Tree House Managerial Staff
David de Funiak, Executive Director, is responsible for the overall administration and operation of Tree House. David has been with Tree House since January of 2000, and has extensive fundraising and management experience. Under his direction, Tree House has expanded its programs and services, acquired the Bucktown Branch shelter, and created the BDVM Mac Lean Spay/Neuter Clinic.
Dr. Lynda Ewald, Director of Veterinary Services , is responsible for all aspects of veterinary health care in the Tree House Munder Clinic. Dr. Ewald received her veterinary degree at Michigan State University, and gained her first introduction to shelter medicine at Tree House over a decade ago. She has since worked in private practice at the Cat Hospital of Chicago, and is currently Director of Veterinary Medicine at Tree House. Her supervision of the clinic has greatly increased our level of care, and her knowledge and experience in feline and canine care are extensive.
Jenny Schlueter, Development Director & Feral Friends TNR Program Manager, has consistently increased revenue for Tree House while at the same time greatly expanding shelter outreach activities using a grass roots approach which includes weekly adoption events and partnerships with local businesses and other nonprofits. An avid TNR activist, Jenny first practiced TNR in 1998 in Madrid, Spain, and she continued her work with feral cats here in Chicago by starting Tree House’s Feral Friends TNR Program. Jenny has been with Tree House since November, 2003.
Ollie Davidson, Director of Programs, Digital Director, has worked at Tree House since July of 2000. In his time at Tree House, Ollie oversees most of Tree House's programs, including the Volunteer program which boasts over 400 active volunteers, the Adoption program which set a record of 1411 adoptions in 2014, and our Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), Pet Food Pantry and Humane Education programs, which help thousands of people every year. Ollie also built Tree House's social media strategy, blog and web presence which reaches over 100,000 people every week, and was nominated in 2014 for BlogPaws' Best Use of Social Media Award. In 2015, Ollie will be presenting at the HSUS Animal Care Expo on the topics of volunteer retention and non-profit technology. Ollie is also co-host of Tree House's popular podcast Scratching Post Live.
Mike Rocheleau, Bucktown Branch Director, started his career with Tree House in 2001 as a caretaker. Currently, he is responsible for the day to day activities and programs the Bucktown Branch has to offer-adoptions, caretaking, clinic support, pet food pantry distribution, neighborhood education and outreach, volunteer support, event support to name a few.