Mary Jo Speer Ed.D., RN, is a diploma graduate RN, practicing Emergency Medicine for over 3 decades. She completed her Doctoral work at UNC Charlotte with a focus on end of life care. She had the privilege of caring for her Mother for the last 2 months of her life. She died in her home with family all around her throughout the dying process. Mary Jo’s intention now is to enable others to have that same peaceful end of life experience. Mary Jo has held a nursing license in 6 states, practicing in both a Level 1 adult and pediatric Trauma Centers. While in Tennessee, she was part of a team that led up to a Basic Level Pediatric ER designation throughout the entire state as directed by the TN State Legislature. She served as the Program Manager for the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics at UNC Charlotte. She also founded and is Executive Director of the Keener, Midgley, Speer Institute for Ethics and Social Justice to educate persons on “end of life care choices” Mary Jo is a Board Member of Dying Right North Carolina. DRNC is an advocacy group working to get Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) passed into law in North Carolina.