Steve and JoAnn Ward

Joann Ward

Founder & President

Steve Ward

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Steve and Joann literally wrote the book on love as they authored one of the best selling books on the subject, published by Simon & Schuster, Crash Course in Love. They are frequently featured in the press as thought leaders and industry experts; a generational force that continues to pioneer solutions for singles. Their latest endeavor Love Lab is a mobile application for verifying people are who they say they are before going on a date. Thanks to their use of proprietary technology to prove age and identity, verify photos and conduct background checks on everyone they represent, Steve and Joann are now able to offer a local service nationwide.

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Dating can be tough. With guaranteed* matches and date feedback we do whatever it takes to guide you into a relationship.

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 How It Works

Speak with a representative to determine the right level of service. Each experience is customized to suit a client's needs and budget. We exchange your pictures and profile with potential matches and do our best to create interest. If you each accept the match we exchange numbers and expect you to get acquainted before you meet. 

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Client Relations
Kristen Quackenbush
Executive Director of Client Relations
Kristen has worked with Master Matchmakers for almost a decade. She is passionate about helping highly selective, like-minded professionals find and keep the love of their life. She has experienced what it is like to be single, and what it takes to navigate the tumultuous waters of the dating scene successfully. She has made it her mission to enlighten successful single professionals that they do not have to settle, and true love is possible. Kristen holds a Master’s degree in Education as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and was high school science teacher for many years. Kristen is a Key West native and currently resides outside of Sedona, AZ with her husband and 3 school-aged children.
Cindy Pinkus
Executive Administrator of Client Relations
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.
Sherry Albert
Client Relations Coordinator
Sherry puts everyone she meets at ease with her warm, welcoming personality. She excels at providing personal guidance with unwavering encouragement, leading to fulfilling, successful relationships of all kinds. She is a graduate of Tufts University, where she studied Entrepreneurial Leadership, and met her fiancé soon after. Living in Boston, she spent the first four years of her career working with a top restaurant CEO before turning her passion for the matchmaking field into a career. Her experiences have allowed her to hone her natural skills of connecting and understanding people, and nothing gives her greater fulfillment than waking up each day to help people find happy, lifelong relationships. She is thrilled to be part of the Master Matchmakers team, making the journey to find the “love of your life” a joy!
Lynda Linforth
Client Relations Coordinator
Lynda is passionate about building relationships, whether they are personal or in business. She has a unique ability to encourage people to tell their own stories and to help them present their best qualities. Originally from the UK, Lynda has lived in West Africa and various States and cities in the USA and firmly believes her diverse upbringing enables her to successfully connect with people from all walks and from all stages of life. Before working with Master Matchmakers, Lynda owned and operated three personal training companies in California and Florida. She brings her fitness and nutrition acumen to her work to help guide people towards a healthy lifestyle.
Danielle Yuppa
Executive Assistant
Danielle lives in Northern New Jersey and is a graduate of Montclair State University. She has her bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Family Services and a minor in Psychology. Through her educational experience in conjunction with her eclectic human service experience, Danielle has learned the different dynamics of relationships and what aspects make a relationship successful. She is committed to having a positive effect on the individuals she serves and is committed to helping individuals achieve healthy, happy, and fulfilling relationships. She is excited to help JoAnn, Steve, and the rest of the team make successful matches!
Kim DiSilvestro
Chief of Staff
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 nineteen years, has two teenage 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.” In the past eleven years Kim has worked closely with hundreds of clients to bring them into the committed relationships they have sought after. "I feel so happy to be a part of these 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."
Ariel Rosen MMFT
Ariel has a passion for Love. She has a relationship-focused education with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and continued to pursue her passion by earning her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has always enjoyed working with and helping guide people through tough times in matters of the heart. Her broad perspective and down-to-earth attitude has been crucial to her ability to create lasting introductions. In addition to her experience as a matchmaker, she is also a certified Life Coach! Ariel has been dedicated to helping people find themselves in order to find love her entire adult life. With open minds and open hearts, Ariel is confident that everyone can find happiness and success in life.
Monica Ward
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.
Katrina Kelly
Katrina is a graduate of the Restaurant School of Philadelphia where she studied the art of Pastry Production. While in College Katrina realized she has a knack for facilitating conversations with individuals and building relationships. After attending college Katrina shifted into the sales field to hone ion on her skills for not only listening to people but also helping them find exactly what they need. She met her fiancé in 2015 and moved with him to South Carolina for a year to help his company with sales. Then in 2017 she gave birth to her beautiful son Emmitt and moved back to Philadelphia to raise her son where she grew up. Katrina wants to guide others to find the person they will fall in love with and be as happy as she is. When Katrina is not giving advice and helping others towards lasting love she is busy enjoying the two loves of her life.
Enza Manning
