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NOCA Welcomes New Members
The Network of Community Advisors (NOCA) is the community advisory board of the PRCHN. Its members represent a wide variety of community, municipal, and nonprofit groups. NOCA members serve may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. NOCA's role is to provide guidance and leadership to carry out the goals and objectives of the Center, to provide annual feedback on the progress of the Center, and to bring current issues in area neighborhoods to the attention of the Center.

Brandon King and Lena Grafton are the NOCA co-chairs, while Najah Muhammad is the chair-elect. The immediate past chair is Adriennie Hatten. The NOCA Research Committee co-chairs are Lena Grafton and Jennifer Scofield. The Community TIES Committee co-chairs are Najah Muhammad and Jesus Sanchez.

NOCA welcomed six new members at its fall meeting. Each of these individuals brings a unique skill set and potential partnership with her or his home organization. Get to know each of NOCA’s new members below.


 Myron D. Bennett
Myron Bennett serves as Commissioner of Health for the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH). He has worked in the public, nonprofit and private health care and public policy sectors throughout the United States for more than 30 years. Commissioner Bennett has served as an evaluator to numerous local, state, and federal health planning organizations and played a vital role in the design of the current national organ transplant distribution system. Commissioner Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Francis University and a Master of Business Administration and Health Care Administration from Cleveland State University. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Commissioner Bennett is a board member of Bike Cleveland, the co-chair of the Cuyahoga Regional HIV/AIDS Health Services Planning Council, the past Co-Chair of the Region V Regional Health Equity Council, a member of the Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Shelter Advisory Board, and the Co-Chair of the Income Impact Committee of the United Way of Greater Cleveland.
 Erika Brown
Erika Brown joined Neighborhood Connections in early 2015 as a place-based Community Network Builder. She works to bring people together across lines of difference, create a web of collaboration and exchange, and encourage residents from different neighborhoods and institutional leaders to work together to create innovative responses to the challenges that plague our communities. Erika is also a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

Andrea Martemus-Peters, MSSA, LSW
Andrea Martemus-Peters is the Manager of the Community Health Advocacy Project at The MetroHealth System since April 2014. Previously, she was a Project Manager with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Andrea has spent the majority of her career working in the social service field in some capacity. She previously worked in early intervention and with a charter school as a Family Advocate. During her employment with a residential treatment facility, she decided to become a social worker. Andrea earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Capital University. Her graduate studies were completed at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration on Aging. She volunteers in her church and is a mentor for the College Now program in Cleveland, Ohio.
 No photo available Gordon Martin, Pastor
Pastor Gordon Martin is the Pastor and Director of Prince of Peace Outreach and Deliverance Ministries (POPCE), a faith-based community service organization that proactively assists community members in organizing and working together on efforts to improve the quality of life for all as they see fit. Located in the Stockyards neighborhood, POPCE includes food pantries, free vegetable markets, the local Greenspace Committee, and the Gardeners’ Tool Bank, designed to support the nutritional needs of residents. Prince of Peace Outreach also serves as a vital distribution point for donations received through the Cleveland Food Bank. The ministry includes a host of other services designed for all residents, including clothing distribution, family counseling, and a computer lab.
 Amanda Osborne, MA
Amanda Osborne is the Community Development Extension Educator at Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County. As a member of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, Amanda has been working to connect low-income families to healthy, affordable, and local food by coordinating the Produce Perks EBT Incentive program at farmers’ markets where shoppers utilizing food stamps can receive additional dollars to purchase fruits and vegetables. Amanda’s interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice, urban agriculture, and local food systems. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Urban Geography from The George Washington University. She has established close relationships with local growers and producers, as well as farmers’ market managers in the Cleveland area. She is a member of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) and the Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association (GCBA).
 Michelle Wilcox
Michelle began her career in the healthcare field at the age of 18 where she worked at a group home for MRDD residents. Over the next eight years she worked for various agencies as a caregiver and CNA in Ohio and Arkansas. Michelle was the lead teacher for a kindergarten program at the Child Development Center on Camp Humphreys (Army base) South Korea. During her two years there she also assisted with the reaccreditation of the School Age center and worked at the middle school and teen centers. In January 2015, Michelle started working for the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland as a Community Health Worker, where she works on an education team with two registered dietitians, a registered nurse, and a registered social worker. Michelle holds an associate’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix and is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Ashford University.
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