About us

One night, I had enough of the overwhelming, bad news bombarding our channels 24/7! My wife and I decided that it was simply not healthy to watch such negative information before going to sleep. In a quest for more balance in the reporting of what goes on in the world, Only Good News was born.

Created to deliver the antidote, the mission of the company's HooplaHa studio is to deliver the most heartwarming and uplifting videos to make you feel good. I teamed with Rob Hess, one of the top storytellers from the broadcast entertainment industry, to chronicle the Positive Movement, which unites and connects those of us that believe in the best of mankind.
We are committed to providing a hopeful narrative on humanity and develop original videos of individuals and organizations who believe in paying it forward, that kindness does make a difference, and that happiness correlates to good health. We discover great accounts about real people and shine the spotlight on those whose actions have a positive social impact.
We invite you to join us in celebrating those who are doing things to build a better world, inspiring others through their efforts to overcome adversity, and effecting good work throughout communities around the globe. Share our stories with your world and send us yours so that together we can make a difference.

We believe that there is always hope as long as there are good people in the world.

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Meet the team

Rick Fernandes

Founder / Board Chairman

Most recently was president of $1.5 billion company Affinion Group and looks forward to more of his global “voluntourism". Founded and sold industry leading marketing services company, Webloyalty and was twice included in Silicon Alley Top 100 celebration of most successful people and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. When he is not trying to create the next greatest thing, Rick is trying to rediscover his tennis game.


Missy Godfrey

Interim CEO

Missy Godfrey is a builder who thrives on transformational business opportunities from launches to turn arounds within diverse sectors including media, commerce and technology. Missy was most recently CEO of Spafinder Wellness and prior to that SocialFlow, a software comp at for social media marketing. Her media career included senior leadership positions at Primedia, Worth, Hearst and American Express. Godfrey holds a BS from Skidmore College.


Rob Hess

Chief Content Officer

A HooplaHa co-founder, Rob is a content and production purist who lives for emotional storytelling and producing the perfect 2-minute piece! Launched an indie television production company after heading up the east coast production for Television Program Enterprises. Produced pop culture classics including Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Rob has a BS from Emerson College and never goes anywhere without bumping into people who know and love him.


Laurence Sheinman

EVP – Business Development

A cartoonist wanna-be who, after planning and marketing roles at Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, was key member of senior team that built Synapse from startup to world's largest magazine agent sold to Time Inc. A tremendously organized clutter collector, Laurence can probably still find his MS from Binghamton University.


Andrew Osborne

Post-Production Producer

Andrew, or Oz as he goes by here, has been involved in new media production for over eight years now. He has edited, shot, and produced many videos including non-profit work, reality television, comedic sketches, and goofy passion projects about a talking printer. In his free time he likes to eat, cook, watch baseball, and eat even more. food.


Amy Chundy

Blog Editor

Amy's love of writing fuels her passion for life. The yoga enthusiast tries to live a very positive lifestyle while spreading that joy to others. When she isn't writing or finding 'feel good' stories, you can find her hula hooping, obsessing over her cat or doing headstands in Central Park.


William Trotta

Content Coordinator

William has a passion for social media and digital content production. He has been involved in new media for over 7 years now working on content for companies such as Adobe, CBS, NBC, and YouTube. When William isn't coordinating 'feel good' content, he enjoys traveling, producing video's on YouTube, photography, playing golf, and trying to think of the next big idea.


Charlene Chen

Business Intelligence Associate

Charlene joined HooplaHa after earning her master degree in Communication and Media Art at Pace University. She had various digital marketing experience in luxury, media and travel industries and academic blackguard in advertising and marketing, both in the United States and China. In her spare time, she likes traveling, dancing, watching movies and producing videos on her favorite topics.

Marty Isaac

Strategic Advisor

Youthful exuberance belies the highly competitive zeal of this seasoned executive with over 20 years operating experience. Most recently senior vice president at Webloyalty; previously held senior marketing and product management positions at CUC International. Marty has a BS from the Wharton School, and enjoys extreme ping pong and leisurely hikes that are leisurely for him and tortuous death defying climbs for you.


Lucia Nazzaro

Associate Producer

Lucia Nazzaro wants to inspire people anyway possible and is passionate about making peoples lives happier and healthier. She's a two-time Emmy nominated multi-media personality, reporter and producer for radio, broadcast TV and online outlets. She has hosted her own nationally syndicated radio show and has worked on-air for iHeart Media and Tribune Broadcasting.


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