Kara Woitkoski

About Kara

Kara graduated from Endicott College with a BFA in Interior Design, where she took on three internships before graduation. Before joining Schrader and Company as an in-house interior designer, Kara honed her craft at a local kitchen and bath company. We are delighted to have Kara on our team.

On her own time

  • Loves anything related to water–be it oceans, lakes, or pools
  • Enjoys traveling and exploring small towns and new areas
  • When not working out after work, she can always be found on a long neighborhood walk

Steve Cousineau

About Steve

Steve graduated from Nyack College with a B.S. in Organizational Management. After college, he worked in Pharmaceutical Sales while also serving as an aviation officer in the Air National Guard. Steve found the community service the guard provided to be a calling and transitioned to full time status for the remainder of his military career. With his sales background, logistics experience, and growing up in a family of tradesmen, moving into construction sales and planning was a natural progression.

On his own time

  • Values family time in the Adirondacks boating and hiking or vacationing anywhere on a beach
  • Enjoys cheering on his student-athlete children at their games
  • Loves New York bred thoroughbred horse racing and enjoys spending time with horses in the barn and on the track

Mark O’Lena

About Mark:

As a retired Airforce Veteran, Mark has had the opportunity to travel the world while serving our country. Mark is passionate about history and architecture. He enjoys restoration projects, renovations and new construction. Mark has a great habit of elevating the organizations he is a part of. Mark brings to us an extensive background in project planning and design.

On his own time:

Enjoys everything the northeast has to offer: hiking, boating, skiing and more. He can be found cheering the loudest at his kid’s events and embarking on new adventures with his family. You might catch Mark riding through the area on his motorcycle or venturing on long treks through New England. Mark recently joined the world of CrossFit and has competed in a number of open competitions.

Erin Loiacono

About Erin

Erin joined the company in 2018 in an official capacity, but this is not her first time here. While attending school, Erin worked first in the office and as soon as she was old enough to use power tools (a milestone she found more exciting than reaching the age old enough to drive) she was out working on job sites. Her career path took her elsewhere for a time and she is thrilled to be back.

Erin has had the benefit of seeing the company from another side as well, as a client. When Erin and her husband made the decision to purchase the beloved home of Erin’s Grandparents, they knew that there were more than a few updates and changes that were both necessary and desired to create the setting for the dream of their family home. They also knew there was no better team to entrust with their dream.

On her own time

  • Loves reading, crafting, and art projects
  • Wandering around in the woods, through the snow, or along a lake shoreline
  • But mostly, turning to her two small children and enjoying their experience with the above activities

Lynn Payzant

About Lynn

Joining us in 2018, Lynn is a very visible addition to our team. She’ll be known to our clients and contacts as the face and voice of the office in her role as Office Administrator, and we couldn’t be more pleased about that. Lynn is positive, outgoing, and professional and we know you’ll enjoy working with her as much as we do.

On her own time

  • Loves to cook and bake and has an addiction to recipes/cookbooks
  • Is a running enthusiast
  • Loves to hike and has completed the Fire Tower Challenge, Cranberry Lake 50 mile Challenge, Saranac Ultra 6er, and is actively on her way to becoming an Adirondack 46er.
  • Love spending time with family and friends
  • Lives on property that has been in her family for over 100 years!

Sean Kelly

About Sean

Sean graduated from the University of Albany with a degree in economics, but grew restless working at a desk in the finance world. He looked for a more fulfilling job in construction. In 2019, he joined the company as an Apprentice Carpenter. Sean loves working with his hands and the satisfaction of a job well done. Sean is eagerly learning the skill sets required to be a successful carpenter. Schrader and Company is excited that Sean decided to trade in the desk job for a career in home remodeling!

On his own time

  • Sean is an avid snowboarder
  • Takes pride in his chickens and garden
  • Enjoys hiking with his family and their dogs
  • Active member of his church, volunteering as the drummer of the worship team

Brooke Weinert

ABOUT BROOKE

Brooke is a recent graduate of Cazenovia College and brings to our team a BFA in Interior Design, an expertise in CAD, and a passion for helping people discover their perfect home aesthetic. Brooke is an important addition to Schrader and Company, rounding out our team of experts. Brooke’s presence meets a need for our clientele, making the often overwhelming design selection process easy and fun. We are thrilled to have her design expertise and enthusiasm in our company.

ON HER OWN TIME

  • Fitness and reading enthusiast
  • Enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog, Wiley
  • Loves hiking, kayaking and being outdoors
  • Fascinated by science and new discoveries, and is always willing to learn something new

Brian Taber

About Brian

Brian joined the company in 1994, a time when we were beginning to recognize the company needed to respond more seriously to the marketplace’s steady demand for a more dignified sales culture. We did respond, and through an extensive search process decided to accept an articulate former contractor with a four year college degree who had convinced us he was meant to be with this company. Now, two decades later we can point to a multitude of sturdy and straight projects that have been built with Brian’s guidance. He continues to make a better world for area families, property owners and business owners, tradesmen and supply persons. Brian is a rainmaker. We are so happy that he knew so long ago that it was right here that he was meant to be.

On his own time

  • Sharing time with his wonderful family (especially their two grandsons!)
  • Golfing (an enthusiast of the game, its architecture and its history).
  • Kayaking (mostly flatwater and almost always with his wife).
  • Enjoys learning about all things related to science and history (intrigued by both and always has been).

Leigh Schrader

About Leigh

Leigh followed the longest path to get here, that aside, we are certainly happy she decided to join our family, expand our family, and bring her talents to make the lives of our employees and their families lives a little more fun or a little less complicated.

On her own time

  • Wife and mother.
  • Member of West Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Auxillary.
  • VP of Membership for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake MOM’s Club.
  • Saratoga County 4-H Horse Program Volunteer and Mentor.
  • Loves traveling to the Florida Keys.

Silas Schrader

ABOUT SILAS

Silas joined the company in 2009 in a formal commitment. This followed a lifetime of working in and around the company, traveling with his father to check out job sites, and spending Saturdays and summer breaks learning the ins and outs of the business.

Silas’s years of hands-on carpentry and project management experience uniquely qualify him to oversee our production systems, maintain safety and quality standards, and manage the challenges of scheduling, as well as budgeting and billing. One of Silas’s most important responsibilities is to collaborate with suppliers, independent contractors, and our own in-house production team to ensure seamless communication and successful long-term relationships. Silas is a consistent presence on job sites, interacting with clients, supporting the crew and ensuring a job well done from construction start to finish.

ON HIS OWN TIME

  • Proud husband and father
  • Major in the United States Marine Corp Reserves
  • President nominee of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Rotary
  • Enjoys the outdoors, hiking with his two children, saltwater fishing in the Florida Keys, and traveling with family (dog included)