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Attendees at our Kick off meeting in August! We appreciate you!

Presentation “The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative: Creating Dementia Caring Communities”   held at Treasure Health (Fort Pierce, FL) on August 15th, 2018 with special guests from the Department of Elder Affairs: Left to right: Christine Didion, MSW, Tracey Aittama,LCSW and Unit Chair Susana Sierra, MSW,RCSWI.

What Social Work Means to Me? 

Steering Committee Potluck and Planning Retreat (L-R): Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW, Oralea Marquardt, MSW and Susana Lopez Sierra, MSW, RCSWI



November 19, 2018 • Stuart, FL   
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Grief During the Holidays: Coping Tools for Clinicians and Clients" with Jacki Nardone, LCSW, Grief Support & Pediatric Services Director,
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Coral Shores Behavorial Health. Registration is free for NASW Members and non-members and $5 for non-members seeking continuing education credits. 


Community Outreach: Walk to End Alzheimer’s – September 29th, 2018

Alzheimer's is a disease that likely has affected your own family or that of someone you know. Please join Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW, and NASW-FL member, to Walk To End Alzheimer's on Saturday, September 29th. She formed a team called the NASW Social Walkers so we can show our support for the patients and their caregivers. 

If you cannot come on that day, please consider joining the team anyway and/or making a donation. Every penny helps find a cure and provides supportive services, in the meantime. Much of the money raised stays right here on the Treasure Coast. 

 Click below to join in the fun for such a great cause.   

 Please join Laura -  
Click here to visit Laura's personal page.


Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, - Unit Chair

John A. Tallarido, LCSW - Vice Chair
Candice Rasa, LCSW, IET - Committee Member
Oralea Marquardt, MSW - Committee Member
Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW - Committee Member


Hello Members,

Thank you for stopping by our news page! We invite you to visit this page regularly for updates and Unit News!  

We are excited to share that the 2018-2019 Program year is well underway; and gearing up to be another successful and productive year.  

We started off this year by holding our first Annual Potluck and Planning Retreat on July 28th 2018. We had a great time brainstorming and planning.  Each committee member brought food and beverages. We even participated in a creative “Collage” Activity. We had a good time putting together a collage in response to the question “What does Social Work Mean to Me?   You too will have the opportunity to participate in this activity throughout the year as you will have the opportunity to share in this activity as well during each of our meetings. 

On August 15th, we kicked off our meetings with special guests, Tracey Aittama, LCSW and Christine Didion, MSW from the Department of Elder Affairs in Tallahassee. They presented the following, “The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative: Creating Dementia Caring Communities”. They were also able to educate and promote awareness on their initiatives to all three counties including Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie County. 

The committee is planning regular monthly Continuing Education Meetings/Workshops as follows:

Our Unit CE Meetings will be held every 3rd Monday of the Month at 6:00pm-8:00pm. Times are subject to change. Meetings will be alternating between two locations. Light meal and refreshments will be provided at every meeting and made possible through our sponsors.  

Thank you to our meeting venue sponsors Coral Shores and New Horizons. ​

South Meetings

Coral Shores Behavioral Health
5995 SE Community Drive
Stuart, FL 34997

 North Meetings

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast 

    and Okeechobee
4500 West Midway Road
Fort Pierce FL 34981

​​Unit General Meetings will be held on a quarterly basis. Date and locations to be announced. Open forum to provide ideas and discuss important issues with the steering committee. Guest speakers may be invited to create awareness, education and resources to our members and guests.


Indian River County Sub Unit Meetings:  We are presently working with membership and community members to provide regular Continuing education meetings, networking opportunities and more to our members in the Indian River county area. We are very excited about this!

Survey! We would love to hear from you. We ask that all members please check your emails in the upcoming weeks for a Unit Survey. Please be sure to complete the survey so that we can help better serve you!

 We welcome your suggestions, ideas, always! So send us an email!

Hope to see everyone soon!

Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, RCSWI


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.