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.
Dr. Emma Klein
Director of Veterinary Services
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 Animal Hospital.
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 community engagement and training other veterinarians in spay/neuter surgery. She has performed over 10,000 spay/neuter surgeries to date. 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 3 cats, all of them foster fails.
Ross Mahowald, DVM, President
Ginger Dusek, Vice President and Secretary
Steve Homrich, Treasurer
Kat Hindmand, LCSW
Colleen Currigan, DVM, Board Emeritus