TRACY MAXWELL HEARD, Executive Director

“You will never be successful with diversity and inclusion until you master cultural competence.”

Tracy Maxwell Heard

Tracy Maxwell Heard is the Executive Director of Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC, Inc.). MACC’s mission is to implement cultural competence concepts and tools into policies and programs across systems, organizations and businesses. It serves the state of Ohio as a non-profit leader identifying barriers and offering and implementing solutions to health care access, employment, and equity in all sectors.


Heard is a visionary and is seizing this opportunity to take MACC into an unprecedented opportunity for growth in this challenging time of discord but also openness and consideration of a better way. Heard has already made strides and forged partnerships with political candidates, government agencies as well as the corporate sector.


She has an extensive background in leadership roles.  She is the former Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives having given eight years of legislative service. In her professional life, she has served as a regional corporate sales manager to card carrying UAW member, news anchor and non-profit executive director.  Her strength is in transformational leadership and organizational development.  Building strong teams and measurable, impactful growth is her sweet spot.


She has been commended on numerous occasions with awards and national recognition for her work including having been bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for her collective body of work in the Ohio legislature by Wilberforce University.




Jordan Bare currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. Through his role, he serves as an integral component of internal staff support by coordinating training requests, handling invoices, documentation of evaluations, and collecting data for program improvement.

Jordan graduated with an Associates degree in Business Management from Columbus State in the Spring of 2018. In the Spring of 2019, he will graduate with his Bachelors's degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship.



Board Chair

Janie E. Bailey, ACSW, LISW-S, LICDC-S, retired President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Columbus Area Integrated Health Services Inc. (aka Columbus Area, Inc) has a thirty-five-year history of clinical and management experiences in the social service field.  Ms. Bailey began her career in 1967 as a social worker in Philadelphia, Pa. working with foster children, their parents/families, and adoptive parents.  She is a graduate from Florida A&M University (FAMU) earning a B.A. degree in Sociology and a minor in social work.  She received her Masters Degree in 1972 from the University of Pennsylvania and continued honing her clinical and leadership skills through a variety of postgraduate training including Leadership Columbus.  She has taught on the college level as a visiting professor at both Central State University and The Ohio State University teaching undergraduates and graduate-level students respectively.

Since retirement, she is serving as a volunteer on multiple community non-profit social service organizations as well as several national civic and social organizations.  Janie and her husband are the proud parents of two adult sons and three wonderful grandchildren.

Yvonne Jackson  Secretary | Personnel Committee Chair

Yvonne Jackson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has worked in healthcare for 25 years starting her career as a Medical Desk Receptionist at a large healthcare organization in Cleveland, Ohio.  She grew her career in healthcare working in various capacities that include administrative, clinical, clinical support, and leadership roles.  She obtained Behavioral Health experience working as a BH Physician Review Coordinator at a healthcare insurance payer.  She obtained her Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2015 from the University of Phoenix.

Additionally, Yvonne served as the Church Treasurer of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio for 8 years.  She also served as founder and Executive Director of the Canaan Southeast Family Life Center (CSFLC) for 10 years.  This organization was founded to lend a helping-hand to the residents of the Southeast Cleveland Community, in the Lee-Seville-Miles neighborhood and surrounding suburbs by creating community gardens, youth tutorial and after-school programs, basic computer classes for senior citizens, and fitness and healthy eating classes for senior citizens.  Through CFSLC, she advocated for improvements in Behavioral Health Services after determining the needs to improve health care disparities in this underserved patient population through her work in the community.  She stepped-down December 31, 2018 after she moved to Columbus, Ohio to become the Medical Staff Director at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.    She also serves as a board member of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition since June 2018 and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus since September 2018.

Headshot - Cynthia Scott (MACC Board Mem

Cynthia T. Scott, CPA, Inactive retired from the Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of  Franklin County (ADAMH) as Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting.  Reared in Columbus, Oh, Mrs. Scott graduated from West High School, attended The Ohio State University, and later transferred to Capital University, where she received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting in 1974.

