Who We Are
Friends of Dallas Animal Services (DAS) is a 501c3 nonprofit partner of DAS, the country's third largest open intake shelter. It is comprised of a group of devoted individuals who, first and foremost, believe that all animals deserve the highest quality of life. We understand the importance of credible partnerships and are determined to leverage those relationships in a way that elevates the work of DAS.
Board of Directors
Wendy Reiner, Executive Director/President -- Wendy's professional background is in civil rights (J.D., University of Minnesota Law School; B.A., Minnesota State University). She spent 17+ years at federal agencies and retired from the workforce early to pursue her desire to give back to the community through volunteer work. Wendy has been a DAS foster since the program's inception and also assists DAS enrichment staff with playgroups and play-style assessments of dogs new to the shelter. She volunteers regularly with Meals on Wheels, TEA Fund and Hunger Busters and in her free time, enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her husband and their furry and feathered family members.
Chris Denney, Treasurer -- Chris Denney joins the Friends of DAS Board with over 30 years’ experience working in non-profit organizations, both in educational and religious sectors. He currently works in Marketing and Communications and has extensive experience in fundraising and capital campaigns for non-profits. In addition to this, Chris is gifted at assessing and streamlining organizational structures and managing change and expansion as an organization grows. Chris is a long-time pet lover and values this exciting new work of the Friends of DAS.
Steve Gelinske, Secretary -- Steve has over 25 years of experience in areas including management, technology, and business development. He has volunteered with local animal welfare organizations for the last ten years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three dogs, cat, and chickens.
Stephanie Fox, Director of Social Media -- Stephanie is an attorney who currently serves as the Director of Client Relations for Capview Partners. Her background includes legal, commercial real estate, investor relations, investment management, and non profit. Originally from Arizona, she received her B.B.A. in Accounting, M.S.A. in Accounting, and J.D. from Southern Methodist University. Stephanie has always had a passion for supporting animal causes. She has volunteered with various animal welfare organizations since high school and currently volunteers weekly at DAS. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and seeing movies. She has one rescue cat, Sassafras.
Scott Brandt, Director of Marketing & Communications -- As a member of the Friends of DAS Board, Scott Brandt brings many years of experience in organizational growth in the architectural design and retail industries. Working with a myriad of stakeholders, he has a proven track record of success in building relationships in large corporations, at many constituent levels. A dedicated volunteer, Scott has served with the Houston SPCA, Bering Omega Community Services Hospice, and more recently with Preservation Dallas. His creativity and passion spark change and growth in all that he does – he hopes to bring that same spark as a member of the Friends of DAS Board. An avid pet lover, Scott has owned both dogs and cats and has a strong passion for the work of Dallas Animal Services.
Ex Oficio Board Member (non-voting)
Ed Jamison, Director of Dallas Animal Services -- Ed Jamison became the Director of Dallas Animal Services (DAS) in October of 2017. The animal situation in Dallas has been the center of scrutiny over the years due to large roaming dog populations, high profile dog attacks, and low positive save rates from the shelter. Dallas is the 3rd largest intake in the United States, and trends are looking at intake of over 40,000 for 2019. Ed has been tasked to increase public safety by getting lose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Ed is leading a staff around 200 employees, maximizing the relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base, and instituting new, progressive programming. The newly launched “Dallas 90” campaign is designed to help create a community where all people and animals are safe, treated with respect, and have access to the resources needed to thrive. In December of 2018, even with record high intakes, DAS realized a 90 + percent rate for four consecutive months, which is a first for the Department.
Prior to coming to Dallas, Ed was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the Animal Care & Control World in the mid 2000’s while he was the Animal Warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way Animal Control functions, and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with “pit-bull” type dogs. The award winning, trademarked CITY DOGs Cleveland Adoption and Volunteer programs are flourishing and being copied throughout the country.