Robyn Katz has served as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section and 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.
Robyn Katz, J.D.Texas Tech Law School 2010 Chair--TX Bar Animal Law
Fran Ortiz, J.D.Harvard Law School 1989 Prof., So. Tex. College of Law
Fran Ortiz is a Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston and adviser to the school’s Animal Law Clinic. She joined STCLH in 1996 and teaches animal law, environmental law, natural resources management, water law, and property. Before teaching full-time, Professor Ortiz practiced law with the Austin offices of Jones Day and Baker Botts and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Ortiz’s research interests lie largely in the areas of animal law, land use, conservation, and endangered species, and she has written several articles and amicus briefs on these issues. She currently serves as chair of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee and secretary of the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section. She has previously served as chair of the Animal Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a director on the board of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, a council member on both the Animal Law and Environmental Law Sections of the Houston Bar Association, and as chair, vice chair and treasurer of the SBOT Animal Law Section. Professor Ortiz received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lauren Loney, J.D., M.S.Texas Univ. Law School 2017 Tex. St.--Aquatic Resources
Lauren graduated with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law and is a licensed attorney in Texas. She practices environmental justice and affordable housing law. Prior to attending law school, Lauren was an aquatic biologist in Central Texas working with endangered species endemic to the Comal Springs in the Edward’s Aquifer. She holds a M.S. in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University and a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of Missouri.
In her free time, Lauren is the acting Chapter President for the Central Texas Chapter of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, avid vegan cook, and loves to hike and camp with her two pups, Ranger and Daffodil.
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.
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.
Arati Moses, J.D.St. Mary's Law School 2019
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.
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.
Stacy Sutton Kerby, MPAffUniv. of Texas 1992, 2019 2015 THLN Exec. Director
Stacy Sutton Kerby graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an Executive Masters in Public Leadership (LBJ School of Public Affairs) in 2019 and 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.
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.
Jacqueline FonsecaCEO, San Antonio Affairs Compassionate Vegan Fndr.
Jacqueline is CEO for San Antonio Affairs of the foundation. She is in charge of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement for Ace Mart Restaurant Supply Company. In addition, 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…”
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.
Mikayla LewalskiTexas A&M 2017
Mikayla Lewalski is a Graduate Student of Speech-Language Pathology at U.T. Health San Antonio who graduated from Texas A&M University in 2017. She has been passionate about helping animals since she was a young girl. Mikayla remembers making and selling bracelets to raise money for ASPCA to help the dogs and cats in need. Now as a young adult, she hopes to make a greater impact for the animals in her community.
Joel Hailey, J.D.Founder and President, Baylor Law School 1981
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.