FOUNDER: Phillip Chipping is a born entrepreneur and a natural storyteller and the creative force behind knowonder! As a father of four young children, he understands the need to provide imaginative stimulation and creative outlets to developing minds. Phillip learned his deep love of reading from an early age, which in turn nurtured his own imagination and creativity. This fostered in him a desire to find innovative solutions for everyday problems.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Phillip had the inspiration for knowonder! while living with his family in England as the Managing Director of ZAGG Ltd., the UK arm of ZAGG Inc.; a company Phillip founded. He saw his children’s love of reading blossom when they had a new story each day and decided to bring that concept home when they returned. Phillip now lives with his wife and children in Cache Valley, Utah.
Although Phillip does not have a degree in children’s education, his personal passion for literacy has driven him to study and research the topic deeply and apply his findings to real-world situations and families with great results.
EDITOR IN CHIEF: Kathy Sattem Rygg is a children’s fiction author with a degree in magazine journalism from Iowa State University and has worked in corporate marketing/public relations for several Fortune 500 companies. She has written for the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Business Publications Division in NYC and was the Editor in Chief of Women’s Edition magazine in Denver, CO. She is currently a freelance writer/editor and active member of SCBWI. Her first middle grade novel, Tall Tales with Mr. K, is available from Amazon. Her second middle grade novel, Animal Andy, is available from Muse It Up Publishing. Kathy lives in Omaha, NE, with her husband and two young children.
EDITOR: Jane Cleere Johnson is a mother of six wonderful children, two awesome sons-in-law, and three adorable grand-boys. She has always loved writing for children and has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for over 20 years. Jane has recently been published in the Friend magazine. She has a Bachelor’s in English Lit from Brigham Young University, got her general education teaching certificate from Ottawa University, and is now pursuing a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Jane is a teacher of exceptional children at the elementary level. She loves writing, reading, and is a collector of antique books. Jane is thrilled to be a part of the innovative endeavor known as knowonder! She looks forward to experiencing the creative works of the many inspired minds that submit to “this ingenious magazine.”