Board Members

Board President, Ruth Kozal

  • Ruth Kozal Mrs. Ruth Kozal grew up in Iowa, graduated from Forest City High School and received her bachelor's degree in mathematics at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. She taught high school math in Osage, Iowa for two years. Since then, her career has changes and she has been involved in software in the banking industry since 1981. She is currently employed by Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. as a Senior Software Engineer.

    Kozal has been a resident of Scottsbluff since 1990. She has a son with her husband, Jim, plus a step-son and three step-daughters, all of them having attended and graduated from Scottsbluff Public Schools.

Board Member, Mark Lang

  • Mark Lang Mr. Mark Lang has lived in the Scottsbluff area all of his life.

    He graduated from Scottsbluff Public High School and attended Western Nebraska Community College. Mr. Lang currently owns his own lawn care and snow removal service. He and his wife, Annette have two children.

Board Member, Beth Merrigan

  • Beth Merrigan Mrs. Beth Merrigan was on active duty in the U.S. Army living in Virginia, Alaska and New York until 2015 when she moved with her family to Scottsbluff. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and received her Bachelor’s of Science, majoring in Psychology, from The United States Military Academy at West Point. Afterwards, she joined the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, serving in various roles including in command of an airborne company, a deployment to Iraq, and other wide ranging logistics operations worldwide. She completed the Army’s leader education training. Beth returned to teach and coach at West Point for five years just prior to moving to Scottsbluff. She has a Masters of Education from The University of Virginia. Beth is currently a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and she and her husband, Nate, raise their four children.  

Board Vice President, Paul Snyder

  • Paul Snyder Mr. Paul Snyder is a life-long resident of the North Platte Valley. He has been a resident of Scottsbluff since 1979.

    He is an attorney in private practice in Scottsbluff. He was formerly an attorney with the Nebraska Department of Justice. He is married to Dallas Snyder.

    He has three children and two step children all of whom attended grade, middle and high school in Scottsbluff.

    He graduated from Morrill High School, has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Board Member, Lori Browning

  • Lori Browning Mrs. Lori Browning is a partner with the Law Offices of Sorenson, Hahn, Browning and Judy. Lori was raised in Scottsbluff and she graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Family Science. Lori received her J.D. in 2005 from California Western School of Law, located in San Diego, California. Lori and her husband, Micah, are parents of three young children, one of whom is of age to currently be attending Scottsbluff Public Schools with two younger siblings anticipated to follow. Lori began her term on the Board in January of 2019.

Board Member, Scott Reisig

  • Scott Reisig Mr. Scott Reisig was born in Scottsbluff and graduated from Scottsbluff High School. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he received a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies.
    After college, Mr. Reisig and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Lincoln for four years before moving back to Scottsbluff in 1999. They have three children; their two oldest have graduated from Scottsbluff High School, and their youngest is currently attending SHS.
    Mr. Reisig has pursued a career alternating between technical development and business leadership roles. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Chadron State College in 2018.
    Mr. Reisig currently works remotely as a Software Engineer for Daniel H. Cook Associates, Inc. in New York City. He previously served as Vice President, Information Technology at Regional Care, Inc. and Vice President of Operations for Accelerated Receivables Solutions in Scottsbluff.