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 rcallahan@canapi.org 


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Liam Pal

Director of Operations 

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 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 New Hampshire. 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, SMART Nutrition, HOPWA, Ryan White Supportive Service Programs and various educational opportunities for at-risk youth. 

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 feline companion, "Gatsby." He is very proud to work for CANAPI and with the amazing people of Akron and Summit County. 

Liam can be reached at lpal@canapi.org 


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Aly Hameister

Outreach Specialist

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. 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.

Aly can be reached at ahameister@canapi.org


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Julie Boylen

General Support Specialist

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.

Julie can be reached at jboylen@canapi.org 


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Alex Niemocienski

Housing and Support Specialist 

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.