About Us

Board of Directors

 Fred Berry

Fred Berry has been a lifelong resident of the Akron area, growing up in Sharon Center. He first became interested in AIDS related issues through the AIDS quilt which he learned about in his college Sociology class. The impact of the quilt has been with him ever since. 

Professionally, Fred has been working in the non-profit sector for over 10 years. He currently works at Info Line, Inc. as Housing Services Manager directly overseeing three programs which serve homeless and low income individuals and families in our community. In working with these programs he has become a very active member of the Akron/Barberton/Summit County Continuum of Care for the Homeless and serves on many subcommittees including coordinating over 600 volunteers for Project Homeless Connect. 

He is an alumni of The University of Akron two times over recently completing his Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Non-profit Management in May of 2012 and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management with an emphasis in Management Information Systems in August of 2006. He currently resides in Green with Steve, his partner of 18 years.            

Getta Cornici

Getta Cornici has resided in the Akron area since age seven when her family relocated to the United States from Romania. Getta attended Kent State University where she majored in Interpersonal Communications. She also spent a summer in London, England studying International Marketing. She currently works for the Battered Women’s Shelter as a court advocate. Getta loves to travel for pleasure and service. Most recently spending four weeks in Costa Rica volunteering as a social worker in the Language and Cultural Immersion Program for Social Workers.

Getta is a dedicated community volunteer serving The Rape Crisis Center, Haven of Rest, Open M Health Clinic, Akron Art Museum, Project Homeless Connect, DECA, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She also serves as the event coordinator for two successful charity fundraisers; Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and The Halloween Charity Ball.  Getta is also a member of the 2012 Torchbearer’s class. Getta current works at Summit County Juvenile Court as the Crossover Youth Coordinator.

John GraftonJohn D. Grafton 

John retired from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in 2003 after spending 33 years in various technical marketing and sales positions, including Business Manager for the Air Springs SBU in the Engineered Products Division (now Veyance Industries).  Prior to Goodyear, John was Director of Housing for the University of Akron.

John spends many hours volunteering for the Community AIDS Network where he held past positions of  Chariman and Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer.  John was among the top five fundraisers for the AIDS Walk of Northeast Ohio in each of the years 2006-2009.  He in on the Advisory Board of the Gay Community Endowment Fund, the board of Weathervane Theatre, and volunteers at Coach House Theatre, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and GG9.  John is a member of Plexus and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

John holds a BBA from the University of Cincinnati where he was a member of Sigma Sigma, Metro, Cincinnatus, and Lambda Chi Alpha.  He resides in Bath Twp. with his partner of 31 years, Richard Worswick, and his two Great Danes.

 Candace Kim-KnoxCandace Kim-Knox

Candace is a defense attorney and family law practitioner and has formerly worked in the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. She is also a former paramedic. Candice is a member of Friends of Pets Animal Rescue, the Fraternal Order of Police Association, the Akron Bar Association, and a former member of Junior League of Akron, the Ohio Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Ohio Defense Attorney Trial Association. Candace has a BS in biology/premed from Kent State University and a JD from the University of Akron School of Law. She is a Delta Zeta sorority alum. Candace frequently advises the agency on legal issues and questions.


Kyle Magilavy 

Kyle Magilavy is the Vice Chairman of the Board. Born and raised in Akron, Kyle is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College where he studied computer science and music at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. Today, he works as a computer engineer in the Akron area. Kyle served as Chair of Technology for Baldwin-Wallace's Gay/Straight Alliance, has served on the Summit County Regional Arts Board for the past year, and currently serves on the technology committee for the Community AIDS Network.

Kyle has been an active member within the Akron chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) since 2007. His parents own the Diamond Deli in Akron and both serve on the board for Akron PFLAG. Kyle is proud of his family and the volunteer work they do and is excited to help move forward the great work that the Community AIDS Network does for the community.

J. J. Mesko-Kimmich

J.J. has a Bachelor’s Degree in Individual & Family Studies, and a Masters of Education in Community Counseling, both from Kent State University. While she pursued her M.Ed. she worked in the Office of Students Life helping undergraduate students pursue their educational goals. This led her to her position at White Hat Management. At White Hat Management she is the Director of Community Engagement. She works with various organizations from food banks to professional sports teams to find resources and positive outlets for the Hope Academy and Life Skills students. She also manages her families safety company, Akron Safety Lite & Equipment Company, Inc. as the G.M./C.F.O. that has been in business for over 53 years! J.J. is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Ohio, a Certified Home Health Aid with Vishnia & Associates and a Certified Ohio Benefits Bank Counselor.

