See below to learn more about the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition staff. In addition to listed emails, all staff can be reached by calling our office at 330-374-5657.

Daniel M. Rice
President & Chief Executive Officer

Daniel M. Rice is the president and chief executive officer of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. Since 1994, Dan has built more than 150 community partnerships to develop the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area and Towpath Trail. He has provided organizations with assistance on organizational development, public/private partnership building, fundraising strategies, management plans, and government relations. An active member of the local and parks communities, Dan has served on numerous boards and committees including Ohio Historic Site Preservation Committee, National Resource Assistance Council, and Development Finance Authority of Summit County. He is a native of Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Wooster and master’s degree in American history from The University of Akron.

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George Ebey
Grants & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

George Ebey is a graduate from Kent State University and The University of Akron. He has worked at the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition since 2011 managing the Strategic Initiatives program as well as various projects and events. He’s happy to have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of volunteers on numerous projects including the construction of boardwalks along the Towpath Trail in Tuscarawas County, the improvement of underpasses along the trail in Downtown Akron, and maintenance of the Richard Howe House gardens and connector trail. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and being outdoors.

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Lynn Williams
Office/Program Manager

As a career office ninja, Lynn Williams is always ready for a new challenge, and faces each by coloring a bit outside the lines. She is a Pennsylvania native with more than 30 years of administrative, operational, and managerial experience in roles that taught her everything from developing happy employees to managing nitty-gritty technical projects. Lynn is a Summit County/Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition Notary Public. When not wearing the administrative hat, Lynn enjoys family time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She can be found cozying up with her laptop, a hot cup of coffee, and bookkeeping assignments while she continues her education by seeking a bookkeeping certificate. Lynn’s motto is, “You are never too old to learn something new.”

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Katelyn Freil
Communications Coordinator

Katelyn started her career at the Coalition as a communications intern from The University of Akron, where she studied mass media and public relations. Now the organization's communications coordinator, Katelyn has the pleasure of promoting the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition’s work, co-leading marketing efforts for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, and building relationships with people across the National Heritage Area. She participated as a fellow in the 2016-2017 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship, where she learned project building and leadership skills with creative entrepreneurs from across the country. In her free time, Katelyn enjoys reading, running, pet sitting, and building – mostly LEGOs, but amateur furniture building certainly included. And yes, she would love to pet your dog.

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Shannon Keeling
Special Projects Consultant

Shannon began her journey with the organization as an intern in the fall of 2015 during her final semester at The University of Akron. Upon completion of her degree, she joined the team part time as a special projects consultant, taking a full time position shortly after. With a passion for people and community, Shannon has been heavily involved in communications, community outreach, events and many other tasks within the organization. She loves that the work provides her the opportunity to build relationships with the people and the communities within the Ohio & Erie Canalway footprint. Shannon’s other great passion is her family. She and her fiancé Don have three children: Canaan, Daylon, and Eden. As a busy mother of three boys, Shannon spends her free time traveling, being a team mom, serving on as a member of PTA and Booster Club, and volunteering at her local school reading with children.

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Sara Hart
Content & Development Associate

Sara serves as the content & development associate, assisting with OECC communications including social media, public relations, and e-newsletters, as well as providing support for events and programs. Through her work, Sara has grown to love helping others connect with the outdoors and strengthening the communities in which we live. Born and raised on the outskirts of Akron, Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic and organizational communications from The University of Akron and now calls Akron her home. During her free time, Sara delights in exploring Ohio’s parks, scanning the local library for her next read, and experimenting with vegetarian cooking.

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Alyssa Jones
Development & Project Assistant

Alyssa Jones recently graduated from The University of Mount Union, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a double minor in business administration and French. She enjoys planning fundraising events, networking and building connections. She is thrilled to be a part of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition team and she is excited to learn more about the organization and grow while she is here.

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Darion Edding
Office Assistant

Darion Edding is currently a student studying business management at Stark State in Akron. He has gone through the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition’s internship program and has been brought on to work full time while in school. He truly has a passion for the community that he lives in and loves to make a positive change in people’s lives. Working at the OECC gives Darion the opportunity to work with volunteers and positively impact communities he otherwise would not have the ability to operate in. Outside of working with the OECC Darion spends his time working on art in many different forms, including videography, literary arts, musical art, and visual arts. Most prominently, Darion prefers working with multimedia art, combining multiple forms into a more cohesive design.

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Abigail Bashor
Akron Civic Commons Storyteller

An Akron native with a love for community engagement, Abigail (Abbey) Bashor is delighted by any opportunity to write about the exciting things happening in her hometown. While currently an English major at The University of Akron, she also runs her own online magazine for college women—Her Campus Akron—and freelances for Akron Life Magazine. Abbey traces her love for storytelling back to the days of her childhood when she would read everything and anything, losing herself in the adventurous world of the Magic Tree House series and filling her shelves with as many overdue library books as she could get her hands on. When not writing late into the evening per her night owl-ish ways, Abbey enjoys visiting coffee shops new and old.

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Tim Miller
Special Projects Consultant