Board of Directors

Board Members

Derrick Clay

Derrick Clay

Recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of the nation's 30 young leaders of the future, Business First of Columbus as one of its “40 under 40” business leaders and by Smart Magazine as one of its “smart leaders,” Derrick has established his position in politics and business.

Tracy Maxwell Heard

Tracy Maxwell Heard

Heard has an extensive background in leadership roles. She is the former Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives also having served as the first African American female Majority Floor Leader and as Minority Whip consecutively in her eight years of legislative service.

Sylvester D. Patton, Jr.

Sylvester D. Patton, Jr.

Sylvester D. Patton Jr., a lifelong resident of the city of Youngstown, has been a community activist, a family man and a political reformer in the neighborhoods of Youngstown.

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly where he actively represented the interests of residents in the Dayton, Ohio area for more than 22 years.

Barbara Sykes

Barbara Sykes

Barbara is a former 3-term State Representative, former Deputy Auditor in Summit County, Past President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, and is the first African-American woman to have served on Akron’s City Council.

Petee Talley

Petee Talley

Pierrette “Petee” Talley is Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO and the first woman to hold one of the top two offices in the history of the Ohio AFL-CIO.