GUILDERLAND: Chamber chief takes new post

She relocated to the Capital District because her husband, whom she had met in college, decided the job market in his field looked a lot more promising here. Not wanting to come to the area without securing a job first, Schramm began to think about what career opportunities would be available for her.

As a kid, she had been athletic and very involved with her local YMCA, and decided to take her first job in Albany at the downtown YMCA as an aquatics instructor. She enjoyed the job and thought it was a great fit, but was soon ready for the next challenge. When a change in staff occurred, she was able to take on a position as marketing director of the Albany YMCA. The job became an opportunity to do more organizational things and be more involved with the local community. Eventually, her networking abilities once again led her to another job as the city ombudsman, or director for volunteer services and community service in Albany under Mayor Gerald Jennings. Though the division no longer exists, for two years, Schramm worked with the city offices and 4,000 volunteers to handle community service related complaints from constituents.

A few years later, while living in Guilderland, Schramm found out about an open position at the chamber of commerce through a friend. Happily married with no children, she felt it was a time in her personal life and career that she was most prepared to take on the responsibility.

"I thought I'd give it a shot and see if we had a match, " she said. "They decided to take a chance on me, and I decided to take a chance on it, and we've been happy ever since."

Schramm hadn't been looking to leave the chamber, but Senior Services sought her out.

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