About

Our Jazzy Team

Our Mission:  To create and share meaningful and positive stories to entertain children and to encourage communication and imagination through reading, writing and art. 

Unicorn Jazz is a rapidly growing children’s book series and educational kids brand. We aim to find partners in toys, songs, animation cartoons, streaming television, YouTube, Amazon Prime, classroom technology, eye glasses, clothing and apparel, baby products, and educational opportunities.  A unicorn is globally recognized character and there is a tremendous amount of growing interest from elementary schools, preschools, parents and educators.

For licensing opportunities, please contact Lisa Caprelli. 

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Lisa Caprelli, Creator

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“The best part of my work is connecting with children to create connection, harmony, and happiness combined with story, art and song that focus on many social aspects like friendship, kindness, and love.”

Lisa is an award-winning author and the brand creator of best-selling children’s books: Unicorn Jazz a series with a wonderful mission!  She has experience presenting to elementary, middle and high school students and has taught at Long Beach State, California.  Microsoft Office has partnered with Lisa to do children’s writing workshops year round and is often asked by principals to bring them into their schools with her guide: Writing a Short Story or Picture Book.  To see all of her books in print, go to Author Page.

Lisa is proud of her Latin roots and culture, growing up with humble beginnings in the sun city of El Paso, Texas. She has made Southern California her home for the past 20 years with her two sons and husband.  Traveling and doing book tours is important to reach as many children, educators, parents, and school librarians with positive and meaningful social lessons to promote reading, writing, team building, children’s writer workshops and more.  

 With a 25 year branding, public relations, FM/AM radio, podcasting and writing background, Lisa Caprelli, has made writing her life.  As an entrepreneur and while building a great career helping CEO’s and leaders to turn their business into meaningful brands, Lisa went on a two and a half year mission researching and interviewing 13 notable entrepreneurs on what makes for a MEANINGFUL, HAPPY and PROSPEROUS life to be able to give back voices through stories for young readers.  

Skip a Step Entrepreneur book by Lisa caprelliEnter her book and journal Skip a Step Imparting Wisdom For Young Entrepreneur Minds.   It was through Skip a Step that she fulfilled her own life’s purpose to write and create imaginative stories.  Besides being a full-time author, she owns a boutique publishing company to help other authors realize their dream of writing and publishing.  She is most proud of helping three teenagers who are on the low economic spectrum from El Paso so that they could add “author” to their resume and increase college acceptance.    

This best-selling author is proud to be the first generation to graduate from college, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Psychology. Her quest for studying human behavior and teaching is seen in her author visits, children’s book Orange County, California school visits and other U.S. States.  She believes in community outreach and volunteering as seen with her reach and storytelling with children’s hospitals..  

Coming from an influence of of educators, including early childhood teachers, principals and librarians, she enjoys keeping up and teaching latest trends in technology to leverage and collaborate with great leaders to make stories and the love of reading meaningful.  

Follow Lisa on LinkedIn or  Instagram

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Davey Villalobos

Illustrator, Writer

Davey resides in El Paso, Texas with his family and siblings.  

He has been drawing his whole life as early as age 4. Davey does 90% of his work alfresco while listening to music (from the smooth sounds of Dean Martin to the ear blasting riffs of Slayer).   

Some of his favorite illustrators are Salvador Dali, Frank Frazzetta, Bob Kane (Batman). He enjoys being creative, intuitive and letting his imagination run wild. Davey will be publishing his first book this year.   He is a proud uncle of two and enjoys bike riding.  To view some of the art illustrations on YouTube, click here.

Davey’s art has been compared to Dr. Seuss with his hand-drawn illustrations.  He believes in the mission of Unicorn Jazz and works just as hard as Caprelli to bring entertaining stories with powerful messages that children will be drawn to again and again.  

Some of the popular pages of Unicorn Jazz children’s books have been turned into coloring pages and other products, including the Unicorn Jazz plush toy.  


