Lissa Walls Vahldiek, CEO, has been in the newspaper business since 1980. She began her career as a reporter for the Rosenberg (Texas) Herald Coaster owned by Hartman Newspapers, Inc. and became COO of SNI in 1985. She was elected CEO in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Mutual Insurance Company, PAGE and Trinity University. She was born in Guntersville, Alabama and moved to the Houston, Texas, area with her family in 1973. She is a 1980 graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Vahldiek lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Paul R. Vahldiek, Jr.
Dolph Tillotson, president, has been in the newspaper business since 1969. He began his career in news, and he has served as general manager, publisher and president for two community newspaper companies – Southern and Boone Newspapers, Inc.
He is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a 1972 graduate of the University of Alabama.
Tillotson lives in Galveston, Texas, with his wife, Teri. He came to work for Southern in 1987 as publisher of The Galveston County Daily News. He was named president of SNI in March 2014.
Ruby Barrow, director of accounting/treasurer and secretary, has been in the newspaper business since 1992.
Barrow began her career as a data entry clerk for Southern Newspapers, Inc. and has served as data entry supervisor, payroll manager, general ledger supervisor and accounting manager.
She was elected secretary in March 2014. She serves on the boards of the Southern Newspapers Inc. Medical and 401(k) Plans. She was born in El Campo, Texas, and moved to the Houston area with her family in 1969.
Barrow lives in Houston with her husband, Bart Barrow, and their three children.
Here’s what Leonard Woolsey has to say about Melissa: Melissa is a magician -- her skill and abilities to help bring together creative projects for The Daily News make her worthy of the SNI Employee of the Month nomination.
– From The New York Times, Oct. 6.
"The Washington Post had 39 million unique visitors in July 2014, an increase of more than 63 percent from a year before. But the increase was more than digital magic. The killer app … is real, actual news. And The Post has generated a ton of it."
Scoring in Lufkin
Seventh-grader Jazquel Coleman goes over the top for a touchdown during Lufkin Middle School's seventh-grade "Super Bowl" recently. Coleman's score represented the only points for the White team, which finished the game in a 6-6 tie with the Purple team.
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