What’s your current profession? CEO/Founder of Elite Connections
I’m a professional matchmaker
Do you have a website?
What are your top 3 achievements?
Being the mother of 2 great children. Saving a life. Helping catch a serial murderer.
#4 Making a happy and successful life. I left an abusive home at 15, left an abusive marriage and was able to make a fabulous life
and start/run a successful company.
Tell us about your educational background?
A small amount of college. I learned everything I know from life.
Tell us more about your family, with whom you are closest?
I’m married to a wonderful man named Bill that I met through a matchmaker 18 years ago. My daughter is my best friend. She’s worked with me in my matchmaking agency for 10 years and brings her 8 month old son to the office every day. My son lives in New Mexico with my granddaughter. I’m very close to my Aunt Linda.
What kind of modeling/spokesperson projects have you done?
I’ve spoken at self-help classes for single people
What kind of philanthropic/fundraising work have you done?
This year will be our 13th annual fundraiser called Party With A Purpose. We host a holiday black tie event and charge about $100 for people to come. With the proceeds we host Christmas parties for kids in the Los Angeles area that would not have Christmas without us. Our goal is to give the kids the best Christmas they’ve ever had. Last year we did this with Common Ground for homeless children. Most were around 12-18. We received awards from the city of El Monte before MacLarens Children’s Center for the best Christmas parties they’d ever had. They’d been there since the 50’s. My two favorite places to help were Florence Critteten and MacLaren. They were both closed due to state budget cuts. It didn’t even make the papers. Many of those children that lived in those places are living on the streets and dead. It’s a fact… very sad.
What are your favorite platforms or which charitable organizations you admire most?
I don’t have a favorite. Anyone that’s helping children or animals is ok in my book.
What’s your dream job?
I work at it every day.
Who is your favorite role model?
My aunt Linda. She had a rough start too and I always thought if she could find a way to make a great life, I could too. I just made more mistakes than she did.
Ten years from now where do you see yourself?
Having more employees that can take over and I can spend time with my grandchildren.
My husband and I are going to Southern Italy for my birthday this year. We’ve traveled all over the world together and always have fun.
Favorite Book (s): The 4 Agreements
Favorite Musician (s): Adele
Favorite Movie (s): Pay it forward
Favorite Actor (s): Angelina Jolie – because she’s used her money to help people.
Favorite Sport (s): Skiing
Favorite TV Show (s): Tabitha takes over
Favorite Place (s): The Mountains with snow
Favorite Restaurant (s): Carnival
Do you have any pets?
2 spoiled dogs and a black cat.