Sarah Orth, Blind Children's Center CEO

Sarah E. Orth, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

Sarah E. Orth, MPA. With 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Mrs. Orth has dedicated most of her career to agencies focused on early childhood development, and services for children with special needs and/or chronic illnesses.  Before joining the Blind Children’s Center, Mrs. Orth served as an Executive Director with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California where she provided leadership for two programs, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® and the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House. Prior to that, she served as Development Director for Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena where she spearheaded the agency’s capital campaign and strategic development.

Mrs. Orth holds a BA from Fordham University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from CA State University, Northridge. She has taught the Capital Campaign class at UCLA’s extension program and has presented at numerous conferences throughout her career.  Active in the community, she currently serves on the governing boards of CAABVI (CA Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired), the Center for Collective Wisdom (President) and the Patron Saints Foundation.

Fernanda-Armenta-Schmitt, Blind Children's Center's Director of Education and Family Services

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 31 years, supervises 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.