Who We Are

We’re two working moms who wanted to create a toy that both parents and kids would love … a toy that would help teach our kids – and hopefully yours – that differences are beautiful and what makes this world so special.


Valerie Alva-Ruiz, Co-founder

Valerie is a wife and mom to two little girls who love to sing, babble, dance and read books. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and currently works in Public Affairs & Communications at a Fortune 100 Company. In her spare time, she’s working on Selma’s Dolls, chasing kids, eating chocolate, watching Shark Tank and eating more chocolate.  

Courtney Stillwagon, Co-founder

Courtney is mother to two little ones who keep her on her toes. She is a CPA and works in finance at a Fortune 100 company; her husband of 10+ years is an attorney. Despite their hectic work and family schedules, they find lots of time for their family and friends. Courtney's "free-time" is spent working hard to bring Selma's Dolls to market, traveling with her husband and kids, trying new restaurants, reading books at the last minute for book club, being active in their church and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs.