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 works closely with downtown stakeholders through business and property owner retention surveys and one-on-one interviews. Also, she is developing and implementing a retail recruitment program. 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 bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed her masters in public administration at the University of Akron.
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 has been involved in event planning and implementation for more than 25 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, manages beautification initiatives, writes grants and surveys and serves as liaison with the DAP's safety program, including coordinating Block Watch meetings and preparing safety literature and downtown maps.
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.
Holly Mattucci has been the business manager at Downtown Akron Partnership for 15 years. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial management, bookkeeping, office management and internal auditing. She is a member of the National Bookkeepers Association.
Darrell became operations manager of the Clean and Safe Ambassador program in April 2015. He joined DAP 10 years ago as one of the original Operation Neat Streets team, transitioning to the Clean & Safe Ambassador program in 2009 with the launch of that program. He is responsible for the oversight and administration of day-to-day operations and training of DAP's ambassadors.