Rep. Debbie Armstrong, JD
Rob Schwartz, JD
Legal Policy Advisor
Rob Schwartz has taught law at the University of New Mexico since 1976. His areas of expertise include health care policy, the Affordable Care Act, health care law and bioethics. Rob is a pioneer in the field of Health Law and is an author of “Health Law: Cases, Materials and Problems,” the leading Health Law textbook in the country. Most recently, Rob’s research and writings have focused on the areas of end-of-life care, death and dying, managed care and the application of civil liberties principles to the health care enterprise. Since 1995, Rob has helped draft legislation and has served as a consistent source for expert legal testimony in support of medical aid in dying legislation before the New Mexico Legislature.
Nancy Abell, MSW
Clinical Outreach and Client Services Advisor
Libby Hopkins, RN
Revathi A-Davidson, MA, MPH
Equity and Inclusion Advisor
Compassion & Choices National Partner Advisor
Valerie Lovelace, MS
Death With Dignity National Center, National Partner Advisor
Valerie is the founder and Executive Director of Maine Death with Dignity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Founding the organization fulfilled a promise she made to her sister, Dee, in 2009 as Dee was dying: to break down barriers and societal taboos around death and dying. From 2013 through 2019, Val was the grassroots leader and organizer of efforts to pass the Maine Death with Dignity Act. After successful passage in Maine, Val joined the team at Death with Dignity National Center. As State Campaigns Director, she coordinates focused campaign efforts in states trying to pass legislation and oversees grassroots support programs. She educates on end-of-life topics, such as the history of death with dignity in the United States, how the laws work, and the eligibility requirements for receiving life-ending medication a terminally ill patient may take on their own to end their life peacefully and humanely. Valerie is also a retired Navy veteran of 20 years, an interfaith chaplain, an accomplished artist, a mother of three adult children and two grandchildren.