Meet Our Team
The CEM foundation was founded by Charles E. Miller in April 2021 with a mission to champion people, in particular children, who have seemingly been left behind. We have a special focus on youth sports and strive to give opportunities and experiences to underserved children who would otherwise not have access. To keep up with all the foundation is doing, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. Our hope is that you will be moved to champion causes in your own circle of influence.
About the Founder
CEO Charles "Chuck" Miller
Charles “Chuck” Miller knew from a young age that one day he would want to establish his own foundation, and he credits his mother for showing him early on the value of giving to those less fortunate.He reminisces that, “For as long as I can remember when I was a child, for Christmas we would do a lot for people. We’d cook all day and bring food to a family and get them presents. I remember the joy on their faces.” He says that battles with alcohol and drugs, stemming from losing both parents early in life are what delayed his success and ultimately the dream of the foundation.
A combination of deep self-reflection, therapy and family-support has led to over 14 years of being sober, and his business and personal life has thrived since then. “Now I’m finally in a position to do what I’ve wanted to do forever,” Miller says. “I’ve done well and as a company we have made a lot of money, but nothing is as fulfilling to me than creating this foundation.” Miller says that the happiest times of his life was when he was a kid playing sports, and because it teaches so many life lessons he knew the foundation would be a big supporter of youth sports programming. He also coached travel baseball for over a decade in his spare time. “You learn so many valuable things,” he says, “like being on time and being a team player. You learn how to both win and lose and how to hold yourself accountable. There’s so much good discipline there for kids. And you never know what may happen to a kid who plays sports. He or she may never be a professional athlete, but that structure will definitely flow into the rest of their lives. Some of our greatest citizens have been athletes.”
About the Executive Director
Sports has always been a large part of Joshua Woods’ life. Growing up as multi-sport athlete in high school, he combined his love for sports and writing and became the Editor-In-Chief and Sports Editor for his high school newspaper. He also wrote articles for multiple local newspapers including the Florida Times Union and Clay County Leader. A 2011 graduate of the University of North Florida, Mr. Woods
went on to major in Communications and minor in Sport Management. After several successful internships, including stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Braves, Mr. Woods went on to spend nearly ten years working in a variety of roles within professional sports with the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, PGA TOUR and Jacksonville Jaguars, before helping to launch the CEM Foundation and serve as the Director of Community Outreach and Impact.
In his role, Mr. Woods is responsible for cultivating relationships within the community, and deciding on which causes and organizations to invest in and support financially. He has a love for how sports can be used to uplift and bring different types of people together. “I’ve always been enamored with the Olympic ideals of sports, and how it can be used to unite people who otherwise would have very little in common,” Woods says.
In his personal life, he enjoys a good book, traveling, bowling and spending time with his family. He has been married to his wife Christina for eleven years and together they have two sons, Josiah (4) and Justus (1).