Meet Our Team

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Jeff Wuchich – Rolesville (Raleigh), NC – Co-Founder & President Jeff is a successful software sales executive and business owner with over 20 years experience in making deals happen & building lasting relationships. He & his wife Renee organize/participate in a number of fundraisers from local to international to raise funds for AHC research and awareness. Their inspiration is their 9 year old son Matthew, who has AHC. Jeff has a BA Psychology from the University of  Chicago. He is also pursuing a M.Div. degree at Asbury Theological Seminary, and enjoys gardening, reading, playing video games, & quality time with his family.
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Renee Wuchich – Rolesville (Raleigh), NC – Co-Founder  Renee is a successful CPA and business owner with over 20 years experience in accounting. She has both a BA Accounting and MBA from Campbell University. She has worked for large international corporations, government and now is the Finance Manage for a Periodontist office, and also focuses on non-profits. Renee & her husband Jeff organize/participate in a number of fundraisers from local to international to raise funds for AHC research and awareness. Their inspiration is their 9 year old son Matthew, who has AHC. Renee enjoys reading, word puzzles, & quality time with family.
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Anthony Pena, Nutley, NJ USA- Vice President Tony is a recent retiree of Citibank, NA where he spent 45 years in various Client Service and Operations groups. Most recently he was VP of Customer Service within the Commercial NYC Banking Division. Tony obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, NY. He is the father of fellow Cure AHC Board Member Andrew Pena, and the grandfather of AHC Champion James (MA, USA). He lives with his wife, Anita in Nutley, NJ.

 

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Maria Chroneos, Baltimore, MD  USA Secretary A member of The Johns Hopkins University Class of 2018, Maria studies Cognitive Science and French. Maria is also an active member of the JHU chapter of Active Minds, and she currently serves as the treasurer of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and as a Public Relations chair of her school’s Global Medical Brigades chapter. In addition, she works as a research assistant in the Johns Hopkins Lab for Child Development, where she studies the origins of math anxiety, and she interns in the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery NMR Lab, where she studies the role of iron in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease. Her friendship with AHC champion Koryn (PA, USA) has fueled her deep interest in the brain; in particular, the manifestation of all manners of neurological, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative conditions. Among her future goals, Maria plans to pursue an MD/PhD, and subsequently a career as a physician scientist dedicated to serving and improving the lives of others, including those with AHC.

 

 

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Steven Pikturna, Naperville, IL Treasurer Steve has over twenty years of experience in Finance and Technology.  He has been employed by a wide spectrum of organizations, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to Big 4 Consulting, such as his current employer, Ernst & Young.  Steve is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).  He lives with his wife and two children in Naperville, IL. Steve is excited to make a difference for AHC Champions with his expertise and network of contacts.

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Andrew Pena, London, UK  USA) Andrew recently joined Morgan Stanley in London as a Managing Director and Head of FX Institutional Sales for Europe. Previously he was head of Asia Macro Sales for the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong. Andrew began his finance career at Goldman Sachs in New York in 1999. He relocated with the firm to London in 2001 and in 2003 he became head of Commodities Hedge Fund Sales for EMEA, a role he held till 2011 b efore he relocated to Hong Kong in 2011. He was named managing director at Goldman Sachs in 2010. Andrew earned a BA in Psychology from Boston College in 1999. Andrew is the brother of Margaux Hufnagel, who with her husband Jim are parents of AHC Champion James (MA, USA)
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Stacie Confair-Stringer, Hershey, PA – Family Support  Stacie owns a cleaning business and attends the University of Phoenix where she has obtained her associates degree in psychology and is currently working on her bachelors. She recently married James Stringer and has two children Koryn and Richard. Stacie holds an annual fundraiser for her daughter Koryn who is diagnosed with AHC. She is passionate about helping others and her goal is to help in any way possible to find treatment and eventually a cure for AHC.
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Bill Krenn – St. Louis, MO Bill is a child psychotherapist in private practice and father of four, the oldest of which has AHC. His daughter Emory was diagnosed just after her 1st birthday. Bill and his family held the Hope for Emory walk  for several years, and Bill has previously served Cure AHC as Vice President. He remains excited about participating in the AHC community in new ways. Bill’s interests include chasing his children around, learning new things and child development, especially the impact of early childhood trauma.

 

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Lise Castberg – Santiago, Chile Lise is Danish, but she has been living in Chile for the past 12 years with her Chilean husband. She has a 4 year old daughter named Eva, diagnosed with AHC at the age of 1. She is a certified translator and interpreter graduated from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark in 2006. She has been working in different Chilean companies and the Danish Embassy in Santiago in secretary positions until she became an independent freelancer in 2008 due to illness in her family. Since then she has been teaching private classes of Danish, Spanish and English and translating from home.
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Haley Gray, Raleigh, NC  Haley has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry in a variety of roles.  She received her MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of business in 2012, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  In 2011, she founded Leadership Girl, which provides business coaching and consulting services to small businesses.  Her focus is on helping clients get visibility, and more clients.    She has been a Girl Scout Leader since 2003, and has had over 150,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies go through her garage during that time.  She is a proud mom to four children.  She received a B.S. in Computer Science, and a B.A in Spanish Literature from NC State University.
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Satish SS, India Satish is an ICT consultant and Chartered Engineer. He has 15 years of experience in Software Engineering, Project Management, Techno marketing, Field Trial Management and Boot strapping startups in government and Multinational companies. : He is a graduate in Computer Science and Engineering, MBA (Information Systems) and Diploma in Quality Management. His wife, Meena is a graduate in Bio-Chemistry and holds a PG Diploma in Medical Laboratory technology and an MBA specialized in International Business. Currently she takes care of our 2 kids full time as a home maker. His eldest daughter is in her 4th  grade. His younger Champion is Hari who is 3 years old, was diagnosed with AHC at the age of 1 He has delays in developmental milestones like gross/fine/cognitive/speech skills. Beware, he has a contagious smile. 🙂

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