Joel Hailey has a private practice of probate and estate planning in San Antonio. He is actively involved in local and state animal causes, serving as Past Chair and current Council Member of the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section, Vice Chair of the State Bar Council of Chairs, and member of committees to revise the San Antonio Animal Code. Over the years, Joel has written articles and made presentations at State Bar seminars and other seminars.
Joel Hailey, J.D.Founder and President, Baylor Law School 1981
Kelly AndersonFounder of One World Conservation
Kelly Anderson graduated from St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in English Writing and Rhetoric in 2012. She now works in the publishing industry. She founded One World Conservation. Kelly is on the board of several animal organizations in Texas and has been with the Hailey Foundation since 2008.
Bill Davis, J.D.Harvard Law School 2000 Assistant Solicitor General
Bill Davis is an Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2000 and received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1997. He served on the Council of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Texas from 2004 to 2012 and currently assists several animal-protection organizations in a volunteer capacity. Bill and his family live in Austin, Texas.
Robyn Katz, J.D.Texas Tech Law School 2010
Robyn Katz formerly served as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section and now serves as Council Member of the Section. She has prosecuted animal cruelty cases and acted as counsel for an animal protection organization. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Texas (Austin) and received her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech Law School.
Laurie Johnson DVM CVAWash. St. Vet. School 2008
Laurie Ann Johnson is a veterinarian and certified herbalist and acupuncturist. She currently practices integrative veterinary medicine at Austin Urban Veterinary Center. She received her DVM from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture from Chi Institute in 2009, and her Certificate in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine from the College of Integrative Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Previously an artist by trade, Laurie received her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Georgia 1992 and did an Advanced Study in Painting & Drawing at The Cooper Union (NYC) and Skowhegan School of Art and Sculpture (Maine) in 1993. She is a former no-kill shelter veterinarian for Austin Pets Alive, a former Wildlife Rehabilitator at PAWS Wildlife Center in Seattle, a past volunteer veterinarian for HSUS Rural Area Veterinary Services and The Esther Honey Foundation of the Cook Islands, and a current volunteer veterinarian for Love A Bull.
Jenny Sigler, J.D.St. Mary's Law School 2015
Jenny Sigler is an attorney who received her J.D. at St. Mary’s School of Law in 2015. She won the 2014 State Bar of Texas writing competition in Animal Law. At St. Mary’s, she served as Comments Editor of The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race & Social Justice; Student Attorney at St. Mary’s Civil Justice Clinic; President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund; and member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society.
Shana Ellison, M.S.San Jose State 1998
Shana Ellison holds a degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Systems Engineering. She currently works in conflict management as a trainer and mediator, is the Associate Director at the University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution, President of the Austin Association of Mediators, and a mediator at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center. Shana is passionate about freedom and equality, especially for those without a voice. She spends her time fostering dogs and adventuring in this beautiful world of ours.
Russell Crosier, M.S.U.T.S.A. 2012
Russell Crosier received both his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UTSA, and currently works in the space engineering industry. He is also is an animal rights activist, an avid cyclist, and an activist for advancing San Antonio’s biking community and culture. He is interested in establishing synergy between San Antonio’s biking and animal rights communities.
Ciara BirleyVeterinary Technician
Ciara is a Veterinary Technician at Corner Vet (Austin) and an animal rights advocate from West Texas. She has studied as an intern in animal advocacy and has volunteered extensively in animal protection activities.
Jacqueline FonsecaFounder of The Compassionate Vegan
Jacqueline is in charge of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement for Ace Mart Restaurant Supply Company. She is an Organizer for San Antonio Vegetable Eaters (SAVE), an active volunteer in the community many hours each week to the “Green Space Alliance” and the “Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption”, and the Founder of The Compassionate Vegan that is dedicated to the education of veganism and the connection to the environment, health, human and animal welfair. Jacqueline spends quality time with her 2 rescue dogs Fortune and Choxie. A vegetarian since the age of 12 who went vegan about 6 years ago, she believes that “We are all connected to each other and all earthlings. What we do here in our backyard has a direct impact on people in China and animals in India. I feel strongly that we can reverse those impacts by being more compassionate to our bodies and spirit, Mother Earth and the environment, humans and animals…”
Arati MosesSt. Mary's Law School Candidate
Arati Moses is a candidate for Juris Doctorate at St. Mary’s School of Law. She graduated from the University of Texas Business School. She is an entrepreneur in the financial services industry and is an advocate for the voiceless. Arati is a US certified disaster animal rescuer and has serviced animals in need throughout the country with Best Friends Animal Society, Pet Smart Charities, and the Humane Society. Her local service involves field rescue with Kendalia Wildlife Rescue as well as death-row adoptions for San Antonio Pets Alive and the city of San Antonio.
Janel SterbentzMasters--Portland State 2006
Janel is a videographer and founder of GreenEdge Studios. She received her Masters in Urban Studies at Portland State in 2006 after graduating from the University of California–Davis in 2000. Janel has a passion for improving the environment, health and conditions for animals.
Alison HomCertified Program Advocate, SATX Rape Crisis Center
Alison works at The Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio, where she coordinates a support hotline for incarcerated survivors of sexual violence. As a certified sexual assault program advocate, she has spent many late nights providing crisis intervention services at local hospitals. She has also worked extensively in the field of early childhood education, from her first position as an arts education intern to her eventual role of mentor teacher in a private preschool program. Alison studied English and Creative Writing at Oberlin College, and words and language are still her point of entry into any new passion. She is grateful to the writers who introduced her to animal rights and veganism, before she was lucky enough to find a community of activists. With her good friend (and fellow board member) Jacqueline, she organizes the San Antonio Vegetable Eaters (SAVE) Meetup group. Alison views her animal advocacy efforts as part of a larger commitment to social justice, and she is working toward an inclusive and intersectional vegan movement.
Stacy Sutton Kerby2015 THLN Exec. Director University of Texas 1992
Stacy Sutton Kerby graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Radio-TV-Film in 1992, and then worked as paralegal until 2013. In 2012, Stacy began advocating for animals with the Texas Humane Legislation Network, where she later served as the Interim Executive Director. Stacy now works with an architect to ensure newly built spaces are accessible for people with disabilities. She volunteers in her local community via the Meals On Wheels PALS program, which provides medical and financial support for clients with pets, and the Austin Humane Society.