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
Since 1994, Daniel 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 local communities, Dan has served on numerous boards and committees including Ohio Historic Site Preservation Committee 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.
Amber Genet, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Amber is the first person to hold the position of vice president and COO or the organization, and is tasked with leading events, development projects, and day-to-day operations within the organization. She is an active member of the community, including serving as a member of Leadership Akron’s Class 34, Torchbearer (Class of 2010), and United Disabilities Services Board, and is distinguished with many awards, including Summit County Historical Society’s 2017 Woman of the Year in Creativity and Greater Akron Chamber’s 2014 30 for the Future Award. Amber holds dual bachelor degrees in public relations and business communication from The University of Akron, where she also completed her Masters in Communication.
George Ebey, Grants & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
George has worked at the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition since 2011, managing the Strategic Initiatives program, as well as various projects and events, including the construction of boardwalks along the Towpath Trail in Tuscarawas County and the improvement of underpasses along the trail in Downtown Akron. George is a graduate from Kent State University and The University of Akron.
Darion Edding, Office Assistant
With a passion for his local community, Darion loves to make a positive change in people’s lives and working at the Coalition provides him that opportunity. He is working full time while studying business management at Stark State in Akron. 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.
Katelyn Freil, Communications Manager
Katelyn manages communications efforts for the Canalway Coalition, co-leads communications efforts for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, and builds relationships with people across the National Heritage Area. She is a graduate of The University of Akron’s School of Communications and was a member of the 2016-2017 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship.
Lydia Hoffman, Content & Event Coordinator
Lydia is a soon to be graduate of The University of Akron, where she studied fashion merchandising and marketing. She loves being immersed in the ongoing events that the City of Akron and the areas that surround it have to offer so much that she decided to move here from Pittsburgh, PA. When Lydia isn't working on e-newsletters planning events, and social media for the OECC, she enjoys traveling near and far.
Alyssa Jones, Development & Event Coordinator
Alyssa is a recent graduate 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. Her previous work experience has led her to develop a fondness for fundraising events and building connections.
Shannon Keeling, Special Projects Consultant
Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree from The University of Akron, Shannon joined the Coalition part time as a special projects consultant, taking a full time position shortly after. She has been heavily involved in communications, community outreach, events and general office tasks. As a busy mother of three boys, Shannon spends her free time serving on as a member of PTA and Booster Club, and volunteering at her local school reading with children.
Lynn Williams, Office/Program Manager
Lynn brings more than 30 years of administrative, operational, and managerial experience to her role with the Ohio & Erie Canalway, where she manages office tasks, accounting, and planning programs like canal cleanups and Healthy Steps. Lynn is a Summit County/Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition Notary Public and is currently continuing her education by seeking her bookkeeping certificate.