Our Team

We are caring and dedicated people who believe in our mission to provide access to  compassionate, caring, expert and professional hospice and grief support services to patients and families at the end of life.

Our Care Team

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  • Heike Amelung, LMHC, LMFT, Grief Counselor
    Grief Counselor

    Heike Amelung is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Since graduating from Rollins College with her Masters in Professional Counseling, Heike has followed her passion to work for hospice. Heike joined Treasure Coast Hospice as a counselor in 2006, helping her clients find hope and healing through her holistic approach to grief counseling.  Understanding the effects that grief has on one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, Heike adopts interventions that address all these dimensions and utilizes a multi-faceted approach to support increased peace and resiliency in those who grieve.

  • Gabrielle Balatovis-McNally, LMFT, Grief Counselor
    Grief Counselor

    Gabrielle Balatovis-McNally received a bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. She started working with children by volunteering at a shelter for runaway, homeless, and ungovernable children. After recognizing the need for a systemic approach in assisting children and families through stressors and mental illness, Gabrielle earned a master’s degree in Family Therapy from NOVA Southeastern University.  She is a certified Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provider, TF-CBT certified, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Florida.

    Gabrielle began her work providing community mental health services for children throughout Palm Beach County and became involved with the DCF court system, providing counseling to children in the foster care system and their parents. She recognized her passion for helping children through loss, later transitioning to Treasure Coast Hospice where her primary focus could shift to grief and loss for children and their families.  She utilizes a family-systems approach in which she involves all important individuals in a child’s life to assist a child in establishing a foundation for healthy coping, along with utilizing techniques that are fun and speak to a child’s language - play. Gabrielle also has an active role in Camp Good Grief and a passion for creating additional workshops and opportunities for children to connect with their peers and engage in family activities to help them cope with their grief.

    A native of Florida, Gabrielle grew up in Miami and moved to the Treasure Coast in 2011. She enjoys the outdoors, arts and crafts, and is a Florida Gators fan. She also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.




  • Kristin Lewis, LMHC, Grief Counselor
    Grief Counselor

    Kristin Waddell Lewis is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and has been working at Treasure Coast Hospice as a bereavement counselor with our adult clients since 2015. Kristin interned at Treasure Coast Hospice for six months in 2014 before venturing out into the mental health field for a year where she worked with children and adults. Kristin received her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University and earned her master’s in counseling psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

    Kristin is a 5th generation Floridian and both she and her husband were born and raised in Martin County. They enjoy spending time with family, boating, and college football!

  • Oralea Marquardt, MSW, Grief Counselor
    Grief Counselor

    Oralea Marquardt earned her Master in Social Work from Walden University, concentrating her studies in medical social work practice, palliative care, and grief and loss.  As part of her master’s degree, Oralea interned at Treasure Coast Hospice in its Little Treasures Pediatric Care program. Upon graduation, she accepted a position as a grief counselor to provide support to youth and families who are coping with grief and loss.  As part of her role, Oralea works alongside the Little Treasures Pediatric Team, providing counseling to siblings of children who are receiving palliative care and hospice services.  A long-time advocate for families coping with rare, serious illnesses, Oralea currently serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Organization. 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.

  • Laura Morgan, LMFT, Grief Counselor
    Grief Counselor

    Laura Morgan, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southwestern University. Laura has served Treasure Coast Hospice as a grief counselor working with adults for fourteen years.  She is passionate about helping people overcome heartbreak and devastating setbacks. Her specialties include brief, systemic therapy, grief and loss, healthy family relationships, stress management and traumatic loss.

  • Kate Priest, LCSW, Grief Counselor
    Grief Counselor

    Kate Priest, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, holds a master’s and a bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, as well as an AA in Business, and is a published Author.  Kate holds certificates in Group and Individual Crisis Intervention through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, as well as recently achieving certification as a RedLine Responder with the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative.

    Passionate about her community and the people who live there, Kate has, and continues to serve, as a board member for several community organizations over the last 26 years.  Currently Kate serves as the immediate past president of the Council of Social Agencies, is a board member of the St. Lucie County Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and a member of the Florida Crisis Response Team.

  • Jeanine Smith, LMFT, Grief Counselor
    Grief Counselor

    Jeanine Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and then moved to San Diego to complete her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. While studying at the University of San Diego, Jeanine had the opportunity to complete an internship at San Diego Hospice where she discovered her passion for supporting individuals coping with the loss of a loved one.

    Jeanine has been a grief counselor with Treasure Coast Hospice since 2007, working with individuals, families, and groups. Jeanine is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is certified in rapid trauma resolution. She has worked as a part of Treasure Coast Hospice’s Youth and Family Program, counseling adults in their grief and teaching them how to support their children with their losses.

    A Florida native, Jeanine and her family live in the Treasure Coast. Jeanine enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with her family.

