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.
Shannon Allen has been quietly doing his thing in Albertville from before the day we bought the paper. He has been a key member of our staff there, as noted by publisher Jonathan Stinson:
“Shannon started working for The Reporter in May of 1988. That’s 28 years. It was his first job out of college, and he’s been here ever since.
“Now if this America, whose essence is openness, whose first question is not ‘Where do you come from?’ but ‘What can you do for me?’ becomes consumed by rage, then it is lost. Rage is a closing of the mind. Anger against the foreigner, against the outsider and against the other may offer some consolation in times of difficulty or dread but they lead away from itself. They offer the spirit of suspicion in place of the spirit of ‘Sure.’”
“They undercut American decency. They replace the draw of the next frontier and of the unknown with the dead end of walls. Rage is also a form of dishonesty because it precludes the reflection that leads to truth.”
– Roger Cohen, NYT, 10-22-16, on “The beautiful American word, Sure."
Stuart Villanueva, The Daily News
Elizabeth Avina hands beads off to parade spectators while riding in the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade during February 2016. This photo comes from Galveston’s Stuart Villanueva.
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