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meet the matchmakers

Sameera Sullivan - Head Matchmaker

Sameera Sullivan began a matchmaking service in 2012 (then called Lasting Connections) with the mission to create an innovative company that could provide the best elite matchmaking services and coaching to those looking for their ideal life partners. As someone with a background in executive recruiting, a mind for business, an education in Psychology &  Post Secondary Adult Education, and a passion for helping people find love, it seemed like becoming a matchmaker was nothing short of her destiny. Now, after excelling at this for over a decade, it’s clear she was right.

With a team of recruiters, coaches, and experts behind her, Sameera has succeeded in cultivating a stellar reputation by taking the best practices of both the matchmaking and headhunting/recruiting industries and combining them into a revolutionary new system that provides consistent, high quality results for her clients. Instead of sifting through existing databases and hoping “the right one” comes along for a client, Sameera uses executive recruiters who find exactly what a person is looking for, while at the same time she and her team of experts also work with each client individually to ensure they are equipped to achieve and maintain a healthy, mature, and satisfying relationship when they finally meet Mr/Ms Right.
As someone who cares deeply about people, Sameera has worked diligently since her company’s inception to evolve and refine the services she offers to the singles who walk through the door. She believes everyone deserves to find lasting love, and as a result is always inventing new and unique ways to help people from all walks of life attract and keep love in their lives. Besides the elite matchmaking services it is so famous for, Sameera Sullivan Matchmakers also offer a variety of other options based on each individual’s budget and needs, including Virtual Consulting services, an exclusive, confidential Singles Registry, Image Consulting services, Coaching packages, and even Luxury Singles Retreats, where women can revamp their love lives while exploring exotic and beautiful locations around the world.

When she isn’t focused on her business, Sameera focuses her time and her attention on the causes that mean most to her, including fighting sex trafficking worldwide, helping the homeless and refugees population, and shining a light on issues faced by men and women every day in first and third world countries due to poverty . She speaks multiple languages, and her love of travel means she has seen many different corners of the world. 

She currently spends time between New York City, Houston, and Scottsdale with her husband, Tim, and on the rare occasion when she has spare time loves reading, keeping up with current fashion trends, and is also a talented painter.

Mason Glenn - Gay Relationship Coach & Matchmaking Expert

Mason R. Glenn is a best-selling author that offers an astute perspective to true connection in the full spectrum of a gay man. Mason has been consistently inspired and intrigued by the thought process of gay men in their dating practices. As a professional matchmaker for many years, Mason has been able to transform the lives of individuals to feel the full capacity of unconditional love. Intuition has been his gift. Through the collection of his human experiences through his matchmaking career, he has a wealth of information of quantitative and qualitative data to share. There’s always some involvement in some street smarts, too! Mason is able to create a comprehensive dating plan that brings transformational success from all of these variables collectively.

Currently, Mason continues to write and work with matchmaking companies as an expert and pioneer in the field of gay dating and courtship. Mason actively contributes to blogs, podcasts, and leads seminars that celebrates his idea of being a “gayme” changer! His hope is that his voice aids gay men seeking something special that will make them better gay men for themselves, their loved ones, and fellow community.

Ashley Kaylor - Global Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator

With over a decade of matchmaking experience and a keen sense of intuition Ashley Kaylor has joined the Lasting Connection’s team as their Global Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator. 

Over the course of her career, Ashley has traveled the world recruiting hundreds of singles using both traditional and non-traditional resources and a network of established contacts to identify and attract “quality candidates.” 


Ashley’s experience has provided her with a unique perspective on different cultures, beliefs, and values allowing her to connect deeply with everyone she meets. Her unwavering curiosity, charismatic personality and direct approach serves her ability to understand an individual’s underlying and intangible qualities. Ashley and the Sameera Sullivan Matchmaking team of recruiters not only deliver, they also bring a sense of authenticity and honesty you won’t find anywhere else. 

Lisa Maria - COO / Global Matchmaker & Coach

Lisa Maria brings to Sameera Sullivan Matchmakers almost 20 years of experience within the dating industry as a leading international matchmaker and dating coach. Over the years, she has helped thousands of clients find and keep true love.


Lisa likes to say that she helps singles “get out of their own way” by working with them to dig deep and find out what has prevented them from finding success in love. She helps to identify and break bad dating patterns. She also works with clients on removing barriers to finding a lasting connection by sharpening communication skills, improving dating etiquette, building confidence, and providing relevant feedback after dates.


Lisa graduated from Purdue University with a double major in Sociology and Law and a double minor in Psychology and Communications.  She is also an avid reader and author. Her studies have enabled her to fully understand both the verbal and nonverbal mannerisms of communication and relationship dynamics. She has an unmatched ability to calm the people around her as she enables singles to see the very best in themselves.  Lisa considers it an amazing honor and blessing to be a part of someone’s journey to find love.


Joy Nordenstrom - Matchmaker & Coach

With over fifteen years of experience as a relationship mentor and a private investigator for her client’s hearts, Joy Nordenstrom, founder of Joy of Romance, Inc., loves love and guiding individuals to become their best self in their relationships. Whether they’re single and looking for love, or in a partnership wanting it to be the best it can be, Joy mentors her clients to discover their unique blueprint for who they are as a partner. When single, this coaching journey to discover their top ten relationship patterns is called “The Book of Me: As a Partner” and when they’re in a relationship, collaboratively she works with the couple to create their personalized playbook for relationship success called “The Book of Us: As a Couple.” Joy prepares her clients to be ready to have the most incredible relationships of their lives!

And in non-pandemic days, Joy produces and hosts an interactive, playful event dining series called DEVOURED. Plus, she adores being a love story preservationist through her service called the Forever&Ever Project.

Her MBA and undergraduate degrees are from Mills College and she attended the Matchmaking & Behavioral Sciences Institute in New York City, in 2005.

Joy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, son, three step-kids, a Holland lop named Bella, Lilly Bear, a Miniature Poodle, and a Leopard Gecko named Geico.

She is also the Host of the Intelligent Love Vodcast.

Roman Diaz - Personal Stylist & Director of Wardrobe

Roman Diaz, a Southern Californian native, fell in love with fashion at an early age. After earning a degree in retail merchandising he went on to do visuals at various retail stores and boutiques. Diaz began working with his first styling client Luther Vandross while working as a Gucci specialist.

Diaz’s body of work is as diverse as Los Angeles itself. He has designed Tours for such rock legends as Madonna, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera. He has worked with a television and film directors such as Bennet Miller, Jamie King, Fred Clapp, and Dago Gonzalez. Diaz has worked on television shows such as Q-VIVA, MTV Unplugged, So You Think You Can Dance, and MTV Rock the Cradle.  Roman’s commercial work includes styling campaigns and commercials for Walmart, Pac Sun, Nike, and at&t.  Diaz’s celebrity clientele include Mila Kunis, William Levy, and Denzel Washington. Diaz’s work has been featured in Paper Magazine, Razor, Rolling Stone, Latina, and Flaunt.

In addition to Diaz’s behind the camera styling, he has appeared as an on-air correspondent for MTV, Style Star, and The Fit with Eliza Dushku.