Advisors

Rep. Debbie Armstrong, JD

Senior Advisor
Rep. Armstrong is serving her fourth term as the State Representative for House District 17 (Bernalillo County). In her “day” job, she serves as President of Delta Management Group, Inc. a small business specializing in association and non-profit management. In that capacity, she also serves as Executive Director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool, a legislatively created safety net program providing subsidized health insurance for people with high-risk medical conditions. On a personal note, Debbie has an adult daughter with childhood-onset metastatic thyroid cancer, an experience that has linked her to families across the state struggling with serious, life threatening medical concerns. Her steadfast commitment to introduce and pass medical aid in dying is evidenced by her decision to sponsor the 2017 End-of-Life Options Acts (HB 171), the 2019 (HB 90) and the 2021 (HB 47) Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act.

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
Nancy Abell has lived in New Mexico for thirty years. She served for many years on the board of PMS Hospice. In 2012, she and her husband attended the planned death of her husband’s brother in Portland, OR. It was a transformative experience for her, and she returned to New Mexico and began advocating for the same option for New Mexicans — an effort that took nine years to accomplish! Nancy now Chairs the EOLONM Clinical Outreach and Education Committee as well as serving as the Clinical Outreach and Client Services Advisor to the Board of Directors.

Libby Hopkins, RN

Hospice Advisor
Libby is a registered nurse from Albuquerque where she has practiced in clinical and administrative roles for the past thirty-seven years; the first twenty years in geriatric, psychiatric and mental health nursing, and the past seventeen years as a certified hospice and palliative care nurse. She presents locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to hospice/palliative care, advance care planning, and the end-of-life care continuum including medical aid in dying and voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED), and dementia care. Libby was a key member of the End of Life Options legislative campaign Steering Committee, and currently volunteers for End of Life Options New Mexico in various aspects of implementation and community/client support for medical aid in dying, as authorized in the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act.

Revathi A-Davidson, MA, MPH

Equity and Inclusion Advisor
Prior to retirement, Revathi had a long career in hospital and healthcare administration.  That work informed some of what she has done subsequently, in particular her engagement in education and outreach about the importance of end-of-life care planning and the need to address existing healthcare disparities — including both affordability and language access.  In New Mexico, both these considerations, which deal with ensuring equity and inclusiveness, are key when speaking about ALL end-of-life care options for our residents.

Elizabeth Armijo

Compassion & Choices National Partner Advisor
Elizabeth Armijo is a long-time health promotion advocate and community organizer in New Mexico. Her career and life passion have been rooted in promoting access to quality health care, women’s empowerment and racial justice. Elizabeth has worked in different capacities with Compassion & Choices since 2012. She started with growing a grassroots base of supporters in New Mexico and leading two legislative campaign initiatives. Her responsibilities were then expanded across multiple states, across the western region, and now nationally. She is an elected member of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, currently serves on the board of the NAACP, and is the past president of the New Mexico Heart Hospital Foundation board.

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.