Meet the Charm School Team

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Melanie Wagner, PhD, CPDT-KA
Executive Director, "Dean of Students"

Melanie joined the Kitty Bungalow team in 2018 as the Executive Director. She moved to L.A. in 2004 from Buffalo, NY and became the Director of Humane Education at spcaLA, as well as owned/operated a small dog training business. Her love of animals & people has been lifelong and she has spent decades working in rescue. She has four cats, including two KB grads Steve & Gouda, and two rescue dogs at home. In her free time she loves to hike, ride horses, train with her dogs, and travel internationally. She loves any new adventure or food that comes her way! 

When asked what she loves most about being on the KB team, she said: "I love what KB represents. Woven through the fabric of our organization are a team, a family, of  creative and compassionate people who stick together and stand by our mission: feline lifesaving. I am honored and proud to be part of an innovative and progressive team.    

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Alma Vera
Senior Director of Programs, "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."

Allison Becerra
Adoptions Coordinator, "Guidance Counselor"

Allison began as a volunteer before becoming Kitty Bungalow's Adoption Coordinator in 2019. From the outgoing and friendly to the gentle introverts, and even the angry feral, she loves them all. She enjoys making up new nicknames for her two kitties, Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz (AKA: Beetlebutt and Little Lydi). Other hobbies include eating King Hawaiian rolls, family couch cuddles & watching sitcom reruns with the kits and her dude.

When asked about working at Kitty Bungalow, she replied, "Our Hiss to Home motto is more than just saying. Kittens arrive scared, angry, and confused. But once they pass through Bungalow's doors, everyone they meet will do their very best to make their lives better. Getting to witness the walls of fear and anger dissolve to reveal a purring love bug is life affirming. I am honored to help finding them loving forever homes."
 

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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!" 

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Karen Molina
Assistant Lifesaving Manager, "School Nurse"
 

Karen was first introduced to Kitty Bungalow many years ago as a TNR volunteer. She later joined the medical team while she was a student at USC. In the year 2020, Karen joined Kitty Bungalow as an assistant lifesaving manager, working alongside Brittany to ensure the medical well-being of the kitty population. Karen has two senior cats of her own, and cares for KB's long-term foster students, like Ollie! When she is not at KB, she enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and dancing! 

 

When asked what she loves most about KB she said, "At Kitty Bungalow, I have found another family! The culture that exists at KB is not an easy one to create! I am so thankful to work at an organization that values different perspectives, unity, and compassion! I've made long-life friendships here, and I am so thankful!" 

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!" 

Candace Rosales
Community Cat Program Liason, "Adult School Professor"

Candace joined Kitty Bungalow as a work-study student from USC in 2019. This year, she has joined the community cat team and assists with helping feral cats through our TNR and working cat programs. She has two cats (one who just so happens to be a KB graduate!) and loves to roller skate, dance, and bake when she is not at Kitty Bungalow.
 
When asked what she loves about KB, she explains, “I love the community aspect of Kitty Bungalow. We get to connect with our community members and make a difference in the lives of our furry friends. We come together and empower others to take action within their own communities. "