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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 Mission-Alamo Lodge. Her Hermann Sons Life experience includes 17 years working for corporate counsel.

She has devoted much of her time to three important causes – Mothers Against Drunk Driving, bringing San Antonio hospitals into compliance with stroke certification standards nationwide, and support for law enforcement statewide.

She is currently serving her second four-year term on the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to that position.

She also serves 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 has served as a City Council Member in the past.

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 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.

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.

Harry Werland

Vice President of Financial and CFO

Harry Werland's primary responsibilities include overseeing the investment and management of the assets of Hermann Sons Life and supervision of the corporate accounting and audit functions. He has been in this position since May 2009. He also serves as Hermann Sons Life’s chief risk officer and leads the Enterprise Risk Management Program.

Harry graduated from St. Mary's University with concentrations in accounting, computer science and mathematics. He became a certified public accountant in 1978 and served in the Air Force Reserve.

Harry has been a Hermann Sons Life member since 1990. He has served in various capacities including independent auditor for Hermann Sons Life, president of Hermann Sons Life Harmonia Lodge and treasurer of the Hermann Sons Life San Antonio Home Association.

Harry and wife Debra have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Tim Kolbe

Vice President of Marketing

Tim Kolbe has served as Vice President of Marketing since 2013. His primary responsibilities are the development, implementation and supervision of the corporate sales strategy of life insurance and annuity products.

He earned a degree in criminal justice from Texas State University in 1982. He also holds the life agent license from the Texas Department of Insurance.

Tim previously served as a special representative agent for one year and as a local lodge agent for 12 years. He has been a member since 1961. He also is a past president of Seguin Lodge.

He retired from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office in April 2012 where he was responsible for community programming and education and served in media relations.

He and wife Cheryl have two children.

Matt Walker

Vice President of Information Technology

As Vice President of Information Technology Matt’s primary responsibility is the alignment of IT resources with strategic objectives. Matt’s role in bridging technology with organizational goals includes ongoing modernization and enabling technology that increases our capacity to serve members and our sales force.

Matt has been a Hermann Sons Life member since 2000. He served as Director of Information Technology from 1997 to 2018 when he was named Vice President. He holds a bachelor of science degree in petroleum geology and computer science from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. He has been a Fraternal Insurance Counselor since 2009.

Prior to coming to Hermann Sons Life, Matt was self-employed in information technology in industries such as home improvement, telecom and retail.

Matt has two children, son Jett and daughter Laken.

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.