Tawkify was created by E. Jean and Kenneth to get Kenneth a girlfriend. It worked.
Meet the Co-Founders

E. Jean Carroll writes the Ask E. Jean (link) column in Elle magazine. Incredibly it's the longest, currently-running advice column in American publishing. She has six million readers. E. Jean was a writer for Saturday Night Live, a contributing editor to Esquire, Outside, and Playboy. Her TV show on MSNBC was called—what else?—Ask E. Jean. She founded, with her sister, Cande Carroll, the breakthrough dating site, GreatBoyfriends.com (where women recommend their ex-boyfriends to each other) and which has been profiled in The New York Times, Newsweek, Men's Health, etc., and seen on The Today Show, Oprah, CNN, etc.

After two glasses of wine, E. Jean estimates that with her experience, book, Mr. Right, Right Now, coaching site, Dating: E. Jean (link), and YouTube (link) Channel, she has helped more people find enticing mates than any advice columnist in history.

Kenneth Shaw was most recently the principal imagineer at One Kings Lane. He began his career at Microsoft, and moved on to become the bashful firebrand who created My Purity Test, one of the most popular Facebook apps of all time. He also created the Elle magazine Facebook App and Homeslyce.com. He graduated from Stanford in '07—he's a geek, a black belt in Hapkido, and possesses such a sunny disposition he makes a basket of puppies look depressed.

Our Matchmakers are Passionate
Meet the Matchmakers
Julia Armet was born with the art of intuition and a photographic memory. She has the sixth sense for matters of the human heart. A passionate and creative individual, she has a reputation for thinking outside of the box—a perfectionism that serves her (and her clients) well in many realms. One could compare this personalized approach to a Zen master on a quest for ideal balance: She doesn't stop until she gets it right. Opening the line of communication between you and your partner-to-be, she is committed to empowering others and finds ultimate satisfaction in fostering authentic relationships. You write the script, she clarifies the fine print. #JustJuled
Eve Blazo will give you an Affair to Remember. Whether you're Sleepless in Soho or singing "Ain't no Sunshine" down the streets of Cobble Hill, Eve believes your love life should be no less than the rom-com of your dreams. As an Ivy-educated film studies graduate and survivor of fashion's school of hard knocks, Eve thinks of herself as a stylist of the psyche. She approaches matchmaking like a cinematic art. She will ghostwrite you an old school (albeit unorthodox) romance fit for modern times. So with passion, empathy, and imagination in abundance, Eve is on a mission to help your souls mate. She encourages you to be a feeler and to have an open heart--you never know who can make you feel that zsa zsa zsu!
Cynthia Rouf transforms stressful dating lives into lighthearted, fulfilling escapes that empower you to find stronger matches faster. With brainpower previously used for legal analysis, genetics research, and tech startup business development, this dating whiz is eager to collect your data points so she can test, scale, and optimize your love life. She pushes you to fail fast so you can love hard—and have a ball throughout the process.
Tess L. stumbled upon matchmaking, which ended up being the ultimate culmination of everything she has learned to do in life. From playing nice recess at Chapin to office hours at Cornell to troubleshooting as marketing director and later business strategy consulting, helping others unearth difficult truths and surpass goals as a life coach, this is was what she was trained—born—to do. As your matchmaker, she is your champion—disrupting, encouraging, uncovering, comforting you toward a dream that, until now, seemed completely unattainable. All you have to do is tell the truth, take the truth, dream big and trust her and the process. Good luck!
Alene Boon wants to get you slayed. And she wants to use the internet to do it. As a nerd and a dork, and an occasional geek, Boon didn't get much love at school. It was through her family's Macintosh WGS, and the grace of AIM, that she managed her earliest romantic and sexual interactions. At 19, she started an OkCupid account. Boon was fascinated by the identities she discovered there, and by how different they all seemed IRL. In rapid turns wrenchingly raw and as alienating as a brick wall, this modern love dance enthralls her. Boon now runs her own accounts, a handful of her family and friends' accounts, and a host of accounts she's made for clients. She is in favor of heavy mugs, dirty jokes, face-to-face communication, and honest, useful feedback. She likes to think logically about illogical feelings. Boon is queer-friendly and sex-positive.
