Interim Executive Director
In July, 2016, Walter Wright became the Interim Executive Director of NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology. In this position, Mr. Wright is responsible for expanding NewBridge’s influence in Northeast Ohio and nationally, along with leading NewBridge’s efforts to provide state-of-the-art, after-school programming to urban high school students and market-driven, vocational job training for unemployed and underemployed adults.
Additionally, Walter Wright is the program manager for economic inclusion at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs, where he is working to increase opportunities for Cleveland residents through the Greater University Circle initiative. This work, which began with the Cleveland Foundation and institutional partners such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University has matured and is reaching a ten year milestone. It is now sharing its strategy with other Cleveland communities where there are opportunities to alleviate poverty, including the Hispanic majority community along the West 25th Street corridor, and in the Campus District adjacent to downtown. This work is also being shared throughout communities across the nation who face similar challenges.
Mr. Wright has earned a master’s and bachelor’s degrees (Summa Cum Laude) in Art Education from Case Western Reserve University, and holds certification as an Economic Development Professional with the National Development Council. He is active with several non-profit boards and community building projects.
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Mr. Wright majored in fine art and education at Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Institute of Art, receiving a BS and MA in Art Education. He pursued a career as a professional studio artist, as an art teacher and an exhibiting artist.
Currently, Walter Wright lives with his wife and two daughters in Lakewood, and serves on the board of the Cleveland Print Room and as a member of the City of Cleveland’s Public Art Committee.
Teaching Artist, Photography and Film/Video
Robert is an experimental filmmaker, freelance cinematographer, and teacher.
Robert’s best known work is his 1992 short film “X: The Baby Cinema,” which chronicled the commercial appropriation of the image of Malcolm X. His 1994 feature documentary film, “You Can’t Get a Piece of Mind,” explored the world of Cleveland musician and Vietnam veteran Dan “Supie T” Theman. His films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and Banks was named Filmmaker of the Year at the Midwest Filmmakers Conference in 2001.
Since 2006, Robert has been teaching, filming corporate training videos, and assisting with all aspects of cinematography for other filmmakers and clients throughout the country. He also has shot several feature-length films.
Banks attended the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio School of Broadcasting and Cleveland State University. He also served one term overseas in the U.S. Air Force. He has taught film and photography at Cuyahoga Community College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland State University.
In April, 2015, Tarra Bryant became NewBridge’s Pharmacy Technician Instructor. She is a Licensed Pharmacist in 4 states with 30 years of professional experience.
Prior to NewBridge Tarra was the Pharmacist/Manager at Walgreens and Treworgy Long Term Care Pharmacy in Maine. She has more than 10 years of clinical hospital experience at the Cleveland Clinic, St. Joseph Medical Center, and Penobscot Valley Acute Care Hospital. Her Retail Pharmacy experience spans her career of 30 years.
Tarra received a B.S.Pharm degree from the University of Toledo and is a Certified immunizer and community diabetes educator.
Administrative Assistant – Programming
Ciara Bush is the Administrative Assistant for Programming where she assists in the intake process of participants in our youth and adult programs for NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology. She is the liaison and coordinator for applications, testing, and scheduling interviews. Ciara also uses her graphic design experience to create posters, fliers and post cards for the youth and adult programs.
Ciara comes to us with significant Administrative Assistant experience, including most recently with the Zaremba Group.
Ciara pairs strong administrative skills with a creative graphic design background and an energetic positive personality. Additionally, Ciara volunteered at Youth Opportunities Unlimited helping teens create resumes, develop interview skills and find employment.
Teaching Artist, Digital Photography
Carla is an experienced photographer and teacher. Carla Carter-Lovejoy is a special event and portrait photographer as well as a teacher. She began photographing special events including weddings across Northeast Ohio in 2004. She’s been teaching in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District since 2001. She also enjoys using her love of photography to promote awareness of many social issues including the effects of human trafficking, war and homelessness in society.
Her photographs have been featured in several art exhibits including Solon City Hall, Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College, and the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Westlake.
Carla graduated from Hampton University with a BA, Baldwin-Wallace College with a MBA and Cleveland State University with a Master’s in Education. She has also taken classes at Cuyahoga Community College and the Cleveland Institute of Art and belongs to the Cleveland Alliance of Professional Photographers.
