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.

Rebecca can be reached at 

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 

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 publications. 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 writing, playing music, and spending time with his family.

MJ 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

Tricia Upton

HIV Care Coordinator

Tricia Upton joined CANAPI in April 2019. Tricia’s background is in clinical healthcare delivery, and she has worked in multiple capacities at healthcare organizations throughout Summit County. Tricia is also pursuing her Master of Public Health degree at Kent State University. Tricia is dedicated to CANAPI’s mission to serve and promote the LGBTQ community and individuals at risk or affected by HIV, and she is excited to be working with her local community. In her spare time, Tricia enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, and volunteers with the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists and serves on their Board of Directors.

Tricia can be reached at