Our Founder

<strong>KARALEE AUSTIN</strong>
KARALEE AUSTINFounder/Owner Simply The Best Singles
Ms. Austin was a film, TV and theatre actor for 12 years, then put that passion on hold to found No Waiting Dating, Inc. in Los Angeles in 2003, serving as the company’s CEO and President. With her business savvy and unique knack for organizing and hosting parties, she quickly built No Waiting Dating into the leading singles organization in the Los Angeles area (see Testimonials).

Karalee sold No Waiting Dating, Inc. to Adam Elias in 2008 to care for her elderly mother. Ms. Austin now lives in San Marcos and launched Simply the Best Singles because she saw a need in San Diego for upscale events for singles 40 and over. Karalee understands the difficulties of finding a “significant other” and will continue to run her business with a personal approach and infuse her events with a warm style and flair.

Prior to founding her singles organizations, Ms. Austin founded and operated Condron Executive Services, a secretarial and transcription company that for eight years served the needs of attorneys and physicians in San Diego and Coronado. She also served as an executive assistant in the Los Angeles corporate headquarters of the House of Blues.

In the earlier days, Ms. Austin flew with Continental Airlines as a flight attendant based in Los Angeles and served as the company’s model/spokesperson. Rounding out her experience, Karalee used her broadcasting degree and worked as an on-air radio personality at many radio stations over a 14-year span, as well as a TV anchor/host. She was the first woman broadcaster in the State of Alaska referred to as the “First Lady of Rock n’ Roll.” She landed prime-time slots at a time when women were struggling to break into radio and received many offers from prestigious radio stations anxious to add a highly acclaimed female to their staff.

Karalee is the author of The Singles Whisperer, “Raise Your Odds of Finding Love” and speaks as a guest singles expert on television and radio in Los Angeles and San Diego. Most recently, she was a special guest on San Diego’s KUSI TV’s 6:00 news.

She also hosted a Los Angeles monthly TV show titled “Attraction” for two years; served as a regular guest anchor at KPBS in San Diego and hosted the TV series, “Yuman Life,” in Arizona. She has been featured on EXTRA TV as one of Los Angeles’ top matchmakers on “America’s Most Eligible,” NBC TVs EXTRA “Dating in LA.,” Time Warner Cable’s “Mind Over Matter,” “The Method Actor Speaks,” and cast the singles finalist on the “Tyra Banks Show” on Fox TV. Karalee also served as a casting associate for the reality TV show, “Another Chance at Romance.”

Simply the Best Singles’ goal is to simply help you find that special person through quality events at upscale venues—and you’ll have fun along the way!

Our Team


<strong>Jan Johtonen</strong>
Jan JohtonenVolunteer
Jan works as our very efficient Cashier.  She is the CFO of a large company and the perfect person to control our finances.

<strong>JOEL KING</strong>
JOEL KINGSecurity
Joel helps with security and lives in Encinitas.  He works at an investment firm and when he dances at our events, all eyes are upon him as his dancing style is very unique and quite entertaining.

<strong>LANCE FISHER</strong>
LANCE FISHERSecurity & Online Advertising Sales
Lance is Karalee’s brother and retired from many years as an orthopedic PA. Lance helps his sister immensely at her events. He has two lovely daughters and 7 grandchildren, and lives in Escondido.

<strong>MICHAEL BAGSTAD</strong>
MICHAEL BAGSTADSecurity
Michael is retired although very active with many projects. Michael is in charge of security at our events and lives in Escondido.

<strong>ALAN MINDELL</strong>
ALAN MINDELLVolunteer
Alan is an accomplished author and has written two best-selling books, “The Closer,” a baseball love story, and “The B Team,” a book about horse racing.  We love Alan helping out and he usually sells his books at the events for a reasonable price (less than what you would pay if you ordered online).

<strong>ZOE BENDITT</strong>
ZOE BENDITTVolunteer
Zoe helps out in various positions at our events. We love having Zoe’s help as she’s very efficient.

<strong>ALAN MAZZOLA</strong>
ALAN MAZZOLASecurity
Alan is a retired firefighter and when he’s not busy with his family of nieces and nephews, he helps us with a variety of different positions.  Alan lives in Escondido.

<strong>JOHN PAPE</strong>
JOHN PAPEHost
John helps out with our keys to locks or hosts occasionally and lives in Hemet. He has one daughter.

<strong>LESLIE WINKEL</strong>
LESLIE WINKELCashier
Leslie is a tour guide and travels quite a bit occasionally finds time to help us out with keys to locks or cashiering. She lives in Rancho Penasquitos.

<strong>MERRY STREET</strong>
MERRY STREETTarot Card Reader
Merry Street is a sought-after San Diego based psychic medium and very popular with our attendees as a tarot card reading. This charming and spiritual lady is usually at every event. Click here to visit Merry’s website

<strong>JUDI WARREN</strong>
JUDI WARRENCashier
Judi helps out at the events occasionally as our cashier. She lives in San Marcos and has one daughter.

<strong>JOANNE KLEIN</strong>
JOANNE KLEINName Badges
Joanne helps us out in various positions but mostly writes name badges. She is a nurse, lives in San Marcos and loves to dance!

<strong>DARLENE MORRIS</strong>
DARLENE MORRISPhotographer and Wingwoman
Darlene helps us out by taking event photographs and working as a wingwoman making introductions in the room. Darlene lives in Temecula and is a real estate agent.

<strong>EFFIE HORNING</strong>
EFFIE HORNINGVolunteer
We are fortunate to have Effie’s help occasionally as a volunteer.  She lives in Oceanside, has two children and has a top position in the healthcare industry.