Board of Directors

THLN's board of directors is comprised of individuals who bring their professional talents and animal welfare expertise to the organization to help further its mission for the animals. All work is provided on a voluntary basis. The duties of the board include: establishing and implementing legislative agendas designed to pass effective animal protection legislation; providing information to the news media concerning THLN issues; informing THLN's membership of animal-related legislation; increasing membership statewide; working with other organizations who share THLN's goals; and fund raising to provide the financial resources needed for lobbying, membership communications and media-related activities.

Shelby Bobosky

Position: President Email: shelby@texashumanenetwork.org
Shelby Bobosky has been with THLN since 2011 in both the Vice President and Legislative Co-Chair roles, and her leadership has taken the organization through two successful legislative sessions. Under her watch, THLN successfully passed both the Anti-Gassing Law (SB 360 passed in 2013) and the Mandatory Canine Encounter Training Law (HB 593 passed in 2015). Ms. Bobosky attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree, earning a double major in History and Spanish in 1996. She then attended the University of Tulsa Law School and spent a year as a visiting law student at Northwestern University School of Law graduating in 1999. In 1999, Ms. Bobosky moved from Chicago, Illinois to Dallas, Texas, to begin her law practice. For the past sixteen years, Ms. Bobosky has continued practicing general civil litigation until recently when she decided to do only pro bono work putting in hundreds of hours for THLN as well as assisting animal welfare advocates and rescues when possible. Ms. Bobosky was heavily involved in the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, co-chairing the Animal Welfare Committee for four years and raising thousands of dollars for local 501(c)(3) rescues during her terms. Ms. Bobosky has been Vice President and Board Member with THLN since January 2011. Ms. Bobosky served as the Co-Legislative Chairman for THLN in the 2013 and 2015 sessions. She has traveled thousands of miles with THLN in order to promote its mission. Ms. Bobosky and her husband, three boys and three rescue dogs live in Dallas, Texas.

Yolanda Eisenstein

Position: Director Email: yeisenstein@aol.com
Yolanda Eisenstein is an attorney with an animal law practice in Dallas, Texas. She is an adjunct professor in animal and wildlife law at Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law. She is past chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee and past chair of the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section. She sits on the advisory board of the Texas Visual Arts Association and is vice president of the North Texas Grant Professionals Association. She speaks regularly on animal law and animal protection issues and is the author of Careers in Animal Law, The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Dog Owners and a contributor to Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding. Eisenstein graduated with honors from SMU Dedman School of Law and is licensed to practice in Texas and New Mexico.

Susan Hightower

Position: Director Email: shtower@yahoo.com
Susan Hightower is an attorney who rejoined the THLN board in 2012 after first serving from 2006 to 2008. She served on the council of the Texas Bar Animal Law Section from 2006 to 2014 and taught the Animal Law at UT Law School from 2007 to 2014. On a volunteer basis, Susan also has submitted a brief to the Texas Attorney General on the legislative history of the state’s ban on breed-specific legislation; written the problem and twice been invited to judge the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition at Harvard Law School; and advocated for laws advancing animal welfare in the Texas Legislature. Susan also is a volunteer for the Austin Animal Center. A former professional journalist, Susan graduated from Stanford Law School in 2000.

Elaine McLendon Munch

Position: Vice President Email: elainemunch@sbcglobal.net
Elaine Munch has cared about the cause of animal welfare since childhood, when her maternal grandmother first taught her that people were not always as good to animals as they should be and that it was important to speak up for animals of all kinds. Elaine and has never been without a pet in her life and cannot imagine living without companion animals. She has been an avid supporter of THLN since its founding in the mid-1970s and has been active in contacting legislators during every session to help pass the many bills that THLN has sponsored during its 40 year history. Elaine considers serving with THLN to be the crowning achievement of own 45-years in animal welfare. She strongly feels that by serving with THLN she can help more animals in than anything else she could choose to do. She has been active in various animal welfare organizations since the early 1970s. Most recently, she led and was a founding member of the Metroplex Animal Coalition (MAC) since 2001. She is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of Barn Cats Inc. She also currently serves as a member of the Advisory Boards of Dallas Companion Animal Project, Paws in the City and Operation Kindness. As a founding member of MAC she led the group to prominence as an advocacy group for spay and neuter in Dallas and North Texas. During her tenure MAC grew from about 15 founding organizations to a strong coalition of more than 50 animal rescue and animal welfare groups. At the time MAC merged into the Dallas Companion Animal Project in 2013, the group has spent approximately $1 million dollars on spay and neuter surgeries for more than 10,000 Dallas and area companion animals. Elaine served on the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission from 2001 until 2006. During that time she worked on the successful City Bond campaign to fund the construction of the new Dallas Animal Shelter and worked on the ad campaign to promote that initiative. The new Shelter opened in the fall of 2003. Elaine has successfully written grants and done fund-raising for many organizations, but to date the MAC Spay/Neuter program has been her greatest success story, raising money through annual campaigns, events and seasonal donations. -- Elaine Munch has cared about the cause of animal welfare since childhood, when her maternal grandmother first taught her that people were not always as good to animals as they should be and that it was important to speak up for animals of all kinds. Elaine and has never been without a pet in her life and cannot imagine living without companion animals. She has been an avid supporter of THLN since its founding in the mid-1970s and has been active in contacting legislators during every session to help pass the many bills that THLN has sponsored during its 40 year history. Elaine considers serving with THLN to be the crowning achievement of own 45-years in animal welfare. She strongly feels that by serving with THLN she can help more animals in than anything else she could choose to do. She has been active in various animal welfare organizations since the early 1970s. Most recently, she led and was a founding member of the Metroplex Animal Coalition (MAC) since 2001. She is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of Barn Cats Inc. She also currently serves as a member of the Advisory Boards of Dallas Companion Animal Project, Paws in the City and Operation Kindness. As a founding member of MAC she led the group to prominence as an advocacy group for spay and neuter in Dallas and North Texas. During her tenure MAC grew from about 15 founding organizations to a strong coalition of more than 50 animal rescue and animal welfare groups. At the time MAC merged into the Dallas Companion Animal Project in 2013, the group has spent approximately $1 million dollars on spay and neuter surgeries for more than 10,000 Dallas and area companion animals. Elaine served on the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission from 2001 until 2006. During that time she worked on the successful City Bond campaign to fund the construction of the new Dallas Animal Shelter and worked on the ad campaign to promote that initiative. The new Shelter opened in the fall of 2003. Elaine has successfully written grants and done fund-raising for many organizations, but to date the MAC Spay/Neuter program has been her greatest success story, raising money through annual campaigns, events and seasonal donations.