  • Barbara Kirkpatrick, Administrative Coordinator
    Administrative Coordinator

    Barbara Kirkpatrick serves as the department’s Administrative Coordinator, supporting the counseling team and our clients in a variety of ways.  Barbara loves what she does because she feels it is important to have a caring voice answer the phone when people call in during a difficult time in their life.

    Barbara moved to South Florida as a young child and grew up in Palm Beach County, where she currently resides with her husband. Barbara enjoys walking, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Jacki Nardone, LCSW, Director of Grief Support and Pediatric Services
    Director of Grief Support and Pediatric Services

    For more than 20 years, Jacki Nardone has worked with individuals and families as they cope with trauma, loss and grief. Her compassion is readily evident to those who seek counseling through Treasure Coast Hospice.

    Jacki began her career at Treasure Coast Hospice as a youth counselor and coordinator. She helped to expand the offerings that the organization makes available to children and teens who are coping with loss, and she assisted in the development of programs to support families who have lost children. She now heads a team of counselors who are available to the community for both individual and group counseling sessions.

    A licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida, Jacki holds a master in social work from Barry University. She is a diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, is certified in rapid trauma resolution, a member of the Critical Incidence Stress Management Team and holds the national bereavement facilitator certification.

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Our Executive Team


  • Jackie Kendrick, CEO

    Jackie Kendrick joined Treasure Coast Hospice as chief executive officer on July 1, 2019, to lead the organization’s comprehensive hospice care and grief support services in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

    Kendrick previously was executive director of HPH Hospice in Pasco County. HPH is part of the Chapters Health System, which provides end-of-life care to residents in seven counties on the west coast of Florida.

    She began her career at Legacy Hospice in Tyler, Texas, and then served as the executive director at Heart to Heart Hospice in Lufkin, Texas. Under her leadership, the startup organization developed into the largest hospice in the area. Kendrick holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas and is certified as a hospice and palliative care administrator.

  • Rachel Evans, Vice President of Clinical Operations
    Vice President of Clinical Operations
  • Glenn Beville, Chief Financial Officer
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Kenneth “Murray” Fournie, Vice President of Philanthropy
    Vice President of Philanthropy

    Murray Fournie began his career in philanthropy in college as a phone-a-thon volunteer and has developed that initial passion for helping others into a 20-year career of assisting non-profit organizations in raising over $250 million.

    Eckerd College, the American Cancer Society, St. Bonaventure University, Indian River Medical Center and Jupiter Medical Center all have benefited from Murray’s fundraising expertise.

    In addition to serving in leadership roles in fundraising, Murray also enjoys teaching, and he has co-authored an article for the National Council on Planned Giving, now the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

    Active in community and professional activities, Murray has served on the board of the Exchange Club of Vero and the Indian River Planned Giving Council, has assisted the Resource Development Committee for the United Way of West Palm Beach and is a member of Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and Martin County Estate Planning Council.

    Murray holds a bachelor of science degree from Eckerd College, a master in education from Vanderbilt, national certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive, and the prestigious status of Fellow with the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.

    Murray enjoys fishing, rowing, snorkeling, clay shooting and spending time with his family.

  • Rose Guilbe, MD, Medical Director
    Medical Director
  • Angella Williams, Vice President of People and Business Development
    Vice President of People and Business Development

    Angella Williams serves as the Vice President of People and Business Development for Treasure Coast Hospice, overseeing staffing, compensation and benefits strategies for 300 employees across the two counties served by the organization.

    With her experience in all facets of human resources management, Angella assures that all state and federal regulations that govern employment practices are adhered to and that all policies are applied fairly and consistently across the entire organization.

    In addition, Angella acts as an internal consultant and coach in helping Treasure Coast Hospice to create and sustain an environment that promotes both employee and organizational success.

    Angella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an Executive MBA from Florida International University. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, biking, cooking, reading, dancing, and listening to music.


  • Jeff White, Chief Compliance Officer
    Chief Compliance Officer

    Jeff White serves as Treasure Coast Hospice’s Chief Compliance Officer.  Before joining the organization, Jeff was the Compliance Officer for Tenet Health, working at the Abrazo Central Campus and Abrazo Scottsdale hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, he served as Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for The Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego, California and for Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Prior to his hospice experience, Jeff was the national Compliance Officer and Director of Corporate Compliance for CCS Medical in Clearwater, Florida. Jeff’s experience includes nine years of hospital administration responsibilities in acute care and government hospital settings.

    A compliance and ethics professional certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Jeff began his career with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor, Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, for the states of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, where he was responsible for benefits integrity and Medicare fraud investigations. He was the first Compliance Officer for the national CMS Medicare Secondary Payer contractor.

    Jeff holds a Master’s degree in Health Science/Healthcare Administration from Mississippi College and his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jeff and his wife, Cindy, have one son.


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