Charles DiStefano earned an Associates Degree in General Studies from Northern Virginia Community College while serving in the Marine Corps. He then went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a Master's of Public Administration from Southeast Missouri State University.
Charles' day job as the director of the non-profit Missouri Mentoring Partnership for Cape Girardeau and Bollinger Counties gives him the opportunity to oversee a Young Parent Program that uses mentored support to help young moms and dads develop parenting and life skills essential to successfully raising their children.
Charles' regular interaction with elected and bureaucratic officials through his position at the MMP offers him insight into the governmental process that he relays to his political science students. He also keeps connected with governmental developments through his involvement with the Cape Area Chamber of Commerce's Government and Public Policy Committee.
Charles has done extensive research on healthcare policy, and has held several positions in healthcare-related organizations. He is currently a member of a think tank which is working on ways to help local small businesses obtain affordable, comprehensive healthcare for their employees.
Charles is married to Debbie, a professor of Spanish at Southeast. They have a five-year-old daughter, Baillie, and a two-year old son, Anthony, who was born in April 2008. He currently teaches PS103 - U.S. Political Systems.