Growing up in Spencer taught Michelle Crowe to love John Mellencamp, the joys of driving country roads and the value of looking past any exterior to see what character lies underneath. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three children. Michelle is also an independent marketing consultant who enjoys writing for Homes & Lifestyles because it gives her a reason to look inside interesting houses and the people who make them a home.
Pete DiPrimio is a Bloomington transplant who was born near Pittsburgh, Pa. His favorite part about writing for Homes & Lifestyles is meeting the various homeowners and personalities. He's an award-winning sports columnist who has written three books on IU sports, plus 21 children's books on topics that include Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Ancient Rome, Ancient Sparta and more. In 2016 he was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, reflecting the fact he covered his first sporting event shortly after Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden.
Jackie Sheckler Finch became a Hoosier more than 20 years ago when she moved to Indiana for a newspaper job. She covered city government and other areas for The Herald-Times until departing for a personal odyssey. Editor of Homes & Lifestyles since its inception, Jackie is also author of five award-winning travel books. She enjoys finding the fascinating people and places that wait over the hill and around the next bend.
A California kid for his childhood years, Jeremy Hogan came to Indiana in 1997 after a series of newspaper internships that spanned the country. He first picked up a camera as a boy to snap pictures of his friends, which led to a journalism career and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Jeremy shoots photos and videos for The Herald-Times and produces his own documentary films.
Chris Howell has been a photographer for Hoosier Times publications since 1998. Born and raised in Bloomfield, Chris' passion is documenting the everyday lives of people in local communities and wherever his travels take him. Away from work, Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing softball and grilling in the summertime.
When not designing the pages of Homes & Lifestyles, Dennis Laffoon is the creative services manager for Hoosier Times, Inc. He is also an ordained minister and pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and winner of the City of Bloomington's 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. Dennis is married, with three children who bring him and his wife Rochelle much joy.
Alexandra M. Lynch thoroughly enjoys writing for Homes & Lifestyles because she gets to meet wonderful people and see fascinating homes. Alexandra has been a writer most of her career, mostly newsletters and magazines. Now, in retirement, she finds the H&L gig suits her fine. In her leisure time, she likes to travel and take photos.
Brooke McCluskey is the content and layout coordinator for Homes & Lifestyles. She assists the editor, develops layouts and guides the production process for many magazines published by Hoosier Times, Inc. In her free time, she is renovating a fixer-upper home in rural Bloomington with her husband. They have two children, a dog, a cat, a snake and many woodland friends.
A lifelong Hoosier, Shaylan Owen grew up near rural Delphi. He has a background in fine arts, photography and graphic design and is the marketing manager for Hoosier Times, Inc. Shaylan is a self-described food nerd who creates and photographs recipes for Homes & Lifestyles. When not working, he enjoys cooking, reading, running and all manner of nerdly things.
Joel Pierson has been a resident of Bloomington for more than a decade and is still finding things to love about the area. In addition to writing for H&L, he is a regular contributor to The Herald-Times. His interests include theater, writing, editing and audio production. He is the author of several books. In his rare free moments, he enjoys relaxing with wife and fellow journalist Dana and their three lovely hounds.