HUDSON, N.Y. March 27, 2024—Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) Foundation will honor Anne M. Schomaker and Deborah E. Lans at its 36th Annual Hospital Ball on June 15 at The Wire Event Center on the scenic Hudson River in Coxsackie. The CMH Foundation is pleased to honor Ms. Schomaker and Ms. Lans for their dedicated service and compassionate leadership.

Ms. Schomaker has served on the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Board of Trustees since 2008. She is currently the immediate past Chair and has served on the Hospital Ball Committee for five years. For 33 years she taught the upper elementary grades in Hauppauge, Long Island. She completed her master’s degree at Hofstra University in special education majoring in childhood learning disabilities and was selected for Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 1990. She has served in many volunteer roles including as Trustee of the Columbia County Historical Society and Habitat of Humanity; Trustee for the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation, serving as Chair from 2019 – 2023; President of the Kinderhook Garden Club and President of the Columbia-Greene Child Advocacy Center. Ms. Schomaker was the recipient of the CMH Foundation’s Clara Kellner Award in 2017.

Ms. Lans has served on the Columbia Memorial Health Board of Trustees since 2015 and served as Board Chair from 2019 to 2022. She is a lawyer specializing in complex commercial and marital litigation and practices with Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Simpson LLP. She is an active member of the Columbia County community, having, among other things, served as Board Chair of the Columbia Land Conservancy and Treasurer of PS 21. She is a 40-year resident of Austerlitz, where she currently chairs the Planning Board and is a contributor to the Columbia Paper.

James J. Armstrong, chair of the CMH Foundation, said: “It is impossible to articulate the profound and positive impact Anne Schomaker and Deb Lans have had on CMH’s mission and values. Both have contributed thousands of hours of their time and shared with us their unique expertise and unrelenting energy. We can never adequately express how grateful we are to them and to their families for their remarkable contributions.”

CMH President and CEO Dorothy M. Urschel said: “Every organization is a reflection of its leadership. The complexity of today’s health care field demands a high degree of intelligence, sophistication, endurance, and compassion. I can find no better words than those to describe both Anne and Deb. We are so grateful for and honored by their commitment to this organization and the communities we serve.”

Reservation and sponsor information is available at or by calling the CMH Foundation office at 518.828.8239.

About Columbia Memorial Health:
Columbia Memorial Health has served the Hudson Valley since 1893. Comprising a 192-bed acute care hospital in Hudson, New York, and 37 primary care and specialty care centers throughout Columbia and Greene counties, Columbia Memorial Health provides services to more than 110,000 residents, with a focus on primary care, health education and advanced surgery. Columbia Memorial Health is a member of the Albany Med Health System, which also includes Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College, Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Hospital, and the Visiting Nurses. The region’s largest locally governed health system, it has 1,520 beds, more than 800 physicians and 125 outpatient locations serving the region’s three million people.


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