Cynthia’s professional career spanned thirty-five plus years and included positions in the financial services industry, non-profits, and city and county governments.

During her career and in retirement, Cynthia brings her years of expertise, volunteering with both civic, nonprofits, and social organizations.

Cynthia T. Scott | Finance Committee Chair

Many years of professional clinical experience as well as years of management and supervisory experience. Was on the first Board for the Columbus AIDS Task Force as well as a Direct Service Coordinator for Support Services. Served a first Board President for The P,E,E,R, Center for over two terms of office. Work as a volunteer for Joint Orqanizatlon for Inner-City Needs (JOIN).

Ron also serves as a deacon at the Christian Spiritualist Temple. Am a member of Prime Timers, Stonewall Un ion (both LGBTQ organizations as WEH as a supporter of CMA, CSO, Conservatory as well as various professional organizations.

Ron Betz

Marketing & Membership Chair

Yvonka M. Hall

Yvonka M. Hall, MPA is the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition. She received a Master of Public Administration from Texas Southern University and a Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame College. She is a proud graduate of John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Ohio and a 2019 inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame. The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently named her the HomeGrown Hero for her work addressing food insecurity. 


The 1974 murder of her mother Yvonne Boston Hall dramatically changed her life; her childhood promise to use her life to help others has lead to the creation of cutting edge programs and impacted thousands of people’s lives. 


She is a mother, grandmother and activist deeply impassioned and involved in social justice activities locally and nationally. Her efforts will save many children from the lifelong impact of lead poisoning. She is currently working to push for a ban on menthol products.


She is a member of numerous organizations. She is a nationally recognized Congressional award winning health disparities expert and a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow. She speaks all over the country about effectively engaging the African American Community the Art of Community Engagement. 


She is an activist, leader, influencer, humanitarian, speaker, researcher and philanthropist. 

J.S. Jindal

Dr. J. S. Jindal, a retired dentist, Central Ohio resident for over forty years, worked for Ohio Rehabilitation & Corrections Department in Dental Services. He serves on American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region Board, The Central Ohio Area Agency of Ageing Advisory Council (COAAA), Franklin County Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory Council, Board of UNA/USA Columbus Chapter, Federation of Indian Associations Board (FIA), Columbus Age Friendly Community Council, Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC), Community Relations Commission (CRC), Columbus Police/Fire Minority Rect. Council and Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN). He is the Co- founding member and serves on the boards of The Spiritual Sadhna Society, Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, Sneh Community for Seniors, John Glenn Intl. Cols. Airport Interfaith Services Board, Guru Nanak Darbar Religious Society etc.

Dr. Jindal is Chair of Columbus International Festival.  He is the president of Sikh Gurdwara Sahib, Snouffer Rd.     

Dr. Jindal got numerous awards and appreciation from Federation of Indian Associations, Columbus Police, Community Relations Commission, Red Cross Blood Services Buckeye Ohio Region, ADAMH, and office of Mayor of Columbus.

At nine years old, Bhuwan Pyakurel, born citizen of Bhutan, Asia, along with his parents, siblings, and many other ethnic Nepalese living in Bhutan, was hurled into a refugee camp in Nepal. They were rejected as citizens of Bhutan and neither did Nepal accept them as citizens. Amid this, young Bhuwan Pyakurel,

Now councilmember-elect of Reynoldsburg City Council, Ohio and first Bhutanese American to be elected into office, wondered why they faced such humiliation and rejection. Speaking with Deba Uwadiae, Editor of New Americans magazine, after his election, Bhuwan, who came to the United States as a refugee in 2009 said, “I went into a refugee camp with my siblings. From that day I started asking why I was forced out of the country of my birth. As I grew up into adult, I learned there was a political reason. We did not have any political right in that country.”

Bhuwan Pyakure