Katherine Cherney is a Certified Allied Health Instructor with 30 years of professional experience, Katherine is the head of the NewBridge Phlebotomy Technician Program.
Before NewBridge Katherine was the Clinical Care Medical Assistant Supervisor and the Senior Medical Assistant in Pediatrics for the University Hospital Health System. She has served as the Job Placement Director (attaining a 97% placement rate), and was the Externship Coordinator and Medical Assistant Instructor for Sawyer College of Business. She has also held numerous teaching positions at the Cleveland Institute of Dental-Medical Assistants, Remington College, Sanford Brown College and Sawyer College of Business.
Katherine received an Associates Degree in Medical Assisting from Sawyer College of Business and is a Certified Allied Health Instructor through AMT (American Medical Technologist). Additionally, she is a certified Hospice Care Volunteer where she received her training through Hospice of Western Reserve.
Teaching Artist, Music Recording & Production
LaMarr is an experienced sound engineer. LaMarr Dillingham know as Marz, works as a Teaching Artist, Recording and Music Production at NewBridge. With more than 15 years in the multimedia arts and the founder of SoundLab Entertainment, LLC. LaMarr is an experienced recording engineer and producer; he has worked with several local and national artists. He has produced 7 full-length recording projects and several radio commercials.
A pioneer of the area’s Christian hip-hop music scene, LaMarr’s innovative work with christian rap artists on Cleveland street corners was featured in a 2007 Plain Dealer article. As a videographer, his project includes music videos, interviews, and documentaries. In collaboration with Branson Wright, sportswriter with the “Cleveland Plain Dealer” LaMarr as work on projects with CBS sports analyst Clark Kellogg, NFL Players Josh Cribbs, Ed Reed, and the legendary running back Jim Brown along with many others. LaMarr had the opportunity to direct and produce the post fight interviews during the Hector Camacho Jr. vs Isreal Cordova Showtime Championship Boxing match.
LaMarr is also an accomplished sound engineer and audio consultant.
Chief Operating Officer
Bethany Friedlander joins NewBridge as Chief Operating Officer with experience in both the private and the public sector. She has a demonstrated record of exceeding revenue goals, driving expansion, and developing and managing high performing teams. Prior to joining NewBridge Bethany served as Chief Operating Officer of VIP Restoration where she was responsible for the development and implementation of yearly goals and budgets, the professional development of staff, and the creation of systems, policies and practices that were implemented across divisions for revenue and profit growth.
Prior to VIP Restoration, Bethany worked in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood, both as COO of Graystone Properties, and as Director of Real Estate for St. Clair Superior Development Corporation. In both positions Bethany created and fostered public-private partnerships, worked with both City and County agencies to obtain funding, and worked closely with neighborhood stakeholders to build consensus. Bethany also has experience with grant writing, and program development including in the Workforce Development area. She has experience with curriculum development, program recruitment, and program evaluation and reporting.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University and a secondary teaching certificate in history from Cleveland State University Bethany is committed to art education and understands how it relates to and enhances the learning in other areas. With Master’s work in educational statistics she understands how program measurement and evaluation is critical to an organization’s mission and success.
Chief Program Officer and Director of Student Experience
Lorenzo Hailes is the Chief Program Officer and Director of Student Experience with NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology. He is responsible for leading and managing all programing objectives for NewBridge, including; planning, organizing, operating, staffing, and budgeting. He collaborates with the programming team to provide any and all support and resources to our students. During Lorenzo’s tenure at NewBridge, he has proved himself to be a force in helping unemployed and underemployed adults complete quality education in healthcare, and then securing gainful employment upon completion. In addition, Lorenzo has a great passion for helping our youth be successful. He is committed to helping our students embrace education, graduate high school, and prepare themselves for post-secondary opportunities.
Lorenzo has a strong understanding of recruitment, marketing, networking, customer service, and retention of students. Prior to joining NewBridge, Lorenzo served as the Director of Admissions with Vatterott College, where he was responsible for more than 200 students. At Vatterott College, the curriculum offerings range from healthcare to skilled trades programs. His responsibilities included managing a team of recruiters and support staff, and working to increase and sustain a strong population of students who were motivated to attend, graduate, and secure employment.
