The CANAPI Board of Directors includes professionals from all walks of life to ensure a broad variety of perspective and expertise.
A non-profit professional with over 15 years of experience, Fred is the President/CEO of Humility of Mary Housing, a ministry of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, where he is responsible for the oversight and administration of 263 units of housing at 10 properties targeting low income seniors and formerly homeless individuals and families. Prior to this role he served as an Associate in the Housing Services Practice at the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc (TAC). He was the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) subject matter expert for Continuum of Care, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Supportive Service for Veteran Families in addition to providing programmatic and regulatory technical assistance for these federal programs. Fred is also a Board member of the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio (COHHIO). He is an alumnus of the University of Akron two times over, completing his Master of Public Administration with emphasis on Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management with emphasis on Management Information Systems. He currently resides in Green with Steve, his partner of 21 years.
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.
James J. Hardy previously served as Assistant Director of Community Health at Summit County Public Health. There he led the Health Equity and Social Determinants Unit, managing a diverse portfolio of community-based programs and public health services. Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees of Kent State University, as a Regional Director for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, and as an Executive Office Intern for Former U.S. President Bill Clinton. In 2005, Hardy was elected to the Akron Public Schools Board of Education. During his six years on the Board he served as chair of several committees, including the Joint Board of Review and the district’s Finance and Capital Management Committee, which oversees Akron Public School’s $313 million general fund budget. In 2009, his peers elected him as Board President.
Hardy holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science-Criminal Justice from the University of Akron, and a Masters in Public Health from Kent State University with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.
Currently he serves at the Assistant to the Mayor - Chief of Staff. James lives in West Akron with his wife, Chrissy, and their two children Sophia and Will.
Dawn currently serves as President/CEO of Greenleaf Family Center, a 501(c)(3) family service agency operating since 1912. Prior to this position she served as CANAPI's Director of Operations from 2008 to 2013. She also worked at the Summit County Juvenile Court managing an intensive co-occurring docket for adolescents with both substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as working at Oriana House, a community corrections agency. Dawn is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 31, a past Chair of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (chair for two years), was President of Class IX of Child and Family Leadership Exchange, and served on the Board for Tarry House. Dawn has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Akron.
Heather Brown is a native of Akron, Ohio. She has nine years of service in the nonprofit sector. Following graduation from Walsh University, with a BA in Sociology and Criminology with studies in Psychology, she began her work with Oriana House, Inc., a nonprofit organization specializing in community corrections and substance abuse treatment. She is currently a facility director at Oriana House, Inc. working specifically with state and federal agencies to assist citizens in successfully returning to their communities. Under her leadership programs she directed have been recipients of the Cliff Skeen Award and a runner up to the Cliff Skeen Award. Heather regularly volunteers and supports WITAN – Women in Touch with Akron Needs. A proud mother of one, Heather has volunteered at many CANAPI events and fundraisers over the past several years and is currently serving her first term as a member of the Board.
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 Matters, including Woodridge High School, in addition to all of Cleveland’s professional sports organizations .
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 providing a secure environment for training treatment and evaluation of court involved youth, Director of the NEO Behavioral Science Center, a short term residential assessment center for nonviolent court involved youth in northeast Ohio, served 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 Town Hall II (served two- year term as president), Great Lakes Residential Services Board, the OPRA Board (Ohio Provider Resource Association) and North East Ohio Youth Commission council. Becky has a BA Degree in Sociology and a Masters 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 Providers across the State of Ohio providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Tatsuya’s international career as a pianist has taken him across the globe giving concerts in the world’s major concert halls. Trained at The Juilliard School, Tatsuya holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from University of North Carolina School of Arts. He also studied Doctor of Musical Arts program at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He received Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Kharkiv Institute of Arts in Ukraine.
His long list of awards includes Vittorio Giannini Award, National Society of Arts and Letters Award in the United States, Japan Performers Association Award, and Chiba Prefecture Cultural Award in Japan. He is also a recipient of the Humanitarian Service Medal from the government of Taiwan, an honorary award from the Art Festival for Children in Moscow, and the Mayor’s Award from the City of Vienna, Austria for his charity and humanitarian work.
Prior to joining CANAPI, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of ASIA, Inc., and on the Advisory Board for Rome International Piano Competition.
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.
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.
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.
John is a recent Past President of the board after serving two terms. He is currently Chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Facilities, Finance and Development Committees. John retired from Allstate Insurance Company in 2010 after spending 32 years serving in various leadership positions including Human Resources 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 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 in Mississippi and completed additional study at Jackson State University and the University of Missouri, Columbia.
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.