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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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
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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
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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.
Sherry Albert
Client Relations Coordinator
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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
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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.
Matchmaking
Kim DiSilvestro
Chief of Staff
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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 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
Matchmaker
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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.
Katrina Kelly
Matchmaker
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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.
Danielle Yuppa
Executive Assistant
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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!
Coaching
Carol Johnson MS, CWS, CHES
Executive Director of Coaching
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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.
Julia Herrera MMFT
Dating and Relationship Coach
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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.
Stephanie Ginsberg HHC
Holistic Health Counselor and Coach
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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
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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.
Tatoya Turner M.Ed
Dating and Relationship Coach
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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.

Christina Palmerino
Dating and Relationship Coach
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Christina is a widely renowned, experienced life coach and executive assistant. She has been successful in assisting lovelorn singles to be the best version of themselves and find the love they are looking for. As a coach she transforms an individual’s love life to build a lasting, passionate relationship. She also helps you set realistic goals of self- improvement, health and wellness, which is a necessary building block to a strong foundation for you and your match. Christina has worked with couples and clients for over 13 years. She has a BA in Business and Psychology and is certified in Life Coaching. She is also certified in Health and Wellness and helps individuals with love goals and to have passion to be healthier and to reflect and tune into their own greatness before taking the leap forward to find long lasting love.
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.
Brooke Bergman LMFT
Dating and Relationship Coach
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As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, Brooke has been helping individuals, couples, and families have healthier, happier and more connected relationships for over ten years. She knows what works and what doesn't and can quickly identify patterns that have kept people stuck for a lifetime. She wants her clients to feel sexy, strong, and happy. With a degree in English Literature and a counseling degree from seminary, her perspective is depth oriented. She understands and appreciates the myriad of complex and unseen forces that affect our ability to feel fulfilled and happy in our relationships. Brooke has a particular interest in divorce recovery, modern dating, women's body image and disordered eating, and supporting healthy romantic partnerships as a vehicle to creating a more stable and vibrant society. She lives in Laguna Beach, CA with her family.
Pamela Ross
Dating and Relationship Coach
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Pam began her career as a Love Coach over twenty years ago in part due to her curiosity about what draws people to each other, why does it work for some but not others and how can we create and re-create the spark when life conflicts invariably get in the way. She started practicing what she studied as a dating counselor for high end dating companies throughout the country. After interviewing countless singles and seeing many go on to find healthy, committed relationships and successful marriages, she decided to immerse herself in the field. In the 2000s she began working for a renowned author and relationship expert as one of her Love Mentors. After extensive training Pam has helped bring thousands of men and women fulfilling love and deeper connection in their relationships.

 

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