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​​​​October 16, 2019 • Port St. Lucie, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Manage Everyday Stress with EFT Tapping - An Evidence Based Self Help Therapeutic Method" with Nancy Polites, LCSW, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Watercrest Senior Living - St. Lucie West. Registration is free. This event is sponsored by Watercrest Senior Living. 


Hello Members and Visitors!  

Welcome to the Treasure Coast Unit! We are excited and expecting great things in this new program year 2019-2020.  

We are pleased to announce the addition of new members to our Unit’s Steering Committee - Nancy Polites, LCSW, psychotherapist and advanced EFT practitioner, owner of Forward Action Coach will serve as a Committee Member, Katie McCormic, LCSW, field faculty at The School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University will also serve as Committee Member and Lesley Frederick, MSW, program manager at House of Hope will serve as Membership Chair for Community Social Workers. 

We welcome back returning committee members Brett Hall, LCSW, Executive Director with The Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County, who will continue to spearhead our Northern Sub-unit as Chair covering Indian River County.  Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW, caregiver counselor with MorseLife Care Management and Counseling is our Sponsorship Chair and Candice Rasa, LCSW, Integrative Therapist and owner of Rasa Healing, LLC., will serve as our Membership Chair for Private Practitioners. The Steering Committee ensures that the goals of the unit are attained, within the framework of National and Chapter policies. Steering Committee meetings take place via Zoom video conferencing once a month. We welcome you to join us!

A special Thank you to our past steering committee member, Oralea Marquardt, MSW, who stepped down from the committee to assume an executive position with the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Disease Organization. We thank you for your support of the Treasure Coast Unit! We are very excited for her and this new endeavor. We look forward to having her present for our unit in a very near future!

New Unit Initiatives!

Breakfast Club - Peer Support Group for Private Practitioners

We would like to announce a few exciting initiatives, including the launch of our Breakfast Club - Peer Support Group for Private Practitioners that will meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month starting on September 12 at 8:00 am at Allegro, located at 3400 SE Aster Lane, Stuart FL 34994. A continental breakfast will be provided. We thank Allegro Senior Living for sponsoring our meetings! Candice Rasa, LCSW, will be facilitating the group and we welcome all professionals in the behavioral health field to join us. If you have any questions about the meeting please email us at

Three New Committees

Membership Committee - this committee will work on engaging and supporting our current members and recruiting new members. They will also be promoting the National Membership Referral Campaign. We invite you to learn more about this campaign by visiting nationals website link here:

Social Work Month Planning Committee will begin to work together to plan our annual social work month celebration! We welcome you to join the committee if you want to contribute to an exciting 2020 Social Work Appreciation and Awards Celebration!

CCNLI – Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification –  this committee will help identify new leadership in the unit and conducts nominations and election activities annually for Unit Awards and recognition.  The chair of this committee is elected.

Unit Steering Committee

We have three open position on the Unit Steering Committee. If you would like to volunteer as a steering committee member please email us today at for more details.

Open Positions include:

  • Legislative Chair
  • CCNLI Chair (Elected by unit membership)
  • MSW/BSW Student Representative

Unit CE Meetings

The committee plans regular monthly Continuing Education Meetings/Workshops:

Our Unit CE Meetings will be held monthly at a designated location date and time. A light meal and refreshments will be provided at every meeting and made possible through our sponsors.  

Locations will be on a “Rotating Schedule” at a designated location in either Martin County, St. Lucie County and/or Indian River County. ​ We are steadily filling up our schedule roster and kicking off our meetings in August (See Events) and will continue planning through June 2020.

If you are interested in being a presenter, we ask that you send us a note via email with your request at

Mark your calendars and visit this page regularly for upcoming CE & Networking meeting news.

Be the Change you want to see in the world! Let us start here, today as a contributing member or volunteer on our steering committee!

Feel free to send us your thoughts, concerns and questions, we are here for you! Email us at

We hope to see you all soon!


Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW and Steering Committee Members



Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW - Unit Chair
​Brett Hall, LCSW - North Sub Unit Chair


Lesley Frederick, MSW - Committee Member

Katie McCormic, LCSW - Committee Member

Nancy Polites, LCSW - Committee Member

Candice Rasa, LCSW, IET – Committee Member
Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW - Committee Member

Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, currently works for Oasis Senior Advisors of the Treasure Coast a local, community-based referral senior living placement service. Susana earned her Bachelors of Social Work degree at Kean University (NJ) in 1997 and her Master Degree of Social Work at Barry University (FL) in 2010. Susana has more than 16 years of professional social work experience. During the past seven years, she has concentrated her clinical practice in the area of Geriatric Care & Case Management. Most recently she worked as a Case Manager with Martin Health Systems in Stuart, Florida. She has also served as a Hospice Social Worker and a Long-Term Care Coordinator for a managed care insurance company. Susana lives in St. Lucie County with her husband and son.