Staff and Partners

Shelby Bobosky

Position: Executive Director Email: Donate to THLN on my behalf
Shelby is the 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.

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.

Stacy Sutton Kerby

Position: Director of Government Relations Email: Donate to THLN on my behalf
Stacy’s tenure with THLN began in 2012 with fundraising and grassroots organizing to pass SB 360 – the Anti-Gassing Bill – signed into law in 2013. Her commitment to THLN’s unique mission earned her the THLN Rookie of The Year award in 2012, and the 2013 Chapter President of the Year award. Since then, Stacy has worn several hats for THLN, including Volunteer Coordinator, Director of Operations, and Legislative Liaison providing testimony and research on a variety of issues including puppy mills, private ownership of dangerous wild animals, greyhound racing and reptile roundups. She proudly served as THLN's Interim Executive Director during the session THLN successfully passed HB 593 – the Mandatory Canine Encounter Training Law (signed into law 2015). In 2017, Stacy returned to her alma mater (The University of Texas – BS in Radio Television Film, 1992) to study public policy and nonprofit leadership. Stacy’s background in broadcast media came into play in 2018 as co-host of Dog Lodge Radio – a podcast promoting humane legislation and animal welfare issues. Her experience as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused children and volunteer serving victims of family violence came together with her passion for preventing animal cruelty to launch Safekeeping – a program supporting the pets of people exiting abuse. The project garnered the attention of the ClickTime “Women In Nonprofit” Scholarship, awarded to Stacy in November 2018. Stacy received her Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School in August 2019, all while continuing her local volunteer work with the Austin Humane Society and PALS – a program supporting the pets of Meals On Wheels clients. In her downtime, Stacy enjoys cooking for her family, reading history books, and cuddling her uber-cute pets Sunney and Gizmo.


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