Personal Matchmaking Staff

Penny Collins
PennyLife and Relationship Coach, Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and Matchmaker
Penny’s experiences as a Marriage and Family Therapist have left her with an understanding of the challenges people face when trying to establish meaningful relationships. As a former Veteran and military wife she understands what it is like as an adult to try to build relationships from the ground up, and that building these relationships with those who share similar interests adds quality to life.

In addition to matchmaking, Penny has a passion to work with clients who suffer from anxiety and panic. She provides both individual and group coaching in this area, with hypnosis sessions incorporated for maximum benefits.

In her spare time Penny enjoys spending time with family, community volunteering, motorcycle riding, kayaking, traveling, biking, hiking, and almost anything outdoors.

DanielCertified Consulting Hypnotist, Financial Coach, Matchmaker
Daniel’s college and life experiences have left him with first-hand knowledge of the world of singles. Having relocated frequently as a child and young adult he understands how hard it is to say goodbye to the people and life familiar to you and start all over again in a new place. He understands the obstacles in trying to connect to people with similar interests.

Daniel has called East Tennessee home since 2010. In his spare time he enjoys riding motorcycles, going to the shooting range, snowboarding, and participating in various other outdoor activities. He also enjoys watching movies and indoor games.

KristenMatchmaker for Families / Activities Director
Kristen’s degree in psychology and her social work background have more than prepared her for the role of Matchmaker for Families and Activities Director. She relocated from New York to Knoxville in 2010 and became familiar with the surrounding areas and what they have to offer. This places her in an excellent position to plan and coordinate Personal Connections activities and events. Her devotion to family and understanding the needs for social interaction makes her an ideal matchmaker for families.

In her spare time Kristen enjoys traveling, swimming, bike riding, and family activities, especially those centered on her husband and young daughter. She also enjoys anything “crafty”, photography, and making homemade gifts.

DavidSenior Adult Matchmaker
David is a retired helicopter pilot who has spent his life on the move. Growing up in a military family, and later joining the military himself, he understands the difficulties encountered in making meaningful personal connections. Living in many different areas of the United States, in addition to tours in Europe, have allowed him a personal understanding of the diversity in people. He understands the need for people to connect with others who can both support and foster activities they enjoy.

David values spending time with family. His hobbies include LEGOs, riding motorcycles, kayaking, swimming, hiking, traveling, playing both inside and outside games, reading, and doing biblical research.