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How it all began...
Sylvia Medina is an environmental engineer by trade. Watching kids TV shows while her children were infants, made her realize that there did not appear to be much about environmental stewardship and ecosystem management for interactions with animals and people. The idea came to her at about 1:30 am one morning while rocking her baby girl to sleep; she was going to create stories and products that teach children about the environment and the world around them. Sylvia joined forces with the Saige, Peggy, Joy, and Susan to share her knowledge and teach environmental stewardship. The rest is history...
Sylvia M. Medina
Sylvia
Role in Green Kids:
  • President and Founder of Green Kids Club, Inc.
  • Primary Author, Creative Director
  • Environmental Engineer & Scientist

    Ms. Medina is the President and Creative Director of the Green Kids Club.  Sylvia has spent her career focused on environmental issues.
   When she had twins, she became aware that she truly wanted her children to grow up with an environmental conscience and an understanding of the basics of environmental stewardship. With this in mind, she started developing the “Green Kids Club” concept which would help her children learn early the environmental habits they could share with others.As Ms. Medina developed the Green Kids idea, she has brought in additional team members to help develop the stories, research, and illustrate the children’s books which are the first phase of the Green Kids Club. As the Green Kids Club progress, Ms. Medina and her team plan to build upon the concept by developing an actual Green Kids Club, where children can participate and learn to implement environmental processes learned from ideas from Green Kids and/or on their own. This is what Ms. Medina and her team hope to accomplish from this project; teach children as they grow up to be environmental stewards of this world and preserve and live responsibility in our world.

Saige J. Ballock-Dixon, P.E.
saige
Role in Green Kids:
  • Environmental Technical Lead
  • Secondary Author
    Ms. Ballock-Dixon is a licensed environmental engineer for a local consulting firm. She currently identifies and remediates environmental issues throughout the US.
    Ms. Ballock-Dixon has integrated environmental stewardship throughout her life and career. She strives to teach her small children the value of environmental responsibility by example. She hopes the Green Kids message will reach generations throughout the world and teach them the importance of preservation and protection of all of nature’s wonders. 
Joy Eagle
saige
Role in Green Kids:
  • Illustrator
    Joy Eagle has always been drawing, as a child she found that she could improve her grades if she included pictures. She was in the Argonne/INL drafting group for nearly 30 years, starting as a draftsman and advancing to drafting manager. Upon retiring, she returned to fine art with the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. 
    Joy finds her 4 children and 5 grand kids to be amazing and wishes they lived closer to Idaho Falls. She led her children's school to second place in an Idaho recycling competition when she was PTO president. 
    She is an active member of the Eastern Idaho Chapter of the VMCCA, an old car club. One of the yearly activities for the club is to clean up the roadside at Market Lake. 
    Joy recycles, winterizes her home to save energy and consistently watches for ways to improve her environment.
Peggy Hinman
peggy hinman
Role in Green Kids:
  • Technical Consultant
    Peggy lives in Idaho Falls and has been an environmental attorney for many years. She enjoys all the outdoor adventures that Idaho offers, no matter what the season! Peggy has three children and a one-year old grandson. She is excited about introducing her grandson to the big wide world and to the Green Kids!
Susan Sofia-McIntire
Role in Green Kids:
  • Plush Designer
   Susan Sofia-McIntire has over 26 years experience in the toy industry, eighteen of which has been spent developing and running her own independent consulting company,  Susan Sofia Development.  Susan started her career at Hasbro,  specializing in the Playskool Baby Division.  Her toys and parent aides have won a Platinum Oppenheim award, and have been featured in Parents Magazine, Right Start catalogs and featured on the Today Show.  Susan has also developed and shares interest in several design and engineering patents for some of her clients, and some of the world’s major toy companies. Her latest client and patent pending success is the Zen Swaddletm from Nested Bean which received the 2012 Innovation Award at the ABC Juvenile Trade Show in Atlanta.
   Developing items for parents and children alike that comfort, protect and educate is Susan’s mission.  She is therefore very proud and honored to be a member of the Green Kids Club Team.  Using imagination and over two hundred globally influenced plush patterns and designs, Susan is creating soft, educational plush animal sculptures to help children grow and learn.

   As a mother of two, Susan has first hand knowledge of the needs of parents as well as the importance of a child’s health and education.  The Green Kids Club concept is a natural progression to give back!  She truly supports environmental stewardship.
Carol Castro
Role in Green Kids:

  • English to Spanish Translator
Carol is supporting Green Kids in translating books from English to Spanish. Books are coming out soon!
    
ashley perez
Role in Green Kids:

  • Making the books easy readers
  • Green kids Junior
    She is from Idaho Falls, Idaho and has dedicated herself to Early Childhood Education. Ashley has a six year old son and a two year old daughter. She is happy to be able to introduce them to environmental awareness in such a fun way.