Suzie Graham, President & CEO

Suzie Graham became the president of the Downtown Akron Partnership in April 2011. She oversees all aspects of the operations of DAP to promote, build and maintain a clean, safe and vibrant Downtown. Suzie's career spans over eighteen years of service to the community including planning and oversight of programs and events for the City of Akron. Most recently, she served the City of Akron as the Coordinator of Arts and Children’s Programs for the Office of the Mayor. Suzie celebrates her love for the community through volunteer projects and service to local non-profit organizations. She has served on the Executive Board of the Akron Area Arts Alliance and currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Akron Civic Theatre.


Kimberly Beckett, Director of Business Relations

Kimberly Beckett works closely with Downtown stakeholders through business and property owner retention surveys and one-on-one interviews. She assists businesses in troubleshooting problems with local government as well as supporting economic development activities. Additionally, she contributes to all marketing and promotion events throughout the year.  Kimberly received her Bachelors Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Akron.


Kelli Fetter, Director of Events

Kelli Fetter joined Downtown Akron Partnership in March 2014. She oversees the outreach efforts of DAP by planning innovative programs and events that engage downtown workers, visitors, and residents. She has several years of experience in event coordination at the University of Akron and as a board member for the Akron Alumnae of Delta Gamma. Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron.

Linda Fry, Project Director

Linda Fry has been involved in event planning and implementation for more than 20 years at The University of Akron, The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Downtown Akron Partnership. She also taught government and journalism courses at the university and was a DAP volunteer for many years prior to joining the staff in 2005. Linda maintains the property records of the Special Improvement District, writes grants and surveys and serves as liaison with the DAP's safety program, including coordinating Block Watch meetings and preparing safety literature and e-mail safety and traffic alerts. If you're not fortunate enough to be on this coveted list, e-mail Linda.


Sharon Gillberg, Communications Director

Sharon Gillberg joined Downtown Akron Partnership in August 2012. She manages DAP’s marketing, public relations, social media and advertising initiatives and provides support for DAP events and programs. A native of Indiana who relocated to Akron in 1999, Sharon has been involved in event management and marketing for more than 15 years with non-profit trade associations and event/exposition companies. Sharon earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University’s journalism program with a major in advertising and public relations. She currently serves on the volunteer board for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) and is a committee member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® Akron Walk-for-Wishes.

Anthony Long, Operations Assistant

Anthony Long joined Downtown Akron Partnership in August 2013. Anthony has several years of experience working with non-profit organizations before joining DAP. He analyzes and research SID incidents, assist in special projects and provides support for DAP events and programs. Anthony earned an associate’s degree from Stark State College with a major in interactive media technology, bachelor’s degree in information technology and a master’s degree in computer and information systems from Youngstown State University. He volunteered as a basketball coach with the city of Akron and coordinated a high school boys AAU team, where several earned athletic scholarships. He continues to help and mentor young people around the city.

Holly Mattucci, Director of Finance

Holly Mattucci has been the Business Manager at Downtown Akron Partnership for ten years. She has over 25 years of experience in financial management, bookkeeping, office management and internal auditing. She is a member of the National Bookkeepers Association.


Jane Startzman, Volunteer Coordinator

Jane Startzman has been Volunteer Coordinator for five years, and has grown a volunteer staff for downtown events from approximately 150 to over 600. She manages volunteers for Downtown Akron Partnership, Akron Civic Theatre, and the City of Akron’s Lock 3. With over 40 years experience in the non-profit arts sector, she has a strong background in dance, event planning, staff management, administration, public relations, fund raising, and grant writing.

She has a broad knowledge of the Downtown Akron area, with a strong network of diverse community leaders and residents. She has demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of life in the Akron urban area through creating/planning/coordinating events, directing the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival and working with the city of Akron and her neighbors on a volunteer basis.


 Clean & Safe Ambassador Program

Keith Dobbins, Operations Manager

Keith became the Operations Manager of the Clean and Safe Ambassador program in October 2012. He first joined the team in August 2010 as a safety ambassador and was promoted to team leader in 2011. As Operations Manager, he is responsible for oversight and administration of day-to-day operations and training of DAP's ambassadors.

Born and raised in Akron, he has worked in a variety of industries ranging from a carpenter, to serving for 10 years in the United States Air Force as well as supervisor positions with Pinkerton Security and Loral Defense Systems. 

  Bobby Bettilyon, Clean & Safe Team Leader

Clean Team

Darrell Stamps

Mark Gibbs

Val Kramer

Amy Stoneberger





Safe Team

Shane Durant

Mike Keppler

Nathan King

Rhonda Smith

Les Weese