About Us

Board of Directors and Advisory Board.

Sean Byrne, EMT-B

Sean Byrne is the founder and CEO of the Wernickes Foundation of America.  Sean is a WKS(e) survivor, volunteer EMT since 2002, entrepreneur, and advocate for all those affected by Wernickes. 

Anne-Marie Byrne, BSN, BA Psych

Anne-Marie Byrne is the partner and wife of Sean and serves as company secretary.    Anne-Marie has a deep and thorough understanding of Wernickes, and also advocates for special needs children on the spectrum and their families.

A. William Bodine, Ph. D.

William Bodine is a seasoned investment advisor and financial consultant with over 40 years of experience in the global capital markets.  He was recently appointed as an Advisor to the Vatican's Global Venture Fund. 

Paul D. Knudsvig, BA Econ, MBA

Paul is a dedicated volunteer and community leader with over 30 years experience in the financial markets.  Paul has served the Town of Rye on their Conversation Commission and is active in Scouting serving on the Algonquin Disitrct Committee, for Westchester Putnam Council. Paul serves as Treasurer to WFA.

Sean Byrne, Jr., BS Neuroscience

Sean Jr. is a graduate of Tulane University earning his BS in Neuroscience. Sean Jr. is an Eagle Scout and his personal family experience with Wernickes gives him a personal understanding of the condition.

Aisling Byrne

Aisling Byrne is a 3rd year student at Tulane University studying Cell and Molecular Biology as her Pre-Med undergraduate degree. Aisling shoulders the responsibility as Director of Social Media for WFA.