Executive Director of Coaching
Stephanie has helped her clients achieve success in love, life and business through the same “Tough Love” approach to self-improvement that Steve and JoAnn have used for years. As a well-established relationship coach, working with singles and couples nationwide, Stephanie gets to the heart of the problem quickly and offers inspirational, motivational and practical advice. Her clients realize their personal and professional relationship goals from this direct approach. Stephanie conducts classes with coursework for not only singles who want to attract a new relationship or move forward after a bad break-up, separation or divorce. She works with people already in relationships who want to be better halves and overcome challenges to become a better couple.
Stephanie knows how to make “relationship work” fun. She draws from a diverse education and background; including a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Communications from Hofstra University and an affiliation with Columbia University and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Counselor. Stephanie has worked as a counselor, case supervisor, motivational speaker, business consultant, medical ethics teacher and lifestyle contributor and has been recognized by the media through her contributions in books, publications and websites.
After watching Steve and JoAnn guide singles and couples to relationship success on VH1s Tough Love Series, Stephanie knew that her direct and caring coaching style would be a perfect match for the Master Matchmakers® team and the clientele they are committed to serving. Stephanie is most passionate about teaching people how to have a healthy and happy relationship with themselves because she knows it is the starting point for developing a meaningful and rewarding relationship with another.
Kelly Sunday MS, NCC, LPC
Professional Counselor and Board Certified Coach
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.
Kate Forest MS, LCSW, ACSW
Professional Counselor and Coach
Kate believes that everyone has the potential to change and the ability to achieve their most far-reaching goals. Through motivational coaching techniques, she guides clients through the change process, helping them to connect more deeply with others and form meaningful relationships. Kate’s ultimate objective is for the client to learn to use these techniques without a coach. Through her 17 years as a change agent, Kate has helped people from diverse backgrounds overcome obstacles, develop lasting, healthy relationships and achieve their fullest potential. As a manager, she has coached professionals and developed them into managerial positions. She has been a consultant and trainer for professionals, and provided instruction at colleges and universities Kate has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. She holds the highest level of licensure for Social Work in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Carol Johnson MS, CWS, CHES
Professional Counselor and Coach
Carol brings a unique and whole picture perspective to the art of personal relationships with a blend of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s degree in Public Health from Western Kentucky University, and post graduate work in Nutritional Sciences and Health Education. In addition, she is a Certified Wellness Specialist and Certified Health Education Specialist. As a former Wellness Director, she produced award winning programs, curricula, and publications for college students and faculty. Her teaching passion and expertise in dating, relationships, and sexual health issues thrives on bringing people toward healthy relationships and has a “tell it like it is” philosophy that fits in well with Master Matchmakers.
Carol believes that a healthy relationship can provide every person with a true sense of well-being and self-actualization in life. As a testament to this belief, she has been married for over 18 years, has a 12 year old son and focuses on being a student in life, listening to others and offering her years of experience in a holistic life-balance approach. Carol lives in California outside of Silicon Valley and loves to hike, bike, run and is the support crew for her husband’s ultra-marathon training and competitions. It is through these experiences of being part of a spousal team she has an innate ability to provide individuals the knowledge, skills and tools to be in a happy and successful relationship.
Dating and Relationship Coach
Brian has spent his academic and professional careers focused on understanding cultural diversity and the interpersonal dynamics of those around him. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Drexel University in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and is completing a Masters Degree in Social Policy and Clinical Practice from University of Pennsylvania. His background as a Behavioral Research Therapist is invaluable to the Master Matchmakers team. Brian has concentrated his Clinical Research Therapy in urban communities. To best immerse himself in this culture he chose to build a parallel career marketing and promoting nightlife entertainment in major cities around the country. This has helped Brian recognize the differences and unique challenges of finding, forming and maintaining relationships in different parts of the US including such cities as Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Las Vegas. Brian has developed a worldly point of view from his travels in, around and well outside of the United States. He challenges himself constantly and encourages the same from others. His marketing experience, clinical research and academic studies along with global travels and an infectious enthusiasm to help others, Brian has proven to be a very valuable addition to our team.
Jennifer L. Ward
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science and has also completed an advanced accreditation in Integrative Nutrition and Health Counseling, with additional credits from the State University of New York. She has studied alongside leading wellness educators including Walter Willet, David Katz, Deepak Chopra, T. Colin Campbell, Mark Hyman, Andrew Weil and many other innovative leaders in nutrition.
Her mission is to improve the health and happiness of those suffering from symptoms of imbalance using a holistic and whole-foods based approach to wellness. She prides her practice on the concept of listening to your own body’s needs in order to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. Her holistic approach to wellness examines not only what is on our plate, but all of the things that feed our lives. You can learn more about Jennifer and what she offers at Medical Nutrion
Victoria Marino LMHC
Professional Counselor and Coach
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.
Gennifer Miller Dornstreich
Dating and Relationship Coach
Gennifer believes in helping her clients become the best versions of themselves so they can attract Mr. or Ms. Right. For the past 8 years, she has taken a holistic approach to coaching, helping her clients do the “inner work” (build confidence, self-esteem and a positive mindset) as well as the “outer work” (improve personal presentation, identify self-sabotaging behaviors and habits). Although now a newlywed, Gennifer remembers how much anxiety and uncertainty dating can cause. As a result, she takes a compassionate yet direct approach with her clients, delivering honest feedback and providing them with tips and techniques to to help them put their best foot forward.
In addition to coaching, she regularly speaks and teaches workshops on confidence, self-esteem, personal and professional presentation. She has been featured in the The Philadelphia Tribune, Philly.com, AOL Black Voices, Real Health Magazine, Heart and Soul Magazine and Ebonyjet.com.
Gennifer is a graduate of Tufts University (BA 2003) and Babson College (MBA 2008). She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Elijah and dog, Pepper.