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
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 Leadership Council Chair-Elect: 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.
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
Jessica “Jesy” Brackett joined the Junior League of Philadelphia in 2015 in search of new volunteer opportunities and friends after relocating for a new job opportunity. As a new member, she volunteered for the Liberty Learnings Exchange Committee and helped put on the Philadelphia League’s first-ever regional training. She went on to Co-Chair the Liberty Learning Exchange (LLEC) and the Thrift Shop Committees (TSC). She realigned the work of the TSC to better support the needs of the Shop under new management. Under her leadership, the LLEC was awarded 2016-2017 Committee of the Year, and she was the recipient of the 2018-2019 President’s Cup for her work supporting the renovations and grand reopening of the Shop.
As the Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations at Lincoln Financial Group, Jesy works to ensure the most effective communication between Lincoln and the financial community. She received a M.A. from Georgetown University in Foreign Service and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She lives in Ardmore with her partner and serves on the boards of the Ardmore Initiative and the Texas Exes Philadelphia Chapter. Her hobbies include Zumba, cooking and meal prep and enjoying the great outdoors both near and far away from Philadelphia.
VP of Marketing and Communications: 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.
Most recently, Natalie’s time has been 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
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.