Theresa Marie Orecchia was widowed at the age of twenty-five having lost her husband in the Vietnam war. She graduated from the University of Delaware, West Virginia University, and Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. She is a registered pharmacist in the states of Colorado, Delaware, and Florida. She retired from the pharmacy profession in 2013. Theresa presently resides in Wilmington, Delaware and Jensen Beach, Florida with her husband, Michael.