2017 Council of Advisors

The Council of Advisors comprises the SCHA™  Steering Committee, who are individuals in the senior care industry who are invited to participate in the Council. The Council reaches out to the senior care community to encourage nominations and voting across all categories of the Senior Care Hero Awards™.  They also “narrow the field” of potential award nominees to create the short list of finalists in each category from whom the Academy of Leaders selects the recipients.


Position and Organization: Chief Administrative Officer, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare


John has served St. Joseph Health ministries for the past 17 years, mostly in St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. In his role as of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, John is responsible for oversight of key shared services functional areas including strategy, HR, Physician Services, Facilities, IT and Clinical Research. He also serves as Senior Vice President - Integrated Health Services for St. Joseph Health Home Care Services and Nurse Next Door.

Position: Founder and CEO

Organization: Success in Aging Centers


Di Patterson, MSG, CPG, is a noted media Gerontologist who created Success in Aging TV® in 2007. Di is a pioneer in utilizing technology for promoting success in Aging! She won the only 2008 Gold Award given by National Mature Media Awards for her video, Policy Makers Speak, and received 2009, 2010 and 2011 New Products and Technology Awards for her websites. Di was named 2012 Senior Care Hero Awards Outstanding Advocate, Gerontologist and Educator of the Year. In 2013, Di was the commencement speaker for her Master’s alma mater, Cal State Fullerton’s Gerontology Program, and was featured author in her Bachelor’s alma mater, Biola University’s BIOLA Magazine. In 2015, Di was guest Gerontologist on NBC’s The TODAY Show. In 2016, Di added 3 more National Mature Media Awards for her videos and social media. In 2017, Di is developing senior social daycare centers at SuccessInAgingCenters.com and Aging conferences at SeasonOfLife.net. She writes and posts videos at DiPatterson.com. Her first Success in Aging® book: LIFE, CAMERA, ACTION! is available at Amazon.com.

Position: Founder & Chief Executive Officer 

Organization: Dupont Residential Care, Inc. and Assured InHome Care, Inc


Jacqueline Dupont is the founder and Chief Executive Office of Dupont Residential Care, Inc., Assured InHome Care, Inc., Board Member of Vista Gardens, LLC and former owner of Assured Horizons, LLC. She brings more than 23 years of professional experience working with older adults and the Alzheimer’s community, in addition to serving on several boards and committees.

As a resident of San Clemente, Jacqueline graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.S, attended University of Southern California and received her two Masters at USC in Gerontology and Public Health Care Administration and her Doctorate in Gerontology from Ashbourne University in Oxford.  In graduate school she published many articles and training programs for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is a Gerontologist and has lectured at USC, UCI and Cal State Fullerton on Aging Issues.

Jacqueline has served as Co-Chair of the Peru Club Missionary Trips during 2009 and 2010 at JSerra Catholic School. As a leader, she has escorted 50 high school students to Piura, Peru. She performed humanitarian work with the poorest of the poor, taking care of hospice patients, orphans and built homes for the very poor and sick.  Jacqueline has been featured on CNN, Dateline, Fox News, CNBC, in The Wall Street Journal, Orange Coast Magazine, and in many newspaper articles about her passion to protect and care for older adults in America.


Position: President

Organization: Clear Choice Senior Services

Position: Educator & Consultant


Position: Community Liaison

Organization: Vitas Hospice

Position: Owner

Organization: Horizon Senior Services, Inc.

Position: Clinical Supervisor

Organization: St. Jude Medical Center

Position: Community Relations Director

Organization: Attentive Home Care

Position: Senior Living Consultant

Organization: A Right Place For Seniors

Position: Director of Volunteer Services

Organization: SeniorServ

Position: Founder

Organization: Pacific Group Insurance

Position: Sales Manager

Organization: Brookdale

Derek Mannion

Position: President

Organization: Alliance Eldercare | Senior Placement Services

Position: Self-Employed



Position: Vice President, Advancement

Organization: SeniorServ


Position: Senior Director of Community Relations

Organization: SeniorServ


Position: Care Manager

Organization: Horizon Senior Services

Position: Owner

Organization: The Adaptive Driving Center

Position: Managing Director

Organization: 24Hr HomeCare, Orange County

Position: Marketing Director

Organization: ActivCare at Yorba Linda – Residential Memory Care