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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Liam Pal

Director of Operations 

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Liam serves as the Director of Operations for CANAPI, having joined the organization in August 2018. A graduate of Ohio University, Liam earned degrees in English Literature and Political Science with a strong focus on Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Liam has a passion for working with and helping individuals who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Throughout his senior year, Liam completed an honors thesis entitled Legendary Ladies: Women as Icons to Gay Sensibilities, which focused on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States through a historical and cultural perspective.

Liam also has an extensive background in non-profit administration--including housing services, prevention, and education related to the LGBTQ community and those affected by HIV/AIDS in Indianapolis, IN and Portsmouth, NH. Liam has previously implemented several successful prevention and outreach programs including: CRCS, venue-based testing/outreach programs, HIV Care Coordination, short and long-term housing services (including HOPWA), SMART Nutrition, Ryan White Supportive Service programs and various educational opportunities for at-risk youth. In April 2015, Liam helped organize the 25th Anniversary celebration of the life and legacy of Ryan White in Indianapolis, IN with special guests Greg Louganis and Jeanne White (Ryan’s mom).

In his free time, Liam enjoys reading, watching old black and white movies, and tries to maintain an active lifestyle. A native of Ashtabula, OH, Liam currently lives in Akron, OH with his partner, Benjamin, and their feline companions, Gatsby and Ellie. He is very proud to work for CANAPI and with the amazing people of Summit and Portage Counties. 

Liam can be reached at 

Julie Boylen

General Support Specialist

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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.

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Alex Niemocienski

Housing and Support Specialist 

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Alex Niemocienski joined the CANAPI team in September 2018. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology with a Film Theory minor from Otterbein University. Having been in hard situations himself, Alex has cultivated a deep passion for helping people and a want to pursue that path. He is thrilled to have that warmth on full display at CANAPI while also being an activist for the LGBTQ community. In his free time he enjoys going to a wide variety of concerts and going on hikes in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

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MJ Eckhouse

Outreach Specialist

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MJ Eckhouse joined the CANAPI team in September 2018. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Kent State University. Prior to serving as Outreach Specialist, MJ pursued his passion for helping those in need by working with various LGBTQ organizations and sharing his own story. He is grateful to serve the greater Akron community by offering HIV testing, counseling, and prevention services, as well as outreach and education. In his spare time, MJ enjoys creative writing and playing music.  

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