Steve and JoAnn Ward

Steve Ward

Chief Executive Officer

JoAnn Ward

President & Master Matchmaker
Master Matchmakers is a high end personal service that has been coaching and matching single men and women for more than 20 years. Founded by JoAnn Ward in Philadelphia, the company is still family owned and operated by her and her son, CEO Steve Ward out of Palm Beach, Florida. From 2009 to 2013 this one-of-a-kind team of matchmakers showcased their talents as the Hosts and Executive Producers of VH1's Tough Love. Over six seasons the Wards eventually steered over a hundred men and women into healthy, happy relationships. As authors of, Crash Course in Love Steve and Joann literally wrote the book on love. Frequently featured in the press as thought leaders and industry experts this generational force continues to pioneer solutions for singles with their latest endeavor Love Lab, a mobile application for verifying people are who they say they are before going on a date.

Client Relations
Monica Ward
Executive Director of Client Relations
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Monica Ward is a second generation Master Matchmaker® like her brother, CEO of Master Matchmakers® Steven Ward. She’s been immersed in the family business since its inception by her mother, JoAnn Ward. Monica is most certainly her mother’s daughter when it comes to matchmaking having occasionally been on the receiving end of her brother’s and mother’s “Tough Love”. The “no nonsense” Ward family culture has undoubtedly been passed on to Monica and much like her brother, it has made her mature and develop her own interpersonal skills to be able to match our clients effectively. Monica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology from Temple University and hopes to one day also be an authority on human behavior.
Cindy Pinkus
Client Relations Coordinator
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Cindy and Joann have been friends for over twenty years. After raising four children (three now in college and one soon to graduate high school) Cindy is more focused than ever on her extracurricular passions. She has always been an active volunteer and member of her community and has spent an entire career in customer and client relations. Her days in matchmaking began while operating a very popular restaurant with her husband and casually introducing customers to each other. A handful of these matches have resulted in marriages and her friendships with many of those customers still exist today. While working with Joann and Steven, Cindy is learning to perfect her intuition and understand what it takes to make a match. Professionally she has developed many successful romantic relationships and her presence in our Philadelphia region is more valuable each day.
Kelley Thompson
Client Relations Coordinator
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Kelley knows first hand how hard it is to juggle the many roles and responsibilities we have in our lives while still finding time to meet someone. As a divorced mother of three boys, she spent six years navigating the dating scene in a social media ruled world before meeting the man of her dreams. As apart of the Master Matchmakers team Kelley now strives to bring love into other peoples’ lives. She is a life-long student of psychology and was further educated as a Natural Therapeutic Specialist in New Mexico. Kelley guides individuals out of their comfort zones, often into unchartered territory, so they can find what has been eluding them for too long. She is thrilled to be part of Master Matchmakers team where she can utilize the expertise and skills of a team of professionals to help her clients find their ideal match.
Matchmaking
Kim DiSilvestro
Executive Director of Matchmaking
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Kim is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor's degree in business with concentrations in marketing and finance. She has been happily married for eleven years, has two young children and knows how much work and commitment is needed through all of life's ups and down to sustain a lasting relationship. Kim has known the Wards for many years and consider them close, personal friends. "I have always admired the natural instinct that JoAnn and Steven have for matching people so successfully and have been a silent spectator for many years. In the past year I have "studied" everyone's profiles, notes and emails and get to communicate many times a day with Steven and Joann to better understand our clients." Kim has operated behind the scenes assisting our matchmaking efforts for years and carries out all of the executive decisions of Steven and Joann. "I feel I'm truly learning from the best and am so happy to be a part of their matchmaking miracles. I can say with all my heart that I love going to work every day; it's such an adrenaline rush to help people find their soul mates."
Tatiana Firpo
Assistant Director of Matchmaking
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Tatiana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Minor in Marketing from Monmouth University. She has the ability to pursue and successfully accomplish goals, which subsequently led to her becoming a businesswoman at a young age. Tatiana came to us looking to apply her passion for advising and helping others. Her intuitive, genuine, and honest personality has made her the “go-to” among friends and family concerning their relationship issues. Tatiana strongly believes in the straightforward approach practiced by JoAnn, Steve, and the rest of the Master Matchmakers staff. She understands the importance of possessing the ability to develop and maintain a relationship, which is actively translated into her personal and professional life. Tatiana is very appreciative that she has been offered this opportunity and is excited to fully utilize her skills and produce results regarding client relations.
Sadie Brody
Assistant Matchmaker
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Sadie was born and raised in South Carolina where she attended USC at Spartanburg. She not resides in New Jersey where she has obtained 13 years experience working with Fortune 500 Companies in the roles of service, implementation, and project management. Sadie has two children, but still finds time to plan charity events benefiting Autism Speaks and The Colon Cancer Alliance and run her own natural bath and body business. Sadie has found happiness and love in her life and is thrilled to be able to assist others with finding the same.
Jamie Cerecino
Matchmaking Assistant
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Born in China and raised in Philadelphia, Jamie always had a knack for bringing people together. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. With a strong spirit and a thirst for the arts, she is also a very talented dancer and artist. Jamie is dedicated to her studies, and has plans to pursue graduate school and hopes to eventually become a doctor. Jamie’s passion and enthusiasm in every task that she undertakes make her exceptionally skilled at being able to make excellent matches.
Tara Makhani
Matchmaking Assistant
