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Meet the Charm School Team


Toni Barrett
Executive Director, "Dean of Students"

Toni began working in animal welfare as an assistant and worked her way to development director before joining the Kitty Bungalow team in 2023. Originally hailing from the East Coast, Toni's journey brought her to Los Angeles nine years ago. She has a deep-rooted commitment and passion for philanthropy and is very optimistic about the future of Kitty Bungalow! Toni currently resides in Burbank with her husband and two rescue cats, Warner and Jager. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, camping, and bowling.


When asked what she loves about Kitty Bungalow she said, "I love that Kitty Bungalow helps the cats and kittens that are often overlooked, such as community cats and undersocialized kittens." 

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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."


Megan Cliburn
Interim Director of Operations, "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." 


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!" 


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."


Linda Okimoto
Foster Coordinator, "Camp Counselor"

Linda is an animal welfare advocate and rescue photographer. Over the last ten years, she has fostered over 500 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 started out fostering and volunteering in many capacities, especially photographing cats and kittens to show their essence and spirit and to help them find forever homes.


She has been involved in animal rescue for the last fifteen years in multiple capacities yet has a deep compassion for the Foster Program for both students and their fosters! She enjoys teaching interested folks to provide supportive care for tiny ones so we can save lives. 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.


Magaly Velasco
Community Outreach Coordinator

Magaly's life passion has always been helping animals in any shape or form. She has dedicated her career to animal nutrition for the past 8 years, focusing on extending pets' lives through food. However, she is now embarking on a new journey to help those in need. Magaly has a full house with her dog Drumstick, her dove Paloma, and five cats: Mimo, Momo, Mimi, Mocha, and Chevelle. In her new role as Bilingual Community Engagement Coordinator, Magaly hopes to spread awareness about the free resources our organization offers to our Spanish speaking and low income residents. During her spare time, Magaly enjoys pack hikes with her friends, exploring dog-friendly locations with Drumstick, and playing video/arcade games.

When asked what she loves most about being on the KB team, she said “It’s a dream come true to be part of the KB faculty. As a native of South LA, I witness the daily struggles faced by feral cats. I love knowing that organizations like ours play a vital role in helping the population of community cats  in every possible way. Serving as the point on contact for Spanish-speaking residents, I feel like I’m making a real difference”

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