Board Members

Charlie Petrizzo
Founder/CEO

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 Petrizzo
CAO/Co-founder

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.

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André Yandow
Director of Marketing & Fundraising

Graduating from Catawba College in 2014, André has worked several years in the field of digital marketing across a variety of industries. After gaining experience building marketing skills in the private sector, he decided to turn his creative drive toward the mission of making a difference in the lives of people in need. Drawing from his experience in e-commerce and video production, André works to cultivate a deeper understanding of Project 2 Heal’s mission and the issues driving this cause, promoting education and engagement among followers.

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. 

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CHUCK CURTIS

Chuck is a Sr. Account Executive for ePlus Technology, inc.  With over 30 years of experience in sales and sales management, Chuck is responsible for helping clients leverage technology to drive competitive advantage.  As a customer advocate, Chuck prides himself on understanding clients’ challenges, identifying the right solution to solve the problem, and fostering a team approach to implementing technologies to achieve the desired outcomes.

 

Chuck met his wife, Lisa, at Bowling Green State University on Valentine’s Day 1991 and they’ve been happily married for nearly 30 years.  They are blessed with three wonderful children, Jason, Craig, and Seth, and proud “parents” of two incredible dogs, Teddy and Murphy.  Murphy is a Project 2 Heal pup, now 5 years old!

 

Chuck has previously served as a past board member for Mira Via (formerly Room At the Inn), including President for two years.  During his tenure on the board, Mira Via completed a successful capital campaign leading to building a new residential facility for single pregnant women and their children.  Chuck has also served as a member of the pastoral council at St. Matthew Catholic Church, and he continues to serve as sacristan and pastoral care minister bringing Holy Communion to the residents of White Oak nursing home in Waxhaw.