Leadership

Senior Management


Sarah Orth

Sarah E. Orth, MPA
CEO

Sarah E. Orth, MPA, proudly joins the Blind Children’s Center as CEO, bringing 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management and fundraising. In her most recent position as an Executive Director with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California, Sarah provided strategic leadership and management for two programs, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® and the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House.

 

She holds a BA from Fordham University; and a Master’s in Public Administration from CA State University, Northridge. Active in the community, Sarah currently serves on the governing boards of the Center for Collective Wisdom (President) and the Patron Saints Foundation.

 

“The mission of the Blind Children’s Center is in direct alignment with my personal passion and commitment to supporting the healthy development of children through family-focused learning, care and support – a passion that has been fostered by my work in exceptional organizations over the last two decades. I am honored to join the talented team at Blind Children’s Center and look forward to partnering with the Board, staff, donors and volunteers to meet the needs of the exceptional children and families we serve.”
   — Sarah E. Orth, MPA


Fernanda Armenta-Schmitt, Ph.D.

Fernanda Armenta-Schmitt, Ph.D.
Director of Education & Family Services

Fernanda Armenta-Schmitt, Ph.D., is the Director of Education & Family Services at the Blind Children’s Center, as well as its Assistant Executive Director. Dr. Armenta-Schmitt, who has been employed at the Center for 27 years, supervises the its multidisciplinary staff of teachers, assistants, specialists, social workers, consultants and mentors in an inclusive, family-focused educational environment. Dr. Armenta-Schmitt has extensive experience in the arena of early intervention and serving families of young children with significant disabilities, and has authored several publications dedicated to serving families with diverse backgrounds and needs. As a licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked in multicultural community mental health settings, and has taught graduate-level courses at several universities throughout the Los Angeles area.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Danette M. Beck
President & Chair Delta Gamma Committee
Senior Vice President, Marsh Co.

Jeffrey Leitzinger, Ph.D.
President-Elect & Parent of a Blind Children’s Center graduate
Founder & President, Econ One Research

C. Herbert Joiner
1st Vice President & Parent of a Blind Children’s Center graduate
Primerica Financial Plans

Scott E. Schaldenbrand
2nd Vice President
Chief Financial Officer, Global Supply Company

Lawrence F. Meyer
Treasurer
Law Offices of Lawrence F. Meyer

Lisa D. Hansen
Secretary
Chair, Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation

Jennifer Brown
Recording Secretary & Co-Chair The Tom Sullivan Blind Children’s Center Celebrity Golf Classic Committee
Sales Account Executive, Verrex, LLC

Gregory J. Grande
Immediate Past President, Chair Planned Giving Committee & Co-Chair Blind Children’s Center Fall Golf Classic Committee
Vice President, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Directors at Large

David R. Braun, CLU
Director & Co-Chair The Tom Sullivan Blind Children’s Center Celebrity Golf Classic Committee
Retired, Insurance Executive

Mark Correa
Director
Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors

Patricia Craine, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Director
Licensed Psychotherapist

Kevin T. Gordon
Director
Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

Sandra G. Hubert
Director
Community volunteer

Sherwin J. Isenberg, M.D.
Director & Chair Research Committee
Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

Samuel Masket, M.D.
Director
Clinical Professor, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

Lynnel P. Muñoz
Director
Regional Vice President, SAP

Carolyn Newberry
Director
Classroom & Community Volunteer

Pilar C. Pettys
Director
Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, U.S. Bank

Marc Rojas
Director & Co-Chair Blind Children’s Center Fall Golf Classic Committee
LAPD Detective, Centurions Coach

Ann Ruth
Director
Community volunteer

Marion Ruth
Director
Owner, Ruth Realty

Fred A. Sayeg
Director
Producer, Fred Sayeg Productions

Azadeh Shladovsky
Director
Designer/Artist

Stephen Simmons
Director
Features Editor, Beverly Hills Courier

Mark T. West
Director & Chair Finance Advisory Committee
Client Success Director, Oracle Cloud Analytics

Andy Wincel
Director
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Inviso Group

Ina Zec
Director & Parent of a Center graduate
Community volunteer

Delta Gamma