A graduate of Iowa City West High School and the University of Iowa, Charlie returns home to the Midwest after a decade long practicing on the East Coast. He is a board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist with over 12 years of practicing safe, high quality, and efficient anesthesia care for all ages of patient population in all types of surgical settings. Prior to being a CRNA, he was a cardiothoracic intensive care unit nurse at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Hospital. Charlie was the recipient of Columbia University School of Nursing “Clinical Excellence in Nursing Practice” award; and he was also awarded the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau award for his leadership, scholarship, and community services. Understanding and witnessing the debilitating effects of a mental health disorder had on one of his closest childhood friends, Charlie has dedicated his time and effort in advocating, educating, and facilitating individuals suffering from all aspects of mental health disorders to regain a better tomorrow.