Retreat Experts

Sameera Sullivan

Sameera Sullivan is the Founder and CEO of Lasting Connections, a boutique matchmaking and image consulting company servicing successful, sophisticated singles of all ages looking for love nationwide. With a Master’s in Adult Psychology combined with highly refined women’s intuition, Sameera is incredibly skilled at reading people and helping them discover how to be the best versions of themselves when looking for lasting love.

Her company’s retreats for successful, sophisticated women over 45 are her way of helping women discover that age is just a number, and that they can find lasting love and fulfillment no matter what stage of life they’re in. During the weeklong retreat, she will personally work with each and every client on both coaching and image consulting, using her experience in the matchmaking industry to help each woman understand how she can put her best foot forward when finding and attracting their ideal partners. Clients can look forward to everything from one-on-one coaching sessions to wardrobe makeovers including shopping, hair, and makeup sessions.

Often in the matchmaking industry the topic of conversation circles around what men want and/or are looking for; but Sameera intends to turn that status quo on its’ head and instead turn the conversation back to what each and every woman deserves to have in her life, and how she can get it.

Jennifer Rhodes

Jennifer Rhodes is a licensed psychologist, dating coach, image consultant, and founder of Rapport, A Boutique Relationships Agency. She received her doctoral degree in clinic psychology at Yeshiva University in 2008, and prior to the completion of her degree she trained at the top New York training hospitals in both child and adult clinical psychology. She has presented extensively on issues related to attachment, dating fatigue, dating anxiety, and the intersection between entitlement and partner selection.

As a colleague of Sameera Sullivan in the matchmaking industry, Dr. Rhodes is passionate about helping adults find and sustain healthy, long lasting relationships in their lives, and is excited to join Lasting Connections in Italy to work one-on-one with each client on identifying where they’ve been and where they want to go with their romantic lives. She has extensive experience working with single women as well as women in relationships needing help rejuvenating the romance in their lives.

Joy Nordenstrom

Joy Nordenstrom is a relationship coach, certified matchmaker, and the founder of Joy of Romance, Inc. Her journey began at the end of her own marriage in 2005 when she sought to understand why some relationships last and others can’t stand the test of time. She has been in the industry for over a decade now, guiding her clients toward lasting, fulfilling relationships filled with joy and romance.

With a diverse background, Joy has both an MBA and is certified by the Matchmaking and Behavioral Science Institute in New York City; so she knows the nuts and bolts of business in the real world, but also understands matters of the heart. The perfect combination.

As a colleague of Sameera Sullivan, she’s thrilled to join Lasting Connections in Italy to work one-on-one with each woman attending the retreat. She’ll be working with attendees on tackling their love lives in private sessions, and also conducting cooking classes where women will learn her own special recipes for infusing sensuality into the kitchen. She brings a unique perspective that attendees will adore, as she has survived multiple medical scares as well as the disappointment of divorce and a broken engagement throughout her life before finding her forever love and her forever career. She can relate to just about anyone, and won’t be satisfied until each woman goes home feeling empowered and ready to invite love into their lives.

Kathleen Pagnini

Kathleen Pagnini is a nationally renowned speaker, author, and fitness expert. At 55 years young, she joins the team in Italy to show how valuable and important it is for a woman to strengthen and maintain her inner core and pelvic floor. With proper strength and fitness, women of all ages can enjoy healthy, satisfying romantic lives both in and out of the bedroom, and she intends to teach every attendee personally all the latest techniques for success.

Having lived all over the United States, she can relate to just about anyone, and is skilled at putting anyone she meets at ease. She is Core and Pelvic Floor Certified, in addition to having extensive certifications and experience teaching several methods of Pilates.

Kathleen firmly believes that the skills she teaches to her clients not only improve physical fitness and overall wellness, but also helps the women she works with learn to love and appreciate their bodies as the sacred temples that they are at all ages and in all stages of their lives. She’s excited to join the Lasting Connections team in Italy, and won’t settle for less than sending each and every woman home feeling empowered, confident, and ready to embrace their romantic lives as the beautiful, sexy women that they are.

Meghann Andreassen

Meghann Andreassen is the Chief Operations Officer for Lasting Connections, and is in charge of all the logistics for the Lasting Connections retreats. She is the first point of contact for each attendee, and ensures each woman leaves at the end of her experience satisfied and empowered to find the love she deserves in life.

Besides logistics, Meghann will also lead attendees in daily morning music therapy meditations to start each day off on the right foot, something she learned through her studies as a classically trained opera singer; and will also guide everyone through an organized daily journaling and sharing process intended to help each woman dive into the process of growth and self discovery.

Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan is an expert in martial arts, having worked with some of the top experts in the world. His skills and expertise on the subject have been featured on film and utilized in other media. He will be joining the Lasting Connections team in Italy to work one-on-one with each woman in several different sessions of self defense classes. There is nothing more empowering for a woman than the knowledge that she can defend herself, and it is Tim’s hope that each woman will leave Italy with an extra air of confidence thanks to their new skills.