Charles Dansby is the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Georgia. Charles was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduating high school, Charles received several music scholarships before ultimately attending Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. Charles obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Health from Bethune-Cookman University. In addition to operating as the Executive Director of Mental Health America, he is an independent contractor in the Office of HIV/AIDS for the Georgia Department of Public Health, an active participant in multiple community service projects, and head football coach for a national youth team.
Charles’s professional career began in Daytona Beach as a conflict resolution counselor to couples struggling with healthy communication. This career is where he fell in love with nonprofits and their ability to make an impact. Upon moving back to his hometown of Atlanta, Charles was hired to work at a local nonprofit whose focus was to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Charles was the Program/Clinical Director, where he helped increased programming, grant funding, HIV testing, and linkage to care.
Charles’s hard work was noticed by multiple members at the Office of HIV/AIDS at the Georgia Department of Public Health. This notice led to a position as the Harm Reduction Coordinator for the Syringe Service Program. Syringe Service legislation is new in Georgia; thus, Charles had to apply for funding and build the entire framework of the program.
Charles decided to take on the role of Executive Director for Mental Health America of Georgia because he genuinely believes in the organization’s mission and goals. Charles looks forward to helping the organization reach new heights and hopes he can impact many lives along the way.