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We serve our community so the dogs we breed, nurture, and train can one day serve people in need.

Charlie Petrizzo

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

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.


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.



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.



Joe is a Senior Project Manager and Group Leader at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.  He has 19 years of experience in Commercial Construction with a wide range of clients from Office, Hotels, Industrial, Manufacturing, and Mission Critical Construction.   He is local to the Charlotte Office in Ballantyne and is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all of his projects.  Joe has a “customer delight” driven attitude, and has been able to serve the Charlotte area for the last 13 years.  He acts as the company’s Southeast Recruiting Lead as well as the Southeast’s Mission Critical coordinator.


He met his wife, Kara, in Greensboro, and they have been happily married for 12 years in Charlotte.  They have been blessed with 5 children:  Joey, Annabeth, Ali, Jude, and Kobe.   The family enjoys being outdoors, playing soccer & golf, horseback riding, and playing with our Project 2 Heal dog, Cypress!  They attend Hickory Grove Baptist Church and serve in the children’s ministry.


Joe has been involved at P2H ever since he attended the Putts for Pups event several years ago as a guest.   Joe has always lead a service-driven life, and immediately resonated with the mission that Project2Heal strives for.   Seeing how this organization can change and save a life is something that Joe and his family are very passionate about and felt very convinced to jump in with both feet.  Annabeth, Joe’s eldest daughter, has been Project2Heal’s biggest advocate, walking our P2H dog in the neighborhood and seeking out neighbors to talk about P2H with.  For all of her hard work, Charlie has made Annabeth an official Junior Board Member!


Joe and his family look forward to reaching neighbors both locally and in a wider area to further advance the mission of Project 2 Heal.


Sean a 25-year Army veteran with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Egypt, Israel, Korea and Panama. He started his career as an aviator, piloting both the UH-1 “Huey” and the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, and served in a variety of leadership positions such as Company Commander, Flight Operations Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer, and Analysis Branch Chief, where he led analytical efforts to shape the future Army. Sean earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.


Following his transition from active duty, he led analytical efforts in the defense industry supporting the development of future military capabilities. Sean currently works in a biotech company where he directs the manufacture and distribution of a novel therapy in a clinical trial for a rare, and lethal, pediatric neurodegenerative condition. He and Pam recently moved to Waxhaw along with their two sons, Brendan and Thomas, and two labradoodles, Maxwell Smart and Agent 99. Sean has experienced the tragic loss of fellow veterans and believes deeply in the mission of Project 2 Heal.

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