Mel Sauder

President / Founder

“MVP Kids® is the culmination of my lifetime professional mission, providing tools for parents to raise great kids. Children don’t come with an instruction book and most of what is available is heavy on entertainment and light on preparing them to live productive lives. I founded MVP Kids Media® to provide entertaining resources for parents, encouraging them to make their own decisions for what is best for their children, and becoming actively involved in their lives to mentor and prepare them for the rest of their lives.”

As the founder and President of MVP Kids Media®, Mel has been involved in the successful creation, production and marketing of books and media in several companies. Mel was President of Enhance Products, a distribution/rack jobbing company marketing value-oriented books and media for all ages selling family products from Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hallmark and the like. Mel served as President of Futech Interactive Publishing and Media, an  interactive kids publishing, toy, game and distribution company with special trademarked interactivity technologies. Mel also partnered with best-selling children’s author Joy Berry to create a publishing and media company, Gold Star Publishing and Media. Joy is the world’s pioneer in self-help children’s books, boasting sales of more than 85 million books. Mel and his wife are blessed with three amazing children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Stephanie Strouse

Creative Director / Illustrator

“I started illustrating children’s books for MVP Kids® out of a love for communicating story through color and characters. But, as the process has gone on, my favorite part about my job is seeing the real life versions of our characters out and about. It gives me such joy to know that what I’m doing can make a huge impact in a child’s life.”

Stephanie is MVP Kids Media’s® creative director and is the illustrator for our preschooler series and also works on illustrating the early-elementary series. She received a BA in Visual Communications Design from Virginia Tech, developing a passion for communicating through illustration and color. She served two years with Cru at The Ohio State University as a designer, leader and mentor. It was with Cru that she developed many of her skills as an artist and illustrator. All the while working with college-aged girls with Cru, she personally witnessed the effects of toxic home lives. This stirred within her a desire to help parents and children be inspired towards character and especially the parents or guardians be equipped to lead healthy lives that benefit the child. Stephanie has been married to her husband, Quin, for 3 years.

Megan Johnson

Story

“Writing with MVP Kids® is a natural overflow of my life’s work raising and educating my children. Life moves quickly with little ones in the house and they have lots of big questions. Parents need tools that help them prepare for, create and maximize teachable moments. It is a privilege to work with the Creative Team to bring story and life to the character, values and education Real MVP Kids® inspires. Watching my children identify with the characters and put the lessons into action is immensely rewarding.”

Megan is the author of our “Celebrate!” series for preschoolers and “Help Me Understand” series for early elementary children. Megan has a strong foundation for writing, having studied and worked in linguistics for several years before completing her degree in Educational Ministry with an emphasis in counseling. Megan has lived on three continents and visited more than 15 countries, giving her a wide range of cultural experiences and a love for people of various backgrounds. Her work experience includes language survey, curriculum development, orient-ation and debriefing program coordinator for Americans working overseas, office administrator and director of children’s ministries. Megan and her husband have five children who are the inspiration for her writing. As a special needs and adoptive family it is especially meaningful to Megan to be involved in Real MVP Kids’® goal that every child can see themselves in our sixteen main characters, who vary in ethnicity, abilities, culture and background.

Kayla Pearson

Studio Manager

“The past several years I’ve been passionate about serving and teaching children. As I think back to when I was a kid, I remember the adults who positively influenced my life. Now I strive to be that role model for the next generation. When the opportunity came for me to join the MVP Kids® Team, I excitedly jumped in to help make an impact in the lives of children by helping produce books that inspire honorable character.”

Kayla is MVP Kids’® studio manager. She has 10+ years experience teaching kids and teens through various youth programs. From 2012-2014, she spent time studying culture and teaching youth in East Africa. She has studied elementary education at Liberty University. Her experience also includes data entry, children’s ministry director and administrative assistant. As studio manager, Kayla is responsible for all incoming orders and outgoing packages, social media and customer service.

Timmy Zowada

Illustrator

“I think the biggest influence over culture and beliefs is art. Whether it’s movies, music or books, people are largely influenced by the media they consume. That’s why I think it’s important to create media that tackles real issues and influences in a positive way. I’m a big fan of how MVP Kids® is using books to give parents tools to grow kids into mature people. I’m very excited to use my art to influence kids in a positive way!”

Timmy is an illustrator for the new series at Real MVP Kids®! He has been drawing for his whole life and has gone through many art classes. Timmy received an Associates in Fine Arts from Mesa Community College. He has spent many summers working with kids, most of which were working at a summer arts camp. He loves working with kids and helping them tackle their fears and insecurities through art. Timmy has always wanted to draw for a living and working with MVP Kids Media® is a dream job!