The CANAPI Board of Directors includes professionals from all walks of life to ensure a broad variety of perspective and expertise.
Belinda is an experienced executive with more than 30 years in the health care insurance industry, progressing from clinical and critical care nursing through all aspects of medical care management. She is the Vice President of Operations with Mutual Health Services, a subsidiary of Medical Mutual Ohio. Belinda values the importance of participation in civic, charitable and social communities. She current serves on the Board of Directors for the Summit Education Initiative. She lends personal support to organizations like the American Heart Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way, March of Dimes and the Make a Wish Foundation.
Marissa is an Akron native and 2012 University of Akron School of Law graduate. She is an Assistant Prosecutor and Police Legal Advisor for the City of Akron. She prosecutes crimes and advises police for Akron, Bath, Fairlawn, Lakemore, Mogadore, Richfield, Springfield, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
She previously was in private practice focusing on criminal defense and juvenile law. She additionally served as an Assistant County Prosecutor in Ashland County.
She received her B.A. from Mount Union College and her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law. She also sits on the Victim Assistance Program Committee.
Tad Hoover is a distinguished attorney in the area of criminal and traffic law, and has a sizable practice of defending people charged with OVIs. Tad also practices extensively in the area of real estate law, representing landlords in eviction proceedings, drafting and negotiating real estate closing deals and figuring out complicated real estate issues in the context of probate proceedings or title issues. He has served as a Property Manager for his family’s own real estate holding business for the past 10 years, and also was previously employed as a law clerk and Special Projects Coordinator for the Summit County Fiscal Office. Tad also practices extensively in the field of Family Law, having spent his entire legal career devoting himself to matters including divorce and child custody. Tad earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. Tad enjoys an active lifestyle and loves supporting the sports teams of his alma maters, including Woodridge High School, in addition to all of Cleveland’s professional sports organizations .
Andrew is an Outside Customer Service Representative for The Steris Corporation’s Instrument Management Services (IMS) division. His primary role is consulting medical staff on care and handling of surgical instruments and devices, resulting in a safer environment for the facility’s workers and the patients. Prior to his current role, he was a multi-state licensed Property and Casualty insurance agent for the Progressive Corporation.
Andrew is a proud Akron resident and alumnus of The University of Akron where he earned his BBA degrees in Sales Management and Marketing Management from the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling.
He previously sat on the board of the County of Summit Regional Arts and Cultural District.
Prior to her transition, Barbara Marie Minney was a highly-regarded attorney in the area of school law, representing public boards of education across the state of Ohio. Barbara practiced extensively in the areas of special education, litigation in both state and federal courts, grievance arbitration, policy development, collective bargaining, and general counseling of school boards, before retiring in 2014 after thirty-six years in practice.
Barbara began her career as an assistant prosecutor in Muskingum County, Ohio, before going into private practice and becoming a partner in two law firms. Barbara was a member of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Executive Committee and Legal Services Director for the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency. She co-authored three books on sports law and the employing, training, and supervising of paraprofessionals and spoke extensively on education law topics.
Barbara is a native of West Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction from Ohio Northern University and her law degree cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law. Barbara also writes poetry.
Rebecca (Becky) Lemasters retired in 2014 as CEO of Ardmore Inc., a nonprofit corporation that provides a variety of services to individuals with disabilities. Prior to her 32 years of service to the DD population, she worked in the justice system. As Director of the Portage County Detention Center, Becky provided a secure environment for training, treatment, and evaluation of court-involved youth. She also served as Director of the NEO Behavioral Science Center, a short term residential assessment center for nonviolent court-involved youth in northeast Ohio, as a Case Manager at the Federal Prison at Alderson, West Virginia, and a Juvenile Probation officer in Portage County.
Becky has served on several boards including Townhall II (including a two-year term as president), Great Lakes Residential Services Board, the OPRA Board (Ohio Provider Resource Association), and Northeast Ohio Youth Commission Council. Becky has a BA degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Corrections from Kent State University. Becky continues to remain active in her retirement, serving as CEO for the Crest Network, a statewide trade association consisting of service providers for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Catherine Loya currently serves as Judicial Attorney and Magistrate to Judge Alison Breaux in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. An accomplished litigator with over a decade of experience, Catherine began her career as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office specializing in juvenile law and child sex offenses, subsequently serving as a Staff Attorney with the Legal Defender’s Office of Summit County. Over the eight-year course of her role as a public defender, Catherine represented thousands of indigent clients primarily in the Akron Municipal Court, as well as the municipal courts in Stow and Barberton. Catherine was also assigned as the legal advocate for participants in the Akron Municipal Court’s Mental Health Court Program and Family Intervention Court Program.
Catherine received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Ohio State University where she was shortlisted for the Robert E. Reiter Prize for Critical Analysis, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law. Catherine previously served as the President of the Board of Trustees for Newfangled Productions, Inc., a non-profit creative arts production company collaborating with the University of Akron and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Brown Mackie University and a Guest Lecturer at the University of Akron teaching classes in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, and Constitutional Law. A lifetime resident of Summit County, she has volunteered for the City of Hudson and the Western Reserve Hospital of Cuyahoga Falls as a Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician.
Catherine resides in Highland Square and enjoys cooking with her dog, Nico.
Christian Howse currently serves as the Judicial Assistant to Judge Alison Breaux at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Christian is a graduate from The University of Akron Class of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Christian has a long record of activism and leadership; he is one of the founding members of the University of Akron’s Black Excellence Commission (B.E.C.). Prior to his current position with the court, Christian worked as an Admissions Counselor at the University of Akron. While working for UA, Christian’s main priority was recruitment in the Chicagoland area with a personal goal of recruiting a diverse group of students from America’s third largest city. Christian has a passion for mentoring young men of all backgrounds and especially enjoys pushing them to their maximum potential. Christian spends a lot of his free time with his 12 mentees and working as an Auxiliary Police officer with The Village of Oakwood and The City of Lakewood in Cuyahoga County. Christian is also an active member of Project GRAD mentoring at Buchtel High school, The Akron Urban League Young Professionals and a Core member of The Black Male Summit Planning Committee.
H.L. Comeriato is a freelance writer, editor, and content creator. Much of their work navigates the social and historical contexts of queer communities, and seeks to explore elements of queerness and identity as they appear in popular culture over time. Above all else, Comeriato believes in the personal and political power of authentic storytelling, and hopes to craft and curate narratives with reverence, integrity, and unmistakable style.
Since 2015, Julie Pryseski has worked for the Office of Economic Development for the City of Akron. In her role at the City, Julie focuses on all aspects of growing and maintaining businesses throughout the City. In addition, Julie is the City liaison to many of the neighborhood business districts and downtown retail businesses.
Prior to joining the City, Julie had extensive experience in special event coordinating, sales and marketing. Julie participated in the planning and implementation of multiple community events including, Akron Flair Fest, Gay Games 9, Akron Square Fest, Akron Arts Expo, Open Streets and our Inaugural Akron Pride Festival.
Julie is a graduate of the University of Akron and proud lifelong resident of Summit County.
Shane Wynn is an Editorial and fine arts photographer and local enthusiast specializing in portraiture and all things Akron. She currently contributes to 9 local magazines and newspapers and is in the process of completing a photography series for the Knight Arts Challenge.