Charlie spent all of her 35 year career working for Weyerhaeuser, mostly in the information technology world, working her way up from an accounting clerk to the Southern Timberlands Information Technology Manager and Senior Project Manager.
Her passion for helping cancer survivors and their caregivers began when her father was diagnosed with lung cancer. She became actively involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, initially as a team captain and later joining the county team as co-chair for Survivors and Caregivers. Charlie also put together her county's first Bark for Life - an event for our "four-legged" caregivers
Considered an avid "casual" birder (she doesn't keep lists), she also loves photography, playing the ukulele, and singing. She and Coy provided the entertainment for Garner State Park's Christmas open house- a great duo with Coy on guitar and vocals.
Coy began his career as a therapist after finishing graduate school in Denver, Colorado. He maintained a private practice for 17 years as well as managing an inpatient men’s program at a treatment facility in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2003 he co-founded a non-profit organization for men battling cancer. They provided three day all expense paid fly fishing trips to men with any stage and type of cancer. You can read more about it at www.reelrecovery.org.
In 1998 he began to rekindle his love of sailing and in 2005, just after turning fifty, he received his captain’s license and started a charter sailing business in the US Virgin Islands. For 4 seasons he sailed the turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea taking folks on new adventures. He wrote "Gypsy Wind Speaks" during that time, which is available signed by the author, when visiting or by request with a minimum suggested donation of $15.