Senior Management

Sarah Orth

Sarah E. Orth, MPA
Chief Executive Officer

Sarah E. Orth, MPA, proudly joins the Blind Children’s Center as Chief Executive Officer, 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 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.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

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

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

Scott E. Schaldenbrand
Chief Financial Officer, Global Supply Company

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

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

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
Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors

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

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

Lawrence F. Meyer
Law Offices of Lawrence F. Meyer

Lynnel P. Muñoz
Regional Vice President, SAP

Carolyn Newberry
Classroom & Community Volunteer

Pilar C. Pettys
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
Community volunteer

Marion Ruth
Owner, Ruth Realty

Fred A. Sayeg
Producer, Fred Sayeg Productions

Stephen Simmons
Features Editor, Beverly Hills Courier

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

Ina Zec
Director & Parent of a Center graduate
Community volunteer

Delta Gamma

Interested in learning more about joining the Center’s Board of Directors? Please contact our CEO Sarah Orth via email: sarah@blindchildrenscenter.org