Ms. Mesko-Kimmich resides in Munroe Falls with her husband of over 10 years, their two daughters and their Jack-Russell, Jo-Jo.


 Phil Montgomery 

Phil is the current Chairman of the Board. In addition to CANAPI, he is Vice Chair of the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, 2011 Class Member of Torchbearers, member of the Gay Games 9 Akron Task Force, and a 2013 recipient of the 30 for the Future Award. Phil is also a former member of Akron City Council.

In June of 2013, Phil was appointed Deputy Director of Public Service for the City of Akron. Prior to joining the City of Akron, Phil rose through the ranks at Time Warner Cable where he was a Senior Internal Auditor, Supervisor of Internal Audit, and most recently Senior Manager in Financial Controls.

Phil holds a BBA with a concentration in Business Information Systems from DeVry University and an MBA from Ohio Dominican University. He lives in West Akron with his partner Andrew.


 Kristie Shaffer Kristie is the current Secretary of the Board. Kristie attended The University of Akron where she majored in Interpersonal Communications with emphasis in Organizational Development.  For 10 years, she worked as a grant writer for various non-profits in Akron and Washington DC.  She currently owns Gavin Scott Salon & Spa in Stow.

Kristie is a dedicated community volunteer and fundraiser serving Akron Children’s Hospital; The Black Tiger Gridiron Club; American Heart Association; American Red Cross; Pawsabilities; Trinity in the Community; Battered Women’s Shelter and The Rape Crisis Center

Ms. Warner resides in Akron with James, her husband of 13 years.


  Todd Shaver

Todd Shaver joined the board in July 2013.  He is a graduate of Firestone High School and  received both his bachelors and masters degrees from The Ohio State University.  Todd currently works at the University of Akron in the Off-Campus Student Services office helping students with housing and landlord/tenant issues.  Todd has over 20+ years of experience working in student activities offices at UNC-Wilmington, American University, Northeastern University and Capital University advising student groups on a variety of issues.  He was co-chair of the staff GLBT group at Northeastern University and helped to create the LGBTQ center at American University.  Todd also served as one of the logistics coordinators for Via Colori in Columbus, Ohio and for the Light Up Lantern Festival in Akron.  Todd is currently serving as a volunteer on the Gay Games 9 Akron Task Force.

When he is not working or volunteering, he spends time hiking in the Metroparks with his dog, Pumpkin.


Andrea Stevens 

Andrea became interested in AIDS related issues while caring for her HIV+ friend, Angelo, while living in West Hollywood, California in 1990. This experience led her to AIDS Project Los Angeles where she joined at the height of the AIDS epidemic and the fear that accompanied it.

Moving to Akron to be near family 15 years ago, she continued her volunteer work with a focus on her sons school activities, animal rescue and La Leche League, where she became a leader for the West Akron group. Andrea has worked for Clinique for the past 11 years and has extensive management experience at locations in Atlanta, Los Angeles and North Carolina.  She continued a cherished family legacy, studying at Ohio University, majoring in Marketing. She lives in Highland Square with her son and 2 dogs. She is honored to once again make a difference in her community.

Todd Wade

Todd is the current Treasurer of the Board. He is a Senior Vice President and Business Banking Leader for Key Bank’s Eastern OH market.  His team works with small business owners in an eight county area that includes Akron, Canton and Youngstown.  Over his 20+ years in banking, Todd has held positions with increasing responsibility in branch banking, small business, commercial banking, credit and sales leadership.  He has also facilitated training sessions in sales management and leadership development. 
Todd graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a BSBA/Finance degree.  He received his MBA with an emphasis in marketing from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. 
A lifelong resident of Summit County, Todd currently lives in Copley with his wife, daughter and dachshunds.


 John WashingtonJohn Washington

John is recently retired from Allstate Insurance Company, after spending 32 years serving in various leadership positions including Human Resourses and Public Affairs. In his last position he was responsible for overseeing the execution of personal lines risk management policy for the company.

As a part of his personal commitment and to the community he has served on numerous boards including the March of Dimes, the Urban League, and Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Partners in Education.

John received his B.A. from Tougaloo College, Tougaloo MS and completed additional study at Jackson State University and the University of Missouri, Columbia