County Executive names Martin and Studamire-Rosado to STC board

CLEVELAND – February 27, 2017 – The Senior Transportation Connection (STC) Board of Directors welcomed two new board members, appointed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. Eric P. Martin, business manager for the Division of Senior & Adult Services (DSAS) Cuyahoga County, and Pamela Studamire-Rosado, community services coordinator, United Labor Agency join the leadership of the non-profit countywide paratransit provider. They will serve three-year terms.

Eric P. Martin has served various Cuyahoga County human service roles for nearly 20 years. Since 2015, he has overseen the DSAS budget, providing fiscal oversight, grants management and strategic planning input for the division. Previously, the Euclid resident served in various roles at Cuyahoga Job & Family Services. He attended Clark Atlanta University, earned his B.A. in political science/public administration from Baldwin Wallace University and his MBA from University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Cuyahoga County Sustainability Committee.

Pamela Studamire-Rosado has almost twenty years’ experience organizing and collaborating with labor and community activists and advocates. Pam Joined the United Labor Agency in 2014 as community services coordinator, working in consultation with the North Shore Federation of Labor and United Way of Greater Cleveland to provide training and education to union members, information referral services to workers and their families and work in the community  on behalf of United Way and Labor. Previously, she was outreach coordinator for Policy Matters Ohio and Secretary-Treasurer and Political Director for SEIU Local 47. Pam has served as board chair for Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services Advisory Board and Community Shares of Greater Cleveland Board of Directors; she currently sits on the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Education Foundation Board, United Way Worldwide Labor Liaison Advisory Committee, Senior Voice AFLCIO among many others. Pam resides in Bedford Heights with her son William.

County Executive Budish also reappointed current STC board members Allison L.E. Wallace and Gerald B. Chattman, Esq. to new three-year terms. Wallace is executive Director of Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association. Attorney Chattman is a partner with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs as the nonprofit and foundation practice group leader.

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North Olmsted residents give STC Plus a spin

STC Plus, The new evening and weekend Senior Transportation Connection service, booked its first passengers in April. STC Plus, the new evening and weekend Senior Transportation Connection service, booked its first passengers in April. It offers North Olmsted residents new, accessible transportation possibilities at different times and to different places. Executive Director Janice Dzigiel explained that "Our goal is to help people connect to social, recreational and worship opportunities. We encourage people to consider group outings to a movie and dinner, or perhaps a play or shopping.  We look forward to exploring new activities and locations with our passengers."

Our first passengers

Our very first STC Plus passenger had a practical reason for calling. Joanne Holchin was reluctant to reschedule a late afternoon physician appointment. She knew it would not be finished in time, so she arranged for STC Plus to bring her home. "I am looking forward to all the places where I now can go," Joanne said. STC Plus took Linda Bokan and her son Michael to St. Richard's Church on Easter morning. Linda is a long-time rider who enjoyed attending this special day with her son. They've already booked their next outing. Thanks to a federal grant from the National Aging & Disability Transportation Center, STC Plus offers one free trip to encourage seniors and adults with disabilities to try the new service. Individuals can contact STC directly to arrange for a vehicle that meets their mobility needs, operated by a trained driver. Call today to find out how STC Plus can drive your social life.