Ed Pittock, CSA
Founder and CEO of HCSB
In 2011 Mr. Pittock started researching the need for a Universal rating mechanism for non-medical home care agencies. Following significant input from professionals in the home care industry, Mr. Pittock concluded that the need existed to recognize home care agencies that were willing to meet stringent standards.These standards include: caregiver education and testing, extensive care giver background checks, additional criteria, and willing to be monitored monthly with annual onsite audits.
In 1997 Ed Pittock founded the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA), which grants the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) designation. Mr. Pittock served as President from April 1997 until November 2011 when SCSA was sold to Professional Testing Inc. based in Orlando, Florida. SCSA is the world’s largest membership organization educating and certifying professionals who serve seniors. SCSA was founded with the input of geriatricians, elder law attorneys, gerontologists, accountants, financial planners and other experts in the field of aging who believed there was a need for standardized education and a credential for professionals who work with seniors. To remain members of SCSA and continue using the CSA designation CSAs are required to take continuing education that emphasizes ethics and volunteer service to seniors as well as passing an annual disclosure statement along with other requirements.
Prior to founding SCSA Mr. Pittock served as President for four years of the Independent Lifestyle Association, a membership organization for seniors that provided discounts on hearing aids, prescriptions, glasses, hotels, twenty four hour emergency alert plus other benefits.
Mr. Pittock has been active in American Society on Aging, National Council on Aging Gerontological Society of America, Business Forum on Aging, Young Presidents Organization (awarded YPO Distinguished Service award in 1993), and was awarded Speaker of the year 2002-2003 by the National Society of Accountants for his speech, “Thriving in the Senior Market.” Mr. Pittock served as Chairman of the National Association of Security Dealers District #3 Business Conduct Committee and President of the Weld County United Way.
Mr. Pittock graduated with a BA from the University of Northern Colorado and was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.
Dorcas Hardy, MBA, CSA
President DRHardy and Associates
The Honorable Dorcas R. Hardy is President of DRHardy & Associates, a government relations and public policy firm serving a diverse portfolio of clients. After her appointment by President Ronald Reagan as Assistant Secretary of Human Development Services, Ms. Hardy was appointed Commissioner of Social Security and later chaired the Policy Committee of the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.
Ms. Hardy has launched and hosted her own primetime, weekly television program, “Financing Your Future,” on Financial News Network and UPI Broadcasting, and “The Senior American,” an NET political program for older Americans. She speaks and writes widely about domestic and international retirement financing issues and entitlement program reforms and is the co-author of Social Insecurity: The Crisis in America’s Social Security System and How to Plan Now for Your Own Financial Survival, Random House, 1992.
A former CEO of a rehabilitation technology firm, Ms. Hardy promotes redesign and modernization of the Social Security, Medicare, and disability insurance systems. Additionally, she chaired a Task Force to rebuild vocational rehabilitation services for disabled veterans for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her B.A. from Connecticut College, her M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, and completed the Executive Program in Health Policy and Financial Management at Harvard University. Ms. Hardy is a Certified Senior Advisor and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wright Investors Service Managed Funds, and the Board of Visitors of the University of Mary Washington. She has also served on the Board of First Coast Service Options, a Florida Medicare claims contractor, and the Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago.
President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving
Gail Hunt is President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition dedicated to conducting research and developing national programs for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Prior to heading NAC, Ms. Hunt was President of her own aging services consulting firm for 14 years. She conducted corporate eldercare research for the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, developed training for caregivers with AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and designed a corporate eldercare program for EAPs with the Employee Assistance Professional Association. Prior to having her own firm, she was Senior Manager in charge of human services for the Washington, DC, office of KPMG Peat Marwick. Ms. Hunt attended Vassar College and graduated from Columbia University in New York. She served on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, as well as on the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education. She is Chair of the National Center on Senior Transportation. Ms. Hunt is also on the Board of Commissioners for the Center for Aging Service Technology and on the Board for Long-Term Care Quality Assurance. Additionally, Ms. Hunt is on the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).