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Sandra Jones

Chair of the Board

Sandra Jones has served in several capacities in her 50-plus years of membership in Hermann Sons Life. Besides serving as Chair of the Board of Directors, she is a sales agent.

As a member of Fort Worth Lodge, she serves as secretary-treasurer and she is currently the secretary and tournament director for the Hermann Sons Life Statewide Bowling Tournament.

Previously, she served as a member of the Grand Finance Committee, the Laws Committee, the Fraternal Activities Committee and the Retirement Home Committee.

In her 35-plus year business career, she worked in the insurance industry for companies dealing with life and health insurance. She retired from Acme Brick Co. where she worked in the tax department as a tax compliance specialist.

She and husband Sam live in Burleson, near Fort Worth. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Mike Beam

Vice Chair of the Board

Mike Beam has been a member of Hermann Sons Life since 1977. A member of Harmonia Lodge, he currently serves as a member of the lodge’s Finance Committee and has served his lodge in many other capacities, including president. He previously served as a member of the Grand Finance Committee for 10 years.

He holds a degree in business administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

He served three years as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army before joining the Army National Guard where he served for 29 yeas, 21 of those as a full-time officer. He also served in executive positions with Bowhead Holding Company from 2004-2008.

He and wife Mary have three children.

Suzanne Hildebrand

Board Director

Suzanne Hildebrand is a member of the Mission-Alamo Lodge. Her Hermann Sons Life experience includes service since 2001 working with corporate counsel.

She has devoted much of her time to three important causes - founding the first Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Chapter in Texas, bringing San Antonio hospitals into compliance with stroke certification protocols nationwide, and support for law enforcement.

She was appointed by Governor Bill Clements to serve on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. She was appointed, and reappointed, by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. In 2020, she was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as Chair of the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, being the first non-doctor and first woman ever appointed to that position.

She also served on the Baptist Health System Patient Advisory Board and was instrumental in getting Stroke Support Groups set up at University Hospital and Baptist Hospitals.

She lives in Live Oak, a suburb of San Antonio, where she formerly served on the City Council.

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.

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.

David Wolf

Board Director

David Wolf is a member of Wichita Falls Lodge where he is currently serving as president. He also is a sales agent for Hermann Sons Life.

Since 1998 he has worked as a licensed professional counselor. In 2017, he retired from full-time work and now works part-time as a social worker in a long-term care facility and on the farm he and wife Pam own.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Midwestern State University, a bachelor of arts degree in social work and a master’s degree in education.

He is a member of the Graham Lions Club and the Graham Knights of Columbus.

He and Pam have three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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

Vice President of Operations and COO

Samantha Schulmeier’s primary responsibilities are to oversee the Member Services and Underwriting. She 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.

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.