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
Danielle has been working with not-for-profit organizations for over 10 years. Prior to working in the animal welfare industry, Danielle worked largely with visual and performing arts organizations.
She graduated from Malone University with a B.A. in Communication Arts and Art History. She also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from University of Illinois at Chicago and Shelter Management from University of the Pacific. Danielle and her husband live in Rogers Park with their two sister kitties, Margot and Clementine.
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.
Ross Mahowald, DVM, President
Ginger Dusek, Vice President and Secretary
Steve Homrich, Treasurer
Kat Hindmand, LCSW
Colleen Currigan, DVM, Board Emeritus