Lorenzo has also worked in other Human Resource related roles, such as, recruiting, training, interviewing, and hiring. He spent time with the VA Medical Center of Cleveland, Ohio, where he learned about the growing need in the Greater Cleveland workforce for skilled and credentialed healthcare professionals.
Lorenzo is a Cleveland native who attended Bowling Green State University. There he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Political Science and Sociology, and an MPA with a concentration in Leadership and Management.
Chief Development Officer
Stephen Langel is responsible for cultivating and managing institutional and individual gifts and for diversifying the organization’s sources of support, allowing NewBridge to serve more youth and adults through its after-school and workforce programs. Stephen has spent a career as a writer, editor, and development officer in Washington, D.C. and Cleveland. During this time he proved himself to be a dynamic, strategic fundraiser and communicator with a track record of building strong and lasting professional relationships. Stephen also has a thorough understanding of politics and policy from more than a decade as a journalist covering Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining NewBridge, Stephen served as Senior Director of Gift and Endowment Planning at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where he was responsible for more than 150 major gift prospects, planned strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of numerous principal gifts, and stewarded major donors throughout the country.
Before coming to Cleveland, Stephen worked in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Editor at Health Affairs, and as a journalist on Capitol Hill covering health care, including the battle over the Affordable Care Act, for Roll Call. He also has worked as a reporter covering pharmaceutical and environmental policy for various publications.
Stephen is a Florida native who received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Florida State University and a law degree from the University of Florida. He loves his new home and is committed to do what he can to help Greater Cleveland and its people.
Student Recruitment Specialist
Maya Lyles is the Student Recruitment Specialist for NewBridge Center for Arts & Technology. Maya serves as the primary liaison between community partners and NewBridge for both Youth and Adult programming. Through the cultivation of current and new partnerships, Maya has increased youth enrollment, and fostered important relationships with students and the surrounding community.
Maya has more than 20 years of professional experience, most recently as Director of Operations for the Village Preparatory Academy (Breakthrough Charter Schools) and Adult Education Replication Manager for NewBridge’s parent entity, the Manchester Bidwell Corporation – National Center for Arts & Technology. Maya played an integral role in the process development and implementation of Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s diverse programming and educational model in communities across the country. Prior to Maya’s experience within the education sector, she strategically managed her career in corporate retail purchasing and planning. Maya built a strong track record of analyzing historical data, current sales trends and allocating merchandise to maximize departmental profitability.
Maya has earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition to her formal education, she has also acquired credentials for Strength-Based Family Worker (SFW) and Family Development (FDC) from Temple University. Maya also served on the Pittsburgh Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Board for two years.
Hospital Nursing Assistant Instructor
Sherry Maier is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience. Not only will Sherry be instructing the NewBridge Hospital Nursing Assistant program for hospital nursing assistant students, she is working closely with the big three Cleveland hospitals to design and implement this exciting new program.
Sherry has established and taught Allied Health Classes in State Tested Nursing Assistant Training and Competency Evaluation, Phlebotomy, and Electrocardiography for the past 12 years. During these years, she was the Director of Education and Training at the Maison Aine Long Term Care Facility and Health Careers Instructor at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. Sherry has also served as Charge Nurse at University Hospital’s Bedford Medical Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist at the Cleveland Cardiac Rehabilitation Center, Critical Care Nurse, Assistant Head Nurse and Primary Nurse at Suburban Community Hospital.
Sherry received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Akron, her Master’s degree in Education from Kent State University and has a number of certifications, including Career and Technical Education.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Tracy Morrow joined the NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology team in October, 2015 with more than 20 years’ experience in office management and project coordination. As the Executive Administrative Assistant to CEO, Tracy provides executive support serving as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the CEO. She also serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and the management team, organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts, and oversees special projects.
Prior to joining NewBridge, Tracy has been associated with organizations including AmeriCorps, NEO Literacy Corps, and University Settlement where she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and recognition from the Cleveland, Ohio Mayor’s Office for her service as a Volunteer Coordinator. She has also worked in administrative management roles at The Computer Workshop and Mansfield Graphics.
