Suzanna Mathews - Founder, Coach, Matchmaker

Michael Rivera - Coach, Business Development

Suzanna Mathews has been helping people overcome their dating frustrations for over 30 years.  Having previous careers as a writer, media personality, college instructor, and in customer service, her love of people and for personal development motivated her to become a Dating Coach and Matchmaker. 

After her training and affiliation with the Matchmaker's Alliance, she began formally coaching and matchmaking in 2011. As such, she is responsible for creating mindset tools, social strategies, and digital tactics that help her clients elevate dating and deepen connection. When she isn't working, you'll find Suzanna listening to EDM music and trying new recipes.


Over the years, she has helped men and women of all ages, overcome their dating obstacles en route to an elevated dating life. 



The Date Maven is Wichita, Kansas’ only locally owned and operated all-inclusive matchmaking and date coaching service!  While based in the heart
of the mid-west, TDM serves local, national, and international clients.


Having both been recently in the dating pool in their 40's, Suzanna and Michael combine their perspectives to form a powerful "Mars/Venus" or masculine/feminine approach to dating.  Michael’s process-driven “dating is a science” approach, coupled with Suzanna’s lifelong study of communications, psychology, and social sciences, has culminated in unique programs that deliver proven results.   

Raised in Wichita, KS, Michael grew up with an intuitive sense of human behavior and a natural understanding of relationship dynamics.  He combines his process-based approach--which he fine-tuned working in the tech sector--with the experience he gained while being recently single to successfully help other singles deal with the realities of dating.

Kelly, Financial Advisor

With my 40’s rapidly approaching, I could not figure out how a never-married, childless, professional woman was seemingly unattractive to the opposite sex. Tinder, Bumble, eHarmony, Match, POF…I tried them all. I even tried the Christian and Catholic dating apps. But “Mr. Right” could not be found.

I hate to say it, but the pity party many face began to set in right alongside the victim mentality. Then my coworker suggested I call the Date Maven. Might seem silly, but then why would it be strange to call a dating coach to give advice on dating when I am not expected to figure out legal or medical situations without a professional?

As a coach, Suzanna strived to meet me where I was at, so to speak. Some questions were difficult to answer yet Suzanna’s process and demeanor made me feel at ease and comfortable being vulnerable. She quickly became my friend, and I began to eagerly await our scheduled calls.

Suzanna helped me identify insecurities that I did not realize I had…insecurities that were a complete turn-off to me let alone someone interested in dating me. She zeroed in on my strengths to improve upon my weaknesses. She is empathetic yet honest and compassionate yet direct.

That was in 2016. I happily report that I now have a very long-term man in my life, who checks all of the boxes. Perhaps the most important things I gained from my Date Maven experience were the mindset and skills for a healthy relationship…a mindset and skills that I had no idea I was missing!

Whether you are looking for that special someone or just wanting to improve your existing relationship, the Date Maven is sure to help!

D.D.   Wichita, KS

"Thank you for all the great advice over the last year.  You were always on target and I could not have reached my goal of a deep relationship without your help.  I will always be grateful."

Frequently Asked Questions

What is date coaching?

In the coaching process, the agenda is set by your wants and needs and we build upon your natural creativity and resourcefulness.  We use direct communication and strive to speak your language as we help you determine what is going on and what is not working.  We focus on you as a whole person and on your whole life, not just your dating frustrations.  We practice active listening and respond both conceptually and concretely.  Coaching success relies upon an agreed -upon partnership; this relies upon cultivating a sense of trust, psychological intimacy, and security.

What are wing services?

 Wing services are when we go out in the field with you to support you as you apply the techniques and strategies you learn during course instruction. It's a fun and effective way to become a successful dater. 

Why do I need a dating coach?

You may need a dating coach if: your new to the dating world, you are frustrated or not sure what to do next, you are not confident or successful with online dating, you have a hard time making it out of the friendzone, or you are not sure how to have an engaging conversation with the opposite sex, you do not know how to flirt, and just in general need to improve your dating life.

What is matchmaking?

Matchmaking is a process. We review your wants, needs, personality, lifestyle, and values, and introduce you to someone with the same or similar wants and needs, usually for the purpose of marriage or a long term relationship.  We bring together people seeking a long-term commitment and pair them up so that they have an opportunity to connect and form a romantic friendship.

Why do I need a matchmaker?  

Matchmaking is perfect for people who don’t have the time or energy to make for dating in the modern era.  Its perfect for a busy career minded person who doesn’t have time to juggle work with online dating apps and a multitude of mixers.  It’s also perfect for someone who has the time, but just doesn’t have the desire or energy to put in the work involved to have an elevated dating life on their own.

I thought only desperate people hired Matchmakers.  Is that true?

No, it is not.  That is a common misnomer that demonstrates 'limitation thinking.'  If you want to get in shape for a marathon, you work with a personal trainer. If you want your home to be elegant and tasteful, you hire an interior designer. If you have a legal issue you need handled, you retain an attorney. Hiring a professional dating expert is no different. The fact is, all of our clients are wonderful, high-caliber individual who just decided they wanted the security and peace of mind of "hitting the easy button" on finding love!

How much does it cost?

Fees for date coaching begin at $180. Prices for our Dating Audit and Strategy Session and Jumpstart programs are listed on the booking page.  Contact us for up-to-date pricing on our comprehensive Date Coaching and Matchmaking Programs.

What if I don't live in Wichita, Kansas?  Can I still get coaching and matchmaking?

Absolutely!  We have a nationwide network to help us find your perfect match.  As active member of Matchmakers Alliance, we take pride in being able to serve a local, national, and international clientele.

If date coaching is your thing, we provide coaching via: Skype, email, text, and over the phone.  Our Mastering the Art of Courtship program will be sent to you, along with other supplemental training materials and exercises.  We then will have weekly sessions via Skype or phone  to fine tune the lessons for you, as well as fill in any blanks and answer any questions.

What ages of people do you serve?  Do you work with LGBTQ individuals? What about neuro-atypical singles? 

We work with people from 18-80!  We take pride in being able to help people of all ages and life stages, regardless of sexual orientation; we have also adapted our processes and methods to serve singles on the spectrum.  Whether you have never been married,  are a single parent, are widowed or divorced with grown children , or are seeking a same-sex relationship, we would love to help!  We have the experience and ability to help solve  your dating frustrations!