Enza began her career in the fashion industry and discovered joy in helping people put on their best first impression. In 2007, Enza was introduced to a man that stole her heart. While on a weekend getaway in 2012, they were engaged at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and were married the following year in her home city of San Diego. Soon after, she began matchmaking and simply put- she fell in love with love. It brings her so much joy to offer single men and women life changing opportunities. She also became a certified dating coach with the IDCA. Enza has a passion to help others gain confidence in themselves. With many introductions turned into marriages and successful relationships, she is driven and continually motivated to bring people together. In 2016 her son Ronan was born and two years later, her second little boy Kellan was born. Her heart is so full raising her children along side her husband.
Carol Johnson MS, CWS, CHES
Executive Director of Coaching
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 24 years, has a 18 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.
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.
Kemper S. Orton, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC
Professional Counselor and Coach
Kemper has always been the person with whom friends and family would share their innermost secrets and problems, including their romantic ones, which eventually helped her realize she had a gift of listening effectively to other people and offering effective support. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and her Masters degree in counseling from Clemson University. She then got licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida (LMHC) and later earned a National Certified Counselor designation (NCC). She’s been happily working in the counseling field for 12 years, first for a variety of mental health agencies before achieving her ultimate dream - opening a private practice. She’s been helping individuals and couples in this setting for the past 8 years in beautiful Wellington, Florida. Kemper has been happily married for almost 15 years with an 8-year-old son, and she understands first the importance of finding true love and building an amazing life together.
Julia Herrera MMFT
Dating and Relationship Coach
Julia has had a passion for helping others grow and maintain healthy loving relationships her entire life, which eventually led her to obtain her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. After obtaining her MFT Masters Julia began working as a date coach and matchmaker. She successfully coached and matched client's through the various challenges they faced in the dating process. Julia's coaching and dedication to her clients has led to a number of them getting married. Along with a passion for date coaching, Julia works as an Associate Marriage and Family therapist in her own private practice in Manhattan Beach, California and at a clinic in the Los Angeles Area.
Gabrielle Cataudella MSW, LCSW
Dating and Relationship Coach
Gabrielle knew early on in life that it was her passion to help individuals find happiness in themselves and in relationships with others. With this in mind, she pursued both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from Rutgers University. Gabrielle spent the first few years of her career as a therapist in New Jersey, and now resides in Connecticut with her wonderful husband and rescue dog, Jack. Gabrielle also works in a comprehensive rehabilitation agency providing individual, couples, and family therapy. As a social worker, Gabrielle seeks to understand both the person and their environment, approaching individuals from a holistic perspective to remove barriers to loving themselves or others. Gabrielle believes that everyone deserves true love, and relishes in helping people find it through Master Matchmakers!
Stephanie Ginsberg HHC
Holistic Health Counselor and Coach
Stephanie has helped clients achieve success in love, life, and business through her insightful approach to self-improvement. As a well-established professional coach, working with clients nationwide, Stephanie gets to the heart of the problem quickly and offers inspirational, motivational and practical advice. Her clients realize their personal goals from this direct approach. 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, an affiliation with Columbia University and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and a graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Counselor. Stephanie has been notably recognized by the media through her contributions in books, publications and magazines. Her advice has been featured on Fox, NBC, Better TV, Newsday, The Denver Post and In Touch Weekly as well as various lifestyle websites. 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.
Erika Kim CPT, HHC
Health and Wellness Coach
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.
Tatoya Turner M.Ed
Dating and Relationship Coach
Tatoya discovered early in life that her passion was motivating people to discover their purpose and empowering them to maximize their potential. During undergrad, she gained valuable experience, serving as a counselor to both women and adolescence at various youth programs and non-profit organizations. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and a Master of Education in Counseling from Angelo State University.

Tatoya believes that the only way to reach true happiness and success is through the process of self-evaluation and introspection. She knows that the more we understand ourselves, the better chance we have at attracting our perfect match. She enjoys facilitating self-help groups and aims to support people in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.

Though she will always be a Jersey girl, Tatoya now resides in the greater Atlanta area. There, she cohosts networking events dedicated to women and men who want to improve their love life and develop lifelong relationships. As a Coach with Master Matchmakers, Tatoya looks forward to assisting clients through dating challenges and supporting them through their journey to true love.


*Our Guarantee. Under the law, we cannot guarantee or promise a certain outcome or result from matchmaking or coaching services. Nothing in what we say or do can be construed as a guarantee about the outcome of your experience. Our past or future comments about the outcome of your experience, potential matches, estimates of fees and timeframes, or our opinions are not guarantees. Actual fees and timeframes may vary from the estimates given. We guarantee that the information we provide regarding other individuals is reliable to the best of our knowledge. If such information is found to be inaccurate we discount the match and try again.