Rebecca K. Callahan

Executive Director


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.

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Amber Slaughter

Director of Operations 

Amber Slaughter joined CANAPI in January 2019. She brings 8 years of experience in operations and nonprofit services to the agency. Her background in providing quality and compassionate services to those in need is a welcome addition to the CANAPI family. Amber is a life-long passionate advocate of the LGBTQ community. She is excited to use her skills, talents and passion to improve the lives touched through CANAPI’s mission. She is also serving as an Advisory Board member for the Final Farewell Project.

Amber and her partner have been supporters of CANAPI for years and have enjoyed attending the Race at the Raffle annually as well as other fundraisers

Amber can be reached at

Julie Boylen

General Support Specialist

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Julie Ann Boylen joined CANAPI in May 2017 after years of volunteerism and collaboration with the agency. Julie graduated from Ellet High School with a two-year training certificate in Building Maintenance and Construction Trades. She has since achieved an Associate degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Supervision from the University of Akron.  As a local activist, Julie is always there to offer a hand or smile to those in need. Her extensive, well-rounded technical skills and knowledge make her an excellent addition to the CANAPI team.

Julie can be reached at 

Jackie Knutti

Outreach Specialist

Jackie Knutti joined CANAPI in October 2019, shortly after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Kent State University. Prior to this position, Jackie worked with individuals and families fleeing domestic violence. For over two years she provided crisis intervention, in-shelter support, and emphasized the importance of self-care for both survivors and the people serving them. During her time at Kent State University, Jackie was an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community on campus through her positions on the PRIDE! Kent student organization board and as an intern at the LGBTQ+ Student Center.

Jackie is excited to utilize her academic and professional experience in order to support and empower the inclusive community that CANAPI serves.

Jackie can be reached at

Michelle Tenney

Housing and Prevention Specialist

Michelle Tenney joined CANAPI in April 2019 one month before graduation at Kent State, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration. Michelle possesses experience in non-profits, navigating health disparities, research, and social service. She describes herself as an activist for individuals facing minority related health disparities and LGBTQ rights and is excited to use her knowledge and skills to improve the lives of CANAPI’s target population.

Michelle can be reached at

Savannah Courtenay

Housing and Support specialist

Savannah Courtenay joined CANAPI in August 2019 shortly after receiving her bachelor's in Social Work from Malone University. Though she is a recent college graduate, Savannah has multiple years of experience working in the non-profit sector. She is a licensed social worker as well as a chemical dependency counselor's assistant. She is also a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University attaining a Master's of Social Work. Savannah's passions include advocating for human rights and promoting justice. Overall, she is very excited to be joining the CANAPI team and looks forward to using her clinical background to empower the LGBTQ+ community and clients served.

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