Meet Our Board

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Faryl Bernstein

Faryl Bernstein is a Child Advocate Attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA. In her role for the last 15 years, she has represented children whose families are involved in the child welfare system and has worked collaboratively with social workers and other child welfare professionals to ensure their safety and well-being. Faryl graduated with honors from The University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2000, and received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 2004. She lives in Bryn Mawr, PA with her husband, two children, and schnoodle Koufax.

Susie Daily

Susie Daily is the former Training and Program Director at Paws and Affection. She moved from her staff position to a position on the board in September 2019. Because of her experience working at P&A for the first seven years of its existence, she brings to the board not only knowledge, but also first-hand experience. She created the training program for the dogs as well as the education programs for the foster families and recipients. She successfully placed four dogs with the organization and understands the support and instruction it takes to help the teams excel. In 2008 Susie completed her B.A. in Psychology at Arcadia University with a focus on Animal Behavior. She now works as Communication Director at Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation in King of Prussia. Susie lives in New Jersey with her husband, Andy, and their two dogs; a pit bull (Beans) and a Rottweiler (Ludo).

Lori Goodman

Lori has nine years of experience volunteering with her certified therapy dogs at local hospitals and schools, including Children Hospital of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr Hospital and Nemours DuPont Childrens Hospital. The therapy dog programs at these institutions provide support to patients, helping them to manage trauma and pain. In addition, Lori and her dogs have participated in numerous clinical trials to evidence the efficacy of the programs and often speaks to groups about the power and importance of therapy dogs. Prior to starting a family, Lori graduated from Syracuse University and worked in the non profit sector planning fundraising events. Lori lives in Wynnewood, PA with her husband, three children and three dogs.

Chad O'Kane

Chad is the Director of Development at Wilmington Friends School, a PK-12 Quaker school in Wilmington, DE. In his role, Chad manages a staff of 7, and oversees the major giving, planned giving, annual giving, and alumni relations functions for the school, and also serves on the school’s senior administrative team. Prior to this role, Chad was co-founder and Vice President of Premier Pool Renovations in Plymouth Meeting, PA, a high-end commercial and residential swimming pool restoration company, where he oversaw the growth of the company from startup to more than $2 million in annual revenue. Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from James Madison University in 1999, and a Master of Arts in Communication from Virginia Tech in 2011. His master’s thesis focused on media literacy education in K-12 public schools.

Seth Rappaport

Board Chair

Seth is the Senior Director of Corporate Marketing at PREIT, a Philadelphia-based real estate development firm specializing in retail real estate.  In his role, he oversees their business-to-business marketing efforts, market research, corporate branding and social media, trade show events and more.  Seth has also held business development & media sales and consumer marketing roles within the organization.  He started his career in the advertising industry serving travel & hospitality clients while at a boutique ad agency in Philadelphia.  Seth graduated with honors from The Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Smeal College of Business.   He lives in Wynnewood, PA with his wife Jamie, two young children and an adorable pug named Lucy.

Kelly Raudenbush

Kelly Raudenbush, MA founded The Sparrow Fund in 2011, a nonprofit based in Phoenixville serving and supporting foster and adoptive families. She is a child and family therapist and a certified facility dog handler through our program. She and Louie have been serving families together since he joined her as her “cotherapist” in 2018. Together, they help children process their stories and empower parents to build connections with each other and their children. Kelly joined our board in 2020, offering her unique nonprofit experience as well as first-hand experience as one of our Paws & Affection dog handler teams. She lives in Phoenixville with her husband Mark, their four children, two cats, and (of course) Louie.

Meet Our Veterinarian

Dr. Kristen Lohr, VMD

Kristen is a veterinarian at Devon Vet Hospital in Devon, PA. She began working there in 1999 upon graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Malvern and spent her weekends working for a local veterinarian starting at the age of 16. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergrad and earned a degree in Biology. Her specialties in the veterinary field are surgery and behavior medicine. Kristen and Devon Vet Hospital are the primary care givers to the Paws and Affection team and they couldn’t be in better hands!