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.
Kim Patterson, business manager, Sand Mountain Reporter Kim Patterson undoubtedly serves as the foundation for just about everything we do here at The Sand Mountain Reporter. She keeps a close watch on our expenses, unpaid accounts, new accounts that need to be paid, along with many, many items that keep this place going. Kim came to us in August 2010 as an advertising assistant, but was quickly promoted to business manager in February 2012.
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In the Pumpkin Patch
Olivia Rose Randle, 2, looks for the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch at Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches. Photo by Andrew D. Brosig, The Daily Sentinel, published Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
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