Meet Santa's Team

Holiday Friends, LLC. Pictured from left: Marisa Medlin, Shawn Medlin, and Kelly Melancon


Shawn Medlin
Founder | Holiday Friends, LLC

Shawn attended the University of Texas and has spent the last 15 years in business development and leadership roles for several publicly traded companies in the advertising and technology industries. A true entrepreneur at heart, Shawn decided to launch Santa Is My Friend® after an experience he and his wife Marisa shared with their son Cannon, who was two years old at the time and refused to take a picture with Santa. 

Shawn enjoys travelling, spending time with his family and has a passion for music. He also has a passion for teaching children on positive life principles and mentoring young professionals on sales and business development.




Marisa Medlin
Co-Author of Santa Is My Friend®

Marisa graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing then earned her MBA from Sam Houston State University. Currently she has a passionate career as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in the epilepsy industry. This is part of the reason why Santa Is My Friend® supports the Epilepsy Foundation; it is a disorder that is near and dear to her heart.

In her spare time, Marisa loves to travel and spend time with her family, friends and pets. Abby, her cat is even displayed in an illustration in the book. Santa Is My Friend® brings together three things Marisa is passionate about: children, Christmas, and overcoming obstacles to reach a personal accomplishment.



Kelly Melancon Co-Author of Santa Is My Friend®

Kelly graduated from LeTourneau University with a BBA in Business Administration then earned her MBA from Texas Woman’s University. Kelly has taught in the Texas public school system for nine years. She currently teaches business marketing and graphic design to high school juniors and seniors.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She has two children, two wonderful parents, and a Chihuahua named Ginger. Ginger is proudly displayed in an illustration within the book. Kelly has long had a love for education, children, and animals. She is passionate about teaching and strives to motivate and inspire others to reach their full potential.