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. 

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Matthew C. Barlet

Director of Operations

Matt joined our agency in the fall of 2014. An Army brat from Joplin, Missouri, Matt has a diverse educational and geographical background. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing. He embraces his background in his professional pursuits, dedicating a lion-share of his life to community volunteerism and activism. His honed skills in writing, editing and design make him an essential part of the CANAPI team.


Debra Briggs

Housing and Support Specialist

Debra Briggs joined CANAPI in Spring, 2016 from a diverse background supported by her Bachelor of Arts & Science in Family/Childhood Development from The University of Akron. As the Housing and Support Specialist her job is to assist those with HIV/AIDS and find, adapt and retain safe and affordable housing options as well as a number of support programs. Debra enjoys helping others promote their own success and enhance their lives through hands-on activities and events.

Aly Hameister

Outreach Specialist

Bio coming soon!


Ida Ashford

Resident Aide

Ida has been a Resident Aide for CANAPI since August, 2006. She facilitates the daily operations of our housing programs while ensuring the safety, security and health of program residents. She also provides preliminary HIV testing at various locations. Ida's involvement in the organization is paramount and her support services have touched the lives of countless individuals over the course of her tenure. She pursued her Associates degree at Tri-State Bible College where she made the Dean's list from 2010-2013. She continues working toward her Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a minor in Christian Counseling.

Julie Boylen

Facilities Superintendent

Bio coming soon!