SNI Photo of the MonthAdrian Campbell, 13, holds his hand over his heart during the national anthem as his horse, Sleepy, nibbles on stalks of grass before the pair competed in the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo Summer Series youth rodeo at the Galveston County Fairgrounds in Hitchcock on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

STUART VILLANUEVA/The Daily News

Photo of the Month: The Facts

The Iowa County Fire Department sprays water for children to play in at the Iowa Colony 4th of July event.

Jeremy Hill/The Facts

June Photo of the Month

Doug McLeod is reflected in the new monument honoring Galveston County's Korean War veterans Friday, May 27, 2022. McLeod helped design the monument in the esplanade on 20th Street next to American National Insurance Co. in Galveston.

-JENNIFER REYNOLDS/The Daily News

SNI Photo of the Month

Elena Hernandez and Hector Esparza perform El Perico Loro with Danzantes de Corazon Thursday, May 5, in New Braunfels in celebration of Cinco De Mayo.

PHOTO: Alma E. Hernandez / Herald-Zeitung

SNI Photo of the Month

Cincinnati Bearcats forward Jarrett Hensley fouls Houston Cougars center Josh Carlton in the second half on Tuesday, March 1, at the Fertitta Center in Houston.

 

Kevin M. Cox/Galveston County Daily News

SNI Photo of the Month

Emily Martinez, right, of Pawsitive Rehab in New Braunfels, uses manual therapy to help Wyatt on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Her mother, Cindy Elizondo, left, provides assistance. Martinez begins her rehabilitation sessions with manual therapy to decrease stiffness, muscle tightness and loosen joints.

Alma Hernandez/New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

SNI Photo of the Month

Traffic was backed up on Interstate 10 near Kerrville for miles Friday morning, Feb. 4, due to wrecks and ice that put traffic at a standstill for more than 12 hours. Many drivers, some of whom had intended to travel short distances, reported being stranded on the interstate overnight.

Photo by Samuel Beaver / The Kerrville Daily Times

SNI Photo of the Month Houston Texans running back Rex Burkhead dives past the pylon for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021 at NRG Stadium. Daily News photo/Kevin M. Cox
SNI Photo of the Month

Veterans who belong to American Legion Mattson-Ringgold Post 503 wave flags Nov. 11 as they move along the Veterans Day parade route in Freeport.

Photo: JEREMY HILL/The Facts

November Photo of the Month Adriana Tovar of the Danzantes de Corazon dance group dances at the Dia de los Muertos Festival Sunday, Oct. 23 in New Braunfels. The live festival marked its return in 2021, after being canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alma Hernandez / New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

THANK YOU for taking the time to learn more about Southern Newspapers, Inc. Your interest in our company is very gratifying. This web site presents a quick look at SNI. It tells a bit about the people who run Southern and something about each of its newspaper properties. Before you read the details, however, it may be useful to give you an overview of the company's basic approach and philosophy.

Our Philosophy

Lissa Walls, Chief Executive Officer

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 board of PAGE Cooperative and is president of the Carmage and Martha Ann Walls Foundation. She is a past board member of The Associated Press, Mutual Insurance Company, Southern Newspapers Publishers Association, Southern Newspapers Publishers Association Foundation and UTMB Development Board. She is a trustee emerita of 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.

Dolph Tillotson, Chairman of the Board

Dolph Tillotson, chairman of the board, 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 and chairman in January 2020.

Leonard Woolsey, President

With more than 30 years in the newspaper industry, Woolsey joined Southern Newspapers in 2014 after working 20 years with Paxton Media Group serving as publisher and eventually group publisher. Besides serving in smaller communities, Woolsey's experiences also include managing properties in metro markets, including St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Atlanta. Woolsey is also a longtime Rotarian, board member for America’s Newspapers, Texas Press Association as well as local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club, and The Salvation Army. Woolsey is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and is married to his college sweetheart, Maryrine Woolsey. They have two adult children. In his spare time, he likes to read, write, travel, surf, and plink on a piano.

Ruby Barrow, Director of Accounting

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.