Mel Sauder

President / Founder

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

Stephanie is MVP Kids Media’s® creative director and is the illustrator for the initial books for preschoolers. 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


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, a pastor, 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

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.