Staff Spotlight

Osprey Observer Staff Spotlight: Terry Vassalotti

By Sharon Still

The people behind the scenes at the Osprey Observer are every bit as important in keeping the newspapers successful as those you see out in the community at networking meetings, neighborhood festivals and other area events. Such is the case with Osprey Observer Billing Manager Terry Vassalotti who makes sure all of the advertisers are billed and monies are collected each month.

Vassalotti has been with the Osprey Observer for over six years and hopes to continue for many years to come. “My favorite part of the job is helping customers with their questions,” she says.

Originally from Philadelphia, Vassalotti, a mother of two grown sons, now lives in Bloomingdale with her husband of over 30 years. Prior to joining the Osprey team, she worked for 10 years at the Brandon Regional Library.

“I’ve known Terry since our sons were in kindergarten together, many years ago. She’s been a great friend, and it is a lot of fun working at the Osprey Observer with her, too,” comments Assignment Editor Michelle Colesanti. When she is not attending to clients’ accounts at the Osprey Observer, Vassalotti enjoys reading, watching movies, attending wine tastings and socializing on Facebook. She has read the Twilight Saga and says that she also loved the movies.

Vassalotti can be reached at the office at 657-2418 or email


Osprey Observer Staff Spotlight: Shannon Carlton

By Sharon Still

When the Osprey Observer staff sets out for its bi-annual Adopt-A-Road Cleanup, ad representative and Brandon territory manager Shannon Carlton, rides her bicycle the six miles to meet the group. That is just the kind of person that she is.

“Shannon is a tenacious sales rep who loves what she does,” says Osprey’s FishHawk territory manager Kerrie Hoening. “She is efficient and you can always count on her to do what she says and to follow through on her tasks.”

Carlton joined the Osprey team three years ago and proves to be a greater asset every year. Currently, she offers quarterly Small Business Marketing Seminars to current and prospective advertisers in order to share some of the techniques she and the Osprey staff have gathered over the years to help give businesses a leg up in promoting themselves. “The most rewarding part of my job is working with local business owners who are passionate about what they do and the community that they live in,” Carlton comments.

“She is fabulous with people,” Hoening adds. “She has a great personality, a great smile and she is tons of fun.”

Around the Osprey Observer office, Carlton is known as the resident fashionista and other staff members often look to her for advice about the latest styles and trends.

While most of her time is spent advising business owners about their marketing and attending local events for groups such as Toastmasters and The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, she also is very active in her church, FishHawk Fellowship, and relishes in the time she spends with her family. She and her husband Jay have two beautiful daughters, Abby, age 9, and Shelby, age 6. She likes to involve them in the organizations and charities that are close to her heart, including the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) and Missions of Charity. When not out dedicating her time to others, Carlton enjoys working out, cooking, reading, shopping and spending time with her girlfriends. What some people may not know about Carlton, she admits: “Eating is one of my passions.”

Carlton can be reached at 657-2418 or by e-mailing


Osprey Observer Staff Spotlight: Nicole Schoen

By Nicole Heubusch

Nicole Schoen began at the Osprey Observer as an intern in 2006 as a senior at Durant High School, and continued to work as a freelance writer after she completed her internship. After high school, she attended the University of Central Florida and majored in journalism with a minor in sociology.  After she graduated from UCF with her Bachelor’s degree, she picked up freelance writing again with the Osprey Observer in 2013, and that same month she was hired as the Multimedia News Editor in July. In April of 2014 she became the Layout Editor. Co-worker Michelle Colesanti said,  “I love working with Nicole because of her ‘sunshine’ attitude. She always has a smile and remains positive, which helps others in the office maintain that same disposition (including me). It’s a breath of fresh air.”

In her spare time, Schoen freelances for the Messianic Times, a newspaper for the Messianic Jewish community. She is also a dancer, and takes classes at Judy’s Dance Academy and is a part of the dance team at her church, Beit Tehila.

She is also a thrift store junkie, and continuously frequents Secondhand Savvy’s. She also loves nail art and comes to work in fashionable outfits with matching nail polish. She is a major foodie and is a big fan of Coldstone’s Cookie Don’t You Want Some.

In addition to being a foodie, Schoen is a wine enthusiast and enjoys learning about wine, visiting wineries and trying new craft beers. She even took a wine tasting class while she attended UCF. She likes to spend her days off at local winery Keel & Curley enjoying a wine freeze. She is a blogger and a photographer, and you can visit her wine blog at and her photography blog at

Schoen can be reached at 657-2418 or


Family1Osprey Observer Staff Spotlight: Carole Fluhart

By Nicole Heubusch

Carole Fluhart is an active participant in every endeavor that she undertakes.  As a University of Florida graduate with a degree in Visual Arts, she has resided in Hillsborough County since 2006. Her professional career includes management positions with Weyerhaeuser Company, Quality Care and Remedy Health Care services.  In addition, she founded and successfully ran 2 of her own businesses “le Mail and Your Community Calendar” and she has worked as a professional photographer.

Fluhart is a member of the Bell Shoals Baptist Church congregation, an enthusiastic golf member of River Hills Country Club, a graduate of Leadership Brandon, and a former Life Coach at Life Care of Brandon.  Her other affiliations include the Riverview Women’s Club, the Riverview Chamber of Commerce and the ME Networking Group.  She founded and published Community Calendar of Brandon for 3 years before accepting her current role as Riverview area Account Representative for the Osprey Observer.

In addition to her work life, Fluhart is the dedicated mother of 2 adult children, Lauren and Michael, and loving wife and partner to her husband, Jim. A sports enthusiast, Fluhart plays tennis, golf, is an accomplished horsewoman and downhill skier.  Her favorite escape is to the family mountain chalet in Jefferson, Colorado where she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, riding, fishing, Llama racing and panning for gold in the Tarryall Creek that runs by the property.

Fluhart has found her niche with the award winning Osprey Observer Community newspaper.  She enjoys supporting local business owners in the Riverview community and is very proud to work for an organization that is dedicated to their growth and success.

Fluhart can be reached at 720-810-7843 or at


Osprey Observer Staff Spotlight: Kerrie HoeningUntitled-1

By Nicole Heubusch

Kerrie Hoening just recently celebrated nine years with the Osprey Observer this June. She is the Advertising Representative for the Bloomingdale-FishHawk area, and currently resides in that area with her family. Hoening was born in the Tampa area, and settled into Valrico with her family. She attended Bloomingdale High School, and was in the second graduating class, and is an alumni of USF and proud to be a Bull. Hoening has been married to her husband Jeff for 21 years, and they have three children; Dirk, Zachary and Megan.

Hoening enjoys spending time with her family, especially Saturdays when they go out and do fun family activities like shopping, watching movies, visiting museums, or “out of the box” things. They recently did a Segway Tour, and have even gone swimming with Manatees. She attributes Groupon to these fun adventures. Hoening also loves music and singing, and is a member if the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Sundays she attends church in the Brandon area with her family, and another one of her favorite things to do is getting coffee with her friends and going shopping at Target. Her guilty pleasure is Candy Crush, as well as Chick-Fil-A.

Hoening always has a “go to” attitude and is known at the Osprey Observer for her organizational skills. She is the queen of lists and planning and always brings her professionalism to the table wherever she goes.

Hoening can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 625-1527