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.



Heather Clayton Terry

Director of Youth Programs

Heather Clayton Terry oversees staff, curriculum development, of the Youth Programs at NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology.

A native Clevelander, Heather previously worked at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) as the Associate Director for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and WISER (Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable) Student Advisor from 2012- 2014. In her role at Case, Heather designed, managed and evaluated all WISER programs, which included working with hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students at the University, supervising staff, as well as implementing outreach programs developed in collaboration with community organizations. She also established the Margie and Jim Emshoff ’64 Fund for Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable, the first CWRU student group endowment in partnership with the Case Alumni Association. From 2009-2011, she served as the Project Manager for the Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation Center. Prior to joining Case, Heather worked as the Francis H. Beam, Jr. Fellow for two years at the Saint Luke’s Foundation, where she evaluated grant proposals for the Foundation. In addition, Heather has over nine years of experience in library management, educational services, project management, grant applications and workforce development at a variety of organizations including the Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga Community College.

Heather brings significant experience in strategic program development, program management, data analysis, youth counseling, curriculum development, community-based recruitment, event organization, partnership development, budget management, and program evaluation. She has also forged multiple collaborative relationships with community organizations for the benefit of her programs. Heather earned a Masters of Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Terry graduated from the Cleveland Bridge Builders emerging leaders program in 2008-2009 and was also awarded the “25 under 35 Movers and Shakers Award” from Inside Business Magazine that same year.

Heather has also curated multiple exhibitions showcasing artists from different disciplines (photography, ceramics, short film and mixed media artwork) and is an accomplished songstress (Clover of the band Amraah 8) who has been featured on more than twelve international compilation albums (Sonar Kollektiv, Jazzanova, Swedish Brandy Productions and Schema Records). Heather is a strong proponent of mentorship through the arts and believes creative expression is instrumental to high school completion and a gateway to post-secondary opportunities.


Arman Ochoa

Finance/IT Manager

Arman Ochoa is the Finance/IT Manager 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.


John Miyazawa

Studio Coordinator & Instructor, Ceramics

John Miyazawa is a professional potter.

John comes to NewBridge from Pittsburgh, where he worked with the Learner-Centered Arts Integration Program led by Pittsburgh public schools and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.  The project connects teaching artists from Manchester with schoolteachers to introduce and integrate more art into curriculum to deepen students’ understanding.

John is a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., where he spent summers as an apprentice to local potter Scott Shaefer and retired Earlham art professor Mitsuo Kakutani. After graduation, Junji spent three years in Japan, where he lived and worked with an esteemed potter and visited many of the famous Japanese pottery villages, including Bizen, Iga, Shigaraki, Hagi, Karatsu, and Mashiko.


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.