Stanky & Cece's Team

About the Authors

Chad Hanstedt

is always creating – music with some of his favorite guitars, off-road vehicles, custom car parts, and furniture with his welding and metal fabrication equipment, and of course, Stanky & Cece with his imagination and love of story.

He is an aerospace engineer who has worked on top-secret projects for many major companies in the industry, including Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. He holds a master’s in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a bachelor’s in manufacturing engineering and an associate’s in manufacturing Milwaukee School of Engineering.


Additionally, Chad is an accomplished guitarist and songwriter. He also is known for his photography and videography, particularly for musicians.


Chad was thrust into the world of single-parenthood when he was widowed shortly after his daughter’s birth 18 years ago and has been passionate about instilling a strong foundation of values for her ever since.

An avid Jeep enthusiast, Chad lives in Gilbert, Arizona, and spends his time being a parent, playing music, engineering, and heading off on adventures with his jeeps – and Cece.

Kathy Sparrow

is an award-winning author, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant who has been mentoring aspiring writers of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry for over two decades and writing professionally for three decades.  

A university professor, she’s been on the faculty of National University, Southern New Hampshire University, the University of Texas-Pan American, and Pikes Peak Community College. 

She was recently named by LA Weekly as one of the “Top 15 Book Coaches to Watch in 2023. With a three-decade tenure in publishing, Kathy specializes in the areas of personal growth and wellbeing, leadership, and memoir.

Kathy is the co-author and project lead of Ignite Your Leadership: Proven Tools to Energize Teams, Fuel Momentum, and Accelerate Results. Her novel, The Whispered Teachings of Grandmother Trout, is touted as the feminine version of A River Runs Through It. In addition to Stanky & Cece Adventures, one of her most recent projects is  The Precipice of Life: Leadership and Personal Growth Insights from a Mountaineer’s Edge. 

An avid fly fisher, hot indoor cyclist, and grandma to five creative grandchildren, she lives in Toluca Lake, California, with her partner.

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About the Illustrators

Jacob Gray

is a big fan of all types of drawn art, whether it be comics or storybook illustrations. He loves it so much he does it for a living! He spends his free time on the couch sketching next to his wife, Madison, and his two dogs, Zeus and Percy.

James Koenig

is an illustrator who resides in Arizona. He lives with his wife, Corissa, and dog, Bailey. James started drawing almost
as soon as he was born. It was always a passion of his and eventually made it a career when he grew up. Whether he has truly grown up is still up for debate. James has illustrated for over 55
books thus far. Along with books, he has also developed characters and artwork for countless products, toys, games & more. James loves collaborating with other artists, such as Jacob. They were colleagues together while attending The Art Institute of Phoenix. You can see more of his work at his website:

About the Translator

Claudia Lopez

Claudia López is a lover of stories in different languages ​​and from different cultures. Claudia reads stories in Spanish —her native language—English, Portuguese, Italian, and French. She is passionate about understanding the story that wants to become alive in her life, for this she studies a lot, especially herself. The practice of meditation, yoga, and connecting with her community help her. She is also passionate about being an instrument for people to know their own stories, which she does in her role as a coach.