Misty Foster wants to help you transcend what dating usually is and give you the cosmic experience it should be. You can be a cosmonaut alone, but exploration is so much better with someone navigating on ground control. With a background in creative arts and tour guiding, Misty has an empathetic nature, a knack for creative strategics and an itch for adventure. She will whisk you away on a personalized, magical experience all the while being a stand for the highest version of "you" she knows you are. She understands that authenticity, a willingness to have it turn out and passion are the keys to any success in life. Misty wants to help you find a love even the stars would bow to.
Angie Lee realized her passion for shooting cupid arrows after founding her own startup, Polkadotties, getting acquired, and shooting for the stars. She finds it fascinating to analyze all the things on a date that might not work to increase the chances of everything going right, just like how an entrepreneur approaches startups in an iterative fashion. She likes designing dates, where the dates simply have to show up, turn on the charm, and exchange doughy eyed looks at one another. Some say like-minded people go together. Some say opposites attract. She believes good souls attract other good souls. Navigating the world of choosing partners and changing partners can be both confusing and thrilling. Think of her as your own personal GPS for love. She helps you follow your heart.
Catherine Rose is all heart and soul. She hails from the Deep South, but has lived overseas and now splits her time between DC and New York. Equal parts activist and feminist debutante, she combines empathy and Southern social grace with a deeply romantic sensibility. She spent several years in the wedding industry and is now dedicated to curating the beginning of your love story. She believes that everyone deserves love and will search tirelessly to help you find it. With a keen eye for the unconventional and a network that spans internationally, Catherine will lobby for love and find your perfect running mate.
Nia Povroznik is a Ukrainian born, American raised adventurous mover and shaker. As a Jill of all trades she gets to know people from all sorts of walks of life. With a love and interest in all aspects of how people fit together she works as a sexuality educator. Through being a sexuality and relationship anthropologist she has a deep understanding of the vast variation in preferences for love, romance, and mates. Nia is great at scoping out that magical fit between two sweethearts.
Evyenia Trembois wants to bring magic, romance, and FUN back into your dating life. Through highly intuitive thought processing and a deep stem of creativity, she seeks to blow your mind by finding you a match that will appeal to you at every single level—and will stop at nothing in order to do so. When it comes to achieving greatness, she believes in stepping both outside of the box and outside of your own comfort zone and will push you to do so throughout the process—but in the most rewarding and exciting ways. Bam. Get ready for an adventure unlike any other.
Alexis Field believes life is too short to be shy... that's her personal mantra that will be sure to change your love life. Alexis was born in Los Angeles, but has lived everywhere including Boca Raton, St. Louis, and even Thailand! In other words, this gal has gotten around (not to mention all the touring she's done as a professional actress) and she's going to bring everything she's picked up along the way to help YOU find that someone special (or at least have a lot of fun in the meantime). Alexis is currently starring in the hit off-Broadway show 50 Shades the Musical, so if it's a little spice you're looking for, she'll be sure to deliver on that as well. Most importantly, Alexis is a people person. She has an intuitive edge to be reckoned with and knows how to get right down to what makes people tick. She's committed to making the world a happier place and she is thrilled to be using Tawkify as a way to do just that! Happy Dating!
Christina Han is eager to make you her object of study. She thinks you're fascinating, full stop, simply by virtue of being an individual outside herself. Her mission is to learn you as thoroughly as possible and find your complement. She believes that a happy individual's reality is constructed by and grounded in their relationships with others, and so finds comfort in forging those connections. Why, at opposite ends, wait on false kismet or struggle needlessly to find friendship and love? Finding your match shouldn't feel like an exercise in drudgery, and by the photoshop in her picture she swears to do all in her power to ensure it won't. It's her honor to be your assistant, confidant, and friend.
Carena Liptak believes in finding love and having fun along the way. An Ivy League-educated writer and lifelong music fanatic, she will zero in on what makes you tick--then find somebody who complements your style. Her philosophy is that your quirks are your best assets. Carena will help you embrace your freak flag and seek out somebody who will love it just as much as you do! She's a big fan of dogs, espresso, and any first date that requires a helmet.
