Oralea Marquardt, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned her Master in Social Work from Walden University, concentrating her studies in medical social work practice, palliative care, and grief and loss. A long-time advocate for families coping with rare, serious illnesses, Oralea currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Organization, helping to oversee their family support services. Additionally, Oralea is on the advisory board for the Matthew Forbes Romer Foundation, where she assists in developing nursing school training programs that simulate in-home family care. As an avid writer, Oralea has written articles for both the Hospice and Palliative Care Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and for Courageous Parents Network. Oralea feels blessed to live in the Treasure Coast where she and her husband are raising their two children. As part of her self-care routine, Oralea enjoys training in Tae Kwon Do and is currently ranked as a first-degree black belt.