About the Leadership Team

The Dinner for 8 management team is comprised of experienced, respected and well known community leaders with over 40 years of experience working professionally with singles in all stages of life. Included on our staff is a relationship coach and divorce consultant, a singles lifestyle expert, our "Marketing Maître d' " and a deep network of other qualified resources. Click on the Bios below to learn more about the Co-Founders of Dinner for 8:

Nan Cohen
Co-Founder
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Nan Cohen

Divorce Expert NAN COHEN considered marriage a lifetime commitment. Her new reality began abruptly when she returned from a family vacation to her husband’s demand for a divorce. It was the early 1990’s and she was the mother of a 14-month-old daughter. While her world was turned upside down, her husband—armed knowledge from his prior divorce—accessed and emptied all bank accounts and closed credit cards, leaving her without even cash for a new car seat for their growing toddler.

Nan learned the realities of divorce by experiencing it—a long and bitter divorce, joint custody, social stigma, and emotional turmoil. Through it all, she gained empowerment by being there for others experiencing divorce. By the time her second husband said, “Nan, you should become a divorce therapist,” Nan recognized a niche. Surrounding herself with a panel of superb lawyers, accountants, certified divorce financial analysts, marriage counselors, and even judges, Nan has created a forum in which to explore the myriad of aspects of divorce.

Finding her voice as a quick-witted, practical and non-nonsense resource, Nan hosts DEALING WITH DIVORCE, on the air since 2004. This radio show is heard on Pittsburghs KDKA 1020AM and KQV 1410 AM. Her valued experts join her to discuss divorce and all of its related issues.

“Nan on Divorce” is now recognized as the go to person on divorce.

While she does not promote divorce, Nan does promote understanding all of the complexities of divorce: from custody to alimony, child support to financial settlements, parenting skills and even remarriage.

Emphatically, Nan encourages everyone dealing with divorce to do what is best for the involved children.

Nan began her radio career with a local show about “plastic surgery”—a slightly less controversial subject than divorce. However, Nan is not shy about pushing the bounds of traditional talk radio. She been a contributor on KDKA-TV on “Pittsburgh Today Live”, and The Huffington Post Live, and is a frequent guest expert in programs and media stories about divorce.

Nan's 14-month-old daughter is now 23 and has a career in Public Relations. Her 15-year-old daughter with her second husband is in ninth grade.


Bill Cartiff
Co-Founder
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Bill Cartiff

Bill is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Education as well as a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations. He worked as a teacher for several years in the public and private school systems while fulfilling a passion of coaching baseball at various levels.

Bill left teaching in 1990 and was hired by a local community center to cultivate an adult singles program. As this initiative developed in the mid-1990s, Bill began to truly identify a growing need for singles. There just wasn’t enough happening in the city where single adults could meet each other and potentially find companionship or love. Pittsburgh needed an outlet that would offer quality social and recreational opportunities for people to meet.

Before online dating became a phenomenon, Bill developed “Introductions”, a hands-on personal dating service. This dating service, with its confidential profile-viewing, was a prototype for future services that would eventually become available online. While cultivating Introductions, Bill also pioneered a series of monthly social, recreational and volunteer events designed to bring single adults together, with a purpose. Speaker presentations, happy hours, themed parties, sports leagues and even travel opportunities were part of the repertoire that helped bring scores of singles together. In 1992, he created a program that would eventually be implemented in dozens of other cities across the US – a program that was known as Dinner For 8.

Under the directorship of Bill, hundreds of individuals participated in the ‘90s version of Dinner For 8 and it was one of the most successful endeavors of his singles programming career. In 2001 one of the other facets of Bill’s singles program accelerated into a full-on business – the singles travel business – and his career took on a new direction. For the past 14 years, he has been leading singles tours to destinations around the globe, establishing himself as an international host for thousands of single travelers.

In the summer of 2014 Bill re-connected with Nan Cohen where a sort-of “back-to-the-future” discussion ensued and the idea of recreating Dinner For 8 on a more modern and grander scale was born. Bill and Nan decided that the time is right for ‘what’s old to be new again.’ With over 80 marriages and hundreds upon hundreds of new friendships resulting from a career in working with singles, the re-birth of a newer and even better Dinner For 8 promises to bring a fresh and much-needed social outlet for single adults throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.