2019-2020 Management Council


Chief Operating Officer: Rene 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.


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 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.


Treasurer-Elect: Jennifer Bravo


Sustainer Leadership Council Chair-Elect: Lauren Homel


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: Jesy Brackett


VP of Marketing and Communications: Natalie Kay


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: Lauren Zabel


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.

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.


Assistant to the COO: 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.