Michelle Senteio is an ocean. And she'll rock your boat with her ability to read you so deep you'll want to call her Miss Mariana Trench (but don't...). She wants you to FEEL romance - from love's first sight, a sweet and agonizing bath of hot ice, to love that grows, like roots from your heart to your toes. An Ivy-educated creative writer and filmmaker, Michelle is going to write your romance into the adventurous bard it should be: wrought with uncertainty, kinship, trust, love, and most of all LIFE. She looks forward to finding you that special someone that'll light your soul on fire / that wants to get to know you / of whom you'll never tire. If Michelle were a matchmaker in another universe, she would reign down love in the world of Game of Thrones.
Eva Marie is in love with love. And with interests in athletics, tech, the performing arts and the great outdoors, she is a part of many different communities. Ever since attending a 2006 lecture called "The Importance of Play" at the National Institute for Play, her social and professional goals have involved connecting those around her with opportunities for love, happiness, or just a good time. As your matchmaker, Eva Marie will dig deep to find your truest you -- so she can find your best match.
Ellora Vilkin wants you to feel more. Finely attuned to the hidden forces that shape human desire --- from cosmic influence to personality archetypes --- she aches to understand what moves you, then connect you with someone who makes you quake. Raised amidst evergreens in the Pacific Northwest, educated at Brown University, and based in San Francisco, Ellora encourages her clients to make dating synonymous with taking smart, playful risks. She'll hold your hand and nudge you towards love, drawing on her background as a classically trained soprano and certified yoga instructor to help you stay open and cultivate confidence while always prioritizing self-care. Ellora wants each date to feel positively lush, a vibrant opportunity to delight and surprise yourself with another. Part-cheerleader, part-changemaker, and part-guru, she'll help you set an intention to make dating part of your personal renaissance.
Libby Loveless has a tender soul and quick wit. Despite her last name, she's a hopeless romantic that believes everyone deserves to experience love. As a free spirit who craves real human connection, she wants to find that for you. With her Southern charm and adventurous spirit, she has lived and traveled all over the world. Her longing for love and culture has taken her to people and places she never thought possible. These experiences have given Libby a sensitivity, passion for new life experiences, and the intuitous ability to see to the soul of a person. Libby hopes to get to know the real you and be your champion for love.
Kira Hoffman is a clinical psychologist who specializes in romantic relationships. Kira's expertise is in the psychology behind love and relationships, the emotional dynamics that underlie attraction and partnership, and what makes love last. She creates and leads "Healthy Relationships" lectures and programs, and she wrote her doctoral dissertation on the subject. Kira currently provides individual and couples psychotherapy services in downtown San Francisco. Despite Kira's professional and academic background, she is not your typical "shrink." She firmly believes that authenticity and humor are far more meaningful- and fun!- than a rigid clinical stance when it comes to connecting with clients. Kira's primary goal is providing a supportive and comfortable environment that will allow you to develop confidence, self-awareness, and personal growth in your journey to self-discovery and finding love.
Katlyn O'Malley loves to see people smile. She is always on the lookout for what our clients need and goes to great lengths to find it. She scours every available source to find the best matches possible, and aims to create real, sustainable connections. She takes the time to listen, intuit, and diligently search to find your ideal mate--someone who gives you butterflies over and over again.
Madeline Barnett is Tawkify's very own Jane Eyre: our Governess turned Love Guru wants to help you find love in NYC. Formerly an orphan in a city where she knew no familiar faces, Madeline overcame being the little fish in the big pond--also known as the island of Manhattan. As a Governess for high-profile families, she has had the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of New York City's finest, observing their various views on the nature of love. She has since been on a passionate search to help others find what they are looking for. With a larger than life personality and a heart to match, Madeline wants to help you sort through all of the city's Mr. and Ms.' Wrongs to help you find your one and only Mr. or Ms. Right.
Valerie Presley is a matchmaking conundrum. She paints, writes, and loves fiction novels - but she bagged a degree in business and excelled at statistics and mathematics. Consider her a romantic at heart who's also all-business. Her mantra? Love wisely, people! At Tawkify, we like to say that "love doesn't have to be complicated," and Valerie likes to remind conflicted clients that there's no virtue in tolerating toxic behavior. She's all for romance, fun and heart-skipping passion, but she's also here to help you find a match who doesn't seem hell-bent on making romantic connection harder than it has to be. Valerie likes to guide her clients into that sweet spot at the center of all healthy relationships where patience, honesty and trust exist in perfect balance with laughter, mutual respect and attraction... and a whole bunch of fun.
