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.


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.


Tommy Williams

Thrift Store Manager - Pompano Beach

Gabriele Silva

Thrift Store Manager - Wilton Manors

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.

954-561-3663 ext 115

Karen Chiocco-Buchanan

Nutrition Manager

Karen Buchanan is a Master of Science Degreed Registered Dietitian whose undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of science in Clinical Diagnosis and Medical Laboratory Technology. She completed most of the Chef/Culinary degree at International Culinary Institute of Calabria, Italy. Grateful to now be a part of the Poverello Organization she is looking forward to helping clients make healthy and wise food choices, and changing the way they see their health and food and nutrition. Originally from the Northeast, she has lived in the state of Florida, South Florida for 17 years. She has worked in the field of Community Nutrition for many years and worked with the WIC organization within several health departments. Often volunteering for the “Arts for Acts” (AFA) organization, which helps the homeless and food insecure communities. AFA also helps battered and homeless women to provide a safe haven until they can find a home for themselves. She grew up with all the wonderful foods from my mother and grandmother’s Italian and European cooking. “I am a true Foodie“, and is truly looking forward to invigorating the Nutrition Education program at Poverello. This will include cooking lessons and food courses with client participation.