisory and Centennial Gala Committees. Halley was the League’s President-Elect and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2012-2013 and managed the League’s day-to-day operations.

Halley was honored to serve as JLP President in 2013-2014 and focused on implementing and growing Apple a Day. She continued the great work of the JLP presidents who preceded her and oversaw the historic capital campaign to renovate the League’s headquarters building during her presidential year while also laying the groundwork for our headquarters renovation project.

After serving on the Nominating and House Committees, Halley was asked to serve as COO for a second time in her JLP career for the 2020-2021 League year. Never one to run from a challenge, Halley enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to help the League and mentor our next generation of leaders. In her spare time, Halley enjoys travel, reading, baking, exercise (she’s obsessed with her Peloton), and her cat, Maisie.

Director of Development: 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 Focus Fundraising Committees.  She has also served as the Chair of the Nominating Committee, and most recently, as the Assistant to the President.

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 two English Bulldogs in Haddonfield, New Jersey. In her spare time, Katharine enjoys reading, crafting, and supporting her local library.

Nominating Chair: Kat Sweeney

Katarina Sweeney joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2013 seeking a way to give back to her community and develop new friendships in the process.  Her past experiences within the League include serving as co-chair of the American Girl Fashion Show and Treasurer.

A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, she grew up in Central PA and graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Finance.  After college, she moved to Philadelphia to begin work with Johnson & Johnson where she is currently a Finance Manager.  She currently resides in Fairmount with her husband, Kyle, and son, Cavan.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching live sports, and taking family walks around the neighborhood with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Poppy.

 

Parliamentarian: Becca Nock

Becca Nock joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2015 looking to meet new friends while volunteering in the community and to develop her leadership skills. Becca was the co- chair of Kids in the Kitchen for two years, and she has been a committee member on Project Research & Development and the Regional Training committee.

Becca is originally from Houston, Texas, and she went to nursing school at the University of Pittsburgh and completed a Master’s in Nursing and Healthcare Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. Becca is the Manager of Data Analytics at HealthVerity. She lives in Fairmount with her husband, Corey, and her dog, Macy, and enjoys reading non- fiction, hiking/camping/trail running, and painting. Becca also volunteers with girls + data as the Director of Event Operations and serves on the board of CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly) and Urbanstead.

Assistant to the President: Natalie Kay

Natalie Kay joined the Junior League in 2015 with a strong desire to give back to the Philadelphia community of which she has been a part of her entire life. Natalie first focused on community initiatives through her involvement with the DIAD committee. She also spent two years leading the League’s Liberty Learning Exchange, a Philadelphia-hosted training event similar to AJLI’s ODI power events.

For the past several years, Natalie’s time was devoted to Brand & Marketing working to generate greater awareness of the League, its amazing women member base, and their unwavering commitment to the Greater Philadelphia region. While Natalie joined to volunteer her time to the community, she feels as if she has been the one that has gained more satisfaction and purpose through her involvement with the JLP.

By day Natalie is a marketing communications strategist with a heavy focus on public relations and crisis communications at the Karma Agency, an LRW Group Company.

Secretary: Vanessa Colley

Vanessa joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2015 to give back to the community. Since then, she has served as a New Member Advisor and most recently, New Member co-chair.

Vanessa is a communications consultant at Lincoln Financial. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from James Madison University, she obtained her MBA from West Chester University. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys playing tennis, horse-back riding, skiing, travel, spending time with family and friends, reading and spinning. She currently resides in West Chester, PA.