Radha Kistler believes in the profound power of true human connection. A poet and world traveler, she passionately pursues the idea that amazing people deserve to know each other. She believes in taking chances, trying new things, and living in the present moment. She is driven to not only know you, but be able to truly understand what makes you who you are so you can be open to not only fun, engaging experiences but genuine connection in life and love. She knows that it is still possible to get wonderfully lost within a moment in time, even in the modern age, and she can't wait to introduce you to that. Her favorite things involve espresso, sharing meals with good friends, and indulging in a great book.
Kenzie Lane wants to help you find the one, a.k.a. your Netflix/Grub Hub buddy for life. She believes that a true relationship is based on five key elements: trust, honesty, communication, sexual attraction, and attuned senses of humor. Graduating from Johns Hopkins University and beginning a career in public relations, she's a true people person and a natural listener with intuitiveness for relationship compatibility. Trained in active listening skills, there are few things more satisfying to her than talking someone through a tricky situation or comforting her friends through a love life crisis. She has successfully played wingwoman to her friends in college and now hopes to continue matchmaking in the real world. Feminist, LGBTQ-friendly, adventure-positive, and a believer in human contact over algorithms when it comes to finding love, she can't wait to listen to everything you want and need in a relationship - and help make it come true.
Sarah Koppel Smith firmly believes you should have a personal guide through the dating process. Her motto is simple: Finding your partner shouldn't be a hassle! As a social worker by day and matchmaker by night, Sarah is passionate about the psychology of love - and her 3 successful engagements can attest to her commitment. A native New Yorker, Sarah loves to tawk and will dig deep to know everything about you. She seeks to figure out the needs behind your wants... and can't wait to get you out the door on dates!
Sierra Janette is a sorceress in the realm of love. A world traveler with a background in psychology and casting, Sierra has an extensive personal network and a knack for reading people. Her goal is to add a little magic to your life by connecting you with individuals who will appreciate you for the dazzling gem that you are. She enjoys getting to know her clients in all their delightful quirkiness so she can hunt down quality matches with just the right vibe. Dating should be an exciting adventure, and she's determined to help you roll into yours with a confident spirit and an open mind. Not only does she provide great dating advice and honest feedback, but she will also push you to take risks and have fun!
Lauren Gibbs is originally from Los Angeles, CA though she has lived in a number of places across the Unites States. She likes to spend time with family and friends and stay in good shape. In fact, she is a member of the US National Bobsled Team and is currently training to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her love of connecting people has brought her to work with Tawkify. She is constantly meeting new people, learning about them and connecting them with others with similar interests, tastes and aspirations; whether it be for business, friendship or romance.
Sharon Pizzola was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina in a multi-cultural environment. Her spontaneous and confident personality brought her to NYC for the next chapter of her life. Authenticity, communication and open dialogue is her motto. A never ending desire of learning and exploring the unknown has led her on a quest to travel around the world. Having a creative life is something that she wants to share; for years she has been capturing memories in her scrap book. She is cut from the cloth of magnetism, attracting others to seek her advice and positively influencing their decisions. Her curiosity makes her a great observer and listener enabling her to become a people connoisseur. Are you open to discover what treasures are hidden together?
Olivia Balsinger is an avid travel blogger and self-proclaimed wanderluster, and she has fallen in love (many times over) with the world and the people who occupy it. Olivia believes that multiple belly laughs, a dose of sexual attraction, a smidge of quirkiness, and a touch of spontaneity combine to create lasting bonds.... bonds that prove the whole "fairytales are made up" thing wrong. Endearingly nicknamed "Oh-Live-It-Up," this Nutmeg-er turned New Yorker will analyze your likes, dislikes, aspirations, and even your past to set you up on creative and engaging dates.
Liz Carson is the kind of gal who says "yes" to life! Whether it be a concert, skateboarding adventure, or any opportunity to meet new people, this matchmaker is truly a free spirit who thrives on staying active. With a background in music and fashion, and a girl power charged blog, Liz rallies unapologetically for individuality. In her past life (B.N.Y.), Liz was Miss Virginia and a semi finalist at Miss America and used her scholarship winnings to pay off all of her student loans. Currently single and embracing the dating scene herself, let this adventurous ally walk alongside you in the exhilarating world that is dating in New York City.
