Prior to coming to Tree House, Raissa served in leadership roles with the Center for Economic Progress (CEP) for twelve years.
Raissa most recently held the Chief Operating Officer role, overseeing the agency’s administrative operations and direct services and serving as a member of the organization’s leadership team. Prior to joining CEP, Raissa served as a vice president for a Chicago museum and developed and managed communications campaigns for major non-profit clients as an account executive for a public relations firm. Raissa earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Raissa, her husband and two sons live in Berwyn, IL with their two beloved orange tabbies.
Director of Development
Christine Holt served at Chicago homeless-relief organizations including New Moms, Inc. where she worked in donor relations and The Boulevard of Chicago where she was the Director of Development.
She has also spent time engaged in human service and healthcare work at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the State of Illinois Early Intervention Program, and at Park Community Church and Ethos Chicago Church. Christine enjoys living in Humboldt Park along with three rescue cats including Tree House Cat Tucci, who adopted her when she visited the 1212 W. Carmen Avenue location.
Director of Operations
Darlene holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
She has worked in the animal welfare field since 2005, serving as Volunteer Director for Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago and Operations Manager for Chicago Animal Care and Control. Immediately prior to coming to Tree House, Darlene was a Shelter Engagement Consultant for PetHealth, Inc., helping shelters across the nation optimize their operations through use of sheltering software. Darlene is privileged to share her home with her husband Ryan, daughters Keegan, Regina, and Madeleine, and much-loved cat, April.
Dr. Emma Klein
Director of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Emma Klein graduated from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Following graduation, she moved to New York City to complete a one-year rotating internship at the ASPCA AnimalHospital.
Following her internship, which offered graduate training in shelter medicine, she remained in NYC working in private practice and as a per diem shelter veterinarian. In 2017, Dr. Klein joined the ASPCA’s Community Medicine department where she practiced high volume, high quality spay/neuter surgery and provided basic veterinary care to underserved communities. In this role, she developed a passion for training other veterinarians in spay/neuter surgery and maximizing patient outcomes. Originally hailing from the Midwest, Dr Klein is thrilled to return to the Chicago area where she can raise her young son closer to family. She also has a cat named Busy, a foster fail from the Bronx.
Colleen Currigan, DVM, President
Barry Fulk, Vice President
Steve Homrich, Treasurer
Ann Johnson, Secretary
Kat Hindmand, LCSW
Ross Mahowald, DVM