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 

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 

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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

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Gulnar Feerasta 

Housing and Support Specialist 

Gulnar joined our team in March 2018. A world traveler, Gulnar has lived and studied in several different countries including New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. Gulnar previously worked in the corporate sector in Organizational Development and as a Management Consultant. Possessing a passion for issues of social justice and equality, Gulnar chose to leave the for-profit world to complete higher education and pursue a career path more in line with her personal interests. In 2016, she received dual Masters degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Applied Social Sciences with a focus on Community Practice for Social Change and Nonprofit Management. Gulnar summarizes her role at CANAPI as “promoting  empowerment and resiliency by building strong support systems and seeking to improve the quality of life for our constituents”.

Gulnar can be reached at 

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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