Board of Directors 

2021 Officers

Chair: Malcolm Costa, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
President: Suzie Graham, Downtown Akron Partnership
Vice Chair: Patrick Kelly, FirstEnergy
Treasurer: Julie Wesel, Chemstress Consultant
Secretary: Laura Wallerstein, Roetzel

2021 Executive Committee

Catherine Breck, City of Akron
Nicholas Browning, Huntington

Malcolm Costa, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
Clair Dickinson, Brouse McDowell
Dawn Distler, METRO RTA
James Hardy, City of Akron
Pam Hickson-Stevenson, Akron-Summit County Public Library
Wayne Hill, University of Akron
Greta Johnson, County of Summit
Patrick Kelly, FirstEnergy
Brian J. Moore, Roetzel & Andress
Donald J. Pavlik, PNC

Gary Rickel, CB Richard Ellis
Laura Wallerstein, Roetzel
Julie Wesel, Chemstress Consultant

Term ending 2021

Tim Betz, Akron Beacon Journal
Nicholas Browning*, Huntington
Chris Burnham, Development Finance Authority Summit County
Kathy Cunningham, Cascade Plaza Associates LLC
Clair Dickinson*, Brouse McDowell
Jaclyn Flossie, Pastoral Counseling Service of Summit County
Suzanne Hobson, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Patrick Kelly*, FirstEnergy
Ralph Palmisano, Leiby Hanna Rasnick Towne Evanchan Palmisano Hobson LLC
Leonardo Sferra, GPD Group
Tony Troppe, The Everett Group
Laura Wallerstein, Roetzel

Term ending 2022

Joash Bloom, Schipper Group
Dawn Distler, METRO RTA
James Hardy, City of Akron
Pam Hickson-Stevenson, Akron-Summit County Public Library

David Lieberth*, Lieberth Consulting Group
Craig McGhee, Akron Children's Hospital
Gregg Mervis, Akron-Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau/J. S. Knight Center
Steve Millard, Greater Akron Chamber
Donald J. Pavlik*, PNC
Antha Poleondakis, downtown resident
Scott Riley, Akron RubberDucks
Ilene Shapiro, county of Summit
Charlie Somtrakool, Cilantro
Joel Testa,Testa Companies
Keeven White, Whitespace Creative

Term ending 2023

Catherine Breck, City of Akron
Shelly Calhoun, The Bowery Development/Downtown Resident

Donae Ceja, Tactical & Practical LLC
Carla Chapman, Akron Public Schools
Malcolm Costa, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
Tracy Dowe, KeyBank, NA
Kirk Gardner, FirstEnergy
Wayne Hill, University of Akron
Greta Johnson, County of Summit - Summit County Executive Office
Brian J. Moore, Roetzel & Andress
C. Allen Nichols, Akron Bar Association
Gary Rickel, CB Richard Ellis

Julie Wesel, Chemstress Consultant

SID Board (Ex-Officio)

Chair: Lee Walko, Brennan Manna & Diamond
Denise Armstrong, McKinley Management
Robert Handelman, Chemstress
Spencer Kowal, Akron Children's Hospital
Michael Kunce, Bowery Management
Jason Segedy, city of Akron
Margo Sommerville, President, Akron City Counci

Downtown Akron Partnership non discrimination policy

Downtown Akron Partnership does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.

Downtown Akron Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.