Michele Presley is an award winning writer and marketing communications pro with an M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University--who also just happens to be a Certified Matchmaker. As VP of Sales and Marketing at Tawkify, Michele leads our efforts to understand the romantic wish-lists of our clients and provide solutions that will spark and simplify their love lives. Michele covers The Heart Beat, primarily exploring the landscape of pop-cultural love tropes and how - unexamined - they distance us from true connection with ourselves and others, and can influence the most personal of our choices.
Julia Armet is Tawkify's Head of Matchmaking, an honor she attributes to her photographic memory and her heightened understanding of the other. An identical twin, Julia possesses a deep empathy that guides her in building relationships. As one of Tawkify's founding matchmakers, she served as E Jean's apprentice and paved the road for hundreds of matchmakers to follow.
Coupling her intuition with her strategic mindset, Julia is an expert at identifying compatibility and turning an idea into reality. She spends her time seeking, hiring, and training Tawkify's matchmaking team... and attending her fair share of NBA games. Innovative in her relationship management techniques, Julia operates by a matchmaker's playbook straight out of her favorite TV show, Survivor. Her motto: we always win.
Ms. Marisha coordinates collaborations and creative experiences that propel others to success. With experience as a Division I, collegiate level athlete, a Master's in Educational Leadership, and a number of professional roles within education, Ms. Marisha has dedicated her life to motivating and mobilizing others to achieve their goals. She believes that self-love begets authenticity, and authenticity inevitably allows one to attract genuine people and fulfilling experiences. Ms. Marisha is on a mission to ensure that you fall in love with all that makes you your authentic self, so that you are magnetic in love and life.
Hear more from Marisha here & on the Tawk To Me video interview series.
Olivia Balsinger, AKA the Carrie Bradshaw of Travel, 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.
Born a connector of dots, Alyssa naturally understands the core principles of matchmaking and human dynamics given her professional experience in global recruiting, leadership coaching, and human resources, as well as her academic background in psychology and advertising. She is a certified Zenger-Folkman Extraordinary Coach and our subject matter expert in all things Love Languages, Attachment Theory, Question-Thinking, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and personal brand.
She believes reinvention is one of life's greatest pleasures and inspires us all that change isn't as hard or overwhelming as it seems through her writing and video interviews. Check them out if you could use some encouragement (or just a laugh!).
Cora Boyd is an alumna of the illustrious Hillary Duff's school of "Why Not." With a positivity that some have deemed obnoxious and others have deemed enchanting, Cora is a lifelong student of social psychology, human dynamics, and seeing what shenanigans she can get away with.
As a matchmaker, she fuses her background in writing, comedy, and travel with her ukulele-strumming-pixie-dream-girl spirit to find meaning in the madness and madness in the meaning.
You can catch Cora in New Orleans and other corners of the globe listening to poor quality reggaeton, drinking high quality Belgian IPAs, and complaining about the Gilmore Girls revival.
Eve sprinkles Heartalytics with periodic musings & inspiration.
Eve will teach you how to have 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 and writing 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 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!
Brigitte Weil knows the recipe for sweet success. This former New York Times-acclaimed pastry chef turned sought-after food and weight loss coach has been writing and coaching about creating the lives we deeply crave for decades. Brigitte believes you can have it all, and she will inspire you to use the assets you already possess to let your beautiful self shine.
Like any recipe, dating is perfected by trial and error; you must be open to new flavors and adventure, and sometimes take a chance. Brigitte's secret sauce is her tireless commitment to becoming an expert on you, along with her extensive coaching experience in turning dreams into reality. Brigitte is ready to whip up some fabulous experiences and create a delicious journey of your best beginnings and happiest endings.
Valerie Presley Ackler
Valerie is the Editor of Heartalytics and authors the Love Wisely series.
The "hawkish" shot is your first clue: there's more to this girl than meets the eye. Valerie's a conundrum who fosters wounded wild animals, paints, writes, and loves Historical Fiction - think The Tale of Two Cities meets Gone With the Wind meets Night Circus - but she also bagged a degree in business, excelling in statistics and mathematics. Her professional background is in technology and politics--working for the United States Senate and the original Political Action Committee in Washington, DC.
She's lived all over the United States- from the East to West coast and has spent more than half her life in the south, thus developing an appreciation for equally dichotomous types who are one part progressive and artsy to another part mannerly and polite with a tinge of traditional - a tall order in contemporary dating culture.
Interested in writing about the type of love that isn't hell-bent on making your romantic connections harder than they have to be, Valerie's squarely in the "no virtue in tolerating toxic behavior" camp. Amen to that, ya'll.
Valerie currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jeffrey Ackler. In addition to leading Heartalytics, she guides Tawkify's digital presence from social media to email marketing.
Amaris is as shrewd in love as she is in business. As a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with The Corcoran Group and a Matchmaker with Tawkify, she is constantly balancing multiple spinning plates as the Real Estate Matchmaker.
"The agility required to be a matchmaker and navigate the real estate industry are remarkably similar," she says. "On any given day, I shift from confidant, to concierge, to counsel for my clients... And in many cases, I find myself playing all three roles at the same time!"
This native New Yorker and former Big Four management consultant, will teach you how to make "work-love balance" as much of a priority as everything else in your busy life.
Eric's inquisitive mind is always searching for methods to the madness of our temporal existence. As an engineer for Tawkify, Eric spends his days building tools to facilitate better insights about people's romantic preferences and motivations. The desire to connect the (universal) dots of humanity has driven Eric around the world to explore diverse cultural definitions of fulfillment, sensibility, and purpose and to cogitate objective, holistic explanations for physical and emotional phenomena - such as love - in all of our lives.
Born and raised in Southern California, Lauren moved to the Bay Area in 2008 to attend the Somatic Psychology Masters program at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Lauren has a long-standing interest in dating and relationships, and integrates her somatic knowledge into her work by using body-based practices to help create balance in relationships and in client’s mind, body, and spirit. Lauren is passionate about working with men, women, and couples to help them find greater ease in their lives and relationships and particularly enjoys working around issues of eating disorders, addiction, relationship, and spirituality.
In addition to her work in matchmaking and dating coaching, Lauren has worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist (as an intern and licensed professional) with teens, adults, couples, and families, in wilderness and garden education, and in outpatient and residential treatment settings for individuals and teens struggling with addiction and eating disorders.
In her free time, Lauren can be found hiking, walking on the beach, practicing aerial hoop, playing guitar or ukulele, working on a DIY project or having an adventure.
Evyenia, pen name "Ferocious," authors the Bedtime Stories series on Heartalytics.
Ferocious has been telling stories since she was a wee tot, bringing the goings on of her mind and heart (real, or imagined) to life through word, music, film and theater. She feels that there is no bigger connector between two people, than to share and express thoughts, emotions, and ideas through story, touch, and song. Being a Tawkify matchmaker has continued to provide her with daily inspiration, causing her to explore and reflect on the notion of romantic love, the fluidity of relationships, and what it means to be human. Sometimes her tales may be light hearted and warm, sometimes they may cause you to step back and think. Whatever the case may be, she hopes you enjoy a pause from your day to get lost in another world, and in doing so, learn more about the world around you.