Staff and Partners

Shelby Bobosky

Position: Interim Executive Director Email: Donate to THLN on my behalf
Shelby is the Interim Executive Director at the Texas Humane Legislation Network since October 1, 2019. She began her service as a volunteer with THLN on January 1, 2011 as a board member. Since 2011 and under her leadership as President, Vice President and Legislative Chair, the organization has had three successful legislative sessions wherein THLN successfully passed the Anti-Gassing Law (passed in 2013), the Mandatory Canine Encounter Training Law (passed in 2015) and the Animal Cruelty Enhancement Law (passed in 2017). Ms. Bobosky also helped pass many other animal welfare bills since 2011 with testimony and legal and legislative research. 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 sixteen years, Ms. Bobosky has continued practicing general civil litigation until 2017 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 served as Board President for THLN from January 1, 2016 until October 1, 2019. She has traveled thousands of miles with THLN in order to promote its mission.

Christine Perry

Position: Director of Education & Outreach Email: Donate to THLN on my behalf
Christine joined the Texas Humane Legislation Network as the Director of Education and Outreach on December 1, 2019. Christine’s role is to maintain, evaluate, and expand initiatives that build and strengthen THLN’s network and help drive its mission forward. She will build committees to expand educational programs and will serve as the staff lead for advocacy events and educational training. She will also build and cultivate long-term partnerships with animal welfare organizations and ensure engagement in legislative advocacy goals, while maintaining relationships with supporters during grassroots initiatives on THLN’s priority legislation. Prior to THLN, Christine was Director of Operations for the MPI Foundation, a prominent worldwide voice for the promotion and growth of the meeting and event industry. She focused on volunteer engagement and relationship building, fundraising and managing educational projects. Her passion has always been animals, so in 2014, Christine left her career to attend law school with the goal of joining the fight for animal protection and stronger, more humane animal laws. During this time, she became involved with THLN as a volunteer and in 2018, was named Advisory Director. She has served on the Legislative Committee for two Legislative Sessions in a row – 85th and 86th, and during the 86th session, she also took on the role of Grassroots Coordinator and expanded that role after session to help plan THLN’s Annual Fundraiser. When she can, she fosters kittens and is currently the proud guardian of two foster “fails” – Ruthie and Vincent.

Karen Rankin

Position: Office Manager Email: Donate to THLN on my behalf
Karen joined THLN in May 2019 to provide administrative support to the staff, board members and volunteers. Karen has a passion for service and working with nonprofits. She recently worked for a local river authority coordinating their grant program and says giving money to other nonprofits in need is the best. Originally from Houston, Karen loves day tripping in central Texas and making sweet treats.


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