Staff Members

Simone Crawley

Executive Director

Simone Crawley currently serves as the Executive Director for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC). Throughout her career at The Ohio State University, Simone served as a Page in the Ohio House of Representatives. She earned her degree in Political Science.

Expanding her public policy background, she served as an aide to Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares for three years. During her time at the Ohio Senate, Simone was also elected President of the Ohio Young Black Democrats where she aided in the successful campaigns of several legislative candidates.

In January 2015, Simone began working to ensure cultural proficiency and improved health outcomes in Ohio as the Program Coordinator for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc (MACC). She has served as the Executive Director since March 2016 and also serves as a Mental Health First Aid USA certified instructor.  


Brittany Cotrell 

Program Coordinator 

Brittany currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc (MACC).  Cross-cultural exploration has been a cornerstone of her training and personal development.  As an undergraduate student, she studied abroad in Tomsk, Russia and has spent the last four years collaborating with local community members around HIV prevention. She earned her Master’s degree in Slavic and East European Studies where she investigated how cultural competence impacted service delivery of international nonprofit organizations.

In 2016, Brittany presented at the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) and has worked to improve supportive structures for people living and working in the same community within area nonprofit organizations.   She joins MACC with a variety of nonprofit experience, including program development and grant management, and hopes to focus her energy on rural communities around the state of Ohio. 


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Leah Penn

Administrative Assistant

Leah currently serves as the Administrative Assistant with the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC). She attended Muskingum Area Tech and Ohio University Zanesville. Originally from Zanesville, Leah moved to Columbus in 1995 and worked in finance at Chemical Mortgage, Unisource and AAA Insurance. She also spent five years as an administrative assistant at the Ohio Department of Health.

Leah joined MACC in May 2016, coming out of semi-retirement. Her goal is to use her awareness and knowldege around key cultural differences to improve the lives of others.