Help Americans get the maximum Social Security income they are entitled to, enabling them to enjoy their lives more fully.
A Recognized Credential
The training curriculum meets the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and QAS requirements and is accepted for self-study by the United States Internal Revenue Service and Certified Public Accountants in all states.
Registered Social Security Analysts (RSSA) is administered by the National Association of Registered Social Security Analysts (NARSSA). Our leadership team ensures that RSSA is the premier educational and service platform for professionals that seek to advise new and current clients on issues related to Social Security.
Martha Shedden, RSSA, a co-founder of our organization, is passionate and enthusiastic about educating financial professionals and retirees on the details of Social Security income planning, the foundation and first step to creating a financially secure retirement plan. Martha is certified as a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), through the College of Financial Planning. Through her business, Shedden Social Security and Retirement Planning, she helps retirees create financial plans they can rely on throughout their retirement years. Trained and practicing as a professional engineer for over 30 years, she enjoys the detailed, problem solving aspect of Social Security income planning and sharing that knowledge with others.
Martha has more than six years of experience providing Social Security education, consulting, and analyses for individual clients, financial and accountancy professionals. She is the author of numerous Social Security white papers, seminar presentations and articles in financial publications. Martha is the contributing author and presenter of the webinar Social Security Planning, An Essential Element in Attracting Female Clients on the BrightTALK Thought Leadership for Financial Advisors channel. She is a Professional Continuing Education Instructor with various national providers specializing in women’s Social Security income planning and retirement.
Michael Rosedale, a co-founder of Registered Social Security Analysts, has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York State since 1984. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting from Hofstra University. For over 30 years, Michael has remained an active CPA providing small businesses and individuals tax compliance and advisory services. He is currently the managing partner in the firm Rosedale and Drapala CPAs. Through their small business tax division, CPA Tax Partners, the firm provides tax services to businesses and individuals throughout the U.S. Michael has been an advisor and consultant to companies that seek to establish successful marketing strategies for introducing new products, technology and services to the CPA and accounting profession.
He founded CPAdirectory.com in 1999, the first national online membership directory of the CPA Profession. He founded and subsequently sold 1800Accountant.com. With the federal regulation of the tax preparation industry in 2011, Michael believed there was an opportunity and need for a national directory of all registered tax professionals. He created PTINdirectory.com which remains the only comprehensive national online directory with over 700,000 federally registered tax preparers. The directory is used by local and federal agencies, individuals and business owners to find a tax preparer that has been issued an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
Todd S. Whiton is a proven executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in Financial Technology, and Corporate Finance. He has a successful track record of formulating and implementing creative business models and growth strategies, as well as executing accretive M&A transactions. Todd was the co-founder and former President & CEO of Capital Payments LLC (Currently known as Bluefin Payments), a leading private equity backed, “Trusted Advisor and ISV” focused electronic payments company which he formed in 2007 and built into a top 50 merchant acquirer through both organic and inorganic growth. Prior to founding Capital Payments, he has held executive management positions at leading payment companies. He was also a Partner at NetStar Ventures, a New York based technology focused venture capital fund. Todd had been a strategic advisor to various leading FinTech’s including VersaPay Corporation, 1800Accountant and BizFi. Todd is currently EVP of Partnerships and Business Development for Company.com, the leading technology platform for delivering business & financial services to SMB’s. Todd is frequently quoted in industry publications and holds a BA in Economics from C.W. Post College. He resides on Long Island, NY with his wife and two sons.
Jeff Williams is a nationally-known business startup coach and founder
and CEO of Bizstarters.com, selected by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
magazine as “The Best Entrepreneurial Guide for People Over 50”. Jeff
and his team of expert coaches have guided more than 700 new boomer
entrepreneurs. Jeff serves as the Chief Coach for the RSSA Business
As our Director of RSSA Relations, Ted helps to increase awareness of RSSA and lead the marketing initiatives defining the RSSA brand. He handles the communications for RSSA – including media relations and brand partnerships. Ted is also the VP of Business Development with CPAdirectory.com where he leads ad sales and partnering initiatives. Prior to joining CPAdirectory.com, Ted spent over five years with the leading global premium content company Viacom where he provided FP&A and accounting support to some of the media world’s biggest brands including Nickelodeon and MTV. Ted graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Accounting.
As RSSA’s Content & Community Manager, Pamela works on building community across digital platforms and runs our social media accounts. Pamela is a Registered Social Security Analyst and is passionate about educating others on Social Security. She writes informational content on the topic, which you can find in the RSSA resource center. Pamela graduated from Penn State and then went on to earn her Masters from CUNY Hunter. She worked as an elementary school teacher for 7 years, which gives her the creative and educational edge needed in her current work.
Laurence Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, and the Director of the Tax Analysis Center. Laurence received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977. He publishes extensively in newspapers and magazines on issues of financial reform, personal finance, taxes, Social Security, healthcare, deficits, generational accounting, pensions, saving, and insurance.
Laurence has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Joint Committee on Taxation, governments around the world, and major U.S. corporations including Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, and AON. He has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions to committees of Congress, including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Carol has been a Registered Social Security Analyst assistant for the past four years. She was instrumental in the creation and development of the NARSSA courses and bringing our program content to the web. She is passionate about the details of her Social Security work and NARSSA customer relationships. Carol has more than 15 years of experience in managing complex systems and people. She also ran an independent business converting historical documents into web content for a national library system. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from UC Berkeley.