News staff grows by 3
Last updated 1/25/2022 at 2:16pm | View PDF
The Fountain Valley News has some new staff members to introduce. Mike Alexander joined the newsroom as a reporter and advertising representative, and Tatiana Scharstein is an advertising specialist. Both look forward to meeting individuals and businesses throughout the community in the near future.
Also, Taylor Hill has come on board as the new graphic designer.
Like many in this region, Mike Alexander has ties to the military. He was born in a U.S. Army hospital and went to high school in West Germany.
"And, thanks to Uncle Sam, I also am an Army veteran," he said.
Mike has spent more than 30 years in news reporting and media sales, primarily in radio and television. He has worked in media in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.
"My wife Rose and I have two adult children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter," he said. "Rose and I have lived in the Security-Widefield area since moving back to the area from Kansas in 1982."
Tatiana is an Army spouse currently pursuing a degree in Media in Advertising. An accomplished artist, she got interested in advertising a few years ago as she was trying to discover new ways to apply her art skills.
She is a mother of two boys, 10 and 7; her husband is an active-duty Army Soldier stationed at Fort Carson. Tatiana dedicates much of her free time to Tumbleweeds at the Mountain Post – a consignment store at Fort Carson where military members and spouses can sell their arts and crafts. It also offers various art classes and activities in addition to shopping, and it is open to anyone with base access.
Tatiana was born in Germany, but grew up in Russia. The Scharsteins have been at Fort Carson since 2017. Previously they had been stationed at Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, Fort Leavenworth and Camp Pendleton.
"I would like to have an impact in advertising to help people with their businesses, to help them reach their community, and to make advertising more fun," she said. "To me, advertising is not just about numbers, it's about communication and building relationships. I want to help businesses and members of the community get to know each other."
Graphic designer Taylor Hill is a Colorado native who has lived in Fountain for 20 years. She's finishing up her Bachelors of Arts degree in Video Game Art & Development online through Southern New Hampshire University. Previously, she attained an Associates of Applied Science in Multimedia Graphic Design at Pikes Peak Community College.
"As a child I had a knack for the arts; whether it was drawing or painting, I always had my face in a sketchbook," she said. "It was a natural born talent of mine. Therefore, it was only natural when I graduated high school that I'd go and pursue a degree in Graphic Design."
Taylor is responsible for designing ads and various pages in the weekly newspaper. When she's not working, she enjoys drawing with graphite and ink, painting with gouache, acrylic and watercolor, coming up with mock designs to always keep her portfolio updated, and flower pressing in the summer months.