Lissa Walls, 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. Walls lives in Houston, Texas.
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.
Dena Matthews has worked for Southern for almost 40 years. She started at The Tribune in 1974 in the composing department. After three years she went over to the classified department and became manager. Five years later she was transferred to The Facts.
She worked under the leadership of Bill Cornwell who promoted her to classified manager. She worked there until 2010.
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Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran slides under New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius as he leaps for a bad throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. This came after a wild pitch by starting pitcher Domingo German in the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon July 2, 2017 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros beat the Yankees 8-1 in their last home game before the All Star break. KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News
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