Officers elected to Southern newspapers board

NAPLES, Fla. -- Donna Barrett is the new chairman of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation Board of Trustees.

Barrett, president and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., in Montgomery, Ala., was elected during the group's meeting in Naples on Monday.

The board of directors elected five trustees for the foundation Sunday. Officers were chosen Monday.

Lissa Walls Vahldiek is the new vice chairman. She's the chief operating officer and vice president of Southern Newspapers Inc., in Houston.

The new treasurer is Gregg K. Jones, president and CEO of Jones Media in Greeneville, Tenn. He's co-publisher of The Greenville Sun.

Other new board members include Steve Brandt, president and publisher of The Greenville News in South Carolina and Todd Carpenter, president and chief operating officer of Boone Newspapers in Natchez, Miss.