Board of Directors
Austin Brisco is one of the founders and President and Treasurer of the Texas Wolfdog Project & Shelter ("TWPS"), and has dedicated his life to the well being of wolves, wolfdogs, and northern breed dogs. Austin formerly served four years on the Board of Directors of St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary and six years as President and Treasurer of the Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue ("GHGSDR"). Austin, along with many other wonderful GHGSDR leaders, was instrumental in increasing volunteer rolls for GHGSDR to grow to well over 100 volunteers, has been instrumental in ensuring the financial solvency of the rescue through astute financial management and fundraising, has worked to educate the public regarding the German Shepherd breed, and has led a group instrumental in saving more than 700 German Shepherd dogs from being euthanized or living lives of misery. Austin also is an avid wolf watcher in Yellowstone National Park and has followed the northern tier packs since 2009. In addition to these volunteer activities, Austin works at Shell Oil as a Financial Analyst.
In July 2013, Austin purchased the five acres on which TWPS sits and currently resides there taking care of the various residents along with his own northern breed dog, Snow. Since the inception of TWPS, Austin has led efforts and obtained a 501c3 designation, volunteer rolls have grown to 25-30, and four large enclosures and one quarantine enclosure have been built by volunteers with donated funds and materials. Austin’s experience with his work with St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary and GHGSDR has been invaluable in getting TWPS off to such a successful start.
Austin has completed the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Animal Control Officer (ACO) training and has been certified.
Natasha Woodall, a founder and Intake Coordinator for TWPS, brings invaluable experience to TWPS with over eleven years of experience as Kennel Manager at Mayde Creek Animal Health Center. Natasha previously worked as an independent rescuer of wolfdogs in Texas before joining TWPS and is responsible for the rescue and placement of many wolfdogs around the country. Natasha previously volunteered at St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary for six years and is very knowledgeable of wolves, wolfdogs, and other northern breed dogs and cares for three of her own.
Natasha has completed the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Animal Control Officer (ACO) training and has been certified.
Tyler Zachau, a founder and Corporate Secretary for TWPS, has served on the K9 Unit of the Houston Police Department for the last nine years. Tyler has also volunteered with the Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue during the last five years. Tyler's extensive knowledge of dogs and the positive benefits that they bring to society is of great benefit to TWPS.
Robin McCanless currently works for Wood Group Mustang and came to visit TWP in February 2015 and decided to become a volunteer. With her lifetime love for animals, Robin has also volunteered with Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe, Tx. and volunteers with Val's Pals Large Paw Rescue located in Katy, Tx. Owned by her 5yr German Shepherd Kona and Golden/GSD mix Kylie, Robin continues to grow with our Wolfdog family and is responsible for organizing our corporate/fundraising events.
Dawn Prodehl Butler
Dawn Prodehl Butler
Dawn Butler has been a volunteer at TWP for the past 6 months. She has owned German Shepherds and Huskies for the past 13 years. As Adoption Coordinator, her main responsibility is to ensure that the wolfdogs find the perfect family to love and care for them.
Joel Renner currently works for Shell for the last 18 years. He has always had a love for all animals particularly wolves and has been volunteering at TWP since January of 2014. Joel is responsible for building the foster network for incoming wolfdogs. He helped document the shelters safety policy and has personally rescued 3 three Golden Retrievers. Joel has also helped conduct dog obedience classes at a local canine boarding facility and volunteered for his neighborhood’s Citizen Patrol program.