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.
Yolanda Eisenstein is an animal law attorney with a law practice in Dallas, the Eisenstein Law Office. She is an adjunct professor in animal law at SMU Dedman School of Law. She is a former chair of the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section and chair-elect of the American Bar Association Animal Law Committee. Yolanda is the author of Careers in Animal Law, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section, and a contributor to Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding, published by North Carolina Academic Press. She speaks regularly on animal protection issues in Texas and other states including California, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and New York.
Yolanda graduated cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law and magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.
Yolanda and her husband Abram share their home with Skylar, their Airedale Terrier rescue.
Shelby Bobosky grew up in Naperville, Illinois and attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree, with a double major in History and Spanish. She attended the University of Tulsa Law School and spent a year as a visiting law student at Northwestern University School of Law.
In 1999, Shelby Bobosky moved to Dallas, Texas, to begin her law practice, wherein she has continued practicing general civil litigation for over fourteen years. Shelby 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.
Shelby is married to Mike Aigen, has two children, Zarley and Ziggy, and four rescued Daschunds that actually have rescued her and her family on a daily basis.
ERIN SHULTS, DVM
Erin Shults graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She has practiced in the private sector since graduation and is currently practicing in Frisco.
Erin founded Mazie’s Mission, a 501c3 animal welfare organization whose primary goal is to build a veterinary hospital that only services shelter and rescue animals. Erin also is training in veterinary forensics and currently performs cruelty investigations for many state and county organizations.
She is a member of Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Collin County VMA, International Veterinary Forensic Science Association, Dallas Animal Cruelty Alliance, and World Vets.
Erin lives in Frisco with her family of 3 children, 2 dogs, and 1 cat.
Skip is a Dallas, Texas native. He graduated with an economics degree and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He worked for the United States Department of Justice and the law firm of Winstead, McGuire, Sechrest & Trimble prior to entering the real estate investment business. He is currently a principal in the real estate investment firm Catlyn Capital Corp. Skip and his wonderful wife, Mary, have six dogs and three cats - all rescues!
Skip became an animal advocate in 1992. He is involved in the following animal-related organizations and causes:
. Board Member and Legislative Chair - Texas Humane Legislation Network, a Texas grassroots organization whose purpose is to promote the humane treatment of animals through legislation, education and advocacy. He spearheaded this group's efforts: to create animal-friendly license plates in Texas to provide funds for low cost spay/neuter programs; to pass statewide regulation of the ownership of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, etc.; and to pass legislation to make animal cruelty punishable as a felony.
. Board Member - Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). ALDF is a national animal advocate organization comprised of volunteer attorneys throughout the United States, as well as a paid staff in offices in Cotati, California and Portland, Oregon. ALDF also sponsors the publication of the Animal Law Journal at Northwest School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.
. He was instrumental in the formation of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas; is an active member of that Section; and speaks at many of the legal seminars sponsored by that Section.
. Chair of the Dallas Animal Shelter Commission, an advisory board to the City of Dallas regarding animal control and the Dallas municipal animal shelter.
. He was instrumental in obtaining financial support from the City of Dallas to build a low cost spay/neuter clinic.
. Board Member of Metroplex Animal Coalition, a group of local animal welfare organizations in the Dallas metroplex area which work with the City of Dallas and surrounding cities to make the metroplex a no-kill area.
. He also does considerable pro bono legal work for animal groups, including formation of non-profit corporations and obtaining their tax exempt status.
Director of Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch
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.
Pamela’s love for animals was inspired by her mother’s compassion for them, and the horse Pam had from age 11 taught her how fulfilling it is to help an animal in need. By her teens, Pam intended to be a veterinarian, but her first job as a vet assistant made her realize it was not the path for her. Seeing her father achieve success in the corporate world, Pam instead pursued a career in business, completing a BBA and MBA by 2000, but her long-term goal has always been to help animals.
In 2003, Pam started volunteering at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch sanctuary, then later she started helping a dog transport operation relocating euthanasia-bound shelter dogs to cities with adoption waiting lists. After learning about THLN’s campaign to end horse slaughter in Texas and seeing the horrors of a puppy mill first-hand, she decided she wanted to be a part of reaching a long-term solution to these issues and was moved to join the Network. Pam upholds THLN’s belief that legislation and education are the keys to making a better world for animals.
Pam is currently a director of operations at a Fortune 500 technology company. She and her fiancé, Tony, have one ‘failed foster’ dog named Dixie.
Gigi resides in Arlington and has been active with the Network for 13 years as a board member, and most recently as an advisory board member. She graduated from UT Arlington with a Masters in Criminal Justice and has worked in the law enforcment/criminal justice field the majority of her career.
The last 10 years, Gigi has worked for the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office as the Senior Death Investigator.
Gigi has three rescued animals, a long-haired dachshund rescued from a puppy mill, a terrier mix found in the street, and a tortoise shell cat rescued while on vacation in PA.
Linda Solomon lives in Dallas and became a board member in January, 2013.
She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice for 28 years. In addition, she works as a consultant and a trainer, nationally and internationally.
Linda's love of animals has been present as long as she can remember. A decade ago, she became involved in animal rescue organizations as a volunteer. Her concern for the well-being of animals grows daily.
Her life is filled with great joy and laughter thanks to her rescue dogs.