Team

Our Jazzy Team

Meet the team and brand ambassadors behind the brand of Unicorn Jazz!

Our Mission:  To share positive lessons, gratefulness with stories and kind messages for the greater good.  Kindness brings people together and promotes happiness. 
 
There is a tremendous amount of daily conversations and action steps that go into the making of Unicorn Jazz.  It has taken the help and collaboration of many incredible people of all ages.  
We appreciate every one of you!  
lisa caprelli author writer of Unicorn Jazz childrens books

Lisa Caprelli

Author

“As an author and creator of several books, I’ve seen the power of a story well told and the conversations it can do to create connection, harmony, and happiness.”

Lisa is a writer; founder and brand creator of Unicorn Jazz stories and its mission.  With a 25 year branding, public relations, FM/AM radio and podcasting, writing background, Lisa Caprelli, has made writing her life.  She is a Latina mom and an author of 12 books leading with children’s book series, Unicorn Jazz (English and Spanish); Skip a Step: Imparting Wisdom for Young Entrepreneur Minds, Color Your Message and Writing and Publishing Your Story and Turning it Into a Book. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Psychology, her quest to study human behavior is seen in her work.  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.  

 “I wrote the first book, Unicorn Jazz to help parents and teachers have important conversations with children that include compassion and understanding and to help children realize they have the power to reach out. I also wrote it to help children who look or feel different, who might be teased at school (like I was) to get some kind of support. This is a story that has many lessons depending on your child’s age.  Some top takeaways 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.” 

It’s been so fun to create the lessons combined with art and song that focus around friendship, kindness, and love.  The first book introduces the character, Woof the Crow, who believes in Unicorn Jazz.  After the story is read, I like to point out how sometimes it takes just one person to believe in you, or for you to believe in them, to change your life.   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.  I am grateful to my fiancee and partner, Dr. Chris Herzig for being a driving force to pursue my passion for writing and creating, and for proudly wearing Unicorn Jazz t-shirts.

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“Thank you to my team and to all for being a part of our Unicorn Jazzy community For the love of writing and imagination at play!”  – Lisa

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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.

Unicorn Jazz Friendship Ambassadors:

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Sophia

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 Ambassador Kanani Lutz

Kanani

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.

 

 

Contributors

Aisha Armer

Aisha Armer

Social Media Coordinator, Blog Contributor

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.

Tiffany Marz Unicorn Jazz narrator childrens book

Tiffany Marz

Narrator for audiobook

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.

Kerri Kasem singer for Unicorn Jazz Friendship Song kids book

Kerri Kasem

Kerri Kasem, Singer for Unicorn Jazz’s Friendship Song

Radio and TV host, speaker and activist at Kasem Cares, Kerri is a multimedia personality, producer and writer, has anchored music, talk and entertainment programs for radio and television.

Thanecha Anderson

Thanecha Anderson

Songwriter, musician

Thanecha helped us create Unicorn Jazz Friendship song that was developed from the first book – Unicorn Jazz.   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 connectwith 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. I am destined to make a difference in this world, and to stand up for those that don’t have a voice. I stand for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, any kind of abuse, those that are in poverty, those that are made fun or misunderstood because of mental disabilities… The list goes on and on. I stand to spread a message of love and respect for ALL. I hope that in some way, you will stand with me.

Special Thanks

childrens unicorn book series authorSpecial 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.