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

Eat Well Center 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.

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Katheryne Romero

Nutrition Manager

No one clowns around about Katheryne Romero’s stint as a hospital clown in Venezuela. There, children are constantly exposed to malnutrition, food insecurity, and many other food related illnesses that lead to hospitalizations. Her work there, made her realize the importance of proper nutrition and prompted her to become a dietitian. Always with the goal of disease prevention in mind, Katheryne pursued her degree. Recently graduated with a B.S in Dietetics and Nutrition, Katheryne’s studies, along with a dietetic internship in a clinical setting, gave her a well-rounded understanding of the nutritional implications in both acute and chronic illness. Her passion is to empower clients to make healthy lifestyle choices by providing nutrition education and mindful eating practices.

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Brad Barnes

Live Well Center 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.


Frank Young, III

Be Well Program Manager

Frank started his journey at Poverello as a volunteer helping with tastings of healthy foods in the food pantry. He comes to with a long history of helping others and social service management. A father of six, Frank has his Bachelor of Science from Howard University. As Be Well Program Manager he ensures our federal contracts and food programming meets the needs of our clients.

Tommy Williams

Thrift Store Manager - Pompano Beach

Gabriele Silva

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