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.


Robert BanksRobert Banks

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.


Carla Carter Lovejoy PicCarla Carter-Lovejoy

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.


Kate LylesKatherine Cherney

Phlebotomy Instructor

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.


DSC_5890LaMarr “Marz” Dillingham

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.


BethanyBethany 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.


Lorenzo HailesLorenzo Hailes

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.


stephenStephen 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.


Maya LylesMaya Lyles

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.


Sherry MaierSherry Maier

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.


ArmanArman 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.


BillyBilly Ritter

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.