Tree House Managerial Staff
Kerri Burns, Interim Executive Director, joined the Tree House team in 2016. Her goal is to save more lives and keep pets healthy and happy in homes. Kerri is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the field of animal welfare. Prior to joining Tree House she served as the President of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando and also served as interim chief executive officer and president of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson.
She previously managed Animal Emergency Services Programs for the American Humane Association, assisting animals though our nation’s greatest animal disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, BP oil spill, the largest pit bull fighting bust in the history of the United States and others. Working with a multitude of animal shelters across the United States, Canada and Australia, Kerri brings a unique perspective, having seen and worked with many progressive and successful programs and organizations. Well regarded for advancing private-nonprofit partnerships, Kerri’s impressive portfolio also consists of managing charitable giving for PetSmart Charities. Moreover, Kerri has received recognition by the American Humane Association through the Dennis White Award for her efforts in educating others about important animal welfare topics.
Dr. Emily Swiniarski, Director of Veterinary Services, joined the Tree House team in 2016. Dr. Emily graduated from Iowa State University veterinary school in 2012. While there, she discovered her passion for shelter medicine, and went on to a year-long Shelter Medicine Internship at the University of Florida. Dr. Emily has worked as a shelter veterinarian in Washington D.C., and most recently as Medical Director of a limited admission shelter and low cost clinic in Los Angeles, California. She is excited to be back in the Midwest with her husband, 2 cats, dog and rabbit! Her goals include trap-neuter-return programs, education about the health of cats and ensuring the best animal welfare in the shelter system.
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.