NewBridge Staff

John Carmichael

Chief Executive Officer

In September 2013, John Carmichael became the second Executive Director of NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology (“NewBridge”).  John is responsible for expanding NewBridge’s influence in Northeast Ohio and nationally and leading NewBridge’s efforts to provide state-of-the-art, after-school arts programming to urban high school students and market-driven, vocational job training for unemployed and underemployed adults.

John spent most of his professional career at one of the country’s top 20 banks, M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY where he was Vice President for Community Outreach.  John played a number of critical roles during his 20-year tenure with the Bank, including leadership of a unique private-public partnership with the Westminster Community Charter School and the Buffalo Public School District.  He served as Westminster’s CEO and led its transformation from being among the lowest to one of the highest-performing schools in Buffalo while also creating a financially self-sustaining, stand-alone school.

As Director of the Westminster and M&T Bank Charitable Foundations, he was also responsible for heading the Bank’s largest charitable initiatives to support urban education and communities and families in need.

John was also instrumental in obtaining a $12 million Federal Promise Neighborhood grant to significantly benefit children from cradle to college and their families and acted as the Chief Operating Officer for the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.  The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood not only received the highest score awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, but also was one of only five communities selected from among 350 applicants from across the country.

John attended Cornell University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in French and Spanish and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Management.



Bethany A. Friedlander

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.



Stephen Langel

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.



Arman Ochoa

Finance Director

Arman Ochoa is the Finance Director at NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology. He oversees all accounting functions, and financial reporting. He is also the information technology manager, where he manages and provides hardware and software maintenance, training and consultation, and recommendations about future planning and development of resources.

Arman brings 17 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 eight 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.


Robert Banks

Instructor, 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.


Carla Carter-Lovejoy

Instructor, 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. She 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.


LaMarr Dillingham

Instructor, Music Recording & Production

LaMarr is an experienced sound engineer.

LaMarr Dillingham know as Marz, works as a Teaching Artist, Recording and Music Production. 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.


Clarence D. Meriweather

Instructor, Graphic Design

Clarence D. Meriweather is an accomplished graphic designer.

Clarence D. Meriweather is a Graphic Design graduate of Bowling Green State University (1992) and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He’s received a significant number of accolades throughout his tenure. He was awarded the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) Healthcare Communication Award in September 2009 and the One 2 Watch, Inside Business Magazine Award in December 2003.