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’ book publishing 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 toddlers. 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 at Cru that she developed many of her skills as an artist and illustrator. While working with college-aged girls with Cru, she personally witnessed the effects of toxic home lives, stirring within her a desire to help parents and children. She is excited to illustrate our children’s books and lead our creative design teams of the future, believing that it is an amazing opportunity to impact the lives of families and children.

Megan Johnson

Story

Megan works closely with our creative team to be the Sophia Day for our “Celebrate!” and “Day in the Life” series of board books for toddlers along with the “Help Me Understand” and “Day in the Life” series for hardcover books for children four and up. Megan received her BS in Educational Ministry with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication and child development from Moody Bible Institute. She is a linguistic professional with experience including linguistic surveyor, director of children’s ministries and office administrator. Megan and her husband, a pastor, have five children, three biological and two adopted from a Chinese special needs orphanage. As a stay-at-home mother, she spends her days homeschooling, playing dolls and trains, crafting and sewing, taxi driving and doing whatever other of the myriad of special needs that arise during a day for a mother. Participating on MVP Kids Media’s creative team gives Megan an outlet where her education, experiences, children and cultures collide.

Kayla Pearson

Studio Manager

Kayla is MVP Kids Media’s 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.