Tracy is passionate about helping youth and adults to become financially stable and independent in order to create a healthier and more vibrant community. Tracy attended Ohio State University and Mansfield Business College and holds an Associate degree in Office Management.
Director of Finance & Information Technology
Arman Ochoa is the Director of Finance & Information Techology at NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology. He oversees all accounting functions, and financial reporting. He is also manages and provides hardware and software maintenance, training and consultation, and recommendations about future planning and development of resources.
Arman brings 29+ years of experience in various accounting and management roles. He previously was Finance Director/Information Technology Director for nine years in a couple Northeast Ohio Municipalities. He also spent fourteen years as a Senior Accountant auditing nonprofits and governmental agencies with various Certified Public Accounting firms.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.
Teaching Artist, Ceramics
Billy has dedicated the past twenty plus years, since and during high school: working in the arts, making art, exhibiting art, and teaching art. In January of 2016 Billy joined NewBridge as Teaching Artist of Ceramics.
In high school Billy studied graphic arts at a local Vocational Technical School. In 2001 he earned his BFA in painting from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate student he received several Academic Excellence Awards and scholarships, most notably the Charles B. Hamilton Painting Scholarship. Beyond the completion of his undergraduate coursework, he studied painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics abroad as a foreign exchange student at the Academy of Fine Art & Design in Bratislava, Slovakia.
In the fall of 2008, with the acceptance of a graduate assistant scholarship, he began his Masters Studies at Kent State University. During an intensive two year program he had the honor of studying under many distinguished professors and accomplished artists, including the late Kirk Mangus and Craig Lucas. In 2010 he earned his MFA from Kent State University.
Beyond graduate school he has continued to make new bodies of work while teaching workshops and classes at several of the Cleveland based Art Centers and Schools. In 2013 he was hired as an Adjunct Professor of Ceramics at Cuyahoga Community College. In addition to his professorial duties at the college, he is also the active College Ceramics Lab Technician.
In March of 2015 he opened his first bricks and mortar studio business in the historic Artcraft Building, located in the Superior Arts District of Downtown Cleveland Ohio. In December of 2015 he relocated his studio to the Hildebrandt Building, located in the Clark Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland. Presently he is continuing to craft several limited edition product lines of functional ceramics and large sculptural vessels for exhibition and sale.
Aside from Billy’s academic and artistic accomplishments he has served various roles in the art world, most notably as the Director of Exhibitions at the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, Texas. In addition to his ceramic works, drawings, and paintings, his limited edition art books are available exclusively at Printed Matter in New York City.
Graphic Design Teaching Artist
In the fall of 2015 Natalie joined NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology as a Teaching Artist in Graphic Design. Along with being an experienced Graphic Designer, Natalie is also an accomplished freelance illustrator and teacher. She has worked with or exhibited work with various galleries and organizations such Progressive Insurance, Cleveland Clinic, Kym Sellers Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, SPACES, MOCA, CIA, Cuyahoga Community College, Young Rembrandts, Kaman’s Art Shoppe, Curve Appeal Fashions, Tom Balboa Gallery, and more.
Natalie has also been featured in CAN Journal & Communication Arts Magazine. She is a proud member of ISCA the International Society for Caricaturists & the AIGA design association.
In 2010, Natalie received a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art. In addition to drawing she also studied illustration, graphic design, and animation. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she studied abroad in Ballyvaughn Ireland at the Burren College of Art & Design. While abroad she studied ceramic sculpture, printmaking, photography & video.
Student Employment Specialist
Antoine Wilson is the Student Employment Specialist for NewBridge Center for Arts & Technology. Antoine serves as the primary liaison between the Cleveland hospitals and Newbridge for Adult programming. Antoine has increased the placement rate for the Adult programs and fostered important relationships with community partners.
Antoine comes to NewBridge with a rich history in employment counseling, placement and retention, and has worked with a variety of different groups including students, displaced workers, the long term unemployed, and recent immigrants. Antoine has worked at Cuyahoga Community College, Towards Employment and the University of Akron. He comes with great energy and new ideas and an enthusiasm to work in the city he was raised in. Antoine comes to Newbridge with great ideas to assist our youth and adult participants.
Antoine received his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from The University of Akron.