Sophia, Ambassador

Sophia is a sweet and beautiful addition to our team sharing positive messages of kindness and friendship. She is the daughter of Lizette and Alvaro, who have four children, including three sons.  Sophia enjoys learning from her talented mother, Lizette, who is owner of OC Studios by Lizette.

“Being happy is playing with my dog or horseback riding,” says Sophia.  She loves playing with her dogs and laughs when they turn themselves upside down.  Her favorite books right now are Wonder, Wild Robot and Winn Dixie. Science is a subject she enjoys at school and her favorite color is teal.  She enjoys having picnics with her family. She believes friendship is important because it makes you learn how to be brave and approach people as well.

What do you like to do most with your mom? Play hide and seek. Watch Sophia the First, a cartoon or bake cookies.  We also have fun with simple things like painting our nails.

What do you like to do with your dad? Ride my bike.  He taught me how to go on the monkey bars.  I like when he tells me stories about when he was in the army, too.

On being an entrepreneur: It’s important to have fun while you work.  My mom has taught me that.

What do you want to do when you grow up?  Be an actress, ride horses, or be a teacher for horseback riding.

Recent achievement: Making the honor roll and “A” for the Day which is a prestigious feat at her school where students recognize her.

Unicorn Jazz Friendship Ambassadors:

To Priscilla, being happy means spending time with her family and friends with lots of energy, laughter, and amusement. The daughter of Kristal and Jose, Priscilla’s favorite color is black and she enjoys learning new things in her computer class. She loves to swim, read all sorts of graphic novels and picture books and sees herself as a veterinarian when she grows up.

In Priscilla’s Own Words:

What does friendship mean to you?

“Friendship is when someone is there for you. One of my best friends is Maxine. She is there for me through thick and thin. She helps me with my homework, plays with me, and helped me feel better when I was getting bullied”.

If you had a magic wand, what is one superpower you want to give yourself?

I would want to have speed like Flash because he is my favorite superhero.

It is a fun time when… “My mom and I go get ice cream, go to the pool, and get chocolate covered strawberries.”‘ 

I like it when my dad plays basketball with me.

A time where I was brave was when I read my first story online and posted it.  I was afraid of what people would think that they would, perhaps, reject me.  It turned out that everyone loved the books I read.

 
Unicorn Jazz Ambassador Kanani Lutz

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Kanani enjoys learning from teachers at every grade she has been in so far.  Her favorite color is teal and her favorite subject at school is reading. She is the daughter of Rg and Jacquie who are also proud parents of their son, Xander.  IN HER OWN WORDS: It’s a fun time when my mom and I build pillow forts.  It’s fun because my mom makes awesome forts where we can lay around inside them and it feels like a slumber party. I like it when my dad plays basketball with me.  He teaches me how to shoot the ball, dribble the ball, and play good defense.What does friendship mean to you? Friendship is when someone is kind and nice to you and there for you when you need help. Give an example of what a good friend has done for you:  My friend Delilah asked me if anything was wrong, when I wasn’t happy, one day at school.  We talked about it and she gave me some answers and I felt better afterwards. That’s a friend. If you had a magic wand, what is one superpower you would wish for?  I wish I could turn into any animal to be near them.   Some animals are dangerous or could be aggressive like a lion, but being one of the animals, gives me a better chance to get close to them and learn about them. Who is your favorite superhero? I like Batgirl.   She has a ton of cool gadgets and she’s a girl! Do you have an idea of what you may want to be or do when you are grown up? When I grow up I want to be a designer or a dog sitter.    As a designer, I have lots of ideas for clothes and jewelry.  I want to partner with one of my friends, Aily, who wants to actually make all of the clothes, necklaces, and bracelets.   If I were a dog sitter, I would like it because I just love dogs. What is one story where you were bold or brave?  I was nervous the first time playing a piano recital in front of a large group of people.   I didn’t think about the crowd since I had friends there to make me feel comfortable and I saw them supporting me and it made me relaxed.

