• Suzy Thomas

    Founder Email:

  • Deborah Lachman

    President Email:

    Deborah has over 30 years of experience in the real estate and title insurance industries. Deborah is currently Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Acquest Title Services, LLC. Prior to joining Acquest Title in 2012, she served as President of Sterling Title Services LLC, a realtor focused title insurance agency owned by Prudential Rubloff. Deborah spent 15 years with Fidelity National Title in senior management roles prior to joining Sterling Title.
    I lifelong pet owner and lover, Deborah lives in Lake Villa with her husband Raymond and their beloved furry companion Harley. Deborah enjoys spending time volunteering, cooking, entertaining and spending time with family and friends. With so many animals in need Deborah has made a commitment to help as many homeless pets as possible. She is very proud and excited about being a part of Realtors to the Rescue, and working to help support the various shelters and rescues organizations. Previously, Deborah served as Director of Events for Realtors to the Rescue and shared in the planning of the 2016 Cubs Outing and the 2016 Wagging Hearts Gala.

  • Alex Fraher

    Treasurer Email:

    Alex is passionate about helping and educating his clients and the community. He uses his combined decade of experience in investing, banking, and property management to help people buy and sell real estate. Through his work with the North West Side Housing Center he was asked to teach a quarterly First Time Home Buyers class at Wright College. Always very active and engaged, he also volunteers as a soccer coach for Reinberg Elementary & Middle School.

  • Kathy Schrage

    Secretary Email:

    In 2004, she entered the world of real estate as an Associate Appraiser. She is now working as a Realtor focusing on residential sales and rentals. With extensive knowledge of Chicago's most up and coming neighborhoods, Kathy combines her ambition and expertise with personalized care to meet the unique needs of her clients.
    Kathy has spent over 15 years working in the airline industry as a flight attendant. That experience led her across 36 countries and allowed her to interact with a diverse group of people from all over the globe.
    Born in Park Ridge, and a graduate of Illinois State University, Kathy has lived in Los Angeles and currently resides in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. She spends her free time volunteering for community events, playing tennis and hanging out with family, friends and her dog Bella.

  • Kimberly Evetts

    Director of Marketing and Communications Email:

    Kimberly has extensive knowledge of the Downtown Luxury Real Estate market. In 2006, Kimberly moved to Chicago with high hopes and dreams to become establsihed. When she realized sales were not her thing, she moved to the hospitality industry where she met thousands of people, familiarized herself with customer service, and learned how to work with some of the most motivated people in Chicago. At the age of 30, Kimberly transitioned to the position of Executive Assitant at a small Real Estate boutique in Downtown Chicago. Eventually, after getting her broker's license, Kimberly had the city in the palm of her hand. Going on four years experience in the Real Estate market, Kimberly has a passion not only for her career, but also for being a spokeswoman for all animals in need. Rescuing a puppy herself, it has been an ongoing mission to push the "adopt - don’t shop" method and find these helpless animals warm homes with loving hands.
    Starting January 1st, 2017, you will be seeing much more of Kimberly appearing on posters, magazines and on various landmarks around the Downtown area, as she is a brand ambassador for #IAmChicago, 900 North Michigan shops.
    “Sky's the limit”

  • Cristina Vieau

    Director of Sponsorship Email:

    Cristina Vieau, is a Senior Account Executive for Acquest Title Services, LLC, with over 20 years' experience in Title. Born and raised in Elgin Illinois and a graduate from Larkin High School,herself coordinating her highs school. Cristina graduated with an Associate's Degree in Fashion Design and Business from Elgin Community College, Elgin Illinois. She understands the importance of balance. "Work hard", "Play hard". Cristina was the National Builder Account Representative and the Commercial market up to 10M in the DuPage and Kane county area. Cristina proved to be a loyal and dedicated individual that gained her success quickly throughout her years with this company.
    Married for 20 years to her husband Christopher Vieau, two children, Cheyenne(19) and Cayman (16), residing in Geneva Illinois, Cristina likes to spend time with family and good friends. Living life to its fullest because life IS to short.
    Cristina is now supporting Realtors to the Rescue. She looks forward to working hard for both and making a difference and new successes in the years to follow

  • Terrie Whittaker

    Director of Membership Email:

    An industry recognized leader, Whittaker has been active in real estate for 25 years and has extensive experience in commercial development, new construction and conversions.
    Prior to joining the Catapult family, she served as President of Sales and Marketing for New West Realty Group, where she led a team of 30 associates and oversaw all facets of marketing and selling 20 developments and more than 3000 residential units including University Village, Lakeside Tower, Lakeside on the Park as well as a number of other high rise and adaptive reuse developments throughout the Chicago land area.

  • Ashley Clement

    Director of Social Media Email:

    An Account Manager at Acquest Title, Ashley is a true professional dedicated to her clients. As noted by one of her Attorney Clients "Ashley Clement is a superb individual with excellent ethics and professionalism. I can really count on her to go that extra mile when I need her. Even with her busy schedule, she will make time for me; whether it is to meet me at my client's house to notarize documents or introduce me to other real estate professionals. She actually listens to my concerns, needs and wants." Ashley joined Realtors to the Rescue in 2015 and is passionately dedicated to the RTTR mission.

  • Curt Kessler

    Director of Shelter & Rescue Email:

    Curt has been in real estate lending for close to fifteen years, continually learning from the many changes to the market on a national, state, and even neighborhood level. Prior to entering the lending arena Curt worked in sales and marketing for several four star hotels and restaurants honing a deep level of customer service.
    When not working Curt’s passion is snow skiing, spending as much time as possible in the mountains and on the slopes as much possible during the winter months. During the summer months Curt can be found swimming, biking, and running in and along the lakefront trail.
    Volunteer efforts have always been an important part of life for Curt. Previous to joining the RTTR board much of his work has been with inner city children as a board member and a mentor and tutor for Horizon’s for Youth, The 20/30 Club of Chicago, and Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

  • Debbie Maue

    Past President Email:

    A 25 year Real Estate Professional and Chicago Native. Debbie has been involved in the Philanthropic/Non-profit arena for years.
    Previously, Debbie was the Director or Shelter and Rescue Relations for Realtors to the Rescue and fostered/rescued on 5 different occasions-Jackson, Wrigley, Wanda, Jilli& a little Pittie pup in addition to facilitating the direct placement of pets from one home to their new permanent home.
    Having competed 3 Ironmans she has raised money on behalf of The Challenged Athletes Foundation. Currently, she is training for her 4th and is raising funds for World Vision which promotes fresh water in Africa.
    As well as, the Past President of FIABCI Chicago (the International Real Estate Federation), the Chair of CIREC (the Chicago International Real Estate Council), National Association of REALTORS® President's Liaison to Costa Rica, Past President of the Fairy Godmother Foundation and a past coach for Girls on the Run.
    She is Top Producing Residential Real Estate Broker with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing.
    Currently, she resides in Lincoln Park with her husband and two golden retrievers.

  • Abby Kelley

    Director of Marketing and Communications Email:

    Even before finishing college, Abby Kelley - Related Realty knew she was destined for a career in real estate.
    Abby began her real estate career as a loan officer, a position through which she honed her customer service and contract interpretation skills. She moved to Chicago in 2012, working as director of sales and marketing at a small residential brokerage. She subsequently transitioned into brokerage, using her familiarity with the industry to deliver an exceptional level of service to clients.
    Abby enjoys educating buyers and sellers about the various processes and negotiations associated with a home sale, carefully guiding her clients through purchase contracts and listing agreements while maintaining an open line of communication.