Grace Hong is a critical thinker, with degrees in both law and sociology, and an astute observer who will engage you in thoughtful matchmaking. She simultaneously loves people and is fascinated by them, giving her the passion to get to the heart of who you are, as well as the insight to connect you with the right fit. At the end of the day, she genuinely and simply loves bringing joy to others through matchmaking. She will do what it takes to ensure your experiences with Tawkify are of the quality and caliber you deserve. Grace is prepared and excited to start the conversation and give you your individualized dating experience!
Marlena Catherine is a native Manhattanite adept at helping clients remove the roadblocks that city life puts up on the path to love. She uses her background in education to help new partners learn how to build lasting romance and companionship. Her outgoing personality and natural ability to interpersonally connect help Marlena acquire a deep understanding of her clients and their needs and wants. Then, using a variety of matching techniques and her own intuition, she pairs her clients with companions with whom lasting love is truly possible, coaching them towards success the entire way.
Majeda Hussein is a romantic realist. She's all about sparks, butterflies and passionate love - but she also believes that you have to be confident and open your mind and your heart to get there. As a seasoned public relations professional who understands the intricacies of communication and emotional connections, Majeda brings a strategic, thoughtful approach to matchmaking. On the flip-side, her literary/creative endeavors and world travels have instilled an adventurous spontaneity that encourages taking chances and following your heart. She's a mix between left and right brain, and she wants to help you strike your balance and experience something magical.
Elizabeth Umbrino grew up in Palisades, NY, just 16 miles from the George Washington Bridge. She's lived in Brooklyn for the past three years but continues to wonder if she's allowed to call herself a "New Yorker." She holds an M.F.A. in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design. Despite being an extremely realistic person, she has seen every romantic comedy that exists. Elizabeth believes that everyone has a match waiting for them.
Kimberly Ybarra has made a career out of making introductions. From Wall Street to Broadway, Downtown to Funk to Uptown Chic, Kimberly has her finger on the pulse of Manhattan. After several of her introductions became engaged, got married, and went so far as having children, Kimberly realized that matchmaking may be her ultimate calling. While a huge advocate of social media and technology, she believes in the lost art of intimate conversation and is committed to helping her clients find a balance between the two. Kimberly believes romance is a language we all wish to speak; we just need help finding our voice.
Alison Ogden loves people. Relationships are her primary motivation in life and connecting people is one of her greatest pleasures. She believes that relationships are a mirror, and through others, we learn more about ourselves. Her personal philosophy is that with more connection comes more vitality, so she aims to make your dating life a playground of possibility to complement your already charmed life. With her background as a life coach, along with her finely tuned intuition, she listens for what you really want, and then, using her particular brand of vivacity and verve, creates experiences you won't soon forget.
Lydia Heitman is ready to bring a sense of wonder back into your love life. She's an LA girl by way of Boston, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Paris, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Barcelona, Seoul, and more, with a background in film and tech. She believes magic lives in the small details of everyday life, and she can't wait to help you find someone who makes you feel giddy again. Delightful stories are waiting right around the corner, and she looks forward to helping you write yours.
Dustin Parmenter is the sort of matchmaker who, before you can even finish your first cocktail, just might already know you better than you know yourself. As a Midwest native and born fiction writer, he has long been rooted in constant exploration of the hearts and minds of anyone within arm's reach. Acutely intuitive and highly empathetic, Dustin is keenly attuned to people's energies and an absolute alchemist when it comes to deep compatibility. When he's not picking your brain, he's probably designing the next Best Date of your life, and whether it's a chance meeting at a gallery opening, waiting on line for coffee, or in the midst of an all-out digital (wo)manhunt, he's always working to set you up with the best sort of people the Big Apple has to offer.
Lauren Pleiss knows the incredible power just one fateful introduction can make in changing one's life, after she was set up with her now husband at a wedding in Charleston. She is now happily married to a hot Tennessean with a euro mullet who loves smooth R&B... Thank God she didn't judge this book by its cover! Lauren's approach to matchmaking is to develop a genuine friendship and trust and then making smart, thoughtful and exciting introductions that will forever leave an impression in the story of your life.

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