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Chris Herzig

Dr. Chris Herzig

Chief Fun Officer

Dr. Chris Herzig is our CFO (Chief Fun Officer), partner and Lisa Caprelli’s supportive husband.  He enjoys the outdoors and leading a healthy and adventurous lifestyle as seen with his interests in skiing, surfing, hiking, camping.   As part of the growing Unicorn Jazz community, he travels, writes and researches on relevant topics, whether it’s manufacturing the new unicorn jazz plush toy, or helping to develop the necessary business tools.  With a passion for geology and ocean activities and a Master’s in Genetics from Hawaii, Manoa, and the joy for the great outdoors with his wife, Lisa, a forthcoming book will be about finding fun in outdoor activities.

Dr. Herzig medical degree is from Keck School of Medicine of USC.  His experience includes: LAC-USC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC, Norris Cancer  Center Oxnard, Community Memorial Hospital Ventura, Pleasant Valley Hospital Camarillo, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, Goleta Valley College Hospital, and Centinella Hospital.

Aisha Armer

Aisha Armer

Communications, School Librarian Coordinator, Blog Contributor

Aisha wears many wonderful hats with Unicorn Jazz and is ever evolving it is hard to pin just one title on this dynamic woman who believes in the passion and mission behind Unicorn Jazz.

Aisha is a graduate from USC with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. 

She enjoys meeting new people, relaxing at home and finding new Netflix series. 

She was born in Laguna Niguel and enjoys all that Southern California offers.  She aspires to travel to Brazil and different parts of the world.

Thanecha Anderson

Thanecha Anderson

Musician

Thanecha, a songwriter and musician helped create the Unicorn Jazz Friendship song. 

In her own words: “My life’s end goal is to touch as many hearts and lives as I possibly can during the time that I am alive. I have been writing music since I was a child, and will continue to do so and hopefully connect with as many people as I can. I love to motivate and inspire people and help them see the positive and the absolute best in their lives. 

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Tiffany Marz

Narrator

Tiffany is a voice actor and audiobook narrator.  A singer, actress and model she certainly brings entertainment, versatility, emotion & passion to the lives of so many people.

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Amanda Keaton

Social Media Intern

Amanda is a senior marketing major at the University of Louisville, and currently lives in Louisville with her cat Magnus. She loves being a part of the Unicorn Jazz team and wants to help spread the series’ message of friendship and fun to kids everywhere. Amanda is a lifelong toy enthusiast and is passionate about working in the toy industry after graduation.

When she isn’t studying, Amanda likes listening to Broadway musicals, playing video games, and thrift shopping with friends. She loves all things fun and knows the importance of being in touch with your inner child.

Natalia Sepulveda

Natalia Sepulveda

Spanish Translator

Natalia Sepulveda, is a McNair Fellow Alumni and Spanish Translator and Interpreter. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Natalia currently lives in Orlando with her husband Joseph and two children. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and serving the Lord. She also runs a Bilingual Lifestyle blog, where she shares her bilingual family adventures, book reviews, and bilingual resources.

Sobre la traductora

Natalia Sepúlveda, es una McNair Fellow Alumni  y Traductora e Intérprete de español. Ella tiene una maestría y bachillerato en Literatura Peninsular y de Latino América de la Universidad de la Florida Central en Orlando. Natalia actualmente vive en Orlando junto a su esposo Joseph y sus dos hijos.  A ella le encanta viajar, compartir en familia y servirle al Señor. Ella también escribe en su Bilingual Lifestyle blog, donde comparte las aventuras bilingües de su familia, reseñas de libros y recursos bilingües.

Blog: Bilinguallifestyle.worpress.com Social Media: @Bilingualifestyle

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Isabella Matos

14-year-old high school student from Winter Springs, Florida.

