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Meet the Charm School Team


Alma Vera
Executive Director, "Superintendent of Students"

Alma has been working in the field of animal welfare since 2005, when she started with the spcaLA as a Humane Educator.  As a Los Angeles native - born and raised in a Spanish-speaking home in East Los Angeles - her love of her community and of animals inspired her work to increase the awareness of animal welfare issues that exist in low-income communities. Alma enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking and traveling.  She is the co-parent of 3 dogs and one tarantula.  
When asked what she loves about Kitty Bungalow she said, "What I love most about Kitty Bungalow is that we help empower the community.  We are a small group of people but our reach is expanded with each new person that learns how to TNR. The only way to really make a difference is if everyone gets involved!  TNR is easy and we make the experience easy for everyone!"

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Brittany Roman
Director of Lifesaving, "School Principal"

Brittany is a lifelong animal lover & passionate kitten rescuer. Before joining KB in 2019, she spent 6 years working in a Los Angeles based animal shelter and has spent more than 14 years working professionally with a variety of animals both large and small. Brittany and her husband have a large family of 4 legged kids which include cats, horses, goats, and one extremely spoiled dog. In her free time she loves gardening, watching movies (especially Harry Potter and Star Wars), photography, getting tattoos, and exploring nature.
When asked what she loves most about being on the KB team, she said: "I absolutely love the amazing people I work with, both within the Kitty Bungalow family and out in the cat rescue community. It is truly awe inspiring to see so many people from different walks of life come together to rescue cats and kittens, do TNR, and generally improve the lives of community cats. I also love with all my heart the opportunity I have at Kitty Bungalow to help save and improve the lives of special needs and injured cats and kittens."


Gloria Perez
Community Cat Program Coordinator, "Night School Professor"

Gloria joined Kitty Bungalow in 2020 as the Community Cat Coordinator. She has a dog, cat, tarantula, and 20 house plants. In her free time she likes to explore the city, try new foods, and paint.
When asked what she loves most about being on the KB team, she said: "Growing up I had always wanted to do meaningful work whether it was working with animals or making an impact in my community. Kitty Bungalow has given me the opportunity to do both and the organization as a whole from volunteers to staff makes you feel like family!" 


Aileen Hernandez
Social Media and Marketing Coordinator, "Yearbook Advisor"

Aileen joined the Kitty Bungalow team in 2019 as a work-study student on the yearbook committee but has now culminated to the role of social media and marketing coordinator. Basically, she updates the public on what is going on at the Bungalow through social media channels. She lives with two dogs but enjoys the challenge that is earning the trust of cats. When she’s not hanging out with the cats at the bungalow, she enjoys binge watching TV series, being outdoors, and traveling. 


When asked what she loves most about KB she said, "watching cats go from #hisstohome and ultimately just having a role in the amazing work that is being done at Kitty Bungalow!" 


Megan Cliburn
Adoptions and Outcomes Specialist, "Guidance Counselor"

Megan has been in animal welfare since about 2017 and is in it for the long haul. She started as a volunteer then worked her way up at Michelson Found Animals, which was an organization that pulled at-risk cats and dogs from LA county and city shelters. From there she made her way to Kitty Bungalow as our Adoptions and Outcome Specialist. In her free time, she loves to be outside - exploring all of LA's amazing gardens, tending to her many houseplants, thrifting or trying the newest restaurant in town. She grew up with multiple dogs but is now the mama to one feisty + chunky kitty who runs the show. 


When asked what she loves most about Kitty Bungalow she said "I love that Kitty Bungalow is a grassroots organization that has their boots on the ground trying to tackle the problem at it's source, unfixed community cats! We take a chance on the most vulnerable population, undersocialized cats and kittens or community cats. I also love that it is a small team of very diverse and amazing women! So glad to be a part of something special and I am excited for what the future of Kitty Bungalow holds." 


Alanna Oropeza

Cat Care Coordinator, "School Nurse"

Alanna has been passionate about animals her whole life; growing up with cats and now living with a very energetic but loving dog, her childhood dream was to become a veterinarian. She started at Kitty Bungalow as a volunteer in 2021 but now in 2022 joined the team as school nurse! In her free time, she likes to let her creativity flow through painting and drawing.


When asked what she loves most about Kitty Bungalow, she said "Learning something new every day and meeting wonderful people with the same goal of saving lives." Alanna is grateful for all the medical procedures she has learned while helping care for all the kittens that come through the Bungalow and she has high hopes for what's to come in her animal welfare journey.


Rosa Frausto
Working Cat Coordinator, "Adult School Professor"

Rosa has been working in animal welfare for about 5 years. She started off in this field cleaning and caring for the animals and eventually worked her way up to managing a shelter! She joined the Kitty Bungalow team in 2022 as our Working Cat Coordinator. When she's not around cats, she's spending time with her two dogs Feffy and Pancho or learning new hobbies (currently crochet).

When asked what she loves most about Kitty Bungalow, she said "I love the organization's emphasis on teamwork. Not only is the entire staff welcoming, but they never hesitate to help one another. Working for an organization that has a genuine passion for improving the lives of the animals in their care warms my heart. Also, knowing that we play a role in helping our local community and the shelters within it makes me excited to come to work every day."


Jessica Ramos
Volunteer Coordinator, "Instructional Supervisor"

Jessica has been in the animal welfare world for about 15 years and she brings so much energy, passion, and excitement to our School Administration team! Part of the Community Engagement Coordinator's role is to engage our volunteers so that you all feel heard and welcomed! She is a HUGE cat lover, has fostered/adopted a KB alumn and actively participating in TNR! In her free time she volunteers for various rescues, enjoys spending time at Disneyland with her friends and attending Halloween conventions. 


When asked what she loves most about Kitty Bungalow, she said "I love everything about Kitty Bungalow, it has always been a dream to work for an amazing organization that puts the feline needs first! Kitty Bungalow has always been an inspiration by giving back to the community and doing what's right for felines in need. The passion that comes from each staff member and volunteer is what makes each day at Kitty Bungalow a dream come true!


Linda Okimoto
Foster Coordinator, "Camp Counselor"

Linda is an animal welfare advocate and rescue photographer. Over the last nine years, she has fostered over 400 cats/kittens and has enjoyed and learned from every one of them. Linda first joined Kitty Bungalow as a foster parent at the beginning of Covid. Since then, she has been fostering and volunteering in many capacities, especially photographing cats and kittens to show their essence and spirit! She loves fostering kittens and has had over 400 in the last nine years and has enjoyed and learned from every one of them. She has been involved in animal rescue for the last fifteen years in multiple capacities yet has a deep compassion for the Foster Program both students and their fosters! When not hanging out with kittens, you will find Linda enjoying hiking in nature and photographing mother nature’s artistry usually followed by two very happy fluffy dogs.


Kitty Bungalow’s Mission of Hiss to Home is one of the many things she admires about Charm School.  The opportunity to care for the most vulnerable population is an honor and a lifetime goal.  

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