Who We Are

Friends of Dallas Animal Services is the 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising partner of Dallas Animal Services (DAS), one of the country's largest dog/cat intake shelters. 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. 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.