Selena Schmidt

Selena Schmidt

Executive Director

Originally from Pittsburgh, Selena is a social, civic and private sector entrepreneurial leader. She is known for high impact start-up scaling, spearheading initiatives, and leading organizations focused on intersectionality, equity, and sustainable growth. Her work builds cross sector partnerships that engage community voices nationally and internationally. Selena’s past work includes National Engagement for PBS KIDS; CEO of Power of 32; Chief of Staff for the Pittsburgh City Council President – and was an early leader at Coro, serving as Fellows Program Director and Leadership Development Director. She was recently recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction in Civic and Community Service and by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a Woman of Influence.

Dr. Armani Davis

Dr. Armani Davis

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Armani Davis invests in emerging leaders to build a better future for all. His current role as Chief Talent Recruitment and Development Officer at Shady Side Academy  uses Armani’s strengths in team development and education to create a community of learning. Armani brings his talents and energy to Coro on a volunteer basis, training across programs to invest in participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. As a native of Homestead, PA Dr. Davis knows the region and its challenges personally. 

Sarah Boal

Sarah Boal

Director of Commonwealth Programs

Leveraging her experience in international crisis communications, global logistics, and decades of program development and curriculum design for youth in underserved communities, Sarah joined the team at Coro as a means to build into the talents of emerging leaders. Sarah’s boutique consulting group SBGlobal provides the strategic analysis social and civic entrepreneurs need to create sustainable solutions. From Pittsburgh startups to global nonprofits, Sarah Boal works with innovators and leaders to uncover opportunities and find pathways through rapidly shifting environments. 

Sarah earned her Master’s in Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), where she was a Johnson Leadership Fellow, after a decade leading youth development and cradle to grave educational programs.

Ehryn Ortega

Ehryn Ortega

Coro Programs Associate

Born and raised in San Francisco, Ehryn Ortega grew up in a family that encouraged her curiosity, fierce determination, and gentleness with and for others. She found her calling in public health after taking an Identity & Ethnic Studies and Infectious Disease class in high school.

Wanting to experience life outside of her Bay Area bubble, Ehryn found herself at a small liberal arts college in Ohio. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. She has deep commitment to the promotion of community organizing and empowerment as a means to affect transformative societal change. Ehryn is an AmeriCorp alumni, having served in the Coro Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corp during the pandemic. During that time she worked with the Latino Community Center to coordinate their food and nutrition programs. This fall Ehryn will pursue her Masters in a joint degree program at the Graduate School of Public Affairs (GSPIA) and the Graduate School of Public Health.

Ehryn looks forward to utilizing her skills to support Coro as the Program Associate. In her free time, Ehryn loves to read, bake, and enjoys spending time in nature.

Giselle Martinez

Giselle Martinez

Digital Media Intern

Giselle is deeply passionate about art and its intersection with technology. Her childhood home in Wyoming had been filled with books, comics, sculpture, painting and  video games. This fascination with all forms of art only deepened when she moved to Pittsburgh and discovered that these art forms were a vital part of how she understood and connected with the wider world. As she got older, she started to explore not only the aesthetics of art, but the interaction the audience has with it as designed by the artist. This led her to study Game Art and Design at Drexel in Philadelphia where her love for video games and interactive media could be explored and experimented with. 

Recognizing art as a vital part of our lives, Giselle seeks to connect and understand people through it in all its myriad forms. Upon joining the Coro Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps (C5), she turned this understanding and drive toward crafting accessible and meaningful art in the service of community health education. 

Now that Coro’s C5 program has ended, she continues to work with both Neighborhood Legal Service and Coro’s social media, branding, and graphic design needs while working on a long term personal project. She intends to bring what she’s learned about people and community needs to craft sensitive and empathetic narratives in her art.