Sarah E. Orth, MPA
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.
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
Danette M. Beck
President & Chair Delta Gamma Committee
Managing Director, 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
CFO, Global Supply Company
Lawrence F. Meyer
Law Offices of Lawrence F. Meyer
Lisa D. Hansen
Chair, Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation
Recording Secretary & Co-Chair The Tom Sullivan Blind Children’s Center Celebrity Golf Classic Committee
Senior Sales Consultant, A.V.I.
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
Senior Vice President, Highland Capital Brokerage
Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors
Patricia Craine, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Kevin T. Gordon
Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Sandra G. Hubert
Sherwin J. Isenberg, M.D.
Director & Chair Research Committee
Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Samuel Masket, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Lynnel P. Muñoz
Regional Vice President, SAP
Director & Classroom Volunteer
Octavio Pescador, Ph.D.
Director & Parent of a Center graduate
Pilar C. Pettys
Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, U.S. Bank
Director & Co-Chair Blind Children’s Center Fall Golf Classic Committee
Officer, Los Angeles Police Department
Owner, Ruth Realty
Fred A. Sayeg
Filmmaker/Producer, Fred Sayeg Productions
Features & Special Sections Editor, Beverly Hills Courier
Mark T. West
Director & Chair Finance Advisory Committee
Client Success Director, Oracle Cloud Analytics
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Inviso Group
Director & Parent of a Center graduate