Gigi Ray

Position: Secretary Email: dogger838@gmail.com
Gigi resides in Arlington and has been active with the Network for 20 years as a board member. Gigi is involved with legislation and communications for the Board, having tracked the bills filed during each of the last 11 sessions. She became involved with the Board after learning of its existence while doing other animal related non-profit work in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. Gigi graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors and Masters in Criminal Justice and then went back and received a Masters in Sustainability. Gigi has worked in the law enforcement and/or criminal justice field the majority of her career. For 12 years, Gigi worked for the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office as the Senior Death Investigator. She now works as a contract Special Investigator for the government. Gigi has two rescued animals, a small breed mix recently adopted from an area shelter, and a tortoise shell cat rescued while on vacation in PA.

Jennifer Rogers

Position: Director Email: jm3rogers@gmail.com
Jennifer Bassman Rogers hails from the great Hawkeye state of Iowa. Animals have always been a part of her family. She grew up caring for family pets that included dogs, fish, gerbils, a hamster, and three siblings. After graduating with degrees in Journalism and Psychology from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, Jennifer worked for The Dallas Morning News. To get her animal fix, Jennifer began petsitting for friends. When she rescued her Corgi-mix, Claire Bear, from the streets of Clarendon, Texas, she was hooked on rescuing animals and animal welfare. Jennifer has owned businesses in the pet care industry for 15 years, a marketing/creative firm that focuses on small business needs, and speaks/teaches workshops about marketing small businesses and keeping your sanity as a business owner. Jennifer has worked with various rescue organizations helping dogs find forever homes, as well as, volunteering to bring awareness to local animal welfare issues. Jennifer currently resides in Dallas with her husband, Mark, and her four incredibly spoiled rescue dogs – Claire, Cooper, Herbie, and Ranger.

Robert Trimble

Position: Treasurer Email: skip@catlyn.net
Skip is a Dallas, Texas native. He graduated with an economics degree and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. Skip worked for the United States Department of Justice and the law firm of Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest & Trimble prior to entering the real estate development business. He is currently a principal in the real estate investment firm Catlyn Capital Corp. He and his wife Mary have five dogs and two cats - all rescues!

Jill Warren

Position: Director Email: jill.warren@allstate.com
Jill Warren focused her law practice on equine and agriculture law for several years before joining Allstate Staff Counsel. She now advises on many animal litigation issues within the company. Jill graduated from Texas A&M University. She also has an MBA from University of Houston and a JD from South Texas College of Law. She previously served on the Board for the Greater Houston Hunter Jumper Association, has served as Treasurer for the Texas State Bar Animal Law Section and as Secretary for the Houston Bar Association Animal Law Section. Jill has published many articles on equine legal issues and has served as a guest speaker on these topics at the Equine Marketing and Development classes at Texas A&M University.

Advisory Board

Pamela Boich

Company: Texas Humane Legislation Network Email: pamelama87@gmail.com

Ben Callison

Company: Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust Email: bcallison@wildlifelandtrust.org
Benjamin Callison assumed his new role on July 18, 2011 as Director, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. He was a volunteer at the sanctuary for more than seven years. Callison, a graduate of Texas A&M University’s School of Architecture, develops and implements long-range plans; and enhances outreach and programming for Black Beauty Ranch. He oversees strategic development and works to raise the profile of the sanctuary within the local and Dallas-area business, civic and social communities. Callison will be part of the executive leadership team implementing the new Master Plan for the sanctuary. His Dallas business, Mohment LLC that he co-founded, specializes in healthcare, master-planning and commercial and high-end residential architecture with an emphasis on sustainable design. Long active in the Dallas animal welfare community and civic circles, Ben has also been heavily involved with the Texas Humane Legislation Network where he now serves on the Board of Directors and with The HSUS’s disaster animal response teams.

Julie Caramante

Company: Texas State Horse Council Email: juliecaramante@att.net

Sherry Ferguson

Company: Houston Humane Society Email: sferguson@houstonhumane.org

Whitney Hanson

Company: Humane Society of North Texas Email: whitneymhanson@gmail.com

Cile Holloway

Company: Texas Humane Legislation Network Email: cile.holloway@gmail.com

Jack Knox

Company: Cafe Pacific Inc. and Knox Ranch Inc. Email: jackknox@knoxinterests.com

Natalie Lynch

Company: Lynch Law Firm, Representative State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section Email: nlynch@lynchlf.com

Erin Shults

Company: Mazie’s Mission Email: drshults@maziesmission.org

Mary Spencer

Company: SPCA of Texas Email: mary@petopia4paws.com