Dr. Mary Eleanor Mitsch is a Nurse Anthropologist and Professor at Madonna University. She is Chair of the Health Sciences Department and the lead faculty in the area of population health care management. She is an end-of-life researcher presenting her data nationally and internationally related to meaning making during sudden death events. Her other research interests include auto ethnography and narrative. Committed to service, Dr. Mitsch serves on advisory committees and a review board. At Madonna University, she has received two awards: The Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, and the coveted Faculty Excellence Award from Graduating Seniors.