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Tara is a recent graduate from UC Irvine with a Bachelors in Psychology and Social Behavior and hopes to continue her education in Relationship Psychology and Therapy. From a very young age, she was passionate about her first love - singing, and quickly learned the ingredients required to produce and build a brand. It wasn't until college until she found her second love- romantic relationships. Intrigued by her relationship courses, she began to do research on attraction as well as an internship at an assault resource center. When she was introduced to the show "Tough Love," however, she developed her newfound passion for matchmaking and love coaching, and began channeling and building these through her dating advice blog, dating app internships, marketing jobs, and in her every day interactions--all this so that she would one day be equipped to work for this dream company. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Master Matchmakers family, and hopes to marry her current knowledge with the experience she gains under the mentorship of Steve and the rest of the staff, and leave her mark with this company.
Coaching
Victoria Marino LMHC
Professional Counselor and Coach
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Victoria (Tori), grew up in a small, rural, upstate New York town. She spent a significant amount of her 20’s pursuing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology at SUNY Albany and Marist College, respectively; followed by post graduate hours providing individual, family, and group counseling to youth and their families, all culminating in a License in Mental Health Counseling. From there, she continued her work in an outpatient clinic, specializing in youth on probation and those that caused sexual harm. This niche has helped enhance her ability to dance the line between empathy and confrontation with training in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Tori currently lives in Brooklyn, NY helping adults on Public Assistance find employment. As a person who values love and relationships above all else, Tori is excited to put her skills to work in an imaginative way, helping others gain the skills to enrich their dating experience and work towards building long-lasting loving relationships.
Denise Sadjian Curcio MS
Professional Counselor and Coach
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Denise is passionate about coaching individuals toward discovering their unique blueprint for an authentic life of self-fulfillment and overall well-being. As a trained marriage and family therapist, life purpose and executive coach, certified hypnotherapist and vocational counselor, Denise draws upon her extensive professional experience and research to identify and strengthen a client's innate well-being quotient: natural strengths and talents, passions, motivations, life purpose, values, resilience and self-esteem. She believes that truly healthy love relationships are integral to an individual's well-being. Honoring what makes us unique and innately content transforms us into self-actualized individuals able to attract our healthy counterpart in a mate and ultimately a lasting, wholesome relationship The added benefit ~ people in healthy long-term relationships report higher levels of happiness, fewer health problems and longer life spans! Denise's goal is to identify with each client as a unique individual who will benefit greatly from this highly personalized approach to matchmaking, so their dream of coupling with a lifelong mate can become reality. Denise resides in picturesque Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty-one years, three children and three English Creme Golden Retrievers.
Amy Carpenter MS, CSAC
Professional Counselor and Coach
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Amy is a graduate of Maryville University in St, Louis, MO where she earned a B.A in Organizational Leadership. In 2007 Amy received a Master's Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. After gaining invaluable experience in a private practice in St. Louis she decided to start her own practice in 2012 and relocated to South Florida. Amy believes that its our relationships with others that determine our success in life, and she relishes the opportunity to make a positive influence in the love lives of her clients at Master Matchmakers.
Kelly Sunday MS, NCC, LPC
Professional Counselor and Board Certified Coach
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As a Board Certified Coach and Nationally Certified and Licensed Professional Counselor Kelly consults with Master Matchmakers to support the effort to advise our members and clients in matters of love both effectively and responsibly. Kelly will assist Master Matchmakers specifically in addressing more sensitive dating and relationship matters. As a happily married mother of four and family friend Kelly shares JoAnn and Steve’s belief that we can always improve ourselves and our situations. With love and focus Kelly believes anything is possible. Her goal is to enable people to not only be perceived as attractive as they can be but to also be able to see the potential for a healthy, happy relationship while avoiding anything less.
Erika Kim CPT, HHC
Health and Wellness Coach
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A New Jersey native, Erika Kim immersed herself in the world of holistic health, replanting her roots on the beaches of Jacksonville, Florida. Embracing the concept of whole-life wellness, she is both a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer and Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She received cutting-edge training from highly accredited professionals in the field including Geneen Roth, Paul Pitchford and Neal Barnard. Through non dogmatic fitness, nutrition and lifestyle coaching techniques, she promotes an improved overall sense of wellbeing, honoring the individual. Erika firmly believes that everyone deserves happiness, good health and love that starts with the self and branches outwards. Her practice is focused on the uniqueness of each person with an all-encompassing approach to creating happiness, balance and peace in life. She is looking forward to using her skills and positive energy to help others to first become the most vibrant version of themselves and then go on to find that perfect someone to share their lives with.
Executive Assistant
Shana Davies
Executive Assistant
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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Shana recently graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. Now living in Los Angeles, she is excited and honored to work with Steve and JoAnn, as well as the rest of the Master Matchmakers staff! Shana first learned about the Wards through “Tough Love,” and immediately admired the passion and dedication they have in bringing people together and helping them develop a lasting relationship. Shana shares the same spirit the Wards have in obtaining success and staying positive in life and love. She is extremely grateful to be starting her career with Master Matchmakers, and is focused on learning everything that this opportunity will come to offer. With her organizational skills and knowledge of the social media world, Shana is determined to assist Steve and JoAnn to continue on as being the best in the matchmaking business. Shana believes that working with the Wards is truly a once in a lifetime experience. "I consider myself a hopeless romantic at times, so combining this world with the digital age is an awesome opportunity!"

 

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