Board of Directors
We are honored to have a dedicated group of professionals, who volunteer their time and expertise:
Dr. Colleen Currigan, President, is the founder and owner of Cat Hospital of Chicago. Colleen graduated with her undergraduate degree in Sociology from St. Mary's College/Notre Dame, Indiana. She is a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Colleen has practiced for 23 years exclusively with cats in the Chicagoland area, including from 1993-1998 with her own feline homecare practice. She is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.
Alan T. Prescott, Treasurer, is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in the areas of taxation and financial planning. Over the years he has been involved in numerous local animal welfare activities; most notably having served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer with the Animal Care League in Oak Park. When he's not managing a feral colony in his neighborhood, Tom's five cats allow him to cohabitate with them in their River Forest home.
Edgar Scott Rife, III, Secretary, has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years, and is currently a residential realtor for Prudential Rubloff in Chicago. Scott also serves on the Board for Realtors to the Rescue, a local animal rescue group comprised of local real estate professionals. Scott has been involved with Tree House for nearly 15 years, and he lives in Chicago with his best friend, a beautiful rescued stray cat named Starette.
Steve Dale, Director, has been involved with Tree House for many years, and joined the Board in 2005. Steve writes a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column (Tribune Media Services); is a contributing editor at USA Weekend; is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute and Steve Dale’s Pet World at WLS Radio, Chicago; edits Pawprints, a newsletter for veterinarians; and is a special correspondent for Cat Fancy. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Humane Association. His books include American Zoos and DogGone Chicago. Steve’s many awards include the distinguished AVMA Humane Award.
Ann Johnson, Director, joined the Tree House Board in 2012, and she is the Artistic & Creative Director for the Lettuce Consulting Group.
Her primary responsibilities include concept ideation, attribute
development and food product stylization. Ann provides art direction
through her work with concept board development, historical and social
research, material selection and menu writing as well as the conceptual
development of promotional and public relation project content.
Christopher E. Ott, Director, is a senior manager with Gurtz Electric Company in the northern suburbs. Chris and his wife Maura have supported Tree House for many years, and Chris became more involved through a TNR project he conducted near his home in northern Chicago. Chris joined the Tree House Board in 2009.
Coree Smith, Director, is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She counsels a wide variety of clients in all aspects of complex real estate transactions. She has particular experience in mortgage and mezzanine financing, having represented both lenders and borrowers in various acquisition, predevelopment and construction loan transactions involving a variety of assets, including retail, mixed-use, office, industrial and multifamily properties. She also represents hospitality clients in acquisitions, dispositions, financings and resort management arrangements, both foreign and domestic. Finally, Coree represents corporate, venture capital and other private equity clients in acquisitions and dispositions of real property and debt, real estate joint ventures, bankruptcies, restructurings, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions involving portfolio companies and their real estate assets.
Wendi Taylor Nations, Director, brings more than 25 years of experience to her role of Chief Marketing Officer of World Business Chicago (WBC), Chicago’s economic development organization. She is a senior marketing and corporate communications professional with global experience in both corporate and agency leadership roles. Wendi joined WBC from Fleishman Hillard, where she assembled and led the marketing team that won Get Covered Illinois, Illinois’ Affordable Care Act health exchange. Wendi received her MBA degree in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English composition from DePauw University. Wendi is married to author and CNBC contributor, Scott Nations. Mame aka “Boss Lady”, Vera, and Mike, three swanky tuxedo cats, graciously allow Wendi and Scott to share their home in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.