Isabella is the new voice of the Unicorn Jazz Friendship Song – for the Spanish Version. Listen to it here on YouTube. She has been singing since she was 4 years old. Since then, she’s always been in a chorus, participated in school events and plays. She currently is part of the worship chorus at church, where she sings in both English and Spanish.  In the past five years, she has been involved in plays and musicals. In April of 2019, Isabella participated in a Fine Arts Festival District Competition from the Assemblies of God and received a superior award with the invitation to participate in the nationals’ competition. Later in August of 2019, she performed at the Fine Arts Nationals Competition, where she was awarded an excellent rating. Throughout her journey in middle school, Isabella participated in two school plays: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Jr”, and, “Anything Goes”. While participating with her youth group at church she has participated in two musicals “Wrapping all the way” and “Christmas Cantata”. She has loved being on stage ever since she was very young and is still studying to pursue what she loves – to perform. 

Currently, Isabella is studying theater, direction, and for the betterment of her performing skills. She plans on studying musical theater, and stage craft. She continues to develop her voice, singing, and joining clubs to compete. Singing has always been her first passion.

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Christian Daniel Diaz

SCRIPT WRITER / SEEKING TO HAVE A CAREER IN FILM

Christian is a 28 year old local artist from El Paso, TX.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
From an early age, all things art became my primary interest in life.
I began drawing and painting, which I absolutely loved to do on a daily basis.
I then began to find myself captivated by novels. Which ultimately inspired me to one day become a writer.
Aside from reading and painting, I found myself captivated by motion pictures, and it gave me a rush that I had never experienced before.
I began to envision myself working on a movie set, and there my unparalleled passion was born. But more than just directing someone else’s written stories, I wanted to create the story myself. I have now created my own film script titled ‘Eyes Of The Night’ and a few other film projects that I am currently working on. The genre of my work is Drama.
I want to connect with my audience on a very personal level through my work, and make them feel they way I feel when I watch impactful characters come to life before my eyes. The journey of suffering and enduring with a fictional character on screen is what makes film such a potent form of art, and that is why I have chosen to take my path in the art of motion pictures.

Special Thanks

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I have had so many “Woof the Crows” in my life, people who believed in me, and I invite others to give gratitude to those who have helped them along the way. Perhaps, YOU, are the one who believes in another and SHOWS it — that can be life changing to someone. 

Special Thanks to additional people who continue to help with Unicorn Jazz ideas, stories, and brand collaboration, including editors, mommy bloggers, mompreneurs, friends and family that keeps growing:

Michele Kennedy, Publicist, Teri Sawyer, Supporter, Publicist; Esperanza Hernandez; Suzanne Funk, Elementary School Teacher, Debbie Powers, Contributor, Editor; Blake Pinto, Editor, coordinator; Luisa Dorsey & Family, Unicorn Jazz’s Spanish Book Translators; Alyssa Ortiz and family; Jinifer & Darryl Conover, Dynamics, 3D Mold Manufacturer, Consultant for Unicorn Jazz cake topper and painted kit (coming in June 2019); Cindy Kirkland, Tyler Texas, Consultant; Miguel Barillas, Full Riot Productions; Lizette Ruiz, OC Studios by Lizette; Laurel Felt; Veronica & Sal, LucidLove.org; Lucy Dominguez, Del Norte Elementary; Siblings, Ruth Leigh, Mike Hernandez; Claudia Dangerfield, Linda Cortez, Lorraine Martinez;  Chris Herzig, Happy Lifestyle Online Publisher.

 “My writing helps parents and educators have important conversations with children that include compassion and understanding.  Through social skills and communication, children can do much more than they ever realized.  Some top takeaways from my children’s books have been: “I am different and that’s awesome.”  “We’re all different as human beings.” “We all thrive for friendship, kindness and love in our lives.”  -LC

 Social Emotional Intelligence learning has been recognized in Unicorn Jazz books as important and necessary for children.  The first book introduces the character, Woof the Crow, who believes in Unicorn Jazz.  After the story is read, I point out how sometimes it takes just one person to believe in you, or for you to believe in them, to change your life.  

 Because of the need for more dual language learning, we’re doing everything we can to reach English and Spanish speaking communities. 

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