Monika Mitchell -Founder (chief vision officer): An award-winning writer, Monika wears many hats at Good-b (stylish ones, of course…and an occasional Yankees hat)! Aside from producing Good-b initiatives and developing new ones, she writes, edits, publishes, directs, produces, visions, dreams (big), and share laughs and inspiration at Good-b! She has a knack for creating an awesome team and quality projects on a lean startup budget! Monika’s background in nonprofit theatre, small biz, serial entrepreneurship, and Wall Street finance gives her the perfect balance to support social entrepreneurship. She has a lifelong passion for New York City. Some of her other favorite places to gather inspiration are the Left Bank in Paris, San Francisco Bay Area, up-island Martha’s Vineyard, Seattle, Berlin, anywhere in France and riding a vespa through the sunflower fields of Umbria, Italy!
She draws her inspiration from the many social innovators around her in the NYC social good community and social champions like Desmond Tutu, Radhanath Swami, Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela, MLK, Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah (yes, Oprah), Diane Von Furstenberg, and Carrie Bradshaw! Her passions include economic history, performing on stage, ensemble theatre, writing, reading, taking graduate classes, discussing books & ideas, innovation, being Green, Doing Good, gluten-free pizza, yoga, biking, her mini-poodles Portia & Sebastian, and just plain having fun with friends in the most exciting city in the world!
Ron Davison -Director of Operations (aka Good-b’s Right Arm): At every functioning small business, there is one person who keeps everything moving in the right direction. At Good-b, that someone is our resident champion, Ron! Basically, Ron does everything at Good-b that you don’t see or don’t know you are seeing. He wears manager, partner, chief operating bottle-washer hats! He is also techie, tweeter, publisher, researcher, and editor! Good-b wouldn’t function very well without him! (We love you Ron!) Ron is our “token” midwesterner, hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. He lived in London and Europe for several years before moving to NYC. His favorite things include Belgian chocolate, all things tech, social media, strong coffee, snorkeling in the Caribbean, and yearly trips to Seattle, London, and Poland.
Kenny Rivera -Multi Media Director: Kenny is a Brooklyn born native who graduated from the College of Staten Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications with honors. When he is not out and about shopping and dining at the latest trending NYC hotspots, he is traveling the country and touring various amusement parks with fellow ACE (American Coaster Enthusiast) members. In a recent trip to California for a theme park tour, he made a pit stop at the Grammy museum to pay homage to his personal idol, Whitney Houston. Want to win the key to his heart? Then feed him! A passionate foodie, Kenny loves nothing more than indulging in Las Vegas’ #1 rated Bellagio buffet!
Chantrese Williams – Social Media Research & Events: Chantrese is passionate about helping the underdog come out on top. Her mission to give a voice to the voiceless makes Good-b the perfect home for her goals. Holding a BA in Media Communications & American Studies from State University of New York at Westbury, she loves a good margarita, dressing like a fashionista, singing in her Gospel choir, and listening to Motown. If you offer her a cupcake or peanut butter cookie, you will officially be her new best friend forever!
Mai Dornelles Larissa Gomes
Video Production & Journalism Team: The Dynamic Duo of Larissa & Mai have been best friends since the first grade. They grew up in Brasilia, Brazil and moved to New York to study digital film and media at the New York Film Academy. They partner for Good-b as our video broadcasting and production team.
Dori O’Dea: Video Host-Journalist: Dori O’Dea is a professional actor, writer, jewelry designer, and media coach – happy to have joined the Good-b team! Her webisode and blog, My Peculiar Life, follows the ramblings and joys of a life well lived amongst good people and unusually humorous settings in Brooklyn, NY. While not napping with her dog, Tribble, or walking her fish, Dude, Dori dreams up ways to make the world laugh (with her, not at her). Dori is grateful to be part of Good-b’s team, focusing on the infinite possibilities of positive intentions and visionary entrepreneurs.
Lauren Corse: Contributing Blogger: Lauren has a Bachelors in American Literature from Drew University and a bitter sweet obsession with philosophy and pizza. She is originally from Miami, now resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but is forever condemned to perpetually seeking the land of truth!
Darnell Roberts -PR Contributor: Darnell is a Buffalo born, Bronx bred, marketing/PR guy who holds a Bachelors in Broadcast Communications. He never shuts up; he even talks in his sleep. Not a day goes by without him texting, tweeting, emailing, blogging (he thinks he has magic thumbs!) Bill Gates said, “if I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on PR.” Darnell agrees!
Francis Tejada: Video Editing & Production- Francis graduated from Stockton State College in New Jersey where he majored in film studies, new media, and communications. He finished his filming and editing his first full-length film last year. He comes to Good-b as a video editor and photographer.
Behind-the-Scenes at Good-b
Gregg Peichyna -Tech Wizard: (AllTech Pros) Many things happen in the middle of the night at Good-b! That is when we update servers and generally smooth out operations. Gregg puts it all together and keeps us going somehow through every major tech calamity! (And there have been quite a few!)
Good Business New York, L3C is an online news platform and social business community for social entrepreneurship and local small-to-medium sized businesses. Officially launched in July 2012 as a service of parent company, Good Business International, Inc., a sustainable business thought leadership new media network named “Standout Company of the Year” in December 2010 by the Washington Post Leadership Playlist. Good Business International, Inc. is a member in good-standing of the United Nations Global Compact.