Who Run This Magazine? Girls.

Lighting & Decor is staffed entirely by women. In honor of International Women's Day, we're celebrating our amazing staff.

Alison Martin
03/08/2017
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From the left, Managing Editor Alison Martin, Editor-in-Chief Nicole Bowling and Integrated Media Consultant Emily Rogier just before the ARTS Awards at Lightovation.
From the left, Managing Editor Alison Martin, Editor-in-Chief Nicole Bowling and Integrated Media Consultant Emily Rogier just before the ARTS Awards at Lightovation.

It's hard to strike when your entire publication is staffed by women. In honor of International Women's Day, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate all the amazing women who make up our staff.

Diane Vojcanin - Publisher

What does feminism mean to me: I believe feminism is a healthy respect for women, respect for women's rights and respect for those things that make women different.

Favorite piece of lighting/home decor in my home: My Ekornes Stressless chairs and sectional sofa. They are the most comfortable pieces of furniture I've ever owned. Also, I have a cheesy Eiffel Tower lamp I love that reminds me of Paris every time I look at it. 

Favorite way to unwind: Read, color, paint, do jigsaw puzzles.

Favorite movie/TV show: White Christmas. I can watch it again and again.

Favorite food/snack: Always has been, always will be Hostess Cupcakes, preferably frozen.

Favorite part of the magazine process: The collaboration between staff members. I love thinking aloud and watching an idea develop.

Nicole Bowling - Editor-in-Chief

What does feminism mean to me: Women are equal. In every way. Girl power! 

What federal, state or local policy affecting women do I want to see changed/improved: As a larger issue, the gender wage gap.

Favorite piece of lighting/home decor in your home: I have an amazing TV console that I bought several years ago from Home Goods for a bargain — it's a great (and versatile) dark greenish-gray shade. People always think I spent an arm and a leg on it.

Favorite way to unwind: Some of you know that I'm pretty into fitness and am certified as a personal trainer. Running, weightlifting, classes at the gym, long walks outside — anything that gets my heart pumping helps me be a better person! 

Favorite movie/TV show: I'm a serial TV show binger. Now playing: Imposters, Billions and Detroiters

Favorite food/snack: Cereal (yes, even the sugary kind :X).

Favorite part of the magazine process: I have two: The satisfaction of typing that final period on a story you've been working on for what seems like forever, and the day we send each issue to the printer — weeks of collaboration and teamwork go into making that moment a reality, and it gives me a great sense of pride to know my team and I get it done, and done well...every month! 

Alison Martin - Managing Editor

What feminism means to me: Feminism means supporting what women of all backgrounds, religions and job titles define as success in their own lives.

What federal, state or local policy affecting women do I want to see changed/improved: Affordable and equal access to healthcare for all women no matter who they are, how much they make or where they live.

Favorite piece of lighting/home decor in my home: A canvas print photograph of John Dillinger with his arm around the Indiana district attorney. I love the history behind the photograph, and I love reading about gangsters and bank robbers.

Favorite way to unwind: Taking my dog, Lindsey, for a walk. She was a shelter dog with some, er, quirks, but she's made incredible progress since we got her almost two years ago. She's so smart, and I've recently taught her "dance," "give kiss" and "hug." She's my favorite thing on this planet - don't tell my boyfriend...

Favorite movie/TW show: Clue because Madeline Kahn is a delight. "FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE!"

Favorite food/snack: Anything sweet or salty, particularly ice cream, salt & vinegar potato chips and nachos. I once read, "You are one day closer to your next plate of nachos," and that phrase continues to inspire me.

Favorite part of the magazine process: Talking with sources for the stories I write. My sources make me laugh, give me plenty to think about and help me see my work from a different point of view. 

Katie Caron - Associate Editor

What feminism means to me: Women have the right to equal opportunity, safety, health and fair wages. Feminism means advocating for women of all backgrounds, acknowledging your privilege and amplifying voices that need to be listened to.

What federal, state or local policy affecting women do I want to see changed/improved: I would like to see protections for reproductive rights improve, along with access to affordable health care.

Favorite piece of lighting/home decor in my home: My roommate brought a patterned rug for the living room that really pulls the room together.

Favorite movie/TV show: Broad City.

Favorite food/snack: Anything with cheese or avocado.
 
Favorite part of the magazine process: Seeing the finished product!

Emily Rogier - Integrated Media Consultant

What feminism means to me: Equality and fairness for everyone.

What federal, state or local policy affecting women do I want to see changed/improved: Protection of reproductive rights.

Favorite piece of lighting/home decor in my home: My favorite lighting is my desk lamp - it's a cute shape with a bit of texture and brush gold finish. My favorite home decor piece is my collection of three handmade Raku orchid pots from Dodero Studios in Jacksonville, OR.

Favorite way to unwind: Yoga and walks at Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Favorite movie/TV show: Current favorite is The Crown on Netflix.

Favorite food/snack: A good latte and croissant.

Favorite part of the magazine process: When it arrives in my mailbox!

Becky Jacks - Integrated Media Consultant

What feminism means to me: Feminism means I have freedom to make choices for myself.  

What federal, state or local policy affecting women do I want to see changed/improved: In healthcare, there are procedures that teenagers under 18 cannot consent to without their parents. In many states, a woman under 18 who has a baby cannot make certain decisions for the baby because she is a minor. 

Favorite piece of lighting/home decor in your home: My Persian rug. I bought it 30 years ago and I still love it. If I had to run out of my house quickly, I would grab the family photos and my rug!

Favorite way to unwind: I love Photography books.  They transport me to other places, and I unwind.

Favorite movie/TV show: Hands down: NCIS.  Mark Harmon… yum!

Favorite food/snack: Unfortunately, Cheetos.

Favorite part of the magazine process: Developing a relationship with the advertisers.

 

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