Charlie was born and raised in Staten Island, New York and as a young adult he moved to Old Bridge and later Millstone, New Jersey. His success in the financial services industry allowed him to rise through the ranks of First Union/Wachovia, ultimately leading him and his wife, Sandy, of 30 years, and their two daughters, Melissa and Kristen, to Charlotte. He assumed the role of the director of sales, marketing and product development for the Wachovia Insurance Group, a legacy Wells Fargo company; he left the company in 2003.
His story of surviving two tragic accidents, including the major brain trauma of a car accident and an “electrocution” in which he burned over two thirds of his body, Charlie became the focus of the 2012 award winning docu-drama called Charlie's Scars. The inspiration for the founding of Project 2 Heal came in part from Charlie’s recognition of the care he needed and received from his parents during, and after, his two trials from the accidents, but also from the recognition of how many friends offered to help his family during that time.
Sandy was born in Staten Island, NY and has been married to Charlie for 30 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Melissa and Kristen, and as of October, 2018, a son in law, Seth. Sandy and Charlie have eight of their own personal dogs. Although Sandy loves Labradors, her true loves are her Chinese Crested powder puffs, Oscar and Murray, and her “extra appendage”, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lacey.
Sandy graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Mathematics.
She worked as a Benefit Administrator for Buck Consultants until she left to be a full time mother and homemaker.
Since the inception of Project 2 Heal, Sandy has been the Chief Administrative Officer. She and board member, Lori Manalis, are the event planners for Project 2 Heal’s annual “Putt for Pups” golf outing and Wine ‘n Wags wine tasting fundraiser.
Sandy is a member of Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Indian Land, SC and volunteers with their hospitality committee. She enjoys doing puzzles with her daughter, Kristen, and loves to bake, especially at Christmas time.
Lori graduated from the State University of New York College, at Oneonta, with a B.S. in Business Economics and earned her MBA with a Specialization in Human Resources Management from Adelphi University.
Beginning with a management training program with the Grand Hyatt in NYC, Lori’s entire career has been built around customer service. She continued her career on the management team at Green Point Financial, where she helped lead the Benefit and Processing Units for 13 years. Once the Manalis Family relocated to North Carolina, Lori concentrated on her most important role as mom to help the family transition more smoothly to a new area. While enjoying this precious time with her family, Lori continued to serve the community by volunteering on a daily basis in her children’s schools, serving as an executive on PTO boards, and teaching Sunday School for over 13 years.
Lori has done everything from running fundraising events, coordinating book fairs, festivals, and golf outings while serving on many boards.
Lori resides in North Carolina with her husband, John, two children, and their beloved dog. The Manalis family has been volunteering for P2H in various roles since 2010. Wearing several hats throughout the years, Lori was a preschool teacher for eight years, worked as an insurance agent in her husband’s business, Manalis Insurance Group and is currently a Patient Services Coordinatior for Novant Health. The Manalis family is a house divided and enjoys cheering for rival schools-The WolfPACK and the Tar Heels!
James Michael "Mike" Schuler II
Mike is a business professional with a strategic mindset, seasoned in industrial, and manufacturing, engineering atmospheres He completed his MBA with a focus on strategy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May 2021 with a 4.0 GPA. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University.
Mike spent 12 years in the extreme sports industry (paintball and sporting goods) with a small family business started by his father. He then spent 8 years in industrial equipment manufacturing. In both industries he has held a variety of roles and has been consistently recognized as a mentor and leader. He has a passion for envisioning and pursuing what organizations can be.
He, his wife and young son enjoy spending time together. They like to tent camp and hike. They also like to travel, cookout and spend time with friends.