Meet Our Board

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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).

Rick Elsworth


Rick is the Vice President, Operations for Parkway Corporation. Parkway owns and operates parking facilities on the east coast from Toronto, Canada down to Memphis, Tennessee. Rick graduated from Rutgers with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He brings an extensive background in operations management with over 23 years of experience . Rick is a core member of the 2018 class in LEADERSHIP, Philadelphia. He grew up in south NJ where he resides today with his wife and three kids.

Jessica McBride

Jess is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, and is responsible for numerous projects and initiatives across her enterprise. She has an exceptional record of success in the management of operations and business functions for corporate, government and non-profit organizations. Jess holds a degree in Psychology from The University of California, Irvine and is a lifelong dog lover. She has had the joy of living with many different breeds of dogs over her lifetime and is currently the proud mom of 3 fur kids and spends much of her free time enjoying the outdoors with them in Philly.

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.

Emily Surovick


Emily has spent the past 16 years as a director of admissions at various private schools in the Philadelphia area. She brings a breadth of knowledge regarding fundraising and financial aid processes to our board along with a high energy and enthusiasm. Emily graduated from Georgetown University cum laude with a degree in French.

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!