about

Domestic | Match is an exclusive domestic staffing agency based in the San Francisco Bay Area; we partner with families around the United States. Our goal is to provide our clients and the candidates we represent with outstanding personal service. We listen carefully to fully understand our clients’ needs and strive to make the right match, the first time. We take great pride in our work and have a true passion for the service we provide.

We have the candidates that other agencies don’t. Our experience working in private homes around the globe is what sets us apart from the competition. We have over 50 years of experience in the hospitality field, with over 25 years of that time being spent in private homes. This experience enables us to connect with professionals that are currently working behind the scenes in the world’s finest homes.

We understand, better than most, the special relationship that exists between household employers and their staff. We are sensitive to the intricacies of domestic staffing and work tirelessly to create strong and healthy relationships for our clients and candidates. We realize that an employee’s skill level can be just as important as their personality; you can count on us to help you find just the right fit.

We are a full-service domestic staffing agency; whether you are in need of a part-time nanny or a highly skilled estate manager for multiple properties, Domestic | Match is the best choice for all of your needs.

Our Team

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Founder and Director

Daniel has been a leader in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, including 12 years in private luxury services as an Estate Manager, Private Chef, and Yacht Chef.  He has extensive experience in all sides of the hiring triangle: as a candidate, a hiring manager and a third-party recruiter.  It is this understanding of all facets of the private service market that allows Daniel to make such effective matches when pairing the right candidate with the right environment.

Daniel began his professional career as a renowned chef in fine dining restaurants in Maryland, Florida and Germany, after studying culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University.  He gained his first Private Chef position for a family in 1999, traveling with them as they rotated through their homes in the US, along with summers in France. From 2001 through 2006, he accepted Executive Chef, Private Chef and Yacht Chef assignments in such varied locations as California, Dubai, London, France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, and Mexico, expanding his culinary expertise at each and every venue. In his role as an Estate Manager / Private Chef, Daniel managed three luxury residences in the US and Europe while preparing world-class, creative dinners for the family.  For five years, he ensured that the family’s homes were as beautiful and detailed as the gourmet meals served to the principals.

By 2008, Daniel was ready for an additional challenge, and accepted a simultaneous role as a recruiter for a well-known Private Chef placement agency. In this capacity, he found his second passion: matching qualified chefs with private employers to create effective and professional long-term relationships.

In 2012, Daniel founded Domestic | Match, a boutique private service staffing agency that serves the needs of high net worth families throughout the United States. After three years of success with Domestic | Match, he saw a need for a separate Private Chef division, and launched Private Chef | Match. PCM refers highly skilled culinary professionals to families, yacht owners, resorts, and corporations around the world.

Today, Daniel enjoys working closely with clients and candidates alike, helping both sides understand the recruitment process while guiding them to achieve the best possible match for all parties.

Katharina Hromas-Wood

Katharina Hromas-Wood

Director of Operations

Katharina has been with PCM and Domestic | Match from day one, she is the glue that keeps our dedicated team together! Katharina grew up in Konstanz, Germany and received a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Konstanz. With a love for travel and learning languages, Katharina moved to the South of France in 2000 to attend a French-language school in Cannes, France. While in France, she met Daniel, who was cooking for a family nearby, in Mougins. Daniel and Katharina traveled the world before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, launching Domestic | Match in 2012.

In 2017 Katharina earned her Master’s of Arts and Education from Notre Dame de Namur University.

Jennifer Vaughan

Estate Staffing Director

With 15+ years of experience in private service, Jenni brings a professional and personal lens to Domestic | Match and PCM. She understands the nuances of working in private homes, the importance of building strong connections with candidates and clients, and helping both find long-term, successful matches.

After graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Jenni began her career in private service in Dallas, Texas, in 2003, working as a Nanny and Family Assistant. She helped raise the children for four years, coached their team sports, and assisted the family with numerous events and private parties. She quickly became an extension of their family. Jenni then moved to Hawaii to pursue a Master’s in Secondary Education, strengthening her understanding of working with children and young adults. She worked as a Nanny and Family Assistant for two years in Hawaii until she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Education and became a middle school teacher at a local Hawaii private school.

In 2012, Jenni moved to Washington, DC, for a stellar opportunity to work as a Nanny for a prominent family. However, after one short year, she moved into a leadership role as a House Manager and Family Assistant, where she remained for nine years. Jenni served as a right hand to this family, traveled domestically with them, orchestrated events and parties from top to bottom, and helped hire many great staff members to bring on board for the family domestically and internationally. She truly enjoys connecting with people from all backgrounds, and this passion led her to begin a career in recruiting.

As our Estate Staffing Director, Jenni leads the communications for our team and ensures the smooth daily operations of Domestic | Match and PCM. She also specializes in placing Private Chefs, Household and Estate Managers, and Personal Assistants. She enjoys working closely with clients and candidates to help them find a successful match!

Lori Allen

Lori Allen

Estate Staffing Consultant

With 15+ years of experience as a private service professional, Lori brings a unique understanding of various household service positions to her role at Domestic | Match and PCM. Lori began her career in private service in Florida in 2003, working as a Nanny and Family Assistant in Palm Beach. She quickly became a valuable asset, and her role changed to Personal Assistant and House Manager over the years. From there, Lori’s organizational background and love for private service motivated her to start her own business as a freelance Personal Assistant and Professional Organizer.

For eight years, Lori served prominent business leaders and families as their Personal Assistant, Organizer, House Manager, and Nanny. In late 2014, Lori decided to pursue a long-time dream of moving to California. She began working with a private family in the Bay Area and was able to utilize all her private service experience to assist their growing family. Over the years, Lori had the pleasure of hiring many great staff members and building teams for her client’s homes. She truly enjoys meeting new people, and this passion and experience led her to begin a career in recruiting.

