Thomas S. Pietrogallo

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of The Poverello Center, Tom Pietrogallo has led the organization in transforming from a traditional AIDS Service Organization, completely dependent upon Federal Funding to a broader, more sustainable service mission. At the Poverello Center, he has led the improvement of Nutritional Services in our Grocery Programs, increased participant nutritional education opportunities, created youth ‘healthy fuel packs’ for under resourced teens helping them avoid weekend food insecurity and led the organization toward the implementation of a Poverello Pop Up food pantry that goes into area food deserts to distribute healthy groceries (including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables). Under his leadership, the organization has grown programming to serve over 3500 families with chronic/critical illness and food insecurities throughout south Florida. He has an MSW from University of South Florida, obtained his clinical social work licensure in 2001 and received his MBA from Florida Atlantic University in 2003.  He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Chairs the HIV Integrated Workgroup tasked with monitoring of and providing feedback on Broward County’s Integrated HIV Care and Prevention Plan.


Shanel Pamphile

Food Pantry Manager

Shanel Pamphile manages the Poverello Center food pantry, receiving, processing, and distributing healthy foods to over 3000 people yearly. She comes to Poverello with nearly 10 years of Fortune 500 management experience and a passion for food. A graduate of Jonhnson & Whales culinary program, Shanel has a keen eye for customer service.

Alden Bergeron

Nutrition Manager

Alden Bergeron, RDN, LD/N demonstrates the characteristics of a strong leader. He is our highly energetic Nutrition Manager who understands the nutritional needs of program participants with chronic illness such as HIV, Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cardiovascular Disease and other conditions.  He also assists with the implementation of therapeutic lifestyle changes to individuals seeking weight management.  Alden has a background in Culinary Arts from New Orleans, LA and maintains a passion for healthy meal preparation.  Alden obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from both Florida International University and Keiser University.  He worked several years as a Clinical Dietitian at Baptist Health System’s Homestead Hospital in both in-patient and out-patient settings.  Moreover, he actively participated in the initiation of Heal to Grow and Plant Strong programs that emphasized adopting a plant-based diet.  Alden’s culinary background and vast knowledge of diet and nutrition allows him to excel at providing educational cooking demonstrations.  Alden has enthusiastically established dedication for his profession and possesses conceptual knowledge of diet and nutrition.  “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”

Karl Lentzer

Executive Assistant

Karl Lentzer is Executive Assistant and reports directly to the CEO, Thomas Pietrogallo, assisting him with the oversight of all the departments within The Poverello Center, Inc.  Additional responsibilities include bookkeeping task, preparing reports and financial date, fundraising, writing and coordinating of grants and proposals, and serving as a liaison with The Board of Directors.

Karl is from upstate New York, lived in the Sarasota, Florida, worked for the private, not-for-profit, accredited Ringling College of professional visual arts and design before moving to Wilton Manors, Florida on 2000.  He went to back college for a Legal Assisting degree and worked several years in a law firm.  Before coming to The Poverello Center, he managed Landscape Solutions with his administration skills and knowledge of exotic tropical plants.

He is an active volunteer on several boards including Advisory Board Chair for the City of Wilton Manors Park and Recreation Department, Past President and current Board Member on the Wilton Manors Business Association and recent Board Member at Art Gallery 21.  Also, a member of the Eastside Neighborhood Association.

954-561-3663, Ext 115

Mario Rosario

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

Jim Gallo

Assistant Thrift Store Manager

Jim came to South Florida from Connecticut originally to bring family here for health reasons. He began his Poverello experience by volunteering. Originally, he thought it would be a few hours a week, but quickly he was hooked and the volunteer h ours became full time. He was then tapped by Mario, the store manager to begin cashiering on the weekends, but was soon asked to be assistant store manager. His advice for anyone thinking about volunteering is to make the decision and “Keep focused” and “Volunteering not only helps other people, but yourself as well.

954-561-3663, ext 113

Brad Barnes

Programs/Quality Manager

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 former Chair and member 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

Tania Taveras

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

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