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Emma Tessler is a matchmaker and the COO of Dating Ring. Emma studied Sociology and Anthropology at Guilford College before beginning her work as a sexuality specialist. After an illustrious career of online dating and working as a sexuality specialist, she combined her experiences to found Dating Ring with the great Lauren Kay. Her worst online date was when a guy showed her a bajillion pictures of his mother's cats and told her all about the breeds. Did you know that the Maine Coon Cat is a direct descendant of the Lynx? In all seriousness, Emma enjoys playing geography games, positing new theories about modern courtship rituals, and discussing her favorite dinosaurs. She hates writing personal bios for websites, but ah well. You win some, you lose some.
Eva was the first matchmaker to join Dating Ring, way back in October 2013. She earned her B.S. in Political Communication from Emerson College, and has taken the ‘communication’ part of that degree very seriously. As a child, her dream job was a professional flower girl, but matchmaker seems pretty close. Eva watches Love Actually at least a thousand times every December (she's ignoring everyone rolling their eyes right now). She loves iced coffee in the winter, short stories about angsty girls, Instagram accounts dedicated to pictures of dogs, and Riverside Park. Her worst first date was with a political consultant who ordered a bottle of wine for himself, and texted with his ex-girlfriend for over an hour. Her mission is to prevent dates like these from happening to her wonderful clients.
After several years of successfully setting up friends and co-workers (with one resulted wedding, and more to come!), Shearly decided she was meant to do matchmaking professionally. She obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo, and later went into salon management. After listening to so many women express their difficulties with meeting men in NYC, Shearly knew it was time to step in and help. With several terrible dates of her own under her belt, including a very unfortunate alien themed date, she is hoping to make other people's dating experiences more seamless and exciting (but not alien exciting).
Courteney is a Dating Ring Premium Matchmaker, and the California Regional Coordinator for Dating Ring. Courteney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Political Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Courteney brings an extensive matchmaking history - including 3 marriages and countless relationships - to Dating Ring. Courteney’s previous experience includes acting as the founder and CEO of Mingle All The Way, Member Experience Coordinator at Grouper, and Community Organizer for Hurry Date Southern California. Courteney is also an active speaker and writer, and has been a featured guest and writer on Made Woman Mag, Succeed Faster, Dream Job Revolution, and The Bucket List Life, among others.