As Estate Staffing Consultant at Domestic | Match and PCM, Lori specializes in working with Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and House Managers and utilizes her excellent relationship building, communication, and organizational skills to provide exceptional service to our candidates and clients.

Lori is a Golden Circle member of NAPO (The National Association of Productivity and Organizing).

Candi Vajana

Candi Vajana

Estate Staffing Consultant

Candi’s experience working with children spans thirty fantastic years, during which she lived and worked with high-profile and ultra-high-net-worth families in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S.A. Her career choice resulted from two of her greatest passions – working one-on-one with children and traveling.

Candi is an N.N.E.B. Qualified Nanny, Newborn Care Specialist, and Potty Trainer. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Anglia Ruskin University, U.K., and is a trained Montessori teacher. Candi is currently working on her second degree in Early Childhood.

In 1992, Candi was nominated Student of the Year at her college, and in 2017, Candi was named International Nanny of the Year (International Nanny Association). Candi is a member of the International Nanny Association and actively supports the Association’s ethos. Candi is a member of the International Nanny Association and actively supports the Association’s ethos.

Candi is passionate about anything childcare-related and loves to help nannies and families learn how to improve children’s lives. Candi’s passion for childcare led her to join Domestic | Match as a recruitment specialist, where she enjoys working with nannies and families.

Marc Leandro

Estate Staffing Consultant

Marc spent 15+ years as a Private Chef and now brings his culinary expertise to our team at Private Chef | Match. He has a sophisticated sense of what a particular position requires of a Chef, and his personal experience in the field helps him facilitate enduring matches between Chefs and our clientèle. Marc is sensitive to the needs of our clients and our Chefs and works diligently to build relationships with both.

Marc began his career in the private sector in 2005 in the Bay Area, beginning a journey that soon took him to Normandy for a year, followed by a decade in New York City and Los Angeles, and finally back to the Bay Area, where he now resides with his twin sons. In his work as a Chef, Marc always aimed to be helpful, calm, and focused under pressure and consistently exceed his clients’ expectations. He brings the same dedication to his work as a Staffing Consultant at Private Chef | Match.

Kat Just

Kat Just

Estate Staffing Consultant

Kat has worked for six years in private service as a Personal Assistant, Executive Housekeeper, and House Manager. She has three years of national domestic staffing experience and brings her East Coast expertise in recruiting and client services to Domestic | Match and PCM.

Kat is originally from Chicago, IL, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Columbia College in Chicago. She started her professional career in private service, working for two families as a personal assistant. In 2001, Kat moved to Milwaukee, WI., and she went to work for a surgical products company where she honed her client service skills. In 2005, she took time off to raise her two beautiful children, and in 2016, she started her own domestic services company. It was there she realized her true passion was putting together a staff to assist the principal’s needs. Kat went on to work for a national domestic staffing agency for three years.

As an Estate Staffing Consultant for Domestic | Match and PCM, Kat specializes in placing a diverse range of domestic staff, including, Housekeepers, Housemen, Family Assistants, Property Managers, Estate Caretakers, and Drivers. She loves finding candidates with a genuine service heart to match with her clients.

Tara Mueller

Estate Staffing Consultant

Tara has worked as a Teacher, Nanny, and Tutor for multiple families in the private and public sectors in Texas and Glasgow, Scotland. She brings rich experience and a love for people and helping families to Domestic | Match.

Tara has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University. She started teaching in San Antonio and then moved to Scotland, where she enjoyed working as a nanny for two private families. Once back in the States, Tara taught fourth grade in Highland Park ISD in Dallas, Texas. She also worked closely as a private tutor with several families.

As an Estate Staffing Consultant at Domestic | Match, Tara specializes in working with Housekeepers, Family Assistants, Property Managers, Facilities Technicians, and Operations Managers. She brings empathy and encouragement to her clients, candidates, and the Domestic | Match team. She understands the intimate nature of our domestic positions and the intricate and essential processes involved in making successful matches.

Lynn Coffin

Lynn Coffin

Recruiting Assistant

As an Administrative Executive Assistant for over 14 years, Lynn supported busy executives and teams. As a Recruiting Assistant with Domestic | Match and PCM, she brings her strong attention to detail, vivacious and cheerful attitude, and friendly demeanor to her daily work. Lynn is a critical right hand to those she works with and enjoys supporting our growing recruiting team.

Kim Rios

Kim Rios

Recruiting Assistant

Before becoming a Recruiting Assistant at Domestic | Match, Kim was the Administrative Services Coordinator at a large independent private school. For over 20 years, she supported students and families as they navigated through the high school experience. With her positive attitude, patience, organizational skills, and keen eye for detail, Kim provides incredible support to the Domestic | Match and PCM recruiting team.

Yesenia Medina

Administrative Assistant

Yesenia has worked with Domestic | Match and PCM since 2016 and is currently a part-time Administrative Assistant.

Before joining DM and PCM, Yesenia worked as a Nanny for a private family for three years while obtaining her Business Administration degree from Foothill College. After graduating, she began her career with Domestic | Match and PCM as a Recruiting Assistant and quickly moved into the role of Placement Counselor. Thanks to her private service experience, she understood what it takes to be successful in private service and how to make that critical match between employees and the principals.

In 2019, Yesenia became a mother and took a step back to spend time as a stay-at-home mom, but returned in 2020 as a part-time admin to assist the team with small tasks and administrative work.

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