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.
Anne Ellis, Treasurer -- Anne is a CPA and a Licensed Psychologist. She has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. After enjoying a business career working in the Audit Department at Ernst & Young and then as Vice President, Investor Relations for an international software company, she decided to follow her passion to help children who were abused and neglected or suffering from the impact of divorce, completed her graduate program, and opened a private practice in Psychology. Anne also cares deeply about animals and supporting organizations that save and protect them. She volunteers at Dallas Animals Services and the SPCA of Texas and serves on the board of The Pegasus Project, Inc., a horse rescue and rehabilitation center in East Texas. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, yoga, meditation, and spending time with her dogs and horses.
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 -- Stephanie is an attorney who currently serves as the Director of Client Relations for Capview Partners. Her background includes work in the legal, commercial real estate, investor relations, investment management, and non profit fields. 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.
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.