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Kimberly Krueger

Chair of the Board

Kimberly Krueger has been an active member in Hermann Sons Life for 49 years. As a third-generation member, she has served as a lodge officer since the age of 20 including secretary and president. She is currently a financial trustee for Stockdale Lodge. 

Kim started working at the Home Office in December of 1994. During her employment, she worked in the Collections Department for the first year, then moved into the Youth Activities office. In 1997, governance changed and the office became the Fraternal Department. Kim worked closely with the Vice President-Fraternal as his assistant. At the 2013 Grand Lodge Convention, Kim was elected Vice President-Fraternal.

She served on the Board of Directors for the Fraternal Alliance of Texas and served as president in 2017. 

Kim served on the Executive and Grand Committees from 2013 to 2018 and then left Hermann Sons Life to work with her husband on their farm and ranch along with helping her parents with their farm and ranch. They currently have a couple of additional staff and provide quality hay to feed stores and many local clients. They also have a large cattle ranch. Kim and husband Dustin have one son, Matthew, a daughter-in-law, Breanna, and a grandson, Stetson.

David Wolf

Co-Chair of the Board

David Wolf  is a member of Wichita Falls Lodge where he serves as president. He lives in Graham with his wife Pam. They have three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. All are Hermann Sons Life members.

He was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. He is chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Midwestern State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work and a master’s degree in education. He is retired but continues to work part-time as a social worker in a long-term care facility. He and his wife own a farm where they raise cattle.

He also is active in the Graham Lions Club and Knights of Columbus. He has served as an official for high school and sub-varsity football games as a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

Gerald Ziemnicki

Board Director

Gerald Ziemnicki is  president of Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge, a member since 2007. He is also a Hermann Sons Life sales agent. He has served as his lodge’s assigned insurance agent, as lodge and Home Association trustee and as Community Coordinator.  

He has spent more than 35 years in the financial services industry. He holds a bachelor of arts degrees in psychology from Marquette University and is a former member of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. He is a former registered representative for New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers security firms handling the marketing and sales of stocks, bonds and insurance.

Gerald has received the President’s Award from The Park People of Houston, a non-profit organization advocating for more parks and open space for Houston and Harris County.

For the past 60 years, he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has held the positions of Charter Grand Knight, trustee, board member and Audit Committeeman.  

Wife Aida Kennedy Ziemnicki is a Texas licensed tax attorney and CPA. They have four children, all of whom are Hermann Sons Life members.

David Noak

Board Director

David Noak is a fourth-generation member of Hermann Sons Life and is an active member and past president of Rutersville Lodge in Fayette County.

He served more than 25 years in the U.S. Air Force. After returning to La Grange, he served two terms as mayor and four years as a county commissioner.

He then went to work for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management. He retired in 2017 as a district coordinator responsible for advising mayors and county judges on all issues pertaining to disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

He holds an associate of science degree in mid-management from Vernon Regional Junior College and a bachelor of science degree in occupational education with a business administration major from Wayland Baptist University.

He and his late wife Mary have two children and seven grandchildren. All of their children and grandchildren are Hermann Sons Life members.

Laura Tiffin

Board Director

Laura Tiffin, a third-generation Hermann Sons Life member, has been a member for 60 years. She, husband Wayne Tiffin and daughter Allison are a 100 percent family and are members of Cuero Family Lodge. She has held many offices on the local level and has served as president of Cuero Family Lodge for 15 years. She became a licensed sales agent for Hermann Sons Life in 2007 and has earned membership in the Million Dollar Club and Executive Club several of those years. She also served as a member of the Business Operations Committee. Wayne is also an award-winning Hermann Sons Life sales agent.

Laura has been employed by DeWitt Medical District at Cuero Regional Hospital for 42 years and is the general accounting manager. She is in charge of payroll for approximately 400 employees and accounts payable for the hospital, five clinics, home health and the fitness center. She also handles bank transactions for 16 nursing homes. 

She served on the board of the Cuero Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Pilot Club of Cuero, Pilot International and numerous school organizations as her daughter was growing up.

Stan Steiger

Board Director

Stan Steiger has been a member of Hermann Sons Life for more than 60 years and is a native of San Antonio.

As a member of Harmonia Lodge, he has held every officer position except one and is currently a member of the lodge’s Finance Committee.

After 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, he started a career in the life and property and casualty business in 1979. During that time he was president of the Steiger Insurance Agency Inc. and is now the vice president and managing partner of Independent Insurance Center Inc.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Valparaiso University.

He and wife Karen have two children and four grandchildren.

Eugene Zollinger

President and CEO

Eugene Zollinger was named President and CEO of Hermann Sons Life on Feb. 1, 2019. Prior to that he was a franchise owner with Goosehead Insurance.

Zollinger has lived in New Braunfels for the past 11 years. He and wife Alison have five children.

Born in Logan, Utah, he grew up in Bryan where he attended Bryan High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in international studies from Texas A&M and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds general lines and life insurance licenses.

After graduating from high school he served a full-time mission for his church in Sonora, Mexico, for two years and is fluent in Spanish.

Before joining Goosehead Insurance, he worked for Cintas Corporation and Bimbo Bakeries, USA.

Samantha Schulmeier Kelley

Vice President of Operations and COO

Samantha Schulmeier Kelley’s primary responsibilities are to oversee the Member Services, Underwriting and Reception Departments. Her position is second to the President and CEO, she holds numerous committee appointments and also serves as the Corporate Secretary.

Samantha received two associate degrees from San Antonio College, one in mathematics and one in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also holds several certifications including Certified IRA Professional (CIP), Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) and Texas Notary Public.

In addition to being a fourth-generation member of Hermann Sons Life since 1985 and working in the Home Office since 2006, Samantha is an active lodge member. She currently serves as the vice president of Kirby Lodge.

Samantha and her husband Jonathan enjoy traveling as often as they can, as well as, spending time with their four nephews.

Mary Pruitt

Vice President of Finance and CFO

Mary Pruitt served as Controller for the Home Office for 10 years before her appointment as Vice President of Finance and CFO in 2020. 

Mary earned her degree in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has a background in finance, banking and insurance having previously worked for Nationwide and Bank of America among other financial institutions.

Cecily Kelly

Vice President of Member Benefits

Cecily Kelly’s primary responsibilities are overseeing all Member Benefits including our Camp, Schools of Dance, Retirement Home, lodges, community service programs and company events.

She was appointed Vice President of Member Benefits in September 2018.

Cecily joined the Home Office staff in 2008 and served as Member Benefits Director prior to her appointment as vice president. Prior to that she was a dance instructor.

Cecily has been a Hermann Sons Life member since 2010 and is an active member and officer in Lone Oak Lodge. She and husband John have two sons, Heydon and Brennan. They are a 100% Hermann Sons Life Family.

Robin Czarnek

Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Robin Czarnek oversees the Sales Team of regional sales managers and field agents.

She was appointed to the position in April 2021.

Previously she was associated with Premium Group Insurance where she was a business development manager. Her role was to recruit, manage and train agents nationally. Prior to that, she was an insurance agency owner for 20-plus years.

She holds licenses for life and health insurance, property and casualty general lines. Prior to joining the Hermann Sons team, Robin held her 6 and 63 securities licenses for nearly 20 years during her tenure as an Allstate agency owner.

She and husband David have two grown children, Haley and Garrett.