She was business manager for St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor from 1988 to 1998, before being hired by the Shelter Association.
From a 2008 profile in the Ann Arbor Business Review:
Shortly before she was hired, Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County officials formed a task force on homelessness. Out of that came a plan to consolidate the Shelter Association's facilities - including a day center that had been condemned - into a one-stop facility. It took time, and $8 million was raised for construction, endowment and operations, but the four-story Delonis Center opened in late 2003. The facility cost $5.5 million with an annual budget around $1.5 million. Washtenaw County, the city of Ann Arbor and about $700,000 raised from the outside provide funding for the center.
She has served on a variety of civic groups, including the Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry Steering Team and the Urban County Task Force.
Schulmeister has a bachelors degree in business administration from SUNY Buffalo, and worked for a public utility in Buffalo for 18 years before moving to Washtenaw County.
She currently lives in Ypsilanti Township.
In the news
County Weighs Response to Homelessness – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, May 7, 2014
County Board Briefed on Shelter Services – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Feb. 9, 2014
Warming options expanding for Ann Arbor area homeless during extreme cold – MLive, Jan. 6, 2014
Executive Profile: Ellen R. Schulmeister – Ann Arbor Business Review, Jan. 31, 2008
Shelter Association website: http://www.annarborshelter.org/