Janet Lutkus lives in Medina, Ohio and started out ballooning by crewing in 1985 for her two sisters, Donna and Diana, and a good friend, Carol Weiro, who encouraged her to learn how to fly. She received her private license in 1992 and her commercial license in 1996. This will be Janet's 3rd year flying the the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championship. She works with her husband, Jerry, as a financial manager at Hy-Tech Controls, which we started together in April 1983. She has a 14 year old daughter, Grace, who loves ballooning with her mom and goes up pretty much all the time with her.