MSW/LCSW, MBA, Chief Operations Officer
Tom Pietrogallo comes to Poverello from Care Resource, where for nearly twelve years he managed, directed and grew behavioral health, medical case management, HOPWA, ARTAS and CDC Prevention programming. In addition, he directed operations at Food for Life Network, Inc., Care Resource’s specialty food bank and home delivered meals service.
He is a social worker, obtaining his MSW (from USF) and clinical licensure in 1997 and 2001 respectively, and his MBA from FAU in 2003.
954-561-3663 ext 101
Chief Administrative Officer
Lj McHugh is the Chief Administrative Officer of the organization. His management responsibilities include thrift store and wellness center operations. He also facilitates the grounds maintenance, accounting, payroll tracking, data maintenance and volunteer management.
Lj was with the Walt Disney World Resorts for twenty-five years where he worked in Disney’s deluxe resorts restaurants. He moved to Eastern Kentucky and joined the Ramada Convention Center team in 2007. He retired to the Ft Lauderdale area in 2011 and started volunteering his time with The Poverello Center food pantry. He was soon asked to join the agency as the Assistant to the CEO. In 2015, upon the CEO’s retirement, Lj became the Chief Administrative Officer and now responsible for developing the organization to its greatest potential.
954-561-3663, ext 115
Events & Fundraising Coordinator
Kevin Clevenger is an event management specialist who has worked successfully with major organizations including the U.S. National Guard, the U.S. Air Force, Oxygen Media, Ford Motor Company, Nintendo, the History Channel, Redken, Mattel, and Disney.
Kevin provides strategic communication that builds mutually beneficial relationships between the Poverello Center and the public. He organizes and manages all special events, all print advertising, and all of the organization’s social media presence. Kevin is also responsible for The Poverello Center’s special fundraising events. His leadership of the “Bowling to Fight Hunger” project is Broward County’s longest continuous fundraising event, providing food and services to local residents living with chronic illnesses, consistently meets and exceeds annual goals. Kevin builds and maintains relationships that maximize the charity’s business and community relationships.
954-561-3663 Ext 106
Thrift Store/Facilities Manager
Mario Rosario is pure Poverello. Originally from New York, he’s managed the thrift store for 24 years. He originally was hired as an assistant truck driver, but within a week, he was promoted to head truck driver. A week after that, he was promoted to store manager. Married with 3 children, one of them grew up at the store and still volunteers today. Mario was handy with fixing things in the early days of the store, so it wasn’t long before facilities manager was added to his long list of responsibilities. “My goal has always been to have two stores,” and soon, Poverello may be opening a second location in Pompano Beach. If we do, Mario will have helped make his dream and our thrift store, one of the most beloved in Broward County.
954-561-3663, ext 121
Assistant Thrift Store Manager
954-561-3663, ext 113
Food Pantry Manager
Terry Sommerville manages the Poverello Center food pantry, receiving, processing, and distributing approximately $83,000 worth of food monthly and serving about 500 people weekly. Terry negotiates, orders, and manages the inventory and supervises his primarily volunteer staff. Under Terry’s supervision, all inventory including fresh vegetables, refrigerated goods, and canned goods, is ordered, inventoried, distributed, and tracked in detail.
Terry has instilled the feeling of giving to everyone who works in the food pantry. Under his supervision, approximately 30 people serve the public in the most caring, personal, and compassionate ways. Although the food pantry’s service is always anonymous, many of the clients and volunteers are friends.
Locally, Terry has held memberships in the Wilton Manors Business Association and The Oakland Park / Wilton Manors Chamber of Commerce. Terry has been with the organization for many years.
954-561-3663, ext 107
Brad Barnes has worked in HIV for 30 + Years. Brad has been with “The Poverello Center” since 1999 as the Program/Quality Manager. The Quality Manager is responsible for achieving health outcomes and best quality of service and care for the clients of Poverello. The Program Manager is responsible for achieving all grant requirements, starting new programs and maintaining current Client Programs.
Brad is Chair of the Broward/Fort Lauderdale HIV Health Services Planning Council, is a member of the Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council, Transgender Medical Symposium Committee, Food is Medicine Coalition and Food is Medicine Broward. Brad participates in ongoing training with the United States Conference on AIDS, National Quality Center and National Symposium for Advocacy Capacity Building Project.
Brad also has been working since 1987 for The NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 2005 he acted as the Chapter Program Coordinator in Atlanta, GA. From 2009 – 2015 Brad worked on the Clinton Foundation Quilt Display at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brad also worked from 1983 -1996 for the Close Up Foundation in Washington DC as the Supervisor of Special needs. Brad was responsible to mainstream the Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired and Multiple Handicap High School student into the High School Program.
Brad has been on the Host Committee United States Conference on AIDS and was Faculty for USCA. He has been involved with ACT UP, Provincetown AIDS Support group and AIDS Action.
Brad has been recognized nationally, on the State level and locally for his work in HIV/AIDS. Most recently by the Broward County Board of Commissioners.
954-561-3663 Ext 114
RD, LDN, Onsite Nutritionist
Melody is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She was born in Miami, Florida to Haitian parents. Melody graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, along with a specialization in Dietetics. Melody has worked in both clinical and community settings. She spent two years as a Clinical Dietitian at Jackson North hospital in Miami, where she performed nutrition assessments and educated patients on eating the right foods for their disease state. She then spent a year working in home infusion where she counseled patients, family members and healthcare providers in the Palm Beach community on enteral nutrition. Melody returned to the hospital setting and worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Delray Medical Center, where she worked primarily in the intensive care units. Melody has participated in health fairs, radio shows and presented on various health topics including “Nutrition Talk 101,” “Eating with COPD,” “Healthy Eating for the Holidays” and “Know Your Numbers.” Melody enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, cooking and learning about different cuisines, dancing, and exercising. Melody speaks conversational Creole and basic Spanish. She has always had a passion for healthy eating and enjoys incorporating her love of food, cultures, and health into her everyday encounters.
954-561-3663 Ext 102
Assistant Food Pantry Manager
Christine is our resident Food is Medicine disciple. She received her Associates in Science from Le Cordon Bleu in Miramar, FL in 2012 and was our collaborative partner originally from Flipany. She started our cooking classes here at Poverello and did such an amazing job, we brought her on full time to help run our Eat Well Center. She’s been a personal chef, a demo chef and a Cooking Matters Coordinator. She knows food and its importance to our mission.
MBA HRM, Volunteer/ HR Manager
Tania has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources management including all aspects of the employee life cycle: recruitment, on-boarding, staffing, training development, employee relations, and benefits. She received her Bachelor’s in computer systems at Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago – UTESA and her first Master’s Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, both in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Her second MBA with concentration in Human Resource Management was earned from Keller Graduate School of Management (New York) and has experience with volunteers and workshop staff at Goodwill Industries.
954-561-3663, ext 120