About Mary Jo Rathgeb: I have personally experienced major life and career transitions in the last eight years. I became a widow at the age of 43, when my husband died while we were traveling in France. He had a chronic illness that precipitated his death, but it was a shock just the same. Particularly to be in a foreign country, alone, when the curtain of my First Act fell without notice. After what I call my Intermission — the process of mourning and rebuilding my life, I decided I wanted to help other people who are experiencing life-changing losses. Due to a recent career transition, I am embarking on my Second Act as a life transition coach. Through my own journey, I discovered that although I cannot control the events of my life, I can control how I respond to them. I chose to grow from my experiences, and look to help others who choose to grow from their experiences as well. I am a life coach and have a MS, Counseling in Grief and Loss from Pace University. I also worked for 25+ years experience in marketing and public relations in the media industry. I come from a theater family, with parents who were Drama professors and ran an equity summer stock playhouse. So I use theater as a metaphor for life. As Shakespeare penned, all the worlds a stage, and we are merely players. But the good news is that we are also the playwright and directors of our lives as well. We have the choice in what roles we play and who we cast in our life drama. We can control how we act and react to life’s circumstances. About Michael Thomas Michael Thomas is a life coach who has a BA in Psychology from Marist College and a Juris Docorate in Law, specializing in Health Law from City University of New York, School of Law. Michael also has 15 years experience in contract negotiations in the healthcare industry. He also has over 10 years experience consulting at assisted living facilities in New York, providing lectures on safety, health care proxies, and power of attorney.