Team

Our Jazzy Team

Our Mission: To create and share meaningful and positive stories to entertain children and to encourage imagination through reading, writing and communication to build a strong, positive global community.

 We aim to be found in animation cartoons, technology such as YouTube, Amazon Prime, in classrooms, communities – everywhere families can use positive and fun lessons.  A unicorn is globally recognized character that we have aligned with many animal characters for children to find connect with their imagination.

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!  

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

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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.  She taught at Long Beach State, has experience in the elementary to high school classrooms.  And with a 25 year branding, public relations, FM/AM radio and podcasting, writing background, Lisa Caprelli, has made writing her life.  

Lisa grew up with humble beginnings in the sun city of El Paso, Texas. She is proud of her Latin roots and culture. She has made Southern California her home for the past 20 years with her two sons and fiance. It is important to her to travel and do book tours to be able to reach as many children, educators, parents, librarians and schools with the positive and meaningful lessons she has learned and continuous to learn. After building a great career in content writing and marketing CEO’s and leaders, and turning their business into meaningful brands, Caprelli, created SKIP A STEP stories and launched UNICORN JAZZ to be able to reach children at young ages. 

It is through using the best of SKIP A STEP stories and its journal in practice, that she was inspired to live a PURPOSE FILLED LIFE and create meaning and HAPPINESS out of her own life and be the catalyst to use her voice and turn them into words.

 

This best-selling author is proud to be the first generation to graduate from college and she graduated 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, school visits, with kids, parents, educators. She believes in community outreach and volunteering and by sharing her love of literacy and reading she reaches even more kids at children’s hospitals and has teamed up with Microsoft Office to do children’s writing workshops year round.

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.  To view some of the art illustrations on YouTube, click here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

 

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.

 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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