Rebecca K. Callahan
Rebecca serves as Executive Director of CANAPI, where she works collaboratively with local and state agencies to strengthen and achieve CANAPI's mission. Rebecca oversees all Community AIDS Network and Akron Pride Initiative programs. She is responsible for the continuous quality improvement of current programming as well as the development of new programs. Over the years, working within the scope of the nonprofit community, Rebecca has dedicated herself to improving the lives of those who are in need. Rebecca serves as co-chair of the Northeast Ohio Regional Advisory Group (NEORAG) and on the Restore Court Advisory Board as an advocate for LGBTQ youth subject to human and sex trafficking.
Matthew C. Barlet
Director of Operations
Matt joined our agency in the fall of 2014. An Army brat from Joplin, Missouri, Matt has a diverse educational and geographical background. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing. He embraces his background in his professional pursuits, dedicating a lion-share of his life to community volunteerism and activism. His honed skills in writing, editing and design make him an essential part of the CANAPI team. Matt serves on the Summit County HIV Continuum of Care committee to measure and improve effectiveness of HIV prevention, diagnosis, linkage to care and retention in care. Matt also serves on the Fair Housing Contact Service Board of Trustees.
Housing and Support Specialist
Debra Briggs joined CANAPI in Spring, 2016 from a diverse background supported by her Bachelor of Arts & Science in Family/Childhood Development from The University of Akron. As the Housing and Support Specialist her job is to assist those with HIV/AIDS and find, adapt and retain safe and affordable housing options as well as a number of support programs. Debra enjoys helping others promote their own success and enhance their lives through hands-on activities and events.
Aly Hameister joined the CANAPI team in January 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology with a minor in LGBT Studies from Kent State University at Stark. As the Outreach Specialist, her job is to provide HIV testing and counseling, as well as HIV prevention services, community outreach, education, advocacy, and social media marketing. She enjoys building rapport with clients and providing counseling that goes above and beyond a classical model of HIV prevention. She is a resident of Kent and hopes to pursue her Master’s degree at Kent State University. Aly serves on the Summit County HIV Continuum of Care committee in an effort to improve services for those living with HIV and those at risk of infection.
Julie Ann Boylen joined the CANAPI staff in May of 2017 after years of volunteerism and collaboration with the agency. She has achieved an Associate's degree in Computer Information Systems and is continuing to pursue a Bachelor of Science at the University of Akron. Julie is an activist in the Akron area and always there to offer a hand or a smile to those in need. Her extensive and well-rounded technical skills and knowledge make her an excellent addition to the CANAPI team.