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, represents Ryan White Part A on the HIV Integrated Workgroup tasked with monitoring of and providing feedback on Broward County’s Integrated HIV Care and Prevention Plan and participates on the System of Care Committee for the Broward Ryan White Part A Care Council.


Dr Emanuel Orelus

Medical Director

Dr. Emmanuel Orelus, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in West Palm Beach, FL and has over 13 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from St. Matthews University / School of Medicine in 2009. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as JFK Medical Center North Campus and Jupiter Medical Center. He has a heart for underserved communities and is interested in helping Poverello reach deeper into communities needing our specialized assistance.

Jose Castillo

Operations Manager

Jose Castillo has been with the Poverello Center since 2014, starting his career in the non-profit sector as a volunteer in our Food Pantry, he quickly was elevated to a part time position as a client service representative helping the pantry clients with their orders and helping them navigate our systems and the Ryan White Programs, he continued to volunteer on the Pantry doing the purchasing ad developing new and enhanced programs for clients. in 2019 he was promoted to Executive Administrative Assistant followed in 2021 to Operations Manager.
his work ethic and experience for the past 36 years in management and sales is an asset for the Poverello Center.
Mr. Castillo is proud to be member of the Broward County HIV Planning Council and is serving on two of the HIVPC committees, System of Care and Community Empowerment.

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Marcia Saint Victor

Nutrition Manager

Marcia Saint Victor’s commitment to fostering healthier relationships with food means she is a dedicated advocate for those seeking to improve their dietary choices. She demonstrated her commitment to this belief by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of North Florida. In her career, she has served in diverse roles within community nutrition, most notably at WIC, where she provided care to children and families grappling with complex dietary needs. With every client, Marcia is dedicated to enhancing their connection with food, offering family-centric, culturally attuned, and developmentally fitting support. At Poverello, she has already begun cooking and nutrition classes to instruct our participants in how to achieve their health goals through healthy choices.

Michel R. Poltevien

Nurse Practitioner

A Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Mr. Poltevien speaks Haitian/Creole and obtained his Associate in Science of Nursing (2008) at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL then his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2011), and finally his Master of Science in Nursing (2015). In collaboration with our Medical Director, he is helping us reach those in our community not doing well in traditional healthcare.

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.


James Stevenson

Eat Well Center Manager

James has been with us for a number of years and has been promoted to Food Pantry Manager. Hard working, compassionate and helpful, James is understanding and sets the stage for all of the great food distribution that Poverello accomplishes.

Guillermo Guerra

Nurse Practitioner

Guillermo Guerra is a Bilingual (EN/ES) Foreign Physician, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Disease Case Manager with broad experience as Surgical First Assistant in General Surgery, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, and Advanced Laparoscopy. Most recently he was a Disease Case Manager for HIV/STI Primary Care specializing in chronic comorbid conditions improving treatment adherence and overall well-being of patients. He previously worked as a Registered Nurse/Charge Nurse Dialysis Clinic providing bedside care, performing and supervising hemodialytic therapy, training technicians, and other support staff.

John David Spurk

Thrift Store Manager Pompano Beach

In April 2019, David became a Volunteer in our Thrift Store. Since then, he has been an indispensable part of our thrift Store in Pompano Beach. From volunteer to cashier to assistant manager to manager. David has shown himself a competent and experienced manager.

Gabriele Silva

Thrift Store Manager Wilton Manors

Originally from Brazil, “Gabbi” keeps the Wilton Manors store organized and manages its success.

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