Maggie is the visionary, dreamer, and planner who is responsible for not only starting Bright Ideas Press but also a huge number of products. In fact she is able to have great ideas far faster than they can be produced! Encouraging moms is her passion. Maggie not only homeschooled both her children for many years, she also was the principal of Family Learning Academies in Delaware. So, she’s been there! Now she writes, speaks internationally, reads constantly, travels anywhere, and spends time with her husband & grandchildren. Maggie would describe herself as a
word-nerd linguaphile, poetry geek, Trekker, ocean lover, and follower of Christ.
Bob retired at the end of 2010 after 35 years with the Treasury Department. Now he fills his time serving at church, supervising all the bookkeeping for our businesses as CFO, and providing financial advice to several nonprofit organizations. In his free time, he loves playing with his six grandchildren and Scout (his beloved golden doodle), reading creation science books, scuba diving, bike riding, traveling with Maggie (his wife and best friend), and learning how to play pickleball.
JB and Christy Hogan
JB is a staff writer and the Chief Solutions Officer. He enlisted in the Army in 2001 and served for five years with the 3rd Infantry Division. Out of his experiences in Iraq came his first book, From Basic to Baghdad: A Soldier Writes Home. JB also put his writing gifts to work for our e-book, Writer’s Workshop. He is married to Christy Leigh Hogan, a marvelous, funny, animal-loving, Tolkien fanatic who will likely read this bio. They have two sons; Edge, who wants to be a dinosaur and Calvin, who would prefer to be a car.
Tyler is the President of Bright Ideas Press. He’s a graduate of Belhaven University with a degree in Theatre Ministry. Tyler leads the Bright Ideas Press team, conducts workshops, and especially loves to develop curriculum. He’s published the North Star Geography curriculum, the WonderMaps software, and Civitas, the government card game. Outside of Bright Ideas Tyler is the Christian Education director at his church. Tyler’s wife, Helen, is also a homeschool graduate. She sees no conflict between being quiet, kind, and having her first-degree black belt! They have three adorable little girls, Kaylee, Avalon, Sierra, and one son, Aiden, who is in for quite a ride.
When you call us, you will probably reach Beth Barr, our Director of Logistics. Besides being our pastor’s wife, our friend, and JB’s mother-in-law, she is the one who keeps things moving around here. Beth can answer a phone call, take an order, pack a box, drink tea, and juggle papers all at the same time!
A long-time team member and friend, Melissa Craig serves as our Director of Student Services. She works for us out of her home office in Indiana and stays busy trying to keep up with her four children—ranging in age from middle school to adult. When not lassoing (er, homeschooling) the children still at home, she oversees The Academy at Bright Ideas Press, writes, researches, edits, and accepts whatever weird, last-minute assignment Maggie gives her. She loves the Lord, her family, music, reading, scrapping, and homeschooling. And she makes the very best chocolate cake in the whole world. (That’s called job security!)
Another invaluable member of the Bright Ideas Press team is Stacey Lane, our Direct of Customer Care. Stacey’s many gifts include a highly visual mind that thinks outside the box. When she’s not developing curriculum, writing posts for her blog, or creating folderbooks and notebooking pages for us, she homeschools her own four children. She manages the BIP Facebook page and offers help and encouragement online day and night. She is notoriously, amazingly frugal and has shouted “I’m Debt Free” on the Dave Ramsey show!
Susan Barton Dallam
Susan serves the BIP family as our Chief Operating Officer, playing shortstop for Tyler and Bob with operations, reprint management, finance, marketing, and customer service. Susan met Maggie and Bob early in her homeschool journey, and God planted a seed for our paths to converge years later. Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Susan and her family can be found hiking waterfall trails, baking late-night cookies, and giggling through bedtime stories. Susan is also dedicated to political activism and legislative lobbying for educational, parental, and religious freedoms.
Jenn Hamrick is a long-time fan of the Hogan family and a believer in their mission of Bright Ideas Press. As a long-time homeschool mom with a background in business, Jenn serves as the Director of Marketing–providing and executing strategic plans and marketing initiatives and is a liaison between current and potential customers.
Additionally, we have a wonderful group of interns, editors, graphic designers, writers, representatives, and part-time office staff without whom we would be sunk. We’re so grateful for the amazing people God has brought into our lives and our office!
God bless you all –
Maggie Hogan & Team